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Dive Review of CoCo View in

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Michael (Doc) Stewart, az, usa
Report Number 823
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Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Virtually everywhere
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
85   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
I read with interest your article in the October, 2003 Undercurrents titled
"CoCo View Cuts the Cheese and (hopefully) Blows Away Tursia".  I
was unfortunate enough to have been a guest at CoCo View Resort in August,
2003 during a partucularly bad outbreak of Turista (the week of August 16th
to be exact).  Of our group of 12, only three were spared the severe fever
and intestinal diarrhea, and of 50 guests at the resort that week, only  a
few were unaffected.  To the resort's credit, they did have a young lab
techincian from an island clinic come to the resort and collect stool
samples for analysis.  The results of the tests were delivered to the
resort Friday afternoon.  The technician departed after reviewing the
results with the owner and manager.  At that point, the manager passed out
the results of each guests tests with an axplanation that, as was always
the case in the past, the tests were negative and the culprit could not be
identified.  Being a physician, I reviewed my test results and the results
of several of my companions.  The only abnormality noted on the everybody's
form was an easily overlooked note in small print "se observan
numerosas levaduras".  I immediately inquired with the manager what
"levaduras" meant in the local lingo.  He didn't know.  Neither
did the bartender, a native Honduran at the bar, nor the owner; however,
the owner immediately phoned the clinic to find out.  The owner reported
that "levaduras" were defined by the physician at the clinc to be
"yeast and mold commonly found on the skin of people who consume too
much fat".  It took me a few minutes, given the comunication and
translation barrier, to interperate this to mean that we were infected with
mold commonly found in faty foods; namely, the bitter tasting cheese the
kitchen had been serving all week.  Conversations with the three unaffected
people in our group quickly cofirmed my suspicion, as they all had avoided
dairy products for dietary reasons. 

I was most disturbed by the fact the CoCo View had not caught this earlier.
 It is one thing to have tests performed, but to not have the results
professionally interpreted borders on negligence.

A few other things our group observed also disturbed us.  The table linnens
were not changed all week long, even after they were obviously soiled.  In
a wet, humid environment like that on Roatan, the soiled table linnens
could quicly become a breeding ground for bacteria.  Also, proper food
handeling techniques (placing uncooked food like pancake batter on ice, and
properly storing cooked foods on a steam table) did not become evident
until well after several guests had reported that they were ill.

I would give CoCo View a thumbs down.  I certainly will not be visiting
again, nor will I lead another group to CoCo View.
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