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Dive Review of CoCo View in
Honduras/roatan

CoCo View, Aug, 2003,

by Michael (Doc) Stewart, az, usa . Report 823.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Virtually everywhere
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 85 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 2 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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