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Dive Review of CocoView in

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Vitkus, NV, USA
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Report Number 5169
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Lembeh Straight Indonesia, Truk Lagoon, North Vancouver Island
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Boat dives were approximately 1 hour duration, but not enforced.  Shore
dives and drop-off dives...unlimited duration.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Plenty of rinse tanks on shore by dive lockers.  Rinse tank on boat got
crowded, but crew put on extra rinse tank on boat, which took care of all
photographers needs.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
I have dove at CocoView annually for the past 5 years and already have
reservations to go back next year in 2010.  Dive operations are well run
and well organized.  Many divers are repeat divers (known as Coconuts) and
many come in groups of friends that frequently dive together, as is my
case. While there are very few large fish, there are plenty of smaller
tropical fish and many, many little critters.
Macro photographers will have a blast, as we manage to see new macro
critters on every single trip. Divemasters helpful and friendly. Shore
diving consists of diving the "house wreck", the Prince Albert,
which suffered some new damage during the early morning 7.3 earthquake that
shook us wide awake at about 225AM on 5/28/09.  Both Cocoview Wall and
Newman's Wall which are reachable as shore dives and are used for drop-off
dives also suffered some damage.  Surprisingly the 7.3 quake caused very
little noticeable damage to the resort, so after a cautious morning, boat
diving operations resumed that afternoon and meals were presented on time. 
While immediately after the quake, we were unharmed and safe, the quake
illustrated how potentially unprepared resorts in Central America and the
Caribbean truly are....had there been actual damage and casualties.  A
Tsunami warning was issued, luckily there was none, but we were never
informed of the warning....I suspect a communication issue related to the
state of the local island infrastructure.
Food has improved over the years, not gourmet, but ample and good, family
buffet style.  Bar serves alcohol at very reasonable prices on honor your tab at end of stay.  This is a divers resort, but not a
lot to do if you are not a diver, other than nap and lollygag, which can be
a fine thing as well.  I recommend to all level divers.
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