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Dive Review of CocoView in

July, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Jeffrey Houdret, PA, USA
Report Number 701
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Philippines, Bonaire, Jamaica, Caymans, Barbados, Belize,
Bahamas, FL Keys, New Jersey
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
80   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Stay with the guide.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
[None]Coco View, Roatan,  July 12-20, 2003

This, my eighth trip to the resort over 15 years, illustrated what has
changed and what is the same. No longer was I the only diver to be ferried
from the airport to the resort. This time, a bus carried 20 or more of us.
As usual, the CocoView staff person who met the plane whisked us through
customs without hassle.
The Resort sports a new dock, updated dive shop, an exercise room, Internet
access and a few new rooms. Bottled water is now free. The overall
atmosphere of the place, I call it camp for divers, has not changed. 
CocoView works for me. I love the people it attracts, everyone from
neurosurgeons to Texans. Class barriers disappear. Diving is all that
anyone talks about.
Still there are issues, the first being an intestinal malady we named the
CocoRuns that has plagued the resort for awhile. It certainly hit our group
hard. I was sick by my third day. By the middle of the week, 20 out of 25
guests were also stricken. Many lost complete dive days. One lady had to
relieve herself off the back of the dive boat if you can imagine anything
more humiliating.
The diving, to my eye was the same as always; well organized, efficient and
adequate. Forget seeing large fish except on the extra cost shark-bating
dive. The sites are the same ones they have been diving for years. Marys
Place is in pretty good shape. Forty Foot Point still has schooling fish. 
Visibility was on the poor side, 40-feet at most. It was unusually rough
with 10-foot rollers on the boat dives. There had been a storm just the
week before. Finding and entering the boat in the murk was occasionally
challenging. CocoViews boats, with their unique centrally located entry
chambers, work wonders in rough seas.
While the dive operation in general runs efficiently, Nitrox users
complained of strange tasting air. The staff responded by scrubbing the
affected tanks but the problem persisted.
I believe the biggest issue with CocoView diving is that the reef is dying.
The dive staff lectures about reef protectionno gloves, no touching.
However, all this becomes irrelevant when you realize that there is no
sewage treatment on the island of Roatan. So, every shower, every dish
washing chemical and every poop sooner or later ends up on the reef. There
are septic tanks but effluent eventually reaches the reef.
Algae covers many parts of the reef, particularly those areas in front of
CocoView and the small towns downstream. Dive sites to the east, upstream
from prevailing currents, where there is little building, exhibited much
less algae.
Diving is still enjoyable. The walls are full of sponges and crevices
hiding eels, crabs and occasional sea horse. But, forget the diversity of
hard corals, pelagics and nudibranchs that once were common in these
Serving up to 40 meals, three times a day is a challenge in any
environment. At CocoView, they do an excellent job. The food, while not
gourmet by any stretch is adequate and often quite good. The staff
punctuates the normal buffet style dinners with a cookout, which is lots of
fun. Again, the intestinal plague that swept through the resort during my
week, made everyone very wary of each food category. One night, they
organized a dinner at a different restaurant on the island, almost everyone
signed up, even though it cost extra. We were all pretty tired of CocoView
food by then.
While some guests complained about the food and conditions, one must take
into account that CocoView is a great Caribbean bargain. The week I was
there, the fee was $699 for the week with accommodations, diving and food.
Thats tough to beat in this hemisphere. It follows that in order to
provide services for that price; costs have to be cut in lots of places.
You get what you pay for.
Overall, CocoView offers excellent value. The friendly atmosphere exuded by
both staff and the type of diver the resort attracts is contagious and
welcome. The diving, while not world-class, is very good. Reefs are dying
all over the world from global warming, sewage and physical damage.
CocoView works much harder than most resorts to preserve what they have.
Intestinal maladies can strike anywhere. I have had worse problems in
Switzerland than Roatan. Expect it and prepare for it by packing
antibiotics and being wary of what you eat and drink.

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