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Dive Review of Coco View in

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Sandy, CA, USA
Report Number 615
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Backpacks  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Visited more than 5..less than 10 times...always middle to end of August. 
Until THIS visit, nothing out of ordinary.  Within 2 days of arrival,
between 1/2 to 2/3 of total guest population was stricken with severe
intestinal diarrhea, cramping, fever and chills, vomiting.  I only was able
to dive Sunday and Monday before contracting the 'bug' Tuesday afternoon. 
Tuesday evening had SEVERE chills ... Wednesday in bed all day too weak to
move about...Thursday and Friday spent recovering after taking CIPRO and
Lomotil to conteract the situation.  One charter group reportedly contacted
CocoView BEFORE coming to inquire about whether this problem had been
eliminated...told no problem existed...they came and were out of commission
within 2 days.

Now, the Owner Bill has spent considerable effort and money doing such
things as totally redoing the kitchen refrigeration equipment, etc. ...
testing water, food, employees.  Never found anything wrong that could be
the cause.

Most disturbing was/is the attitude on the part of some of the Senior
staff. Most notable the Resort Operations manager who sort of walked around
with a chip on his shoulder and a "what's the matter NOW?' attitude
when various guests approached him on the subject.  One employee went so
far as to say that it seemed that "it was just Coco View's time in the
barrel" for negative comments.  Another passed it off to a virus from
TACA airlines that "incubated" for the 2 days after arrival.

After much 'testing' of many affected guests, on Friday evening it was
widely reported that there was some sort of 'mold' on the native Honduras
cheese that was different from U.S. cheese.  Owner Bill immediately pulled
cheese from the menu.

I have never written anything like this before...thought it was just
me...until I discovered the magnitude of the problem.  Employess who
interact with the guests on a daily basis told me that this problem is not
an isolated has been ON GOING.  Paying for a week of diving
and only getting in 2 days is NOT what I consider a value.  I intend to
request a refund from Roatan by Owner's son.  What do you
think my chances are?

Dive operation:  As a PADI Divemaster, I checked out the emergency Oxygen
on our dive boat.  Not operational.  Had other Divemaster check other
emergency kits...not operation and/or obsolete.  ONLY on Friday did Resort
Operations Manager FINALLY admit that they were aware of the situation and
working to correct it.  Do yourself...and your fellow divers a
favor...check out the OXY kits in the future and see if they have been
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