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Dive Review of Coco View in
Honduras

Coco View, Aug, 2003,

by Sandy, CA, USA . Report 615.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 25 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No Backpacks
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 situation...it 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 Charter...run 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 fixed.......
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