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Dive Review of Cocoview in

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Darren Dawson, SC, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
East End of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, the Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire,
Cozumel, the Kona coast of Hawaii, Utila, and Dominica  
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
This a good setup on the boats
Lots of room
Nice on side dive site
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
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General: We took our first trip to Roatan on August 6-13, 2005 and stayed
at Coco View Resort. CCV is a dedicated all-inclusive dive resort which can
accommodate roughly 72 guests on-site. The resort was full the week we were
there due to the presence of two rather large groups. While this did not
cause problems with meals or crowding around the resort grounds, the dive
boats were (over)crowded. We found the diving on Roatan to be very good,
especially the walls, which were really colorful with abundant sponges and
corals. The fish life was also healthy  lots of schools of small fish on
many dives, though not great numbers of large fish. We used insect
repellent with Deet throughout the week and experienced no problems with
mosquitoes or no-see-ums. 

Lodging/Dining: We stayed in an over-the-water cabana, which was a duplex,
and found it to be very nice. It was air conditioned with two double beds
and plenty of storage space. The bathroom was outfitted with shower, toilet
and sink, and we were never short on hot water. Of course, the resort had
standard Central American plumbing (no flushing of toilet paper) and the
tap water is not potable. A large jug of drinking water was provided in the
room. Our balcony was furnished with a hammock and Adirondack chair and
offered a beautiful
Maid service was provided daily and towels were replenished each day. Guest
rooms do not have televisions or phones, which was fine with us. The
electrical outlets in the room took standard US plugs. The grounds were
nicely maintained and ample sitting areas were located around the resort.
The main building contained the office and gift shop in addition to the
dining area. The dining room was cooled with ceiling fans and not air
conditioned, so it did get hot at times. Phone calls to the US can be made
from a phone in the office at the rate of $1 per minute. This was nice for
checking in on the children during the week. The food here was average, but
certainly acceptable considering CCVs relatively low price. All meals are
served buffet style. Breakfast was actually quite good  with hot meats and
made-to-order omelettes, pancakes, waffles, etc. as well as cold cereals
and bagels. We both thought the coffee was awful, though. Lunches and
dinners ranged from below average to good, though a few meals were actually
quite good. For some of the meals there were very limited choices,
particularly with regard to side dishes, and the desserts were not fancy
(cakes tasted like they were made from box mixes, but a knowledgeable
source told me they were homemade). Fresh fruit was usually available at
breakfast and lunch (bananas, watermelon). On Friday night we were served
surf and turf, which was excellent. Also, there was a free rum punch party
in the bar/recreation area after dinner with live music and dancing. You
can purchase sodas from the bar in the dining area, and you can get sodas
and a limited variety of snacks from a small on-site store called The
Trading Post. 

Diving: The resort has 4 large dive boats, which we found to be the best
boats we have ever been on. Divers could enter the water two at a time from
the back of the boat or from either of two side entries. The boats are
covered in the front, open in the back. All boats had mask rinse buckets
and nice large, clean camera rinse tanks. Upon arrival, you are assigned a
boat for the week and your gear is set up on the same spot on the boat all
week long. The gear rooms are spacious and well designed. They are
walk-through garage-style rooms with one end open to the dock by your boat
and the other end open to rinse tanks and drying racks facing the back of
the main resort building. There are large rinse tanks on both sides of the
gear rooms and camera rinse tanks on the resort-side. The dive schedule
includes two boat dives per day, one in the morning just after breakfast
and one in the afternoon right after lunch. The boat rides to the sites
tend to be 5 to 25 minutes, though most are in the 10-minute range.
Following each boat dive, you have an option to do a drop-off dive along
one of the two walls on either side of the boat channel or on the Prince
Albert wreck in the channel. You can also do shore dives any time of the
day or night, conditions permitting. Tanks are stored in the gear room
area, and you need to suit up there, then walk around the main building to
the shore dive entry site.
There is a relatively smooth entry channel from shore, where you walk out
to a wooden platform where you can don your fins and mask before swimming
out to the wreck or the walls. We joked that the CCV video which describes
the shore diving as a few fin kicks away needs to be modified to a few
HUNDRED fin kicks away as it is definitely a bit of a swim out to the
walls and the wreck. While the gear set-up and the boats were really
well-designed, we thought that there were too many people on each boat. We
regularly had 14-16 people on board following one DM. While this was not
too much of a problem for many dives, where we just followed behind the
group at our own pace, this was a real issue when the DM found creatures
like seahorses and everyone piled on top of each other trying to look or
get a photo, or at sites like Calvins Crack and Marys Place where
everyone has to go through a portion of the dive single-file. 
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