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Dive Review of Dockside Dive Center/Coco View Resort] in

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne & Bill Downey, PA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Caribbean, Australia, Micronesia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cocos,
Galapagos, Bikini, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox limit and one hour.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Nice sized camera table and rinse tank on boat. Camera table actually only
used for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Nineteen divers and two vacationers made their way to CocoView resort on
Roatan Island off the coast of Honduras this past November. The group
hailed mostly from Pittsburgh, PA with a couple from California and Texas.
Everyone flew Continental through Houston, an easy trip. Half a dozen
managed to make it to the dock in time to do the required orientation dive
the day of arrival; they were able to jump on the dive boat the next
morning. The rest of us did our orientation dive the morning after arrival,
which was a good move for the newer divers.
We all had over-the-water cabanas, with porches, screened windows, wood
floors, air conditioning, refrigerators, ceiling and floor fans, lots of
shelves, a few hangars, a desk, and several low tables; there was plenty of
room for spreading out. The bathroom had a huge sink counter and plenty of
hot water
It was the rainy season, and we did get a fair amount of rain, but luckily
hurricane Tomas veered away from Honduras. The rain kept us from getting
sunburned and also kept the dreaded no-see-ums down; as soon as the weather
turned nice, they began their attack. Regular application of bug repellant
with DEET, along with long pants and tops in the evening, works well.
CocoView has five boats, each one a different color for easy
identification. We never had more than 10 on our boat; even with the
maximum of 16 divers it would be roomy. There is a large camera rinse tank
and camera table towards the stern. Morning dive briefings were held at
8:30am on the boat before starting the engines, and we left on time each
day. Dive sites were seven to 25 minutes away. We had smoother than normal
seas because the wind was blowing from a different direction than normal.
When the seas are lumpy, its a breeze to board the boat via the ladder in
the center of the hull. After the first dive and an hours surface
interval, we had the choice of a drop dive anywhere along the channel wall
or on the Prince Albert wreck, or we could skip the second dive and head
back to the dock. The same two-dive routine was scheduled each afternoon at
2:00pm, so we dove on the Prince Albert wreck twice a day, plus during our
two dusk/night dives. The conditions varied each time, with better or worse
visibility. After a couple days we knew where the two resident green moray
eels were most likely to be; there was also a small plane wreck nearby, and
an eagle ray there one afternoon.
The diving was good. We saw several big green morays besides the ones on
the wreck, large crabs, a good number of seahorses, and lion fish have
definitely arrived in Roatan. At Calvins Crack our guide found two
uncommon large eyed toadfish. Marys place, a canyon dive with several
swim-throughs, was the prettiest site, and we saw three eagle rays at White
House. The optional shark feeding dive was thoroughly enjoyed by two of our
group, and the dolphin dive at Anthonys Key is also available at an
additional fee.
Night diving couldnt be easiergear up, walk to the water and head to the
Prince Albert wreck or wall. The first evening we didnt see much, but the
second attempt produced a bonanza of several large lobsters and dozens of
small crabs of all types. And we were out of the water in time for dinner!
Speaking of which, the food ranged from good to excellent. They have a
fairly new chef, and hes doing a great job. All the meals are
buffet-style, with plenty of food and lots of choices, such as cereal,
eggs, and pancakes for breakfast, meat, soup, salad, and rice and beans for
lunch, and meat, fish, salad, pasta, vegetables, and of course, dessert for
supper. Coffee, lemonade, water, and ice tea were always available.
Theres plenty to do out of the water, too, such as being fascinated by the
hummingbirds and fruit bats at the feeders, trying to have a conversation
with the birds and the bunny on property, flying in a seaplane, doing an
island tour, zip-lining in the jungle, flying to the mainland to visit
Mayan ruins, playing pool or table tennis, listening to Doc talk about the
local history and politics, taking a photo class, or learning how to
improve ones buoyancy. The local children put on a very entertaining dance
production one evening, and the bar was always popular. Oh, and theres
that hammock thing.
CocoView has figured out how to do pretty much everything rightnow if they
could only eliminate the sand fleas! The orientation dive isnt required if
our return is in less than five years, so I guess well be heading back to
Roatan before then.
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