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Dive Review of Cocotinos in

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Kovacs, FL, U.S.A. (2 reports)
Report Number 4901
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Philippines, Lembeh, Tulamben, Bahamas, Honduras, Curacao, Florida, British
Columbia, Galapagos,Red Sea, Cozumel, Solomon Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    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
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
Cocotinos is a very clean and well kept resort.  Rooms were spacious and
everything worked beautifully.  The attitude of the staff was fantastic.
Very pleasant compared to the terribly arrogant attitude of a well known
resort in the Lembeh Strait that we had to endure the week before.
   The food was hit and miss but the staff was very accommodating.  Even
though the menu was limited if you liked something and wanted to eat it
everyday they would make it for you no problem.  The staff was a breath of
fresh air.
      The diving in Manado was quite nice.  Cocotinos doesnt actually have
a true house reef.  No shore diving.  Their house reef is actually a 10
minute boat ride away.  Had plenty of critters to keep us happy but also
had plenty of wide angle sites with great viz.  A nice mix.  Bunaken wall
was interesting with great viz and wild currents that could change in an
instant but the beauty is over-hyped.  It was nice but really wasnt that
amazing.  Didnt see any pelagics are large fish.  Only one turtle.

Because Bunaken was an hour away by boat, the usual schedule was a 3 boat
dive trip leaving at around 8 and returning around 3 or 4.  Night dives at
6pm were available with a minimum of 2 people.

Even though during the dive briefing the divemaster would always say that
dive times were 50 minutes the dives were always at least one hour and
usually longer.  There were only 3 of us on the boat during the entire week
so I dont know if this would be the case with a boat filled with 20

The only problem during the week, which was very quickly fixed, was that
the first 3 days we had a dive guide that we were thoroughly happy with. 
We clicked and he understood out diving style and we were very pleased with
his spotting skills.
Suddenly one day we were set up with another dive guide who we were unhappy
with.  Their excuse was that they like to rotate dive guides   (we didnt
necessarily buy that explanation).  After requesting our old guide back we
were reunited the next day.
Again they were very accommodating to requests.

Overall a very enjoyable experience.
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