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CoCo View Resort, Roatán, Honduras

eat, sleep and dive a lot is their motto

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Dear Fellow Diver:

On my flight from Delta's Atlanta hub to Roatán, I was surrounded by a crowd drinking at 10 a.m. and loudly advertising it. My partner issued soothing reassurance, "They won't be at CoCo View." A safe prediction, because CoCo View's T-shirt motto of "Eat, Sleep, Dive" sums it up: it's all diving, not partying. For many Caribbean divers, CoCo View (CCV) is the premier destination.

At the Roatán airport, I got my first dose of CCV efficiency. Nora, the resort's rep who greets incoming divers, walked me out to their bus, and 20 minutes later, I was listening to a short welcome briefing as my gear was whisked to my over-the-water bungalow.

I've been here before (and thus avoided the beach checkout dive -- mandatory unless you've been here previously -- which you do on your own in lieu of the first boat dive), and noticed the upgrades in my comfortable bungalow. It now had in-room Wi-Fi, a coffeemaker, minifridge and bottled water. It also had A/C, though I preferred the sea breezes most days. My partner suggested a shore dive, but my mood was to hang out on my little balcony and transition from work mode to Caribbean vibe.

Entrance and Exit to CoCo View's House ReefNext morning at 6 a.m., as I fired up the coffeemaker and looked out at the reef line, I spotted four divers kicking in from their dawn dive. Apparently, some folks skip the "sleep" part of the T-shirt instructions. A few eggs and a couple hours later, I stepped off the stern of Coco II, one of four identical, well-designed dive boats, and dropped in to "Two Tall Two Small," a site so close to CCV's house wall that my friend, who traveled with us, started his second dive by dropping off right there and cruising the wall back to the lodge.

I can often dive the same reef twice and feel differently about it, depending on chance sightings. My first dive here was OK, with Creole wrasse schools and an eagle ray banking close by. Six days later, the same site yielded one of my better dives. As I came to a sand chute, I saw my partner head-to-head with a goliath grouper. Matched in weight class, they eyed each other until the fish eased out from under its ledge. I swam with 100 yellowtail parrotfish, about the only parrot that schools, while another diver pointed out a scorpionfish I had just passed over. My partner clicked her rattler to show me Florida corallimorphs, then she found a branching anemone and a strawberry tunicate....

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