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Dive Review of Coral View Dive Center/Coral View Beach Resort in
Caribbean (General)

Coral View Dive Center/Coral View Beach Resort: "Utila - the itch has been scratched", Apr, 2016,

by Clint Capshaw, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 9103.

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We were a group of 6 adult male divers on our regular spring strip. We look for good diving and not fancy digs.

About Utila: We knew Utila was a destination for young people interested in getting various levels of certification to join the dive industry. The island is full of bare bones operators that focus on training at the lowest cost for these customers. There are quite a few restaurants and even more bars on this very small island. There is a party atmosphere most evenings because of the young people. The island is not really designed for traditional Caribbean visitors..it is down to earth and a bit rough, but we like this kind of place.

The good: The diver operator was as accommodating as could be, friendly and helpful. The regular manager, Faye, was gone and her father, Arthur, was in charge. He was a hoot, quite a character, originally from Great Britain. Grace, Our DM and guide for our entire week, was a contractor but well known to the dive shop. She was terrific and we dived our own profiles all week. Because we had 5 people we got our own boat every day. Captain was pleasant and knew the waters. Diving was good but not great....there were some terrific sites but other were so-so. Shore diving available and the local reef is easy to access and navigate, and available for night dives with a guide.Overall weather was fine and we did not miss any days of diving. All the people we met in town, at the "resort' and the dive shop were terrific, friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. Value for our dollar was excellent. 2 men shared very basic rooms (with AC) and our package cost included breakfast each day. Lunch and even dinner were available, and most days we had lunch on the dock and the meals were brought to us there. The dock bar was run by Elena who had here baby on site with her...she was wonderful and the baby a joy. By the end of the week we were being joined by Arthur, Grace, and other hotel guests for dinner in town. It is that kind of an island.

The bad: The resort is old and rundown. It is a family operation and Managed by the son of the founder. It appears that no one really notices that things need to be repaired, that piles of stuff should be cleaned up or moved out of site. Coral View's main moneymaker is apparently summer camps for young people, as they have a large dormitory that is used to house many kids, and the hotel rooms are modified to hold 4 or 6 bunk-beds (which the were working on during our stay). Admittedly, we were there in what is apparently their off season but it is not a well cared for facility. There are a number of employees that live on site, and often during the day and early evening there are kids running around playing soccer in the halls and making a lot of noise. While the kitchen staff was most helpful and ready to serve, the facility itself left much to be desired. Bear in mind, as a group we don't mind these issues on our guys trip, but it is not a place for folks with even moderate expectations. While the dives shop was overall fine as a facility, the dive boats were old and did appear to lack some maintenance. Wiring exposed etc. IN general the whole place was reflective of the island.....no attention to details or maintenance, and old and worn out.

Bottom line, if you are looking for great value for your dollar, nice people and an easy going atmosphere the island and Coral View are a good choice. If you are looking for upscale, or even mid-scale, go elsewhere. We re glad e went but won't be back....the itch has been scratched.
Websites Coral View Dive Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel many times, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Roatan, Florida Keys, Belize, Flower Gardens, Hawaii (4 islands)
Closest Airport Utila Airport (local flights only) Getting There From Mainland Honduras take a ferry or local unscheduled flights (twin engine or single engine). Same from Roatan. Check on ferries as they seem to come and go. We flew with Island Air, a twin engine older plane run by Captain Angelo.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We had a boat to ourselves and once DM established we were experienced and competent divers, and diving Nitrox, our profiles were pretty much unlimited.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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