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Dive Review of CoCo View Resort in

CoCo View Resort: "Great vibe and you can dive your own profile", Jul, 2017,

by Douglas , IL, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 10064 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Super friendly and responsive phone agents helped us book a comfy over-water Cabana which had a rustic dark wood cabin feel, with great a/c and an old-looking bathroom which had great water pressure and plenty of hot water.

They picked us up at the airport the moment we landed, along with about 18 military veterans for their special dive group trip. We worried that the large group would dominate the environment at Coco, but they were assigned to their own boats and easily fit into the large dining hall, with no hassles for anyone. Plenty of space for all!

Diving at Coco is plain ole awesome! (Our 2nd trip.) The nice big open boats go to 2 moored sights a day, and it's an incredible opportunity to be able to dive your own profile unsupervised and at your own pace, anywhere you want on either of their 2 walls, as many times as you like, by jumping off their boats returning from their scheduled moored sight dives, or entering from their "beach."

Lots of things to see, and here are just a few: lots of free swimming eels, margate and creole wrasse schools, barracuda, hairy clam, big crabs out in daytime, longsnout seahorses and lots of other seahorses, manta shrimp, porcupine fish, sand flounder, lobsters, pipefish, schools of silversides, sailfin blenny, decorator crab, black tang schools, hairy toadfish, eagle ray, sergeant majors, bahama chub, spadefish . . .

Doc's Dive had fun chimney and wall formations. Mary's place has it's double canyons (but you gotta keep moving cuz it can be crowded) and a pettable grouper at the end. Gold Chain had big fields of lettuce coral, and Menagerie is noted in my dive log as "Incredible!" for its tons of fisheez. I loved Newman Wall every time, not for it's fish (limited) but because I'm all about celebrating diversity! It's architecture and corals, and adventure feel to it, and fans and sponges and colors. . . breathtaking every time. The close areas of the house reef around the wreck had slightly bad viz (20-30) from sand kick up, on a number of dives.

Happy Hour features free deelish popcorn and snacks every eve, and they had great live music 2x during our week as well as a fun dance show by local kids.

The buffet meals were incredible, way more tasty and varied than our last trip in 04. Beef soup, shrimp bisque, fried chicken, ham and tuna salad and pork sandwiches, breaded shrimp, fish of the day varied presentations, tacos, turkey, beef brisquet, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, steak, lobster tail, spaghetti, BBQ ribs, stewed chicken, red rice and beans, fries and scalloped and mashed potatoes...

Healthy sides included coleslaw, salads, watermelon, garlic and sweet breads (not brains, real bread), green beans, corn on the cob, carrots, sweet peas, broccoli, stir fried veggies, asparagus, plantains, guacamole ...

Plenty of dessert choices as well.

Shout outs to the awesome owner of the Dockside Dive Center (was her name Peggy?). She was wonderfully helpful, as was the evening manager (Yanni?), and Doc Radawski's history presentation was super cool (although it was silly to project his slides onto a sunlight filled wall).

A couple of "watch outs"- we ordered some cocktails that weren't on the drink list, and didn't check the pricing in advance. We received a painful surprise for those drinks in our bill at the end. (Drink menu items were reasonable). Also, we asked for help getting a taxi to the West End at the end of our week. The price first quoted us by the office was $50, and then it became $25 when we doublechecked, and then the driver hit us up for $50 once we arrived at our new location. We found out that local rates would've been about $15 or less.

Coco View is a unique and awesome experience. There are plenty of cool moored dive sights to which the boats go daily, but you also dive your own profiles as mentioned. Where else can you do that? Their "house reef" is the best that I've ever visited, I've seen nothing else like it. What an incredibly relaxing and adventure-ish dive trip!

Websites CoCo View Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Solomons, Truk, Yap, Palau, Coral Sea, GBR, PNG, Roatan, Maui, Jamaica, Florida Jupiter and Keys, L'il Cayman and Grand Cayman East, Belize Ambergris and Isla Marisol, Grand Turk, Cabo Pulmo, Cozumel, Dominica, Bonaire, Fiji, Komodo and Lembeh, Bonne Terre mine and Saba
Closest Airport Roatan Getting There Miami To Roatan, super ez

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions See my report. Dive your own profile as desired. Boat dives were an hour underwater no problemo.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
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