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Dive Review of CoCo View Resort in

CoCo View Resort, May, 2011,

by Debbie Pasich, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6064 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The diving: If you’re interested in 24/7 diving CoCo View is the place for you as in addition to 2 daily boat trips you can grab a tank anytime day or night and do a shore dive. This is probably the most organized and best run dive operation we’ve seen. Once briefed on a dive site your free to stick with the dive master or dive on your own. Tanks were regularly filled to 3000 PSI and NITROX is available for a single fee for the week. Dive sites were anywhere from 5 to 25 minutes from the dock with the briefing done at the dock before heading out. The boats go out twice a day and dives were typically 60 minutes in duration. The first tank is a moored or (depending upon conditions) a drift dive and the second dive is a “drop-off” dive where the boat drops you off at one of 3 sites available in the front of the resort (fondly referred to as their front yard). You exit this dive on shore and take the short walk back to the dive locker area. If you’ve never been to CoCo View they will give you an orientation dive where they test your mask clearing and buoyancy skills and then give you a short tour of the “front yard” so you become familiar with the best way to enter and exit the water for shore dives. The shore dives include Newman’s Wall, CoCo View wall and the Prince Albert wreck. They have great dive boats with giant stride exits available from both sides and the stern. The dive locker area was spacious, well laid out, had numerous rinse tanks for gear and cameras, several fresh water showers and lines to hang wet suits and booties. On most dives the gorgonians and fans were absolutely beautiful. Other than a few large green morays, a couple turtles, a few barracuda and one large grouper the balance of the fish were the usual Caribbean tropicals (although nothing in abundance). I would consider CoCo View a great place to go for macro photography – lots of little stuff including seahorses. The lion fish have hit Roatan and CoCo View is doing their part to rid the area of the invasive species. I would suggest this is not the best place to bring non-diving children as there really isn’t much else to do but dive and relax. During our 9 day stay we only had a couple days where a thick haze of smoke from the mainland wasn’t present. I don’t know if this is typical but it did affect the lighting conditions underwater – it was as if you were diving with light overcast skies. The resort: Most guests arrive at CoCo View on Saturdays and their greeting and orientation for new guests is done as a group. We arrived mid-week and after waiting at the dock for awhile had to poke around and eventually asked another guest where to check in. All rooms have an unobstructed view of the ocean and have air conditioning, a refrigerator and coffee maker. The overwater rooms are more spacious than the oceanfront rooms. The center rooms in the oceanfront rooms are a bit dark with light coming in only through the front double doors. During our visit we stayed in two different rooms. In both cases the beds were soft and suffered from body “divets”. Wireless internet access is available in the clubhouse. In general I think the staff is suffering from visitor fatigue. The office staff was not very friendly and the dining crew didn’t really engage with the guests unless effort was made on the part of the guest. The dining crew seemed pretty comfortable with guests bussing their own tables. We did however find that when the manager was present there was an effort by the staff to walk around to take away your dishes. The food: The food was good (occasionally great) and plentiful. Breakfasts included pancakes, waffles, french toast, fresh fruit and cereal, scrambled eggs, a meat (bacon, ham or sausage), made to order omelets and juices. Lunches usually offered a hot entrée, side dish and soup as well as a sandwich bar. In addition to a salad bar, dinners usually had two entrée choices that included chicken, fish or steak and some other hot meal with side dishes. Both lunch and dinner offered something sweet for dessert. They have all you can drink coffee, ice tea and lemonade. Sodas and adult beverages can be purchased from the bar at reasonable prices. Their gift shop sells bottles of wine ($14) as well as bottles of assorted liquors.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Caymans (all 3), Cozumel, Belize, Dominica and Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 83-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions You could dive your own profile but they like to keep boat dives to a 60 minute maximum.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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
UW Photo Comments Pretty strict enforcement of camera rinse tanks being used solely for cameras.
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