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Dive Review of CoCo View Resort in

CoCo View Resort, Jan, 2013,

by Richard Talaga, IL, US ( 2 reports). Report 7378.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments My wife and I have enjoyed diving at CoCoView resort for a number of years because of its relatively easy access from Chicago. They run an excellent dive operation on the dock and in the water. Nitrox is readily available, the dive masters and captains are skilled and conscientious; most of them have been associated with CoCoView for many years and are native to the island. Gear storage and cleaning facilities are plentiful and well-maintained, with ample support for underwater photographers. The reefs and walls have an abundance of corals and sponges. In addition to a large variety of dive sites, most just a few minutes by boat, the morning and afternoon second-tank dives are not led by a divemaster. These "drop-off" dives are on two walls that lead back to the resort and divers are free to explore the reefs and wrecks near the resort at their own pace.

Our week started off with breezy conditions, with clear skies and waves up to four feet. In a day or two the winds died down and we had calm waters until the the end of the week. On Friday, the day before we were to leave, it started raining with a low cloud cover. The morning dive was OK, but we scrapped the drop-off dive and prepared our gear for the trip back home. But this unusual weather system did not move quickly. We headed for the airport on Saturday morning and waited at the gate for our flight, which never came. Most jet flights that day were diverted to other airports in Cancun or San Pedro Sula and were not allowed to land on Roatan because of the low cloud cover and the westerly wind direction, which made it impossible to land under visual flight rules. The airport was closed for most of the day and by 6pm we knew no flights would be landing. All passengers were told to return to the baggage area and claim their bags. Now what? Where would we stay and how would we get there, along with hundreds of others stranded at the airport?

Here is where the CoCoView management, headed by Mitch Karlson, came to our rescue. All guests were taken back to the resort, provided dinner and a free room for the night. We were able to sleep in the same room that we left early in the morning. The next morning it was still raining hard. We were picked up by Mitch and Yancsy in golf carts and transported to the club house for a complimentary breakfast and transportation back to the airport. After arriving at the airport around 10am, the clouds finally parted in late afternoon and around 6pm four big jetliners landed on Roatan, greeted by applause and cheers reminiscent of a scene from the movie "Casablanca". We were the first to take off, an hour later. CoCoView treats their guests like "family" and that is one big reason we'll keep coming back.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys and Atlantic coast, Bahamas, Dry Tortugas, Hawaiian Islands, Bonaire, Grenadines; Inland USA: quarries and caverns.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions recreational depth limits; around 60 minutes bottom time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Best UWP facilities for a land-based dive operation I have encountered.
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