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Dive Review of CoCo View Resort in

CoCo View Resort, Jan, 2014,

by Geoff Fallon, OH, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 7505.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments CocoView Resort – January 2014

What’s different about CCV? The most unique feature of this resort is the entry for shore diving. While the gear lockers are the best I’ve ever seen – each boat has it’s own locker for the divers on that boat and each diver has plenty of room in a well-ventilated area that is mere steps from the boat – a shore diver must carry their tank and gear about 50 yards to the shore entry point. Then, you must wade out about 50 yards, be sure to bring booties, to a platform in about 4 feet of water where you put your fins on and begin the dive. After that the swim out is very well marked with a chain and buoys and the shore diving is good with two wrecks and two walls easily accessible.

The other different aspect of CCV is that while they do two-tank morning and two-tank afternoon boat dives, the second dive is a “drop off” where divers must dive the house reef (and wrecks) and then wade in from the platform. While it is possible to leave your tank at the water exit point (there’s a rack) many people carried them the 50 yards to the gear locker. With a camera it always took me two trips.

The dive sights are fantastic and some of the best in the Caribbean for walls. Nearly every dive has a wall with lots of hard and soft coral. It was not teeming with fish during our visit and the visibility was poor for a few days – rain caused runoff but there were still plenty of subjects for photography. An amazingly cooperative green moray spent 30 minutes in one place letting photographers get their lenses within touching distance. Next to the moray was juvenile drum swimming figure eights in a rather exposed place as opposed to an inaccessible nook.

There was a shark dive one day with a different dive operator but we took the CCV boat. This was terrific and well organized. When the second group went in for some reason there were few sharks so the leader immediately said there would be no charge for this dive because it wasn’t what they expect from a shark dive.

The resort is modest but quite livable. There are sand paths between buildings, and hence water-filled. foot-dunk tanks at every doorway. The dining room is not air conditioned but has plenty of ceiling fans and the food is simple “home cooking” where, for example, the entrée at lunch was fish fingers. Other than that there was chicken, turkey, Italian night as well as steak & lobster on Friday night. The bed was quite comfortable and there was plenty of hot water even at peak times. For drinking water each room has a five-gallon plastic bottle with a pump to serve yourself water. There’s typical coffee pot in each room and the Honduran coffee, which is home grown, is quite good. The staff is uniformly friendly and more than willing to help.

Tipping: CCV suggests tipping each dive leader (two per boat) $10 - $15 per day, which in my experience is fairly standard. Not so standard was a suggestion to tip the remainder of the resort staff 10% - 15% of your hotel bill, which amounts to $150 - $200. At this rate it’s obvious that this is where the staff makes its income so I felt compelled to tip at this level. Not a problem, but be prepared. Also, the dive shop and boutique prefer cash and charge extra for credit card use.
Websites CoCo View Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Throughout Caribbean, Hawaii & Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas no currents
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 15-50 Ft/ 5-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Camera dunk tanks on boat and at gear lockers which always seemed to have clean water. Staff very helpful in handing down and taking cameras.
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