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Dive Review of CoCo View Resort in

CoCo View Resort, May, 2013,

by Mark A. Hicks, IL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 6984.

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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 My COCO VIEW RESORT. . Snorkeling Adventure . . . by Rebbeca Middleton

My husband and I just got back from 14 days of beautiful sun and fun at our home away from home . . . Coco View Resort in Roatan. Now Barry is a diver (part fish I think) and I am an avid snorkeler. He enjoys the 2 boat dives and the 2 drop off dives everyday and usually does 2 or 3 night dives per week so you can see he gets a lot of bubble time.
As for me . . well I have the vast area out in what is know as the "Front Yard" . . which includes Coco View Wall and Newman's Wall. Depending on what dive site the boats are going to, I am able to join the dive boats when shallower dive sights present themselves. The Dive Master (Kirk) knew I was a snorkeler and would keep me up to date with the schedule so I could decide if I wanted to join them for some snorkeling or stay and see what I could discover in the Front Yard.
With the seas very flat for several days I was able to enjoy Calvin's Crack, Pond View Wall, Mary's Place, Too Tall Too Small, Anka's Place and of course did the drop offs at both Coco View Wall and Newman's Wall.
We were on the Coco View IV otherwise known as the Red Boat with Dive Master Kirk and boat Captain Dave. Both were very helpful to me as a snorkeler . . . Kirk gave me a great under standing of each dive sight and showed me where to head off to and what I should look for. I'd jump in and they would hand me my camera. Dave kept an eye on me as I explored all over the dive sight. Dave would always be there for me when I came out of the water by helping me with my fins and camera so I could safely exist the water. I would snorkel from both a moored dive locations and from non-moored locations such as the drop offs on Newman's and Coco View Walls..
I can honestly say that the only thing I didn't see that the diver's saw was a nurse shark and a turtle. But in the past I have seen a sea turtle up close out of Coco View Wall and this year there was one that traveled between Coco View Wall and Newman's on a regular basis. I just missed it. There were octopus, porcupine fish, burr fish, blue tangs galore, tons of sergeant majors, lots of juvenile yellowtail damselfish, blennies galore, sharp-nosed puffers at every coral head, blue chromis, grunts, squirrel fish, groupers, graysbys, morays, eels, lionfish were not too many, but they were there, scorpion fish, crabs, seahorses -------seen from the surface---- in about 20 feet of water, trumpet fish, needlefish, stingrays, spadefish, trunkfish, barracudas, durgeons, parrotfish, flounder, permit fish, gobies, angelfish, 1 rock beauty which I don't think I had ever seen before, butterfly fish, wrasses, basslets, lobsters, urchins and sand dollars . . as you can see . . the list is quite long !!
That is all I can remember off the top of my head except the last great fish I saw coming up near the dive platform in the turtle grass was a 15 inch Flying Gurnard. I had never seen one before and I wasn't sure what it was. I didn't know if it was able to sting with all of it's prongs and pointy parts. It was absolutely beautiful. I got to take about 10 photos of it and a video of it crawling on it's two yellow fins along the turtle grass. It was . . . AMAZING!!!!!!
The sun was very hot so I wore lots of sunscreen while out of the water. I also was eaten by the sand fleas but that is just me. They say it is my negative blood. No one else in our party got bitten like I did. But I have to say, they love me and that is not unusual. Nurse Andrea has created a bug spray that works well as a deterrent and as an after bite spray. My husband never got one bite.
Mitch and Deb Karlson are the General Managers of the resort and I have to say they are the BEST!!!! Service is the #1 thing that all departments excel in. The maids, cooks, grounds keepers, laundry facility workers, maintenance personnel boat repair staff, dive center staff, boutique staff, photo center staff and the office staff are all there to help you out and to make sure you have what you need to make everyday a special one. They all work very hard for you and it shows in the whole resort.
Mitch and Deb have made fabulous changes there. Their new office and location is behind the Playa Miguel Beach House offices.
The spa and fitness area has been turned into brand new rooms, the old general managers office and apt. has been made into The Mango Suite. There is new furniture being made for the rooms, the walkways are all in great repair and well lit at night by solar lights. The rabbits have been given an larger area to hop around in and the birds are all doing well in their new digs.
There has been lots of work done down at the docks. There is a totally new area to the west of the red boat that is going to enable them to move the compressor room to the end and make a new dive locker for the EZ Diver. I believe the old compressor rooms will be converted into new areas and one of them will be a dive locker for the Reef Nut. All the boats are in excellent repair and some freshly painted and overhauled.
There is wifi everywhere now and Patti has done a marvelous job with the boutique. She has new stock in and rotates it through outside on the tables so you can see new items everyday. The tee shirts are great. Lots of sizes and lots of choices of designs and colors. Well done!!!
Tim and Barb are always helpful and ready to get you ready to take great underwater photos. Tim is an excellent instructor.
Nurse Andrea is a great care giver. She has her own little office to the east of the docks. She is looking for donations for her services and can help out with most problems or get you to a hospital for severe things. She helps out the staff, the guests, the families of the staff and the children and people of the island. She truly is an angel.
Can I fault anything........... or do I wish to see an improvement on something...... I can't honestly think of a thing. Coco View is a diver's paradise and a snorkelers dream. I feel very well taken care of and am over the moon with every aspect of my trip to Coco View Resort.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Websites CoCo View Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79-89°F / 26-32°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They asked to try and keep dives to 1 hour.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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 LOTS of photo ops !!!!!
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