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Dive Review of CoCo View Resort in
Honduras

CoCo View Resort, Aug, 2013,

by Steve Dussault, NH, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7083.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments CoCo View Resort Roatan Hondoras May 18-25, 2013


BOOKING:

The booking process for CoCo View was easy and straight forward and
they charge in US funds.

ARRIVAL AND ORIENTATION:

   We were greeted at the airport by a CoCo View representative and
escorted to a taxi for a 20 minute ride to the landing area where you
transfer to a boat for a short ride to the resort.  Checking into the
resort was not the smoothest check in we have experienced.  We were
greeted on the dock by someone from the front office who presented us a stack of documents to review and sign.  After we completed our paperwork we were pretty much on our own trying to figure out where to set up our gear, get weights, and how NITROX is done.  We asked lots of questions to the staff and muddled our way through getting set up.  CoCo View requires all guests do a checkout dive prior to doing any diving.  If you arrive early enough and can figure out how to set up your gear in time, you can do the check out dive that afternoon for an additional fee of $10 per diver and you need to be ready to go by 3:00 PM

The next day you are required to watch a 23 minute orientation video that explains everything we struggled to figure out the day earlier.  We then did our check out dive and was shown the house reef and how to navigate around the area.

The resort asks that you do not use bathroom towels but to use beach towels available at the front office for $5 for the week.  Most resorts provide free beach towels as an incentive not to use the bathroom towels for diving.


LODGING:

When we made reservations the main facility was full but we were told that we could be waitlisted and were assured a spot in one of nearby beach houses for the same price.  The beach house properties are a separate business not directly connected to CoCo View.  We ended up in Beach House #4 which is large and spacious but needs a lot of TLC and repairs.  The property is also up for sale so maybe this explains the state of disrepair of the beach house. The Playa Miquel only takes cash so be prepared.  To get back and forth from the beach house and Coco View there is a fleet of bicycles for use.  Unfortunately the bicycles do not have any baskets so if you are diving with a large underwater camera you have to walk in the morning and end of day with the heavy camera.

THE DIVE OPERATION:

The resort has four large dive boats.  Entry points are off of either side or off the stern.  Re-entry is either from two stern ladders or through an entry through the middle of the boat.  For the latter you climb up a ladder and come up through the center of the boat.  This makes it easier to get back on board during rough conditions.  If you have a large camera you will have to hand up the camera via the side or back before using the middle ladder. There is a large camera rinse tank and table for cameras.  There are no heads on board so a two tank dive makes for a long time.

The gear area consists of four large garage-like stalls with equipment bins on both sides and benches in the center and a table to fill out NITROX fills.  Outside of each stall there is a gear rinse tank and camera rinse tank.  There are clothes lines outside to hang up your equipment to dry.  The rinse tanks are changed mid day for the afternoon dive.

DIVING:

There are two boat dives a day.  The first boat dive leaves at 8:30 AM for a 10-20 minute ride to the dive site where the boat ties off to a mooring. Everyone goes over and usually gathers at the mooring waiting for the dive master.  The dives will go along the wall for 30 minutes or so and then circle back over top of the reef and back under the boat around minute 45.  Maximum dive time is 60 minutes and maximum depth is 130 feet with most to see between 30 to 70 feet.  After approximately a 30 minute surface interval you have the option of being dropped off on the wall near the resort and swimming back the resort.  Typical dive time to the wreck in front of the resort is 30 minutes so there plenty of time to explore the wreck also or just head into shore.  The swim into shore is through a shallow area (3-5 feet) about 50 yards long.  You then will reach a raft where you can take your fins off for the 100 yard walk back to the gear lockers.  The afternoon dive is a repeat of the morning dive with a different dive site. Typically there is little to no current to deal with on the dives.


There are few large fish or schools of fish to be seen.  There are large sea horses of different colors that can be found.  The walls have some soft corals but most of the fan corals are damaged or dying. Supposedly the resort is located in marine preserve but the sea life is not showing the benefits of the preserve.

FOOD:

Meals are served buffet style and you return your dishes to a drop off area.  The food is plentiful and pretty basic and straight forward. Standard breakfast items, home made soup at lunch and beans and rice. Dinner consisted of chicken, fish, or beef with vegetables or plantain.

Happy Hour 5:00-6:30 with discounted drinks and free snacks.  Live music on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday nights.


SUMMARY:

CoCo View has has a frequent diver program. If you visit 9 times then the 10th time is free.  I suspect a lot of divers find CoCo View a great place to come diving, but we did not find the attraction to the resort. Overall CoCo View is an average Caribbean dive destination both above and below water with a good value for a dive trip.

Websites CoCo View Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving US, Caribbean, Fiji, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes 130 ft
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Large dedicated clean rinse tanks for the cameras on the dock and the boat.
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