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Dive Review of CoCo View in

CoCo View, Aug, 2004,

by Ron Hyatt, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 1281.

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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 N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Had been to CoCo View before; really enjoyed the trip. New owners have made some changes. Rooms are basic, not fancy, but beds are comfortable, clean and good a/c. Maid service good. Good food and plenty of it, lunch/dinner buffet style, breakfast made to order. Kitchen staff very good. Diving very easy, boat rides were 10-30 mintutes; dive boats sturdy, easy to enter/exit, covered; table and rinse tank for cameras. Boat captains helpful and good attitudes; my divemaster, Jessie, was outstanding. He is very knowledgeable, in and out of the water. Found all the small critters, good briefings. Kept the dive organized and fun. Found lots of photo ops. First boat dive usually 1 hour, the drop off dive at either Newman's or CoCo View wall on your own to plan. Shore diving easy, 24/7. Dive shop well equipped and can handle most all repairs. The photo shop is also well equipped with supplies/advice. Saw all the small critters, seahorses, squid, crabs, lobsters, flamingo tongues, toad fish, etc. Saw rays, a shark, turtles. Coral seems to be coming back; some of the sites like Forty Foot Point, Missing Link,Calvin's Crack were terrific because of the coral, sponges and critters. On our last day, a call came in that Orcas had been spotted. One of the boat captains got a boat and out we went. We spent 45 minutes watching them (6) swimming together; at one point, they changed direction and swam directly under our boat. Very exciting as they are not seen in this area but a couple of times a year. This extra effort by the captain was much appreciated. CoCo View also seems to handle its paperwork very well, easy to check in/check out; Nora also handle getting your boarding passes for your return flights. The whole staff headed up by Billie and Erin do a great job. Will be back asap.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, San Salvador (bahamas), Flower Gardens
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-50 Ft/ 12-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Usually one hour on first dive, doing the drop off dive on the walls, you were on your own. shore diving, you were on your own plan.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Dive boats have camera area and rinse tank; boats are covered and are easy to enter/exit. Crew very considerate of photo equipment. Dock has big rinse tanks. Photo shop does nice job with supplies/services

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