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Dive Review of CocoView in

CocoView, May, 2009,

by Paul Vitkus, NV, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 5169.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I have dove at CocoView annually for the past 5 years and already have reservations to go back next year in 2010. Dive operations are well run and well organized. Many divers are repeat divers (known as Coconuts) and many come in groups of friends that frequently dive together, as is my case. While there are very few large fish, there are plenty of smaller tropical fish and many, many little critters.
Macro photographers will have a blast, as we manage to see new macro critters on every single trip. Divemasters helpful and friendly. Shore diving consists of diving the "house wreck", the Prince Albert, which suffered some new damage during the early morning 7.3 earthquake that shook us wide awake at about 225AM on 5/28/09. Both Cocoview Wall and Newman's Wall which are reachable as shore dives and are used for drop-off dives also suffered some damage. Surprisingly the 7.3 quake caused very little noticeable damage to the resort, so after a cautious morning, boat diving operations resumed that afternoon and meals were presented on time. While immediately after the quake, we were unharmed and safe, the quake illustrated how potentially unprepared resorts in Central America and the Caribbean truly are....had there been actual damage and casualties. A Tsunami warning was issued, luckily there was none, but we were never informed of the warning....I suspect a communication issue related to the state of the local island infrastructure.
Food has improved over the years, not gourmet, but ample and good, family buffet style. Bar serves alcohol at very reasonable prices on honor your tab at end of stay. This is a divers resort, but not a lot to do if you are not a diver, other than nap and lollygag, which can be a fine thing as well. I recommend to all level divers.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Lembeh Straight Indonesia, Truk Lagoon, North Vancouver Island
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility -60 Ft/ -18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Boat dives were approximately 1 hour duration, but not enforced. Shore dives and drop-off dives...unlimited duration.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Plenty of rinse tanks on shore by dive lockers. Rinse tank on boat got crowded, but crew put on extra rinse tank on boat, which took care of all photographers needs.
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