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Dive Review of Dockside Dive Center/CoCoView in

Dockside Dive Center/CoCoView, Aug, 2006,

by Sandy Oliver, Ma, USA . Report 2959.

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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 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The visibility was good for divers but down for snorkelers. The deeper you got the visibility improved and would differ from early am to pm. Went on the shark feed dive with WAIHUKA dive center arranged by Cocoview which was the best day of the trip. Actually very safe and relaxing after the initial shock of all the reef sharks in one area. After 22 I shopped counting. Large grouper and a curious green moray swam in and out of our legs as the sharks were only an arm length away. Well worth the money.

No big fish but abundance of tropicals that were fairly large. Abundance of schooling fish, healthy barracuda and morays, parrot fish, drums, soldiers, eagle rays, all of which seemed well fed for their size. A whale shark was spotted from one of the dive boats. Four dive boats, well maintained, leave from the dock at 8:30am and 2pm to different sites and then do drop off dives on return. Cocoview wall and Newman's wall and the Prince Albert wreck are right off the resort to dive anytime day or night. The coral and sponges were brilliant with all differing colors which made photography picture perfect.

Staff were great both at CocoView and Dockside. Food remained awesome the whole week. We had a Bungalow over the water which was great until we lost power and electricity several times over the week. We also lost water to the rooms several times during the week but recovered quickly. No phones, No TV and NO Bosses was great, if you are into that type of trip. I am.

Used 80 cu. ft steel tanks, (Nitrox available) but lack of 63 tanks for some of us needs to be considered. If you did not have a dive partner you tagged along with the group. The boats were not crowded and easy off and on with little effort. Overall, a well run operation.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Cayman Island, Little CAyman, BVI's, Cancun, Cozumel, Dominica, Bermuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, MA., RI., Ct., Pa., NJ., Fl.,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, 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 yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 ft/1hr max
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Took a photo course which was excellent. Large dry table for cameras and dunking tanks both on the boats and off. Max help from crew to handle equipment.
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