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Dive Review of Dockside Dive Center/Coco View Resort] in

Dockside Dive Center/Coco View Resort], Nov, 2010,

by Jeanne & Bill Downey, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 44 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 5854.

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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 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Nineteen divers and two vacationers made their way to CocoView resort on Roatan Island off the coast of Honduras this past November. The group hailed mostly from Pittsburgh, PA with a couple from California and Texas. Everyone flew Continental through Houston, an easy trip. Half a dozen managed to make it to the dock in time to do the required orientation dive the day of arrival; they were able to jump on the dive boat the next morning. The rest of us did our orientation dive the morning after arrival, which was a good move for the newer divers.
We all had over-the-water cabanas, with porches, screened windows, wood floors, air conditioning, refrigerators, ceiling and floor fans, lots of shelves, a few hangars, a desk, and several low tables; there was plenty of room for spreading out. The bathroom had a huge sink counter and plenty of hot water
It was the rainy season, and we did get a fair amount of rain, but luckily hurricane Tomas veered away from Honduras. The rain kept us from getting sunburned and also kept the dreaded no-see-ums down; as soon as the weather turned nice, they began their attack. Regular application of bug repellant with DEET, along with long pants and tops in the evening, works well.
CocoView has five boats, each one a different color for easy identification. We never had more than 10 on our boat; even with the maximum of 16 divers it would be roomy. There is a large camera rinse tank and camera table towards the stern. Morning dive briefings were held at 8:30am on the boat before starting the engines, and we left on time each day. Dive sites were seven to 25 minutes away. We had smoother than normal seas because the wind was blowing from a different direction than normal. When the seas are lumpy, itís a breeze to board the boat via the ladder in the center of the hull. After the first dive and an hourís surface interval, we had the choice of a drop dive anywhere along the channel wall or on the Prince Albert wreck, or we could skip the second dive and head back to the dock. The same two-dive routine was scheduled each afternoon at 2:00pm, so we dove on the Prince Albert wreck twice a day, plus during our two dusk/night dives. The conditions varied each time, with better or worse visibility. After a couple days we knew where the two resident green moray eels were most likely to be; there was also a small plane wreck nearby, and an eagle ray there one afternoon.
The diving was good. We saw several big green morays besides the ones on the wreck, large crabs, a good number of seahorses, and lion fish have definitely arrived in Roatan. At Calvinís Crack our guide found two uncommon large eyed toadfish. Maryís place, a canyon dive with several swim-throughs, was the prettiest site, and we saw three eagle rays at White House. The optional shark feeding dive was thoroughly enjoyed by two of our group, and the dolphin dive at Anthonyís Key is also available at an additional fee.
Night diving couldnít be easierógear up, walk to the water and head to the Prince Albert wreck or wall. The first evening we didnít see much, but the second attempt produced a bonanza of several large lobsters and dozens of small crabs of all types. And we were out of the water in time for dinner!
Speaking of which, the food ranged from good to excellent. They have a fairly new chef, and heís doing a great job. All the meals are buffet-style, with plenty of food and lots of choices, such as cereal, eggs, and pancakes for breakfast, meat, soup, salad, and rice and beans for lunch, and meat, fish, salad, pasta, vegetables, and of course, dessert for supper. Coffee, lemonade, water, and ice tea were always available.
Thereís plenty to do out of the water, too, such as being fascinated by the hummingbirds and fruit bats at the feeders, trying to have a conversation with the birds and the bunny on property, flying in a seaplane, doing an island tour, zip-lining in the jungle, flying to the mainland to visit Mayan ruins, playing pool or table tennis, listening to Doc talk about the local history and politics, taking a photo class, or learning how to improve oneís buoyancy. The local children put on a very entertaining dance production one evening, and the bar was always popular. Oh, and thereís that hammock thing.
CocoView has figured out how to do pretty much everything rightónow if they could only eliminate the sand fleas! The orientation dive isnít required if our return is in less than five years, so I guess weíll be heading back to Roatan before then.
Websites Dockside Dive Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caribbean, Australia, Micronesia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cocos, Galapagos, Bikini, etc.
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Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82-82°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Nitrox limit and one hour.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Nice sized camera table and rinse tank on boat. Camera table actually only used for cameras.
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