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Dive Review of World of Watersports/Coco Reef Resort in
Trinidad and Tobago/Crown Point

World of Watersports/Coco Reef Resort, Oct, 2004,

by S. Titus, VA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 1419.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Dominica, Bonaire, Saba, Puerto Rico, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel, Bequia, BVI
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Time and depth, entry and exit
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Diving at the southern Crown Point end of the island is not as dramatic as the sites at Speyside; but the currents aren't as strong. Better for novice divers. The corals are plentiful, lots of small to medium tropicals, and lots of critters. The deep wreck, the Maverick, has a lot of critters and a few sharks and larger ocean fish passed us by.

We chose to dive with World of Watersports from a personal friend's recommendation; they are not the on-site operation at Coco Reef. WoW picks you up at your hotel, and drives you to whatever beach location is near the morning's dive site. You wade to the boat, climb on and head out for a short ride. Comfortable boat; not too crowded. Our dive guide, Marvin, was very friendly, knowledgable and helpful (we think the shop should upgrade his gear for him, however. Two dives are done, with a surface interval on the boat. Gear is managed by the dive staff; they take it off the boat, rinse it at the shop, and have it setup on board the next day. Great service from Marvin. Due to currents, everyone enters and exits at the same time. No drift line is on the boat, so you will be collected if you float away from the group.

Coco Reef Resort is a true resort - a popular current film star was staying there as well - so "damp dive casual" dress won't work! There is a strict dress code for the hotel restaurant, most clients were in classy casual in general. The grounds are gated with controlled entry; the swimming beach is protected by a rock jetty; and lush tropical plants are everywhere. Although the appearance is very classy, underneath the veneer it is typical Caribbean. We had very little water pressure in our room; from about 5PM - 6:30PM when everyone was coming off the beach before dinner there was no hot water, either. The AC unit in our room vibrated like a DC-9 on take-off; although it was worked on twice it never was acceptably quiet. I had scheduled a massage; it was not until I was standing at the desk at the appointed 3PM time that I was told the masseur had called in sick - so an afternoon was shot from that. I rescheduled for the next day, and discovered on arrival that the A/C was not working in the spa. The room was about 98 degrees with no windows, and a fan. Was surprised that the resort did not provide an alternate room; felt worse for the masseur. The food for breakfast and lunch was good but not outstanding. On the upside - messages were delivered with great speed, housekeeping was outstanding (fresh towels twice a day) and the staff were very friendly.

We ate at local restaurants - Coco's, Dillon's, Ru-B-Lou's and the Pelican. All were very good and well priced.

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