Coco View Resort -
Roatan, Honduras - April 2010
7 days of boat and shore diving with Coco View Resort
Scroll down page to see my review of CocoView Resort and video. To see slideshow, click on
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This picture of the wreck of the Price Albert on Coco view's
doorstep is a bit misleading. Most of the time the visibility was
not as good as this around the wreck. It gave it that eerie wreck feeling, but I would have preferred better viz. This is not unexpected as the wreck is pretty close to the "bay" where the turbidity of the water really increases. When you do the drop-offs on the CocoView and Newman's walls you can easily see the visibility deteriorate as you get closer to the shore.
Also, if you don't have a decent strobe (or two), it isn't going to look like this!
One of many seahorses that we saw. We saw more seahorses in this
week than in the last 5 years combined. This picture was taken
through a fogged housing due to having to open the housing in the
Plenty of Lion fish. This was one of 3 that we saw on CocoView wall
on one dive. We actually saw a one inch juvenile Lion Fish right
near the beach. It was absolutely the most beautiful fish I have
ever seen and I didn't have my camera!! It was right in the path and
while we were under the water, (in 3 feet of water) admiring it's
beauty, a diver walking back to the shore came and stepped on it
Well, we reserved too late to insure that we got a room on the
resort. Instead they booked us into a beach house. It was beach
house 11, the largest and farthest away. Some people there that week
had paid extra to stay at a beach house. We paid the standard resort
We would have preferred to stay at the resort.
Why.. well, it is just too far to conveniently haul anything back
and forth and that is what I usually do at the end of the day with
my camera gear. You can't conveniently go back to your room to
change before & after dives. They do have bikes, but I found it
I found myself changing batteries and memory cards outside and until
I started using the dive shop to do that, I was getting fogging
caused by the humidity I was letting into the housing. If I was
going to go back to CocoView and I was still using a camera, I would
not stay at a beach house.
The Beach house itself was fine. Bigger than the 2 of us needed. We
only needed one of the two bedrooms available, but a spare bedroom
was available. Only the downstairs was available, the upstairs was
locked up. Although we had a "Beach House" there really was no beach
where we were, just some grass leading down to the water. It did
provide a lot of privacy, if we needed it. There were a couple of
dogs that greeted us frequently, sometime boisterously. We are dog
people, other may not appreciate them.
The dive setup.
Excellent! You have an area that you put your gear and it stays
there all week. You get a little wood tile with your room number on
it and if it is hanging in the right place, your BC and tanks will
be put on the boat prior to the dives. They will only move nitrox
tanks on the boat if you have checked and recorded them of course.
It was pretty close to live-aboard, but you did have to remove your
BC and swap tanks. On most live-aboards we have been on, they fill
your tank during the Surface Interval and your BC never leaves the
Speaking of tanks, I prefer to dive with larger tanks and
fortunately I had spoken to Patty, the dive shop owner and she
offered me the use of her two larger (100cf) tanks. Thank you Patty!
Our boat had 11 people maximum on it. Most of the time it was
between 7 and 9. Plenty of room. The ladder in the middle of the
boat came in handy a couple a few times as we had some pretty decent
swells and coming up with a camera was easier (a lot easier!)
through the middle of the boat.
The dive staff was great.
Friendly and professional.
Melgar, our DM, actually jumped in and retrieved the rotating bezel
from my compass that had fallen off as I climbed into the boat. If
he can find that he can find just about anything.
The coolest fish we saw were 2 very large black Large-eyed Toadfish.
Again, I didn't have my camera!
One thing I will mention is that the shore diving can be a bit iffy
if there is any kind of current and there were some times when there
was current. The current seemed worse in the shallows, which I have
never experienced before.
<<< Shore diving area..
The food was OK and there was plenty of it. Not always exactly what
was described on the menu, but I can't complain about the food. I'm
a true gourmand. It was tasty and I never felt the need to snack in
between meals like I do back here at home.
We met some very nice people while we were there. On more than one
occasion we served as buddies for folks that couldn't talk the rest
of their group into a night dive.
There was one unfortunate
incident. During the week one of the guests died. She was assisted
in from a shore dive and was apparently dead shortly after. There
was no discussion of this from the management of the resort, but it
did bring home the issue of mortality and made the trip a bit more
reflective than expected. She was relatively young. As usual there
were different stories about what happened. I met her before the
accident so she was not a faceless person to me. It is something
that I truly wish did not happen.
By the end of the week the
spirits seemed to pick up again and we were sad to leave.
Getting there and back can be long and arduous, depending on where
For first timers going there, arrival and transport to CocoView is
You aren't sure who works for CocoView and who works for the
airport, etc. Maybe that was because our plane landed a bit early
and the CocoView person wasn't there yet.
Overall, it was one of the
best resorts that I have been too, but if I ever did go back, I
would stay much closer to the dive operations.
The managers of the resort (they are relatively new in this
position) mentioned that it was like a live-aboard but much cheaper.
I couldn't really agree with that.
We spent a week on the Turks & Caicos explorer last December. The
live-aboard ended up costing us less money overall (airfare + resort
/ live-aboard cost), we had more dives, had better food and saw
about the same (or more) variety of fauna on the dives. Certainly
more sharks and fewer seahorses.
If you have been going to CocoView year after year (many people do)
and have not yet tried a live-aboard, I encourage you to try it at
least once and then make the comparison.
They are both great!
Friendly Gecko. !
Shrimp on the wreck at night.
I was using my UCL-165M67 that night and got lucky with focus.
(all pictures and
videos on this trip taken with Canon G9 and Ikelite DS-51. Some with DS-125)
We learned how to
dive on Roatan 5 years earlier. 200+ dives later, it is interesting to look back
at our first experience with scuba.
Click here to go back 5 years.
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