·Diving – Outstanding Dive Operation
·Honduras Customs (Inbound)
This is what you come to Coco View for! During the week, I managed about 26 dives. Most days were a 2-tank morning, and 2-tank afternoon dive. Each usually consisted initially of a different site, then a drop off dive outside the Resort at either Coco View Wall, or Newman’s wall.
The dive operation is first rate, and highly professional. From the layout of the gear lockers, to the dive boats and boat crews (Divemaster and Captain) things are designed with the serious diver in mind. It is a well-oiled machine that offers the best value for the diver, and 24/7 diving is available with shore diving and Nitrox continuously available.
Marine life is abundant, including sighting of Whale Sharks, Dolphin, Seahorses, a variety of crabs, shrimp, squid, octopus, and a wide assortment of Caribbean Fish. A small assortment of some of the marine life is included in my pictures.
Typical depth was in the 60 to 80 foot range, with dives lasting about 60 minutes in many cases. Diving is varied, and can offer challenging conditions and depths in excess of 100’ for the more advanced divers. 32% Nitrox is available (and plentiful) for $6 per tank, or $100 for the week.
The Resort is situated on a private island about 15 minute ride from the airport. The Resort arranged transportation/transfer, and they took care off the luggage and delivered to your room. After transport, you take a private boat to the island, and begin orientation briefing, which lasted about an hour. After that, we conducted a short orientation dive in the “front yard”, and the wreck of the Prince Albert.
The rooms were basic, but clean. We had an over-water Cabana that was basically a large open wood-trimmed room, with a private porch overlooking the Caribbean. Other rooms were similar in layout, but different in location. Since our room was booked as part of a group package, I am not sure of the specific rates for the different locations (Bungalow’s, Cabana’s, vs., Ocean View Rooms) but in general I do not think you can go wrong with any of them. Maid service was daily, with a change of sheets mid-week.
The resort also has wireless Internet in the “Clubhouse”, and also 2 computers with Internet access located near the health spa. The made it easy to keep in touch with the world, although I specifically did not bring my laptop to get away!
I would rate the food at the Resort very good. While not gourmet, the food was fresh and well prepared. Breakfast was eggs to order, fresh made waffles, and sausage and bacon with plenty of fresh fruit, and dinner was generally healthy meat with local side dishes.
One of the nights we had an island cookout with ribs and chicken, and another night was Lobster and prime Rib. The menu is fairly varied, and should suit even the most demanding diets. My wife and I went to a local restaurant (Gio’s), and while this was good, I would rate the resort Lobster dinner better. If you go to Gio’s, try something other than Lobster since you will bet this at the Resort. Dinner at Gio’s ended costing my wife and I about $50.00 each.
I would recommend the Island tour on Friday Afternoon. My wife and I took this, and it consisted to the Iguana Farm, the Botanical Garden (very good), and a trip to West End. I would recommend this to get a better sense of the Local Island and culture. You will find that the island in general is poor, with many dirt streets and a low level of services available. This is stark contrast to the outstanding natural beauty of the island both above and below the water.
If you love to dive, dive, dive - this is the place for you. If not, look elsewhere on the island. There is not much else to do since you are pretty well island-locked. The diving is outstanding, and I would consider this an excellent value for the Money.