CocoView is a small, isolated resort. When we first arrived, we knew right away that we would not be bothered with cruise ships or the like. The road stops short of the resort as we need to get on a small boat to cross some waters.
I have not seen a place with such an efficient process to get us registered. When leaving the boat, we leave our luggages on the dock and walk to the dining area. Food is waiting for us and we get some briefings on the resort. We are also handed the required paperwork for the diving activities. Our room key is hanging off a wall. No line up, no waiting to get registered… much pleasant. The service is great all around the resort (bar, administration, diving, etc.).
Our gear is stored in very convenient areas that are accessible around the clock. Nitrox analyzers are suspended over a table in the middle of our area. We were assigned a locker, actually, an open space, for the week that is directly on the dock and is very convenient. All we have to do is put a tag showing our intention to dive and the crew will prepare and load our gear on the boat. This cannot be easier. That area belong to us and the group with who we spend the week on the boat (we always use the same boat).
One of the things I enjoyed with the dive operation is that we are treated as “adult”, while we get a safety briefing before each dive and a dive master will accompany us, the resort will allow for various gear configuration and dive styles. I used sidemount rig on several dives (single sidemount and double sidemount). Some weeks prior to our trip, a group of technical rebreather divers we also able to do their technical and deep stuff. Dive sites are beautiful, but I would have liked to see some bigger species. We saw some turtles during the week.
The rooms are comfortable and nice. We used an over the water bungalow. In August, air conditioning is a must and was functioning well. We did notice a damaged pipe outside our room. We mentioned it at the administration office and this was resolved within an hour (was resolved when we came back from breakfast). Quite impressive! The lock box in the room is minimal (in size and in its ability to keep things safe). But being on an isolated resort, we do not feel much risk for anything bad to occur.
The only downside is the quality of the food. While we had enough to get energized, this is in no way a luxury restaurant. This is cafeteria style and the quality of the food is nothing extravagant. Since the resort is so much isolated, it is not possible to get to a restaurant except for the Thursday night when a tour is planned for this purpose.
Non divers may think twice before using this resort… unless they have a lot of books to read and like lying down on chairs. There are not many activities outside of scuba diving and there is no beach (no sandy beach). What they call the beach is a 8-foot wide entry point for a shore dive on leading to the shipwreck and two nice walls.
Overall, we are very satisfied of our week and we would definitively go back to this place. On our boat was a woman that was receiving a bonus stay for being there eight times. There is some sort of a member community for those who go regularly and there are many of those people! May be we will become Coconut members one day.
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