CoCo View Diving Resort in Roatan, Honduras is a resort that primarily caters to scuba divers. It is a small community of bungalows, cabanas and buildings on a secluded peninsula and not a traditional luxury resort with fancy restaurants and clubs.
CoCo View has a very tropical feel, with flocks of Hummingbirds darting around, palm trees and other lush tropical greenery everywhere, and no cars at all. All of the bungalows and cabanas are directly on the water. Diving is sensational, with two walls and a wreck right off the resort beach (see map) and dozens of coral reef/wall dive sites reachable via dive boat within minutes.
CoCo View is a “self-contained” resort. It is secluded and totally secure, and unless you schedule a trip via boat and van/taxi, you do not leave the resort. I am not the partying type and was quite content with staying at the resort, especially since the clubhouse is a very cozy hangout and I was usually busy uploading my underwater pictures and just generally being too pooped from diving.
The resort does organize a couple of BBQUEs and events every week, and so you never get bored. Below you can see some of the guestroom bungalows and cabanas on water. Yes, they have incredible sunsets.
We stayed at Cabana 2, one of four units in an all-wood cabana structure sitting on stilts on the water. The room was large, had two comfortable beds (a queen and a double), several fans, and plenty of US-type 110 Volt electrical outlets. There are plenty of lights. Water pressure was good and there was plenty of hot water. Contrary to an old rumor, the water in the CoCo View showers is NOT saltwater. Each room has a 5-gallon jug of filtered water for drinking or whatever else you want to use it for (the resort says the tap water is fine, but the implication is not to use it for drinking). There were enough towels (don’t use them as beach towels; those you rent for US$5/week, with unlimited replacements.). There was no hair dryer, and there aren’t the usual elaborate little toiletry kits, so bring your own shampoo. Our room did have a bottle of liquid soap, but I am not sure that was standard. The room had a coffee maker which I used every day. Try the local coffee instead of Maxwell House! A nice size covered balcony faces the sea; a great place to enjoy a starry night in the comfortable hammock.
Full packages include breakfast, lunch and dinner. All meals are buffet-style. There is always a good diversity so that there is something for everyone.
CoCo View offers a nearly unbeatable combination of reef and wall diving. The location of the resort is unique. There are two walls (the CoCo View Wall and the Newman Wall) within reach. CoCo View Wall is within 140 yards from beach entry right in front of the CoCo View clubhouse where the water is almost always totally calm. It’s shallow, too, and you can walk out to a small platform. From there it’s between four and ten feet deep until the sandy bottom descends into a deeper channel between the two walls. The wreck of the Prince Albert, a 140 foot long hulking former tanker, lies in maybe 65 feet of water and so do the remnants of a DC3 airplane. Where else can you go dive a major wreck right from the beach?
CoCo View is a unique diver’s resort on the Honduran island of Roatan with 26 guest rooms in cabanas, bungalows (on the water) and beachside buildings. It is secluded and rustic, and has just the right combination of modern amenities and tropical charm. It has its own dive shop, five comfortable dive boats, store, and recreational facilities, but no conventional restaurants or clubs. Shore diving includes two walls and a large wreck, and there are dozens of coral reef/wall dive sites reachable within minutes via dive boat. Staff is friendly and competent, and the buffet-style food is good and plentiful. CoCo View boasts a very high number of returning guests, and we can see why.
by Conrad Blickenstorfer and Carol Cotton
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