My sinus and ear issues sidelined me for a couple of days, so I wanted to take some time and show pictures of CoCo View Resort. The dive master of the group we traveled with (and his wife) have been coming here for 31 years, and they had some stories to tell! One they told of years before was about having to choose between having hot water for showers or air for the dive tanks, because they had been having electricity issues. They couldn’t heat the water and fill the tanks, so they took a vote. Air for tanks won, of course, because why would you come to a dive resort and not dive?
For me, the first time I was here was nine years ago, and they have made steady improvements over the years. They have added more lounge chairs and hammocks for the docks, the food is better than I remember, the rooms are of the Island Bungalow type–very relaxing–they have a slew of bikes (which I admit, I don’t remember from the first time, but I wasn’t looking either), walking paths, beautiful flowers, a fountain, a dive shop and everything you need to take care of your gear in the easiest manner possible. There is a nurse if you get sick, and very knowledgeable staff who are happy to help you with anything you need, including but not limited to reminding you to actually put your regulator in your mouth before you jump off the boat, as happened to me one day. (I’m sure he was thinking, How do you plan on breathing underwater if it’s not in your mouth?) I cannot say enough about the guys that run the dive boats. They will be right behind you helping you walk with all your gear, making sure everything is in order. They find the even the tiniest sea life that I for sure would miss. Tripadvisor ranks them highly in places to go for scuba diving.
The grounds are beautifully cared for and the temperature of the water is consistently 79 year round. Winter day time temps are around 82, summer 87. It doesn’t get any easier than this for scuba diving. The setup is amazingly simple. There are tanks for rinsing gear, and separate tanks for camera equipment.
They now have wifi throughout the property, and it’s lovely to sit at the outside seating area and look and the ocean while you sip on a drink from the bar and look at your photos, answer email, or blog. There is also an exercise/spa building where you can get pedicures, manicures, and massages.
So even if you are stuck and can’t dive, there is plenty of relaxation. They also have kayaks to take out and paddle around in, and the beach snorkeling is lively as well.
This little anemone crab was by the dock in 5 feet of water as was this little guy. Just like fishing, by the time tomorrow comes around, the fish will be bigger.