We have just returned from our eighth annual trip to CoCo View Resort on the island of Roatan in the Western Caribbean. As usual, it was a fantastic trip and everyone had a terrific time. So much so that they were insisting that I schedule another trip for the coming year, 2011. So, that's already been done and we'll ge going back June 11-18, 2011 and right now, there's room for YOU!!
The resort has fully recovered from the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck shortly before our arrival last year and it's difficult to see the damage caused to the reef system by the shaking. Everything is back to normal.
The diving conditions were near perfect with seas running about one to three feet, visibilities in the 75 foot range, no currents and both water and air temperatures in the mid 80's.
As usual, we were assigned our own 50 foot dive boat with a captain and divemaster and were free to explore the various dive sites around the island. We made two 2-tank boat dives each day and also enjoyed unlimited shore diving. For shore dives, just grab a tank and hit the water anytime you felt like it. Things to explore during the shore dives included the 165 foot freighter, Prince Albert, sunk in 65 feet of water, a DC-3 airplane near the freighter, two 400 foot high coral walls, shallow coral reefs, grass flats and a large sand flat populated by garden eels, flounder, huge hermit crabs sporting conch shells, sea cucumbers, yellow headed jawfish, hog fish, mantis shrimp and a plethora of other critters.
Things to see included the characters mentioned above along with various rays, occasional sharks, turtles, grouper, octopus, squid, lobsters, crabs, sea horses, morays, angel fish, snapper, pipefish and the list goes on and on.
Of particular interest is the invasion of the Lionfish. We saw several on every dive and the divemasters aggressively spear any encountered in a effort to control the swelling population. It won't stop them, of course, but it feels good to at least try. Reportedly, they make good table fare but we've yet to try them out.
We were all sad to leave after a week but we departed knowing that we'll be back next year to revive old acquaintances and to seek new adventures. Why not plan to join us?