William B. Tomanek

CoCo View resort

The DC-3 plane fuselage. CoCo View Resort

by on Mar.11, 2012, under CoCo View resort, National Holladays

The DC-3 plane fuselage.

Visibilty better than the last 4 years made for a great picture opportunity of the DC-3 plane of the coast of Honduras. Well that is in the back yard of the CoCo View resort.  Just off the back side of the Prince Albert.

The dive begins at your assigned locker. The dive team members meet at the give time. After a quick equipment check is done, divers suite up and take the short path to the shore line. Yes this is the shore dive.

 

The water is calm and clear, temps are perfect and you could not be with better company. Even though 90% of the group has been labeled as CoCo Nuts. At the platform the second equipment check is done, bouyency is checked and you are paired up with your dive partner. And it always goes something like this. New diver with experienced diver. But we all look out for each other.

 

The begining of the dive is through the shallows. Through the seagrass area we follow the sandy path down to the safety stop marker. This is where the ocean opens up. Between you and the DC-3 airplane wreckage lays the ship “Prince Albert”. But that is another story.

 

This dive is much different than the other 100 plus dives I did here at CoCo View Resort. On this dive the visibility was awesome in the channel. I could actually see the Prince Albert. But was headed around the Prince Albert ship to the DC-3 wreckage. Upon my arrival I was amazed at how clear it was. So I pulled out the Cannon G-11 (Tim said it was a great camera.) and shot a few pictures. Here they are…

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CoCo View Resort, SCUBA Diving 2012

by on Mar.03, 2012, under CoCo View resort, SCUBA Diving, Tomanek Collection, Vacations, William B Tomanek Travels

CoCo View Resort, SCUBA Diving 2012

My trip to Roatan, Honduras began in the early morning of Feb.18, 2012. The Charlottesville Virginia group met at CHO airport, checked in the bags and headed through security. And that was when I noticed something was missing.

These trips to CoCo View Resort have three goals I try to achieve. Some rest and relaxation. SCUBA diving with my friends. And last but not least, taking great underwater pictures. If not great underwater pictures, then I settle for good underwater pictures. Witch brings me back to what I noticed was missing after I passed through security. My camera!
At 5:15 in the morning I am having a hard time figuring out where I left the camera. I know it was packed in the travel bag. I am sure I took it down stairs to the kitchen. But I can not recall putting it in the car with the rest of my bags. So I called home to see if I left it there. My wife could not find it. I then called my son who dropped me off at the airport. He pull the vehicle over and started looking for the camera bag. And there it was on the floor in the back seat.

Now the stress begins. Can the camera get from Pantop to the CHO airport before I have to board the plane? If not, how am I going to take pictures while on vacation?

I walk over to security and the line is really backed up. How am I going to get the camera if it does arrive on time? I got the attention of one of the security officers and explained that I have a camera being delivered. And asked how I can get it through security? He said no problem, let him know when it gets here and he will bring it through. That was good news.

Buy now the plane has been boarded by all the passengers, all the bags are loaded and I am the only one in the lobby. I asked the attendant how much longer before the last call? She said we will announce it. Then she picks up the mike and says “This is the last call for the flight to Atlanta”. I got on the phone to see how close to the airport was my son with the camera. He said he was headed in the lobby now. I told the attendant I will be right back and quickly headed to security. Got the security guards attention, and he put the camera through the security screening for me.

Wow, what a morning that was. We arrived in Roatan that afternoon, had a quick lunch at the CoCo View Resort then headed out to sea. No time wasted when it comes to diving with our group. As they say at CoCo View “Dive-Eat-Dive” But in reality it goes more like this. Wake up… “Eat, dive, dive, eat, nap, dive, dive, eat, and sleep.” and on the last day being a Friday with a late flight out on Sat. the dive day is altered just a little bit. “Eat, dive, dive, eat, nap, dive, eat, and sleep.” Note that was altered by one dive. We do not want to get the bends on the flight home. That would surely ruin the great week of “Rest and Relaxation.”

CoCo View Resort

My pictures will be posted on UnderwaterPicturesForSale.com

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NEW SALES web site.

by on Jul.21, 2011, under Buy Art Give Art, CoCo View resort, SCUBA Diving, Tomanek Collection

NEW Shopping Web Site

“Life Below Sea Level”
The
Fish, Sponges, Corals, Sea Anemone and MORE…

Prints – Showcase Prints – Canvas Wraps – Wall Clings-Calendar – Aprons – Sweatshirts – T-Shirts – Bags – Bookmarks – Buttons – Coasters – Cutting Boards – Key chains – Tags – Mugs – Magnets – Mouse pads – Greeting Cards – Postage Stamps – Fotoflots – Wall Mounts – Desk Stands

Large assortment of my new pictures can be viewed/purchased at:

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Underwater Pictures For Sale

by on Feb.21, 2011, under Buy Art Give Art, Charlottesville Virginia, CoCo View resort, SCUBA Diving, Tomanek Collection, William B Tomanek Travels

The purple spong

The underwater pictures for sale web site was launched a little over a month ago. It really seams to me, that no one is interested in “Life Below Sea Level”.  This assortment of pictures has several species of corals and sponges that do LIVE below sea level. I have just recently started to ad fish.

This collection was put together to share with others what I have personally see with my own two eyes. A life in the underwater animal kingdom. A life trying to grow and survive. A life that may be there today, but gone tomorrow. A life underwater that is disrupted by weather changes, just like on land.

You can see from these pictures how scattered life is below sea level.

Please visit www.UnderWaterPicturesForSale.com and take home a piece of life is is slowly dying away.

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CoCo View 2010 vacation

by on Mar.28, 2010, under CoCo View resort

Caribbean Reef Shark

2010 dive trip was great. While Virginia was recovering from the big snow storm, I sat back and relaxed in the sun. Well that is not exactly true.

The days were full of diving. Four dives a day with some nice hot meals in between.

We did get hit with a nice storm one night that played havoc on the Island Internet service not to mention the electric. But the resort has always ensured that the electric was up and running by using their backup generators.

I did take a quick photography course with Tim. The how to, and how not to with my new camera.  Canon G11. Macro is great topside, I do not recommend it underwater unless you are using a good flash. All my macro shots where blurry due to the shutter speed really slowing down in the macro mode.

The highlight of the trip was the shark Dive. And I only took 600 plus pictures in the 47 min dive. Yes continuous mode. That was Worth the money. Now if I can just sell my pictures and get some of that money back.

www.TomanekCollection.com

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CoCo View Resort

by on Feb.13, 2010, under CoCo View resort, SCUBA Diving, William B Tomanek Travels

I am heading back to Roatan in 7 days. This is a yearly event that I have had the honor of participating in for the past few years.

CoCo View Resort is located on an island off the island of Roatan. The atmosphere is so relaxing affter a day of diving you never want it to end.

A typical day for a SCUBA diver at CoCo View. Well lets just say, my day. I am up very early in the morning. Slap on some shorts, shirt and footwear and head to the dining area with my laptop. I am usually there before the cooking staff arrive. I get on the internet and check the weather and my email. By then someone arrives and starts up the coffee maker. Nothing like having the first cup of brew in the morning. Slowly more guest will trickle in an suck down that first pot.

Once breakfast has been devoured it is time to get your self dressed for the day’s first dive. I am now using a 5mm compared to my first 100 dives in a 3mm. I do like the 3mm better. It was less restrictive.

Each group is assigned a boat, driver, and dive master for the weeks stay. So there is no confusion of where do I go today.

Once everyone is on the boat and ready to depart, the dive master will give you the briefing of where we will be diving for the morning trip. Each boat departure consists of two dives. First is a deep dive at one of the many dive spots and the second is a drop off dive out in front of the resort.

Upon completion of the morning dives it is time to cleanup, dry off in get ready for lunch. After lunch it is back to the boats and out for two more dives. How long is each dive, well that is up to you. The boat leaves when everyone is safely back on board. It is NOT one of those dives where they say “we will be down for 45 min and back on the boat” Your air, your partner’s air and mind decide when it is time to end the dive. No one tells you lets go, dive over. You enjoy the dive stress free.

Then there is the dinner meal. And to this point I have not mentioned how good the meals are. Do not come here with the intention of loosing weight. The food assortment is so GOOD. Well let’s just say, you want to try it all.

After the big meal it is relaxing time. That is if you are not planning to do a night dive. Yes a night dive. FUN, FUN, FUN… These are group dives or just a dive with your partner and are done at your leisure. You decide when to go out, you decide when to come back.

These are controlled by a tracking system using a signup sheet, diver tags and a marking strobe. When the fist diver goes out the strobe is placed on a down line. All divers out will place their tags on the down line. When they return from the dive, the divers pick up the tags and return them to the shack. Last diver in brings the strobe light.

Now it is cleanup, dry off and relax time. Or in some cases “Bed Time”. The dining area also has a bar, pool table and assortment of games you can play. Up stairs you will find a big screen TV and a library of books to keep you entertained.

So we are looking at four dives a day, or five if you have the stamina. Every day there are venders on the Island to show you what they have to offer. You do not have time to hit the main land if you are up to four dives a day. So the venders bring their crafts to you.

During the week if you do want to hit the mainland of Roatan, there are sever day trips planned. Shopping, Iguana Farm, dolphin dive and other attractions.

Overall it is a nice, friendly resort to dive at. Great food! Great staff! Great support personnel!

Not to mention you can see a lot of sea life. www.TomanekCollection.com

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