William B. Tomanek

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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.”

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My pictures will be posted on UnderwaterPicturesForSale.com

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