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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Costa Rica

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Leona M Holaday, HI, US
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Report Number 6559
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Malpelo, PNG, Palau, Indonesia, Solomons, Red Sea, Coral Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There were two tables set up for camera gear.  Both were supposed to be for
cameras and charging only, but one table was frequently used for snacks and
drinks after a dive.  There could have been more charging stations in a
dedicated area, rather than randomly placed outlets in the salon. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
The cabins were small as were the shower/bathrooms.  I took my showers
sitting on the toilet when the seas were rough because space was cramped
and there was a troublesome ledge on the floor.  There was no place to hang
clothes.  The a/c leaked water on the wall.  There was a leak from the area
of the reading light junction on the upper bunk during heavy rains. The
cabins below deck smelled very musty and moldy. The boat is in need of an

The crew was terrific as was the chef when you consider that he had to cook
for 20 people.  The steak, seafood stew, and shrimp scampi were
outstanding.  There were 6 Americans, 2 French, 1 English, and the rest
were Germans.  We separated into a panga for the Germans, and a panga for
the rest and that worked well.

The diving is not for the fainthearted, timid, or beginner. This is a trip
for the physically fit.  It is adrenalin diving.  Well worth it for the big

Carlos is an excellent and watchful dive guide.  Beto, the captain, was
dive guide as well as videographer. I think his duties as videographer
prohibited him from being a responsible dive guide.  There were times when
we were told not to exceed a certain depth, ie. 110 feet, but then the
guides themselves would exceed the stated limits.  As a consequence, there
were times we would exceed safe limits ourselves. 

The setup area for cameras was similar to other boats of its size.  However
there could have been more charging stations in a dedicated area rather
than random outlets in the salon.  Also, the camera table was supposed to
be for cameras only, but people put their drinks on, and snacks were served
on the same tables.

No clocks anywhere, odd when we are on a fixed schedule in an environment
where most people have shed their watches. Shore hike required missing a
dive. Given the amount of surface time we had (especially on the 3 dive
days) this seemed unnecessary.I think they should have packed a bag lunch
for people who want to hike and it would be easy to fit it in.
  Divers should be prepared for ripping currents. Safety gear such as
safety sausage or dive alert is essential as the groups becomes separated
easily and the surface is often very choppy. Wine was kept hidden and had
to be begged for. Beer however, was easily accessible. Overall though, a
great trip, well worth the effort. PS: the cook had to cook for closer to
30 people (assuming you consider the crew people). 

The only other issue I had was that they adjusted the return time to
Puntaarenas to arrive the night before rather than the morning we were
supposed to arrive. They did this to coincide with a higher tide. This
meant that we ended up leaving for San Jose earlier than expected, arriving
at the airport hours earlier than expected. To avoid having to sit in the
airport for 6 hours I changed to an earlier flight, which cost me $75.
Since the tides are known well in advance, they should be able to let
people know accurately when they will arrive back in San Jose (just as they
list variable hotel pick up times at the start of the trip based on tides).
If I had known I would have arrived at the airport so early, I would have
booked the earlier flight from the beginning and avoided the change fees.
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