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Dive Review of AquaCenter Diving/Flamingo Beach Resort in
Costa Rica/Flamingo

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by John Bainbridge, NY, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3812
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Key Largo, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
I was a bit skeptical before diving, expecting visibility to be an issue.
However, both 2 tank morning dives were INCREDIBLE! The waters were
unusually calm and visibility ranged from 25-50 ft. Our sites were
Sombreros, Dirty Rock, Catalina Classic, and Flat Rock. SOMBREROS: Saw a
nurse shark, long trumpet fish, schools of Jack Fish, puffers, 4 green
morrays (one out of the rocks). During this entire dive we heard whale
sounds. One our way to the next dive a school of white spotted dolphins
decided to dance with our boat for several minutes while a lesser devil ray
jumped out of the water. DIRTY ROCK: 12 ft Manta Ray, Tigersnake eel, 5
green morrays, schools of jacks, schools of angels, golden phase puffer,
spotted porcupinefish. CATALINA CLASSIC: My dive leader claims this was the
best dive of his life! Definitely mine! On the way down to our 60 ft depth
a 14 ft Manta Ray swam overhead. Going into a channel, I spotted a green
morray, a few minutes later 2 whitetip sharks were on the bottom. Later saw
a 4 ft cornetfish, 4 whitetip sharks lined up on the bottom like airplanes
waiting to take off. Later 2 baby nurse sharks were in a cave, one swam
out. I was the first to run out of air. During my safety check with the
dive leader, we saw 2 schools (30-50 in each school) of golden cownose rays
swim below us. What a site to see. The dive shop claims these hadn't been
seen in 2 years. On the way to our next dive we several humpback whales
surfaced in the distance along with a lesser devil ray jumping out of the
water. The staff and crew were amazing! Noe and Hannah were our dive
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