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Dive Review of B J DIVING SAFARIS/HOTEL OCCIDENTAL GRAND PAPA in
Costa Rica/CENTRAL AMERICA

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by THOMAS LOPATIN, NJ, USA
Report Number 2943
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
THROUGHOUT CARIBBEAN, EASTERN, WESTERN, NORTH & SOUTH PACIFIC, EASTERN
& WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
STAY WITH GUIDE  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
RINSE TANK ON BOAT
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
DIVING WAS DESCRIBED BY DIVE SHOP PRIOR TO BOOKING AS A "MINI
COCOS". THIS WAS NOT THE CASE. THERE WERE VERY FEW LARGE PELAGICS. IF
YOU WANTED TO SEE PUFFER FISH HOWEVER, YOU WOULD BE IN "PUFFER FISH
HEAVEN". I SAW LITERALLY HUNDREDS ON EACH DIVE. NEVER WAS GIVEN A
REASON BY DIVE PERSONNEL.

THE HOTEL, STAFF AND SERVICE WERE TERRIFIC. IF YOU WANT TO GET A FEW
MEDIOCRE DIVES IN WHILE VISITING WHAT TOPSIDE COSTA RICA HAS TO OFFER
(WHICH IS A LOT!) YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED...OTHERWISE GO TO COCOS.

WHILE IN COSTA RICO IT WOULD BE SINFUL NOT TO DO A CANOPY RIDE AND VISIT
THE VOLCANO. WE ALSO TOOK A DAY TRIP TO NICARAGUA (INCLUDING GRANADA, THE
OLDEST COLONIAL CITY IN THE AMERICAS), WHICH WAS FASCINATING.
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