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Dive Review of Cano Divers/Pirates Cove] in
Costa Rica/Drake Bay

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Gary Bergeron, GA, USA
Report Number 1133
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Borneo, Thailand, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Cayman Islands, British Columbia,
Belize, Curaco, Cabos San Lucas, Cocos Island
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive Master Determined max depth and surface interval.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No rinse tank on the boat. Had to ask the dive master/captain to hand you
the camera.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Good:  Lots of White tip reef sharks.  Canos Island makes for a very
comfortable spot for lunch and surface intervals.  At times, there were
many different schools of fish intersecting at the same point.

Bad:  Boat is very unstable. All 3 females were sea sick as soon as the
boat stopped and we geared up (a first time for my wife - 60 plus dives). 
The rental equipment was atrocious.  Their regulators gave out many times
and at one time I thought I was going to have to sacrifice my reg (my own)
so my wife could dive.  

Pirate's Cove has hired an experienced dive instructor who is a whiz at
fixing equipment (fixed two problems with my Air II system).  Given enough
time, Eric will get that equipment in shape.

There is not a lot of variety in Drake Bay to dive about 6 sites on Cano
Island (about an hour boat ride).  No shore diving and no night dives.  I
would keep my eye on this spot as I feel it will only improve in the

The food was very tasty and healthy and the resort is efficiently run by
Suzanne. I liked our accomodations but for $100 to $200 more pp for 4 days,
there were definitely better resorts (e.g. Drake Bay Wilderness) in the
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