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Dive Review of Can`o Island Divers/Casa Corcovado in
Costa Rica

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by LeRoy Anderson, Utah, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 1525
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Palau, Yap, Hawaii, PNG, British Columbia, Caymans, Florida,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
75   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Guided, 70 ft. or so.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
The diving is fast paced and not lots of stationary photo subjects like
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
The bad: Variable abilities of divers necessitated strict guiding practices
and depth limits. One diver could not maintain bouyancy and had to be
nursed along on the first dive. Visibility of the first dive was only about
thirty feet. Quite limited number of dive sites. Depth guage did not work
with my set of rented equipment.
The good: Divemaster very attentive and supportive of the best dives
possible. Went out of his way and expended more fuel and time to find the
best sites. When my depth guage proved nonfunctional, he swapped out his
own gear for my rented gear for me to replace it. The first dive site (el
banco) displayed numerous whitetip encounters which were very close, and
myriad schools of various tropicals, and one barracuda. The second site (el
bajo del diablo) displayed 120 ft. visibility, numerous types of tropicals
in high concentrations and variety (butterflyfish, trunkfish, pufferfish,
guineafowl pufferfish, surgeonfish, triggerfish, parrotfish, etc.), the
largest moray I've seen yet--about twelve feet long and maybe nine inches
to one foot wide. A huge flounder, many extremely large snapper, perhaps to
four feet or so, along with numerous whitetips, tuna, rainbow runners,
fusiliers, bluefin trevally, and schools of needlenosefish, all swimming
amongst dramatic underwater canyons and pinnacles. The limited current and
high visibility accentuated the pleasure. A very fine and visually
stimulating site. I feel this dive at this particular place and time was
one of the best dives I've yet seen in my travels. Traveling to and from,
witnessed squadrons of mantas leaping into the air simultaneously,
something I'd never known they could do. Also several dolphin sightings.
What I wish I'd known before leaving home: don't bother trying to bring
your own equipment here. The planes transporting you to the hotels here
from San Jose International have a 25 lb. wt. limit. Overall the rented
equipment is fine, and really a bit more convenient than bringing your own.
The rainforest tours and canopy tours topside are fascinating and displayed
sloths, macaws, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, toucans, army ants,
leafcutter ants, unusual bats, fireflies at night, cotamundis, walking
palms, colorful butterflies, and were fully the equal in biological
richness to the underwater environment here. The zipline travel during the
canopy tour was a real adrenaline rush. An ultimate eco-destination
considering what is available to experience here both in the ocean and in
the rainforest. Casa Corcovado pampers it's guests in every imaginable way.
The food and lodging, the service at this eco-lodge is beyond reproach and
was a touch of luxury in the depth of the rainforest. The Osa area is a
real treasure, and Casa Corcovado is right smack in the middle of it, very
far from other resorts or towns.
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