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

Can`o Island Divers/Casa Corcovado, Dec, 2004,

by LeRoy Anderson, Utah, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 1525.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Palau, Yap, Hawaii, PNG, British Columbia, Caymans, Florida, California.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Guided, 70 ft. or so.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments The diving is fast paced and not lots of stationary photo subjects like coral.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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