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Dive Review of Costa Rica Adventure Divers/Jinetes de Osa in
Costa Rica/73003

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Steven K Blair, OK, United States
Report Number 1742
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Grand Turk, Grand and Little Cayman, St. Lucia, Dominica, Roatan,
Guanaja, Utila, Hawaii, Cozumel, Oklahoma, Belize, St. Thomas.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
76   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Small boat with no extra room or flat surfaces for cameras.  No processing
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
We thouroughly enjoyed the resort and diving but wish we had known there
was going to be a tropical depression in the area.  Probably had 2 meters
of rain in 4 days.  Staff friendly and helpful although there was a limit
to the amount of English spoken by most.  All diving was off Cano Island
which is 20 miles offshore.  Two dives and lunch and then a return to the
resort.  One anxious day when it was raining so hard we couldn't see the
Island.  I wasn't sure that Hawaii wasn't going to be our next stop. 
However, they pulled out the GPS used to locate the dive sites and we were
3 minutes from the Island so all was well.  The boat was small (they took 5
divers max and used two boats when 5 actually went).  Because of weight
restrictions on the flight to Drake Bay (25# max) it is almost impossible
to take your own equipment so we used the offered full rental equipment for
$20/day.  We had no problem with the equipment although if you are a big
guy like me you might want to consider your own dive skin as the wet suits
were not overly large. (They could fit my size 13 foot with fins though). 
Water temperature was usually very warm (84 degrees) but there were cold
currents encountered on every dive (75 degrees).  These were quickly swum 
(swam?)through so no one got cold wearing minimal wet suits.  We saw large
schools of fish and 5-6 large White Tip sharks on every dive.  Also saw
large stingrays and the largest trigger fish I have ever seen.  Considering
the rain and lack of sunshine, the visibiltiy was better than I had been
led to believe with 50' on our first day and 35-40' on our second day. 
Overall, this is a very primitive area so don't expect luxury.  It is
located in the middle of a rain forrest and if you go be sure to allow time
for some land trips.  We went to the Corcovado National park where we saw
flocks of Scarlet Macaws, Howler Monkeys, White faced Capuchins, a White
faced Coati, Agouti and poison dart frogs.  We saw Macaws and White Faced
Capuchins outside our room at the resort.  Also saw an 18" Jesus
Christ Lizard (so-named because they can run across water without breaking
the surface tension).  On the return trip it was raining and we could not
cross a river to reach the airport.  The hotel staff jumped through hoops
to reschedule a flight for us from another city and then provided the 1
hour 15 minute boat ride (in a driving rainstorm and up a jungle river)to
the airport.  Plan to be flexible and I think you will enjoy the trip.
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