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

Costa Rica Adventure Divers/Jinetes de Osa, Jun, 2005,

by Steven K Blair, OK, United States . Report 1742.

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

Weather rainy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 76 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 35 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments Small boat with no extra room or flat surfaces for cameras. No processing offered.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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