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Dive Review of Dive Safari/Villas Sol in
Costa Rica/northwest

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by william Wittman, ny, usa (2 reports)
Report Number 2640
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
NY, NJ, Florida, Cayman, Montserrat, Antigua, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Bahamas,
Jamaica, Bermuda, Providenciales, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
70   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
follow the divemaster, everyone on own computer limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Nice relatively easy diving. Dive Safaris put us (more experienced divers)
on a separate boat so most days there were 4 divers and the divemaster.
Divemaster Kiki did a nice job, helpful and good in the water but not pushy
or authoritarian. The diving style is definitely relaxed. Entries are a
back roll and exits up a side ladder. You could hand up your BC or climb it
up the ladder; in my backplate and wings i found it easier to climb up with
gear than to get out of the crotch strap and all in the water. Some
currents but nothing major. Visibility is low generally in the 20 foot
range on most dives ranging to perhaps 40. But every once in a while there
is the big fish going by that makes it worthwhile. Turtles on almost every
dive, lots of morays, plenty of large white tip sharks and some absolutely
huge pelagic stingrays, and on one surface interval we looked down into a
school of hundreds of cow-nosed rays streaming by just below us.
The longer trip to Catalina Island was well worth it.
Water temp was comfortable in a 3mm wetsuit. Villas Sol is a comfortable
but not luxurious all inclusive resort (including alcohol) which is an
exceptional deal. Food was plentiful and decent although certainly not
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