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Dive Review of Diving Safaris Costa Rica/Hilton Papagayo in
Costa Rica/Guanacaste

July, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by craig grube, VA, US
Contributor   (18 reports)
Report Number 6152
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Hawaii, Little Cayman, Tahiti, Florida Keys, Turks & Caicos,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 25    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Given the poor visibility all divers had to stay with divemaster.  Could
dive tank down to 750 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
No separate water bucket for camera nor was there a hose.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
1 stars   
4 stars    
Dive Safaris boats and rental gear were old but worked fine.  The boat was
covered in the event of sun.  Back roll entry and then take off your gear
and hand to deck hand at then end up the dive.  Then climb up side ladder. 
They had water, cookies and excellent fresh pineapple.  

We did one day of 2-tank diving. We we planning 2-3 days but the visibility
was so poor that we didnt think it worth it.  Our dives averaged about 40
minutes and depth was about 70 feet.  We did see some white tips, some
eagle rays, morays, lobsters and a large stingray.  The DM pointed out a
pair of beautiful harlequin shrimp.  We also spent time diving around a
wreck. There was a good variety of fish and some large schools.  If the viz
had been better, the dive would have been amazing.  I would dive with Dive
Safaris again as everything went well and the DM worked hard to keep all
the divers in view.  There were only 5 of us so we had enough room on the

We stayed at the Hilton Papagayo and really enjoyed the location, food,
service and beverages.
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