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

Diving Safaris Costa Rica/Hilton Papagayo, Jul, 2011,

by craig grube, VA, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports). Report 6152.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Belize, Hawaii, Little Cayman, Tahiti, Florida Keys, Turks & Caicos, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 25 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Given the poor visibility all divers had to stay with divemaster. Could dive tank down to 750 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments No separate water bucket for camera nor was there a hose.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 boat.

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