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Dive Review of Diving Safaris/Occidental Grand Papagayo in
Costa Rica/Pacific Coast Guanacaste regio

Diving Safaris/Occidental Grand Papagayo, Aug, 2006,

by David McDougall, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 2635.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Tahiti, seychelles, Turks & Caicos, Bonaire, Utila, Kenya, Cozumel, Sea of Cortez, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii(Oahu), Roatan, Curacao, Grand Cayman, jamaica, Scotland
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 65 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions There were no strictly enforced restrictions, recommendations were made for max depth and dive duration.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Abundance of stuff to photograph, unfortunately the visibility due to particulate matter (plankton etc.) greatly reduces the ability to get good clear images. Autofocus was troublesome at time due to all the particulate matter.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Dive outfit, Diving Safaris (Not Bill Beards) with Bobbie Joe and Earl, were excellent. The dive masters and boat captains were very professional and extremely helpful. The visibilty is a little limiting for photography but the abundance and diversity of sea life makes it a great destination for fish lovers:-) Lots of Spotted Eagle Rays, White Tips. Huge schoals of grunt and jack. Some nice smaller critters such as Harlequin clown shrimp, frog fish, nudibranchs (various)
The Grand Papagayo was an excellent resort with lots of facilities, a gym with 24 hour access, a SPA, Diving Safaris provide pool sessions in the resort for anyone wishing to try out SCUBA for the first time. The grounds of the hotel were immaculate with easy access to a private beach. Food was pretty good especially in the Italian and Oriental restaurants.
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