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

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by David McDougall, CA, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 2635
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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

calm, surge  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 65    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
There were no strictly enforced restrictions, recommendations were made for
max depth and dive duration.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
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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