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Dive Review of Diving Safaris de Costa Rica/Four Seasons in
Costa Rica/Guanacaste: Gold Coast

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Dorothy McDonald, OH, US
Contributor   (17 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4669
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, South Pacific, Central America, Micronesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
60   to 70    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 25    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
There were 3 divers on the boat - only one had a camera which he held when
the boat was underway and put on a cushioned seat while anchored.  The crew
handed him the camera after he was in the water and handled it carefully. 
There was no camera rinse tank on the boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
3 stars    
As part of a special birthday celebration we were staying at the Four
Seasons resort at Peninsula Papagayo.  The resort was wonderful but
overpriced in our opinion.  We did enjoy watching the monkeys play in the
treetops outside our balcony! Because of research we did in advance of the
trip, we wanted to dive with Diving Safaris de Costa Rica.  During a call
before leaving home they were helpful and friendly.  When I told them which
resort we'd be at they said they could pick us up there but that we needed
to book through the resort concierge.  It seems that booking through the
concierge is required for all activities at the Four Seasons - and I
imagine they do this to ensure they get a "finders fee" and
probably the prices of activities are a little higher because of that. 
Diving was $135 for a 2 tank dive - that included boat pick up at the
resort and all gear.  We dove two mornings and had 3 divers the first day
and 4 the second day.  We did see one of Diving Safaris' other boats - it
was larger but looked crowded - we were happy to be on the smaller boat
with fewer divers.  The boat had a shade cover, no head.  The hour between
dives was spent at a pleasant beach anchorage and cookies, fresh pineapple
and water was available.  We could snorkel, but no one did.  As expected,
the water temperature was cold and the visibility was very limited.  There
were just slight currents.  The pleasant surprise was the abundance of sea
life!  There were large schools of spade fish and schools of 4' to 5'
coronet fish.  A variety of puffer fish were crammed on top of one another
in practically every nook and cranny, apparently snoozing (perhaps the cold
water made them lathargic) - when they were swimming they did not appear
afraid of getting close to divers.  A variety of rays and eels were also
abundent (we were told we'd probably see mantas, but we didn't).  There
were also the usual characters like grouper, lizard fish, snapper,
scorpionfish, etc.  We also saw a variety of nudibranchs (including lettuce
leaf) and a 1/4" seahorse.  If the water were warmer with better
visibility divers would be flocking to this area!  Everyone we met from
Diving Safaris was very friendly and helpful.  Both days our captain was
Luis who was professional and pleasant while helping everyone don dive gear
and get in and out of the water.  Bobbie Jo was our guide the first day and
she was fantastic - her daughter, Kelly, was our guide the second day, and
was also very good.  Diving Safaris handled 4 divers with different levels
of experience very well - we suited up first and began our dive.  After we
were in the water the other two divers suited up and went on their dive
with Tracy, another guide.  This worked out great for us since they were
back on board with wet suits off by the time we finished our dive.  Tracy
was outgoing and fun and appeared ideally suited to working with
inexperienced divers. We did see dolphin while on the boat between dives.  
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