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Dive Review of El Ocotal Dive Resort in
Costa Rica/Guanacaste

July, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Brian, Florida, United States
Report Number 584
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Belize, Bonaire, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
80 feet maximum depth, total time 45 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
They were very accomodating
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
The diving was great, lots of big critters, sharks, turtles, etc. Also,
good macro opportunities including sea horses, harlequin shrimp,
nudibranch, slugs, etc. The food at El Ocotal was excellent. The operation
was very safe and organized. All expectations and requests, including a
night dive and Nitrox, were met. Not so last year with Diving Safaris/Bill
Beards and El Ocotal Dive Resort far outperformed Diving Safaris/Playa
Hermosa. At El Ocotal,one boat had a bit of an exhaust smell. The boats (3)
were safe, fast and gave a good ride. The crew made sure we stayed hydrated
and kept all divers together, nobody was lost. A variety of fruit, cookies,
cold drinks were available and plentiful. We stayed in the older rooms down
on the beach. While older, they are in good shape, really close to the
beach, pool and dive shop. There is a real feeling of community in this
dive resort and we spent much time talking to other Americans who were
there diving, made new friends. We plan to return next year.
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