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Dive Review of El Ocotal in
Costa Rica

October, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Bud, ca, USA
Report Number 1425
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
California, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Baja Calif.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
68   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 20    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
3 stars    
Hotel El Ocotal and the dive operation were first rate in every way. The
service was consistently friendly and of extremely high quality. The hotel
and restaurant staff, as well we the dive masters accomodated guests with
any request. This is one of the best dive trips I have taken in the last
twenty years. Dives to local sites were normally 15-20 minutes away. The
diversity of marine life made up for the vis of 15-20 feet. Eagle rays and
white-tip reef sharks, in addition to several large schools of grunt and
other fish were common. Bottle-nose and spinner dolphins were always
present on the surface. While a 3mm shorty worked for me, others had
difficulty with the occasional cold currents at depth. Trips to the Bat and
Catalina islands were hard to schedule as there were so few divers. Plenty
of sun until late afternoon when a daily shower would fall. I would not
hesitate to return to El Ocotal in the future. 
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