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Dive Review of Jinetes de Osa/Mirador Lodge in
Costa Rica/Cano Island

Jinetes de Osa/Mirador Lodge, Dec, 2004,

by Eruk Williamson, AK, USA . Report 1526.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel, Cabo san Lucas, Abaco, FL, AK
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits, time were discussed prior, but noone scolded afterwards.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Over Christmas break, 2004, our family of 4,all certified divers went to Drake Bay, on the Osa Peninsula, in Southwest Costa Rica. We stayed 12 days in Mirador Lodge, a rustic family operation setting on a hillside overlooking Drake Bay. Two rooms cost $37 per person per day, including meals. Mirador Lodge, turned out to be just what we wanted at a price far below other nearby lodges. It is located at the edge of a small village. People who lived there were very friendly and willing to converse despite the language barrier.

I chose Drake Bay because of its proximity to Cano Island, one of the more accessible scuba diving areas in Costa Rica. It turns out that this biological sanctuary has only five designated dive sites. We dove three sites two times each in three days. Only one of the sites, El Bajo de Diablo is world-class although we saw white-tip sharks on every dive. The highlight for me was the schools of jacks and snappers drifting in lazy spirals. Some snappers looked to weigh 100 pounds! There are at least 5 Scuba and snorkel operators trying to dive these sites everyday. I wonder how long the sharks will stick around
Jinetes de Osa is a lodge with dive operation who we went with. It seemed that they were having internal problems. The dive master was capable but distracted. Their equipment and safety protocol was fine. After we complained about crowded boats and disappointment with some dive sites, they attempted to appease us. We had planned to dive 4 days but cut it to 3, as it seemed we would dive the same sites a third time on the 4th day.

The day hikes through the jungle were fascinating, especially with a guide to recognize the sights and sounds. Drake Bay is adjacent to Corcovado National Park, the largest protected low land jungle area in Central America. We found crowding problems there, as well. On some days, dozens of boats are trying to access one trailhead at San Pedrillo. You can't expect to see the major wildlife when 40 people have been down the trail that morning already.
We also did a horseback ride, I highly recommend. A day on a sportfishing was a bust, although sailfish hit the teasers twice without getting hooked. Other parties caught dorado. The canopy tour by zipline was exciting, but no way to view wildlife. Our sons went boogy boarding quite often. We had to bring our own inflatable boards as they are not available anywhere in Drake. All in all a great trip, but I don't recommend it as a full on dive vacation.
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