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Dive Review of La Paloma Resort in
Costa Rica/Canos Island

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by susan morris, BC, CA (1 report)
Report Number 6595
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vancouver Island, Roatan, Utila
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
65 ft  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
The boat was not set up for UWP
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
2 stars    
Getting to Drake Bay on the Osa Penninsula from Sierpe required a water
taxi of about 1 hour through the mangroves. From here you can access Canos
Island by boat. As we were travelling and diving in the off season the
diving was farmed out to another operator. We were picked up at the wharf
and all our gear was loaded for us on the small boat. We were the only
Scuba divers with 3 other snorkelers on board. The boat trip from Drake Bay
was about 1 hour, with dolphins spotted along the way. We arrived at the
first dive site; a pinnacle. Entry was step or back roll. I chose back roll
due to ease of entry, as I said the boat was small and we were pitching in
the swell. No current and only a small surge; there were lots of fish upon
entry and descent to 50 to 60 ft. Within minutes we saw the Manta Rays, it
was pretty exciting. They were within 30 to 40 ft from us. The visibility
was poor at around a depth of 50 feet with an algae bloom but the rays
stayed close so we were able to view them a number of times, there were at
least 3 of them. There were also schools of many different fish including
barracuda's. White tip reef sharks were also in the neighbourhood. Our
second dive was a bit less exciting but we saw a number of white tips.
Thermoclines were abundant as well affecting the visibility and the chill
factor as we were only in shorties. No ladder on the boat just a swim
platform made exiting the water a bit challenging. A 3 tank dive would have
been better having travelled that far by boat. We brought our own gear and
the resort took care of it;we didn't have to lift a finger. Lunch and
drinks were provided. The DM was also pretty good.  Although the equipment
storage was not great. La Paloma Lodge is a very nice place to stay and
enjoy the beaches and jungle. So there are things to do other than just
diving if the weather takes a turn or for a non diving spouse. We would go
back at a time when the vis is better. 
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