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Dive Review of La Paloma in
Costa Rica/Osa Peninsula

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by anne warburton, ca, usa
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4225
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Isl., Belize, Bonaire, Curacao, Thailand, La Paz, Vietnam, Lembeh,
Sulawesi, Philippines, Cozumel, Turks, Micronesia 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
40 minutes, 71 feet the deepest   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Dive boat apparently out of commission.  No photo tables or rinse tanks on
board or back in the facility.   
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Our 1 hour flight from San Jose, 45 minute van ride and 15 minute boat ride
landed us in La Paloma.  After climbing a steep hill we arrived at the
eco-lodge and were given drinks and food.  Overall, the staff could not
have been nicer or the food better.  Our lodgings were equally nice with a
large balcony attached and hammock and clothes line hung for our use. We
stayed in room A and our son and wife in B with C and D rooms attached. 
The best rooms are independent rooms 1 and 3 which overlook the ocean and
rainforest and sleep at least 4 if not 6. However, we backed up to the rain
forest. Birds and monkeys awakened us in the morning.  The monkeys were so
active on our roof that they broke one of the solar pipes which was fixed a
day later. However, we used another room for a shower. The diving is
$110.00 for 2 tanks and includes equipment.  We did an extra tank one day
for an extra $15.00. We dove around Cano Island, a 45 minute or more
(depending on water conditions) ride away.  Snorklers also were on the boat
so both groups had to wait while the other used the boat.  There was no
shore diving or snorkeling from either the lodge area or Cano Island.
Visibility was not good most days.  Water temperature stayed around 80 with
some colder thermoclimes.  We dove mainly pinnacles and/or large boulders. 
Fish life was fairly abundant - a few parrot fish, wrasses, 1 small
scorpion fish, many bass, grouper, snapper, angel fish, few filefish,
porcupinefish, Moorish idols, but nothing really unusual. There were white
tips sleeping on the sand on all dives.   dives.  We all had computers but
were kept at 40 minutes and most of the dives between 40-70 feet. The dive
boat was apparently out of commission so we were on a plain old speedboat. 
No oxygen was on board. Tanks were tucked under the front seats until I
said something to our young dive master and she had them tied down the
following day. Lunch was packed by the lodge and set up on the island
tables. All food was included with our stay at the lodge. Beer was estra at
$2.00 and mixed drinks $5.00.  Day hiking trips to the rainforest were
$85.00 to the closest ranger station, San Pedrillo, and $95.00 to Sirena
ranger station, further away.  We went to the latter and did see a tapir
which is pretty rare and several good bird findings - a toucan, pale-billed
woodpecker, crested owl, collared trogan, etc.  There are other day trips
to the mangroves and to town. Overall, the experience was great with the
diving as I expected.  There were many fewer tourists than what you find in
the norther provinces which is appealing.             
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