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Dive Review of Ocotal Beach Resort in
Costa Rica/Guanacaste

May, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Cindy Cook, Texas, USA
Report Number 3387
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Mostly the Caribbean areas also Bonaire and Turks Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
70   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 15    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Due to low visibility issues the group was instructed that in the event a
diver lost sight of other divers they should try to find the other divers
no longer than 1 minute and then to slowly surface.  Other than that safety
precaution, there were absolutely no restraints  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
There was a clean water bucket on the boat for cameras and, of course, they
crew was very accommodating about handling the camera getting in and out of
the water.  The dive masters were also very good about hanging back on a
particular site for anyone with a camera.  This would not be an issue for
clear water diving but diving the sites we dived required two D/Ms - one in
front and one in back.  So the back end D/M would hang back to facilitate
locating the remainder of the dive group.   
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   
5 stars    
We had a WONDERFUL experience staying at the Ocotal Beach Resort which we
had read about in the Divers' Chapbook.  We will definitely return. The
hotel accommodations were excellent although not luxurious. Our patio view
of the Pacific was breathtaking and all three pools were very well kept and
all had a different theme.We particularly liked the one at the top of the
moutain.All staff were very friendly and happy to accommodate. We stayed at
the "300" level rooms up the mountain from the beach but there is
a van available at any time to drive someone down to the beach and back up.
 Food at the resort was very good although we ate dinner mostly in town
(Playa de Coco)because it was fun. It is definitely a quiet resort but
still fun. Our single brother in law who does not dive went and he had a
great time.The dive shop is one of the best operations we have ever dived
with;very safety conscious but never over-restrictive. They always have two
DMs so one lead and the other follows up to try to insure no one gets
separated since visibility can be very very low. Definitely plan on a
wetsuit.My husband who usually doesn't wear one needed a 3 mm and a
shorty.I was fine with my 3mm and I always were a suit.I was apprehensive
about the diving due to the low visibility but quickly overcame any anxiety
when we all met on the bottom after follow the mooring line down.  The
marine life is incredible and well worth giving up some diving freedom.
Several seahorses, clown shrimp and marine life I had never seen before. I
recommend the Ocotal without reservation.
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