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Dive Review of Ocotal Beach Resort in
Costa Rica

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by A. Segal, TN, US
Report Number 725
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Grand Turk, Provo, Roatan, Dominica, St Lucia, Curacao, Bonaire, Cancun,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
72   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
A bit stricter on Bat Island and Catalina dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 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):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
Very intimate hotel.  Great service everywhere.  Most rooms are set in
buildings spaced out hillside.  Some beachfront rooms.  The top rooms have
spectacular view.  Very long walk.  There is a shuttle that takes people
from beach to their rooms.  Swim up bar on beach and some buildings have
their own small pools.  Only rained twice in the evening, otherwise perfect
weather.  Basic, pretty and clean rooms.  Gorgeous setting.  Fantastic dive
shop.  Never had to touch equipment if didn't want to.  Always had plenty
of water, snacks, fresh fruit.  Very good briefings and overview of boat
layout.  Several sharks (bull & white tip), a few large rays, huge
variety of eels in all sizes, dolphins and many turles on the surface
during boat rides.  Backward roll off boat and a line off the bow to go
down.  A bit of current, alot of surge.  I was told prior to my going by
other divers who had been there that I would need a heavy wetsuit (5mm). 
Maybe I got lucky with water temp, but I felt my 5mm shorty was too much. 
But I was trying to break it in since it was new, so I stuck with it. 
Others used 3mm.  My male dive buddy felt the same way.  There were
thermoclines but nothing that lasted long or was terribly uncomfortable. 
The dives at Bat Island and Catalina were a little more rigid as they are
more difficult dives.  On one dive my dive buddy and I got separated from
the group--which is easy considering the vis.  Although we were not lost,
we were headed back in the correct direction, they did send a divemaster to
get us.  I apologized immediately if we worried anyone or if we held up the
group, and was told no problem.  He said glad we were having a good time
and not to worry.  No chastising, no condeming, no glares, no yelling or
demeaning tactics.  Everyone was treated as responsible divers.  Most
everyone on boat was very experienced.  Could go on forever regarding the
country.  Beautiful!  Alot to do in C.R. other than diving!  Maybe not the
most beautiful dives (i.e. coral) but very exciting.  Would go back to
Costa Rica and Ocotal in a heartbeat.
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