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Dive Review of Ocotal Divers/Ocotal Hotel in
Costa Rica/Ocotal, Guanacoste

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Don Hoft, MA, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4699
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Pacific, Caribbean, Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
60   to 66    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 20    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Vizability dictated diving with DM  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Was adequate if boats were not full (approx 10 max)
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
2 stars   
2 stars    
Spent 11 days here with my non diving wife. Contrary to most reports on the
diving here, this diver was very disappointed. However, Ocotal Divers staff
were very experienced and good at their jobs. As often reported, due to
generally poor vizability there is usually one DM leading and one following
(if the group gets to 4 or more), a wise technique. It was a bad omen on
arrival talking to an (apparent) experienced diver (drying out his gear)
prior to my 1st dive indicating he dove just one day and gave up:
"water 59 deg and no viz". I doubted it but he wasn't far off in
general. During my time, depending on whose gauge was used the water T's
were between 60 and 66, with the higher value the guess of the crew. Viz
was a body length or two to 20-25'. Some dives were an  absolute zero, over
bottom with little life, little viz, and cold. Fortunately a couple of
sites offered some interesting life including frog fish, electric rays,
large sting rays, and moreys (one consuming a still alive grouper). 
   To keep warm I finally used a full 3mm, a shorty 3mm (theirs), and a
vest/hood. The head DM had a 5mm and 2-3mm shorty's, and my extra 3mm hood.
It was unexpectly cold. From what I gathered talking to the locals the dry
season (Nov-Apr) is also windy with cold water and low viz. The green
season starts in May with afternoon showers, lower wind and better viz. For
us, no trips to Cataline or Bat Islands were available. Two days I was the
sole diver on the boat. A dive group arrived on the weekend, and following
their very 1st dive, several would not do the second dive. 
   I leave thinking Costa Rica is and interesting country with nice people,
but can't help wondering about the wisdom of diving during this time of
year. However, it really troubles me that when reviewing the last 3 year of
undercurrent that the very lowest temp reportled was 68 (only once) and
much better sealife. I cant help but believe that the conditions I
encounted were unusual. (Our I was narc'ed before I got there).
   The country offers many interesting topside experiences. We spent all
our time in the northwest region. Excellent beaches, natural beauty, and in
several nature reserves. Worth doing.
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