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Dive Review of Ocotal Resort in
Costa Rica

Ocotal Resort, Oct, 2004,

by Brent U., ON, Canada . Report 1454.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Ontario, Cozumel, Bahamas, Grand Turk
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 73 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions follow computer
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I had a great dive trip to Ocotal resort. I was able to see diamond rays, eagle rays, turtles, many moray eels on every dive, large schools of tropical fish and white tip reef sharks every day. As well I saw two seahorses and mutliple clown shrimp pairs. We also had dolphins follow our boat out to the dive site on two occasions.
Diving in Costa Rica was a nice change from carribean diving. The visibility is lower and the water is a little cooler, but the payoff is a greater abundance of marine life. October is apparently a slow month for tourism as I was the only diver on the boat for three of my diving days. I was not able to go to Catalina or Bat island due to needing a minimum of 4 people. However having only the divemaster and myself in the water enabled us to have some great closeup encounters with sharks, rays and turles without a crowd to scare them away. October is in the rainy season which has calmer and warmer water and more sightings of white tip sharks. Apparently during the dry season the water is colder and rougher with more ray action including manta rays. The dive operation and divemasters were great, gear was taken care of me for the whole week and returned cleaned and dried when I was ready to leave. Water, fruit and cookies were always offered between dives and on boat rides. The hotel itself was comfortable, simple and clean. There are two pools and two restaurants on the resort site that had good food and friendly service. Overall this was some of favorite diving so far.
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