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Dive Review of Ocotal Resort in
Costa Rica

October, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Brent U., ON, Canada
Report Number 1454
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Ontario, Cozumel, Bahamas, Grand Turk
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
73   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
follow computer  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
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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