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Dive Review of Resort Divers De Costa Rica/Allegro Papagayp in
Costa Rica/Guanacaste

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Jacki Briggs, PA, USA
Report Number 913
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico , Crystal River, FL
Dutch Springs Quarry, PA
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 85    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Staying with the group, depth & timing limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Being in Costa Rica - I expected nothing, and that is what i got. No Rinse
tank. They Captain handed my camera to me after a giant stride, that was as
good as it got, besides the MAnta's that were everywhere....
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Day 1 Thursday - Half day costal Fishing with Resort Divers. Arranged prior
to arrival via email with owner Viviane. Captain and First Mate - Negro
picked us up on Black Sand Beach in front of our hotel at 8:30. The resort
they are based out of is across the bay. Covered 28 foot boat - no
bathroom, equipped with outriggers. Rather uneventful morning. No live bait
on board. We fished for live bait - which was caught late in the morning,
then trolled for Rooster Fish. No luck. Water was calm in the bay, rougher
when towards ocean. Enjoyable way to spend first morning. Staff was
pleasant. 4 of us were comfortable on boat.

Day 2 Friday- FirLocal Diving with Resort Divers. Again all arranged prior
to arrival in Costa Rica. Again picked us up in front of resort at 8:30.
First Dive was not so good, in comparison to the rest of the trip - can't
remember the name - vis was 20 feet or so. My parents first Ocean Dive
(they got certified in a quarry in Pennsylvania in Sept '03). Dive Master
Sergio - was excellent, attentive - reassuring. Second Dive - Monkey Head.
Excellent - white tipped reef shark, lots of life, 2 large sting ray.
Better Vis.

Day 3 Saturday - Upgraded to Catalina Dive. Manta's Manta's Manta's. So
Cool. Big ones - 16-22 feet wide. Took 45 minutes to get there. 2 of us
went - others stayed at resort pool. Excellent! On way there - we came
across 4 humpback whales, attempted to snorkel with them, but they weren't
interested. First Catalina Location - great spot for Manta's. Saw 4 or 5.
One came very close, other sea life as well - interesting star fish, etc.
Second Catalina Dive - kinda drift dive. Went with current - boat followed
over head. Again Sergio with Resort Divers was excellent. The captain
permitted my father to fish on surface interval - provided some
entertainment for the rest of us.

Day 4 - Sunday - Local Dives again. All 4 of us went. Excellent Day. 1st
Dive Spot -2 Loggerhead Turtles, 2 White tipped Reef Sharks, abundance of
sea life. 2nd Dive Spot - Monkey Head - excellent again. On surface
interval we saw a HUGE manta glide out of the water. He stayed relatively
shallow under boat. My mom snorkeled with him, as did others from another
dive boat nearby. We descended for dive - and saw him 2 more times
overhead. Huge and graceful. GREAT! More turtles, etc. Great diving day,
calm water....

In evening we grabbed a taxi from the hotel - to head for Playa Hermosa. 45
min drive from hotel. Visited Puesta Del Sol. Food was excellent - minimal
cost - Burgers & Fish nuggets were $5.00. Local Beer - Imperial,
minimal cost as well. Good way to spend evening and visit another location
- besides the resort.

Day 5 - Day Trip with Ricardo Vargas - private tour operator. Excellent!
Arranged prior to arrival via email & internet. Visited Rincon de la
Vieja - semi active volcano. About 1 hour 30 minute drive to private resort
location. I think it was spelled Bolinquen. Beautiful! We had resort to
ourselves - no real guests. 1st we did the Canopy tour - 11 platforms. 800
feet in the air. So much fun! Very safe. Lunch at the resort - excellent
beef (raised in area). They we headed over to the natural Spa. Sauna, mud
treatment, then different temperature pools of water to relax in. Wonderful
- and completely private. Ricardo was very attentive speaks perfect
English, very nice. We stopped at souvenir shops on the way back to the
hotel. We left at 8:30 am, and returned around 5:30 pm. Wonderful days - I
would do it again in a heartbeat.

Day 6 Tuesday - Top Side Day - Palo Verde River Float with Ricardo Vargas.
Excellent again! 1 hour 45 minute drive to river location - in Air
Conditioned Taxi - there were 10 of us that went from the Hotel. Wonderful
day. We saw: Howler Monkeys, False Coral Snake, White Faced Monkeys, White
Ibis - many other birds, 15 Crocodiles, long nosed bats, turtles, Iguana's
tons of wildlife.  Enough can't be said about Ricardo Vargas and his wife
Lupita - they are running an excellent operation. Much better than Swiss
Travel Mega tours with 75 or 100 people. Very personalized.

Hotel: Built on Hill Side - terrace style. Most others are as well. We were
in building 4 - hard walk back to room in evenings after a couple of
drinks. No complaints - we are young and in shape. Shuttles run around the
hotel every couple of minutes. Hard walk for older persons, or those with
join problems. Food in Main dining area was buffet style. Prompt seating -
good attention from wait staff - being that it was peak tourist season for
them. Drinks were excellent. Swim up bar in pool was great. Black sand
beach - was okay. Good for sea shells, and morning walks. Staff didn't
speak very much English - be prepared with Spanish basics. Steak Restaurant
- full service. Make reservations as soon as you arrive in Hotel. Only
seats 30 persons per night. Better cuts of steak, fish etc. great service.
Dress here is a little more upscale, than the rest of the resort which is
very casual.

Liberia Airport - very small, 35 minutes from resort. Delta is flying in
there, in addition to Canadian Skyy Service, an Apple Charters. Lots of
construction when we arrived. Will hopefully be done soon.

Things I would have done differently -
(1) Stayed longer -
(2) Stayed Forever -
(3) Never came home

Seriously, when we return - we would do the over night trip to the Active
Volcano - Arenal, do the white water rafting & Tabacon Hot Springs. We
would do more diving - hoping to get to the Bat Islands. We would do the
Mount Verde Cloud Forest & Skywalk, and more Canopy's.

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