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Dive Review of Rich Coast Divers/Villas Sol in
Costa Rica/Guanacaste

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Timothy A. Kolakowski, PA, USA
Contributor   (12 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4463
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Grand Bahama, all 3 Caymans, Saba, St. Vincent, Curacao,
Bonaire, Provo, Grand Turk, Salt Cay
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Prefer divers to stay with group  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Bucket on boat
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
     This was our first trip to Costa Rica, after hearing from many people
that it's a great destination. And we had a blast, from beginning to end.
We flew into Liberia rather than San Jose - it's a half hour drive from the
Guanacaste resorts, and San Jose is about 4 hours.
     There are several resorts in the area. We chose the all inclusive
Villas Sol based on their website and some travel reviews and it was a
great choice. The grounds are beautiful. Villas Sol is built into the side
of a hill, with easy access to the beach by shuttles. The food was
plentiful and very good, with lots of native choices. The resort staff is
very friendly but be advised that except for the customer service
employees, English is a second language...a distant second! Oh well, part
of the charm! Lots of families stay at Villas Sol. They have kids
activities as part of the all inclusive and a staff to organize them. They
were MIA for two days but except for those two days the kids club worked
out well.
    The diving is different here. You won't get that Caribbean visibilty
here, but there is more to see than most of the Caribbean diving I've done.
I saw more sharks and octopi in 4 days' diving than most of my Caribbean
trips put together. A real highlight is the hour long trip out to the Bat
Islands, where some of our group saw the bull sharks that Bat is known
    I dove with Brenda & Martin of Rich Coast Diving, who we got to
know when we dove with them when they owned Silent Immersion on Curacao.
Lots of fun - their divemasters are young but enthusiastic. The boat isn't
pretty but it's a great dive boat. It's a converted trimaran sailboat with
all kinds of room to spread out and gear up. The main dive sites are less
than 10 minutes away. No coral but lots of rocks for the critters.
     We'd definitely go back. Not only is the diving great but the land
activities like the zipline, the river cruise, and the hiking make Costa
Rica a must - see.  
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