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Dive Review of Rich Coast Divers in
Costa Rica

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Terry Anderson, TX, USA
Contributor   (19 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 3772
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
72   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow the DMs only  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
I've been diving Playa del Coco three times in the last 5 years, all with
Rich Coast Divers.  They have changed owners, and although the new owners
are helpful, they are not interested in taking seasoned divers to the two
best areas, Catalina and especially Bat Islands.  They want to take people
into the local bay, where the vis is 15 feet and you might see a few eels
and the local frog fish.  I did get to Cat Island one time, and we did see
a Devil Ray and a Manta, always a treat, a few eels, and a small 4 foot
Leatherback Turtle.  Very good dive in cool 72 degree water.  Then the
20-something DMs decided that they would not take us for a second dive on
Cat, and took us on a pathetic reef dive where we saw a couple eels;
irritating, when we paid for 2 dives at Cat.  Moreover, 2 years ago at Cat
there were 6 whitetips on these dives, now none--finning off the coast in
the country that prides itself for "eco-tourism."  Go south to
Drakes Bay and dive Isla de Cano, which now is much better.    [None]
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