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Dive Review of Rich Coast Divers in
Costa Rica

Rich Coast Divers, Dec, 2007,

by Terry Anderson, TX, USA (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 3772.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 72 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Follow the DMs only
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 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 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments 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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