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Dive Review of Rich Coast Diving/Villa del Sol in
Costa Rica/Guancaste

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Brent Woods, ON, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5848
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Thousand Islands and Great Lakes, Cuba, Bonaire, Jamaica, Roatan, Red Sea,
Palau, Galapagos, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Sea of Cortez, Guam
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 72    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All guides were guided.  Time limits applied on some dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 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
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
I went to Costa Rica with modest expectations for the diving and was blown
away by the great dives I had.  I choose Rich Coast Divers based on
Undercurrent reports and the websites of the various dive operations.  I
booked my accommodation and car rental through them.  All were very
satisfactory.  They asked me questions to be sure that I got what I was
looking for in my hotel.
Rich Coast Divers has a large, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly
staff. The level of service surpasses anything I have encountered
elsewhere.  I was there when the owners were away at DEMA.
They have the largest dive boats in Playa de Coco.  The boats they use to
ferry divers form the beach (there is no dock in Playa de Coco) to their
dive boats are the same size as other operators use to get to the dive
Dive conditions are vary day to day.  I was lucky with the visibility.  It
was bad the week before.  The ratio of divers to dive masters is never more
than 4 regardless of the visibility.  
Most divers would want a 5 mm wet suit here.
I dove for 4 days and got trips to both the Bats and the Cats.  The first
day was to the Bats.  The first dive was to the Bull Shark Cleaning
station.  We were for half an half with a half dozen sharks.  The second
dive had two mantas, and schools of spotted eagle rays, surgeonfish,
triggerfish and pompanos.  It reminded me of the Galapagos for the numbers
of fish.  
The resident mantas were not in the day we went to the Cats but there was a
school of white tips (one obviously pregnant)along with lots of other
All dives had lots of fish.  Rays and morays were seen on every dive. 
Schools of sergeant majors, jacks, grunts, snappers and trumpetfish were
common.  There were lots of puffers on all of the dives.  I even saw them
packed in groups into crevices in the rocks.  Octopuses were also found.
One whale and several pods of dolphins were spotted from the dive boats.
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