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Dive Review of Rich Coast Diving in
Costa Rica/Pacific Side

December, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas , IL, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Left Out at Sea"
Report Number 8646
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Solomons, Truk, Yap, Palau, Coral Sea, PNG, Roatan, Maui, Jamaica, Florida,
L'il Cayman and Cayman East, Belize Ambergris and Isla Marisol, Grand
Turk,Cabo Pulmo, Cozumel, Dominica, Bonaire Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
72   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 25    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions, no safety checks of any sort.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
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3 stars   
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Though I had confirmed our reservations 3 times directly with Rich Coast's
owner, upon arrival we were greeted with the comment "Oh, we thought
you were coming yesterday, and we've had a lot of walk-in customers so we
don't have any room for you on our boats tomorrow."  This was not an
acceptable welcome, and they finally said that they'd "figure
something out."  At the beach the next morning, we watched the Rich
Coast guides try to unsort the confustion of gear, tanks and humans.  One
guide instructed us to wait on shore while he ferried a group of divers out
to the dive shop's trimaran- "I'll be right back for you."  After
about 15 more minutes of waiting, we had to be raced out to the trimaran,
which was already leaving the bay, since the guide had forgotten about us. 
The first dive was in 78 degree water at Villadora with foggy visibility of
about 20 feet.  Rich Coast hadn't sent enough tanks for the 2nd dive, so
three "volunteers" had to miss out.  While equalizing on our
descent, the guide disappeared into the plankton haze, so I ended up
resurfacing and shooting a compass bearing.  Day Two had a little better
vis at Punta Argentina, and the 2nd dive at shallow Estudiante was
mesmerizing with its beds of fern-liike sea grass and fi
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