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Dive Review of Rich Coast Diving/Villas Sol in
Costa Rica

Rich Coast Diving/Villas Sol, Nov, 2012,

by Patricia MacSween, AB, CA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 6809.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving St. Vincent, Bay Islands, Aruba, Cuba, Cayman, Belize, Cook Islands, Grenada, Hawaii, Yap, Palau, Truck, N. Sulawesi, Thailand.....
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 25 to 30 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Were to stick with dive guide, although they were very accommodating as to what I wished to photograph
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No separate bucket for camera on first day, but was provided from 2nd day on. No camera table.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Great time diving with Rich Coast Diving we dove 6 days in a row with them in early November, 2012. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Special thanks to Byron for fixing me up with a replacement reg by incorporating my own dive computer when mine blew out on the very first day. We were picked up from our hotel each morning early at the time that we were told to expect the driver which doesnt always happen in a lot of countries that we have dove.
We would meet at the shop, be offered coffee or water, and asked if there was anything else that we required for that days diving. All our gear was taken out to the boat for us (except for my camera) and then we would have a few minutes walk down to the beach where we were picked up by a small boat to the main dive boat. Entry was by giant stride, and exit was by removal of fins and walking up ladder to sit on edge of boat where staff removed your BCD. Surface interval always had cookies and fresh sweet pineapple as well as juice or water. Dove in small groups (never any more than 4 to a dive guide).
Viz wasnt great, but was what was expected. Saw lots of rays of all kinds and some sharks and turtles. Many thanks to dive guides Jorge and Maureen who pointed out some great macro stuff, including clown shrimps, sea horses, and oranguatan crabs.
The first day did not have a dedicated water bucket for cameras, but without even asking for it, the staff had one for me every other day. Having one that was marked for cameras only would be nice so that other divers wouldnt dip their masks into the camera bucket. No camera table either, but the boat otherwise was very comfortable and spacious.
Would really recommend using Rich Coast if you are diving in this area. They really went out of their way to make sure we had a wonderful dive vacation.
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