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

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Patricia MacSween, AB, CA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 6809
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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

Water Temp
25   to 30    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Were to stick with dive guide, although they were very accommodating as to
what I wished to photograph  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
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
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