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Dive Review of Summer-Salt in
Costa Rica/Guanacaste - Playa del Coco

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Bill DuBois, TX, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4163
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Belize, Hawaii, Florida, Australia, Indonesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally, follow divemaster at the Bat and Cat Islands, with more
flexibility at the "local" dives, and ability to "dive your
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
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The dive op uses small day-boats that have no separate facility for
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
Hotel Puerta del Sol (arranged through Summer-Salt and with no independent
website) is clean and comfortable, though hardly posh. The onsite Italian
restaurant is suprisingly good -- very good, in fact. It's a ten minute
walk from that hotel to the dive op.

Summer-Salt is run by Swiss natives Sandra and Patrick Odermatt. The two
boats are small (21' and 25') and fairly fast, though the smaller one needs
a motor-remount, I think; I wish that the boats had more shade. Patrick is
easy to work with and tries hard to accommodate particular requests as to
diving sites and the like; I could not have been happier with his attitude.
Divemasters Eddie and Elgin, and the boat captains, were attentive and
helpful, though occasionally I thought that the DMs moved a bit too fast

We dove the Bats twice (doing third dives at Black Rock), the Cats once and
local dives at Argentina Point and Monkey Head. Visibility was good at all
sites. Many whitetips, at least five or six mantas at the Bats and Black
Rock, squadrons of eagle rays and large schools of fish at Black Rock,
occasional eagle rays at other spots, and a huge school -- hundreds -- of
barracudas at the Cats. Numerous reef fish, scorpion fish, octopi, eels,
etc. at most all sites. Regrettably, no bullsharks at the Bats.

This is NOT clear-water Caribbean diving -- "good" viz is
probably 60 feet -- and there is some surge and current. At the same time,
the quantity and diversity of marine life is wonderful, and the locale
certainly worth a visit. Newer divers might have less fun due to surge and
current (which obviously are quite variable).

I'd recommend Summer-Salt without hesitation.
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