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Dive Review of aquacenter/flamingo beach resort in
Costa Rica/flamingo coast

aquacenter/flamingo beach resort, Apr, 2007,

by Glen Kitchens, nm, usa (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 3347.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving chuuk; yap; palau; papua ng; aus; fiji; numerous carribean;
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas surge, currents
Water Temp 74 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions stay w/i sight of divemaster due to limited vis;
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Aquacenter has two well laid-out boats w/ adequate fresh water rinse. However, no setup tables for cameras. On shore facilities were good.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Flamingo Coast is Pacific side & appx. 2 hrs. from the airport in Liberia. Flamingo Beach Resort is very nice (better than my buddies & I are used to)w/ a large generator that kicks right in when the local power goes down, which is often. Turned out this is the only hotel in the area with own power source. The heat & humidity made this amenity worth whatever extra it cost us. Flamingo is a small area w/ numerous bars & restaurants within walking distance (lots of uphill / downhill). Very scenic / photogenic.
Aquacenter is not located at the hotel, but they picked us up each morning & took us back after diving - we were generally back to our hotel by noon. They have wash facilities / lockers for gear. Their boats are roomy & well-maintained. We had three divemasters (US / Britain / Italy), all attentive & knowledgable of area. The dive sites are all close - longest boat ride was probably 20 minutes. We came here for something different & weren't disappointed. The diving is not for everyone. Currents varied from light to strong on every dive, w/ varied (15 - 50 ft)visibility. Poor vis made closeup / macro photography important & made for some good, colorful photos. Lots of nudibranch & experienced divemasters to point them out. Our last day we got lucky at Catalina South & had best conditions of the trip w/ good vis, minimal current & numerous giant mantas, which made for good photo op. Topside between dives, we watched mantas breaching within 50' of the diveboat. Also saw numerous guitar sharks (new one on me)& lots of Pacific tropicals.
If you're a new diver, stick w/ the Carribean for awhile. But if you're ready for a new adventure, Flamingo Coast is worth a look.
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