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

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Glen Kitchens, nm, usa
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3347
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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

sunny, dry  
surge, currents  
Water Temp
74   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
stay w/i sight of divemaster due to limited vis;  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
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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