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Dive Review of in
Costa Rica/Playa Ocotel

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Gregg Gaylord, WI, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 3676
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cocos Island, Thailand, Solomon Islands, Caribbean, Hawaii, Lake Michigan,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, dry  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay in communication with small group of divers.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
Villa Vista Azul is a gem
of a location.  It's a short walk to the beach and dive operation.  The
Villa is beautiful with a phenomenal view.  Check the web site.  The
reviews are accurate if not understated.

The diving was interesting but there were strong winds that prevented us
from going to Bat Island.  The winds change though and selecting the right
time of year for certain destination is important.  The dive operation is
excellent with a stable 24 ft dive boat.  The captain is superb!  The dive
masters are excellent and patient.  Small snacks and water was provided. 
One of the most interesting and fun part of the trip was the interval
periods spent on the beach.  There are innumerable   beaches spread out
along the peninsulas - each with it's own unique characteristics.  Turtle
nests were apparent on some of them.  Also, it was getting into Humpback
Whale season and we had an unforgettable encounter with a couple of
Humpbacks as we road back to the launch site at the end of the dive day. 
Close encounters of this kind are rare and memorable.
If you are looking for a fun shore based dive vacation and want to see NW
Costa Rica, this is a great place to stay, dive, and vacation.  Many of the
great beaches, volcanoes, and jungles are within a reasonable distance. 
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