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Dive Review of Thalassa Dive Center/Hotel Santila in

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Diane Lake, CA, United States
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Report Number 3668
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
S. Africa, Galapagos, Sulawesi, Komodo, Bali, Tahiti, Belize, Fiji,
Bahamas, Baja California ( pacific side and the Sea of Cotez), Bonaire, St
Lucia, St Eustatia, Yucatan Peninsula, Costa Rica, California, Mexico  
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Hotel Santika was pleasent, being clean and well maintained. It is not a
dedicated "Dive Hotel" so there is a variety of guests and
going's-on. Two restaurants, both quite slow, foodwise the Bigtree Cafe was
the better of the two. Thalassa Dive Center is a walk down from the hotel,
and you continue beond to the dock, which is quite a walk down a very long
plank pier spanning mangroves.  Dive briefings were good as were our dive
guides, Maxi, Marco, and German. Very attentive and good at finding
critters. They have come across a new pygmy seahorse which is even smaller
than the regular Pygmy. Very hard to see this 1/4 inch seahorse, not only
due to it's size, but it 's color matched the coral exactly. More types and
numbers of Lionfish than I've ever seen. Flying Gunards,flambouant
cuttlefish, dragon seahorses, ghost pipefish, a plethora of beautiful
colorful corals and reef fish. More than any where else I've been. Great
dives, I would come again.
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