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Dive Review of AquaCenter Diving/Flamingo Beach Resort in
Costa Rica/Flamingo

AquaCenter Diving/Flamingo Beach Resort, Jan, 2008,

by John Bainbridge, NY, USA ( 1 report). Report 3812.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Key Largo, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I was a bit skeptical before diving, expecting visibility to be an issue. However, both 2 tank morning dives were INCREDIBLE! The waters were unusually calm and visibility ranged from 25-50 ft. Our sites were Sombreros, Dirty Rock, Catalina Classic, and Flat Rock. SOMBREROS: Saw a nurse shark, long trumpet fish, schools of Jack Fish, puffers, 4 green morrays (one out of the rocks). During this entire dive we heard whale sounds. One our way to the next dive a school of white spotted dolphins decided to dance with our boat for several minutes while a lesser devil ray jumped out of the water. DIRTY ROCK: 12 ft Manta Ray, Tigersnake eel, 5 green morrays, schools of jacks, schools of angels, golden phase puffer, spotted porcupinefish. CATALINA CLASSIC: My dive leader claims this was the best dive of his life! Definitely mine! On the way down to our 60 ft depth a 14 ft Manta Ray swam overhead. Going into a channel, I spotted a green morray, a few minutes later 2 whitetip sharks were on the bottom. Later saw a 4 ft cornetfish, 4 whitetip sharks lined up on the bottom like airplanes waiting to take off. Later 2 baby nurse sharks were in a cave, one swam out. I was the first to run out of air. During my safety check with the dive leader, we saw 2 schools (30-50 in each school) of golden cownose rays swim below us. What a site to see. The dive shop claims these hadn't been seen in 2 years. On the way to our next dive we several humpback whales surfaced in the distance along with a lesser devil ray jumping out of the water. The staff and crew were amazing! Noe and Hannah were our dive leaders.
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