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Dive Review of Aqua Rica/Hotel Diria Tamarindo in
Costa Rica/Tamarindo, Guancaste

Aqua Rica/Hotel Diria Tamarindo, Jan, 2014,

by Christopher Watt, MA, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 7500.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving New England, Florida Keys, Red Sea, Turks & Caicos, UK, Italy, Bermuda
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25 to 45 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dives ranged from 45-55 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales 1 or 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments No rinse tank on the boat, although rinse water available upon request ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments A trip report about my diving experience in Tamarindo, Costa Rica during early January 2014. We booked this holiday through a travel agent who used Bill Beard’s, a company that has been booking holidays in CR for many years (including diving).

We were on a 1 week family trip = Wife, Kids (19 &17) and me. We spent 2 nights and 2 days in the Arenal Volcano/La Fortuna area followed by 5 days/nights in the surf/beach town of Tamarindo. This was our first trip to Costa Rica. With 2 divers and 2 non-divers in the family, we were looking for a New Year’s holiday that offered a mix of adventure activities with some diving thrown in. Costa Rica certainly delivered on this front.

After flying into San Jose via Miami from Boston, we started the trip in the Arenal/La Fortuna area (3-4 hour transfer). We stayed at the Royal Corin hotel, which we enjoyed. Views of the nearby volcano from every room…although it was clouded in during our time there. One of the great features of the hotel is the pools that are heated (not sure of exact temp…but at least 85-90F) by the local geothermal activity…really nice to relax in following an active day (largest pool has a swim-up bar). On Day 1 we did a New Year’s Day combo of a zip-line canopy tour in the morning, followed by white water rafting on the Rio Balsa in the afternoon. Both very fun with lots of smiles for both parents and teenagers. I bought a new GoPro Hero 3+ the night bef ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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