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Dive Review of Aquacenter Diving Costa Rica/Tamarindo Diria in
Costa Rica/Tamarindo

Aquacenter Diving Costa Rica/Tamarindo Diria: "Great diving in Catalina Islands with huge numbers of fish!", Oct, 2014,

by Paula Flori, RI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7871 has 1 Helpful vote.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [None]I was unsure about diving in the Tamarindo area because I have read the water can be cold with thermaclines and that the vis was usually unpredictable. Also, I had read the water was rough. None of this was true on our dive experience with Aquacenter. The vis was 40-60, currents slightly high at times with surge and water generally calm. The water was a consistent 84 degrees. The terrain is generally lava rocks and I did not expect to see corals so it wasn't a disappointment to me. What did surprise me were the extremely large schools of fish and the number of schools of fish! Sometimes you didn't know where to look! I loved seeing the pacific fish life and our dive master was extremely attentive in pointing out unique species of fish. Our divemaster was named "Risky" and he was definitely not risky in his skills as a dive master but he was enthusiastic and had a real love of diving and seeing anything slightly rare or unusual. Highlights of the fish life were 5 large white tip sharks swimming around us, octopus, schools of barracuda,massive schools of grunts and the beauty of moorish idol and king angelfish.We even saw baby whitetip sharks! We stayed in Tamarindo and had a half hour ride to Flamingo Beach. The ride was through beautiful country side and farms. I would probably stay near Flamingo Beach next time as the beach there is a snorkel beach and the beach near the Tamarindo Diria was a surf beach. The only slight disappointment was the food as it was expensive and not always top notch. We found the Diria to be very comfortable but not close to diving. We will return and would like to dive with Risky again as he made you feel as excited as you did the first time you ever dived!
Websites Aquacenter Diving Costa Rica   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving cozumel, Tortola, Saba, Cabo, Cabo pulmo, St. vincent, Bequia, St. Croix, Turks and Caicos, Little Cayman, Dominica, Catalina Island, Calif., Rhode Island
Closest Airport Liberia Getting There overnight in Atlanta, left from providence, easy flight no problems

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 84-85°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]50 minutes, dives were generally 60-70ft.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]Pictures slightly tough due to surge, some currents and particles in the water.
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