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Dive Review of B J DIVING SAFARIS/HOTEL OCCIDENTAL GRAND PAPA in
Costa Rica/CENTRAL AMERICA

B J DIVING SAFARIS/HOTEL OCCIDENTAL GRAND PAPA, Nov, 2005,

by THOMAS LOPATIN, NJ, USA . Report 2943.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving THROUGHOUT CARIBBEAN, EASTERN, WESTERN, NORTH & SOUTH PACIFIC, EASTERN & WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions STAY WITH GUIDE
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments RINSE TANK ON BOAT

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments DIVING WAS DESCRIBED BY DIVE SHOP PRIOR TO BOOKING AS A "MINI COCOS". THIS WAS NOT THE CASE. THERE WERE VERY FEW LARGE PELAGICS. IF YOU WANTED TO SEE PUFFER FISH HOWEVER, YOU WOULD BE IN "PUFFER FISH HEAVEN". I SAW LITERALLY HUNDREDS ON EACH DIVE. NEVER WAS GIVEN A REASON BY DIVE PERSONNEL.

THE HOTEL, STAFF AND SERVICE WERE TERRIFIC. IF YOU WANT TO GET A FEW MEDIOCRE DIVES IN WHILE VISITING WHAT TOPSIDE COSTA RICA HAS TO OFFER (WHICH IS A LOT!) YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED...OTHERWISE GO TO COCOS.

WHILE IN COSTA RICO IT WOULD BE SINFUL NOT TO DO A CANOPY RIDE AND VISIT THE VOLCANO. WE ALSO TOOK A DAY TRIP TO NICARAGUA (INCLUDING GRANADA, THE OLDEST COLONIAL CITY IN THE AMERICAS), WHICH WAS FASCINATING.
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