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Dive Review of Cano Divers/Pirates Cove] in
Costa Rica/Drake Bay

Cano Divers/Pirates Cove], Jul, 2004,

by Gary Bergeron, GA, USA . Report 1133.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Good: Lots of White tip reef sharks. Canos Island makes for a very comfortable spot for lunch and surface intervals. At times, there were many different schools of fish intersecting at the same point.

Bad: Boat is very unstable. All 3 females were sea sick as soon as the boat stopped and we geared up (a first time for my wife - 60 plus dives). The rental equipment was atrocious. Their regulators gave out many times and at one time I thought I was going to have to sacrifice my reg (my own) so my wife could dive.

Pirate's Cove has hired an experienced dive instructor who is a whiz at fixing equipment (fixed two problems with my Air II system). Given enough time, Eric will get that equipment in shape.

There is not a lot of variety in Drake Bay to dive about 6 sites on Cano Island (about an hour boat ride). No shore diving and no night dives. I would keep my eye on this spot as I feel it will only improve in the future.

The food was very tasty and healthy and the resort is efficiently run by Suzanne. I liked our accomodations but for $100 to $200 more pp for 4 days, there were definitely better resorts (e.g. Drake Bay Wilderness) in the area.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Borneo, Thailand, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Cayman Islands, British Columbia, Belize, Curaco, Cabos San Lucas, Cocos Island
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive Master Determined max depth and surface interval.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No rinse tank on the boat. Had to ask the dive master/captain to hand you the camera.
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