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Dive Review of Deep Blue Diving Adventures/No resort, but packages available in
Costa Rica/Pacific Coast

Deep Blue Diving Adventures/No resort, but packages available : "Professional dive operation out of Playas del Coco on the west coast", Dec, 2018,

by A J Underbrink Jr, AL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10799.

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 $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Over two days, I went on two, two-tank dives. The dive boat is small (capacity ~8), but so are the groups. One day 1, we had 3 divers and 4 crew. One day two, 3 divers and 3 crew. Boarding involved a shallow wade in the surf to a tender boat, which took us to the dive boat moored offshore. The boat rides to the dive sites were 20-30 minutes each way. Our transits were not rough, but, hey, it's the Pacific Ocean so you never know.

The dive sites visited on day 1 (called Surprise and Argentina) were around small islands just outside the bay. Each dive maxed at 70-80 feet depth, with an hour long off-gassing in between. There was mild surge when entering and exiting. Lots of porcupine fish, grunts, snapper, king angelfish, and sergeant majors; a couple of white tip sharks resting on the bottom; a large turtle; and two spotted eagle rays.

On day 2, we visited Islas Catalinas, a little longer boat ride around a point outside the bay. The dive sites were El Punta and Tuberones, both about 80-90 feet of depth. Another long off-gassing, but the dive boat delivered us to an unoccupied beach the relieve ourselves, explore, and hang out (although both dive boats had marine toilets). We saw much of the same marine life, but at one point at least six white tips were congregated. Of note, we did spot a fleet of five mobius/manta rays. December is a little early in the season for whale sharks and more mantas.

The dive operation is very good, although not luxurious. The shop is I believe American-owned, but staffed by friendly and knowledgeable Ticos. I recommend them for intermediate and advanced divers. They can handle newbies, but the dive boat ingress/egress and some challenging dives may not appeal to some.
Websites Deep Blue Diving Adventures   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts
Closest Airport Tamarindo and Liberia Getting There Liberia is a modern airport with many direct flights to/from the US and other countries. Tamarindo is a regional airport with commuter plane traffic.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas surge
Water Temp 25-27°C / 77-81°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 12-15 M / 39-49 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Diving as a group
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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 Nobody on our dives used cameras, but my observation is that Deep Blue doesn't strongly accommodate photographers. Only adequately.
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