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Dive Review of Deep Blue diving adventures/Hotel La Puerta del Sol in
Costa Rica/Playa del Coco

Deep Blue diving adventures/Hotel La Puerta del Sol, May, 2013,

by Bill Markley, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6987.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Lots of puffer fish, jelly fish, eels, and octopus. Went to Bat island one day. Miserable trip. Small boat with rough waters turned a 1 hour ride to 2+ hours each way. A lot of current at the dive site which cut dive times down considerably. DM left behind two divers on one dive who couldn't get around a pinnacle because of currents.
Hotel affiliated with the dive shop. There is a dive/hotel package which was cheap. It was low season and hotel only had breakfast. Hotel was clean and nicely maintained. Town a ten minute walk. Several good restaurants, a few closed do to low season. DMs were friendly and helpful on dives. Dive shop owners were invisible most of the time and not that friendly. Saw a few manta rays, southern sting rays, and several round rays.
Went white water river rafting on the Tenorio one day and had a great time. Also went south one day and went zip lining at the Adventure Tours and hotel. 25 zip line over 7 waterfalls. It was great!
Overall rating for the dive shop is average. Rich Coast Diving down the street looked like it might have a better operation.
Lots of temperature changes on dives. Needed to,wear skin under 3mm.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Bali, Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 72-80°F / 22-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-30 Ft/ 6-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Do safety stop when reach 750 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No shore facilities for cameras; some boats had a fresh water bucket for cameras some did not.
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