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Dive Review of Dive Safari/Villas Sol in
Costa Rica/northwest

Dive Safari/Villas Sol, Jun, 2006,

by william Wittman, ny, usa ( 2 reports). Report 2640.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving NY, NJ, Florida, Cayman, Montserrat, Antigua, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Bahamas, Jamaica, Bermuda, Providenciales,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 70 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions follow the divemaster, everyone on own computer limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 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 [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Nice relatively easy diving. Dive Safaris put us (more experienced divers) on a separate boat so most days there were 4 divers and the divemaster.
Divemaster Kiki did a nice job, helpful and good in the water but not pushy or authoritarian. The diving style is definitely relaxed. Entries are a back roll and exits up a side ladder. You could hand up your BC or climb it up the ladder; in my backplate and wings i found it easier to climb up with gear than to get out of the crotch strap and all in the water. Some currents but nothing major. Visibility is low generally in the 20 foot range on most dives ranging to perhaps 40. But every once in a while there is the big fish going by that makes it worthwhile. Turtles on almost every dive, lots of morays, plenty of large white tip sharks and some absolutely huge pelagic stingrays, and on one surface interval we looked down into a school of hundreds of cow-nosed rays streaming by just below us.
The longer trip to Catalina Island was well worth it.
Water temp was comfortable in a 3mm wetsuit. Villas Sol is a comfortable but not luxurious all inclusive resort (including alcohol) which is an exceptional deal. Food was plentiful and decent although certainly not 'gourmet'.
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