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Dive Review of Dive Safari in
Costa Rica

Dive Safari, Feb, 2003,

by C.F.Ward, CA, USA . Report 367.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]Fiji, Mexico, Ccocos Islands, T & C
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 68 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 5 to 20 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments [None]
Costa Rica, Pacific Coast, upper northwest corner, February 8-15, 2003.

Bill Beards Diving Safaris

Water temp 70 to 75 degress, viz 6 to 20 feet in pond scum, thus only 4 dives. Puffer fish in large numbers, three large rays, 2 scorpion fish. Tougher group did 2 more dives further off the coast, somewhat better viz. Four dive sites I saw were just lumps of rocks with occasional swift currents. The second dive site per day is selected for proximity not interest.

Slow boat to the sites just out of, or in, the Bay of Popagayo. Crew member who set up my gear was clueless, misrigged the BC and when the reg leaked, was told need an O ring by another crew member, so he handed me the reg back and repeated need an O ring. Did not see him again after the first trip.

First dive, dive master lost a diver for 20 minutes on the surface post dive(we had to tell him one was missing) then we motored about looking for him until we saw him in another surface group 100 yards away. Post dive, board the boat via a 2 foot (tough first step) ski-boat ladder, 3 round rungs, that hurt the feet when climbing out with a weight-integrated BC-which you do because the crew takes weight belts and ignores the BC, unless you make a big deal out of it. They have a faster boat that takes you back, after trading all the dive gear between boats at sea, that oddly enough has a proper dive ladder, so they know the difference obviously.

One diver ran out of air early in a dive-which is only significant because it was the dive master, who reported that she must have taken her dads rig that did not match her hoseless computer in some fashion.

At some point, I heard another diver hum the musical theme from Gilligans Island which says it all. Pick another season and another dive shop.
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