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Dive Review of El Ocotal in
Costa Rica

El Ocotal, Oct, 2004,

by Bud, ca, USA . Report 1425.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving California, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Baja Calif.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 68 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 20 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 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 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Hotel El Ocotal and the dive operation were first rate in every way. The service was consistently friendly and of extremely high quality. The hotel and restaurant staff, as well we the dive masters accomodated guests with any request. This is one of the best dive trips I have taken in the last twenty years. Dives to local sites were normally 15-20 minutes away. The diversity of marine life made up for the vis of 15-20 feet. Eagle rays and white-tip reef sharks, in addition to several large schools of grunt and other fish were common. Bottle-nose and spinner dolphins were always present on the surface. While a 3mm shorty worked for me, others had difficulty with the occasional cold currents at depth. Trips to the Bat and Catalina islands were hard to schedule as there were so few divers. Plenty of sun until late afternoon when a daily shower would fall. I would not hesitate to return to El Ocotal in the future.
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