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Dive Review of Rich Coast Diving/Villas del Sol (hotel) in
Costa Rica/Playas Del Coco

Rich Coast Diving/Villas del Sol (hotel), Dec, 2006,

by Bob Sivak, CA, USA . Report 3149.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I chose Rich Coast Diving based on positive reader reports. Unfortunately, I found the operation has apparently changed since the new owners took over in December of 2005. Martin is a Dutch fellow who seems to be very concerned with all things PADI. As far as being a shop that caters to serious divers, well I don't think so. On my first day diving we went to the famed Catalinas. The overflow charter boat they put us on (Salty Dog) was a joke. Nauseating levels of diesel smoke and so slow I'm sure I could have swam faster (one hour and 15 minutes each way). The head was "closed to men". Divemaster Edward is a diamond in the rough. Fantastic attitude, but he had only been in Costa Rica for a couple of weeks. I'm sure he will be great in the near future. Catalina Island was a bit disappointing as well. Typical Eastern Pacific diving with few hard corals and so-so visability. The other group on our boat had the expert divemaster Julian who found a school of 13 whitetips and 3 mantas. We saw none. We did see a couple of eagle rays, free swimming morays and a fair selection of tropicals. The next day we went to Tortuga Point and Punta Argentina. These sites were only fifteen minutes away on Rich Coast's own trimaran boat (it had a laughable engine configuration of one small outboard and one medium size outboard). Both sites had more hard corals then Catalina and more tropicals. I saw one whitetip that was a very cooperative photo subject and one turtle. No babysitting with both DM's. Villas del Sol was adequate and with the all inclusive rate, a good deal. Would I go again? Maybe, if I could get to the Bat Islands with another operator.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Carribean, California, Mexico (Pacific), Hawaii, Philippines
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-60 Ft/ 6-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 500 PSI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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