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Dive Review of Tamarindo Diving in
Costa Rica/Guanacaste

Tamarindo Diving: "Adequate diving from Tamarindo, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica", Nov, 2021,

by A J Underbrink Jr, AL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 11766.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We dove the Catalina Islands off the northern coast of Guanacaste (the Nicoya penninsula). There are several departure destinations, but we chose Tamarindo. The dive operations offered pickup and drop-off service from and to local accommodations. We were taken to their small dive shop, where everyone was fitted for equipment. All gear was included in the price ($115 for a two tank trip). The dive group was then shuttled to a nearby beach and then tendered to the dive boat anchored offshore.

The boat ride to the dive sites was about 45 minutes. Dives were generally shallow (40-60 feet) and approximately 40 minutes in duration. Drinks and snacks were provided between dives.

The crew was adequate as divers and guides, pointing out interesting objects and marine life. The briefing was acceptable for experienced divers, although a lack of fluent English made things more challenging for less experienced divers (the owner is Italian and the crew is Tico).

A mildly disturbing behavior was some interactions between male and female crew members. Nothing dangerous, just not a good look.
Websites Tamarindo Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts
Closest Airport Liberia (LIR) Getting There Convenient from North America. About 45 minute drive to coastal towns.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge
Water Temp 24-26°C / 75-79°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 5-15 M / 16-49 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available?

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 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 Generally not supported. You are on your own.
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