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Dive Review of in
Costa Rica/Playa Ocotel, Aug, 2006,

by Gregg Gaylord, WI, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3676.

No photos available at this time

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 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Villa Vista Azul is a gem of a location. It's a short walk to the beach and dive operation. The Villa is beautiful with a phenomenal view. Check the web site. The reviews are accurate if not understated.

The diving was interesting but there were strong winds that prevented us from going to Bat Island. The winds change though and selecting the right time of year for certain destination is important. The dive operation is excellent with a stable 24 ft dive boat. The captain is superb! The dive masters are excellent and patient. Small snacks and water was provided. One of the most interesting and fun part of the trip was the interval periods spent on the beach. There are innumerable beaches spread out along the peninsulas - each with it's own unique characteristics. Turtle nests were apparent on some of them. Also, it was getting into Humpback Whale season and we had an unforgettable encounter with a couple of Humpbacks as we road back to the launch site at the end of the dive day. Close encounters of this kind are rare and memorable.
If you are looking for a fun shore based dive vacation and want to see NW Costa Rica, this is a great place to stay, dive, and vacation. Many of the great beaches, volcanoes, and jungles are within a reasonable distance. Enjoy.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cocos Island, Thailand, Solomon Islands, Caribbean, Hawaii, Lake Michigan, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 75-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay in communication with small group of divers.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales >2
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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]
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