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Dive Review of Thalassa Dive Center/Hotel Santila in

Thalassa Dive Center/Hotel Santila, Aug, 2006,

by Diane Lake, CA, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3668.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Hotel Santika was pleasent, being clean and well maintained. It is not a dedicated "Dive Hotel" so there is a variety of guests and going's-on. Two restaurants, both quite slow, foodwise the Bigtree Cafe was the better of the two. Thalassa Dive Center is a walk down from the hotel, and you continue beond to the dock, which is quite a walk down a very long plank pier spanning mangroves. Dive briefings were good as were our dive guides, Maxi, Marco, and German. Very attentive and good at finding critters. They have come across a new pygmy seahorse which is even smaller than the regular Pygmy. Very hard to see this 1/4 inch seahorse, not only due to it's size, but it 's color matched the coral exactly. More types and numbers of Lionfish than I've ever seen. Flying Gunards,flambouant cuttlefish, dragon seahorses, ghost pipefish, a plethora of beautiful colorful corals and reef fish. More than any where else I've been. Great dives, I would come again.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving S. Africa, Galapagos, Sulawesi, Komodo, Bali, Tahiti, Belize, Fiji, Bahamas, Baja California ( pacific side and the Sea of Cotez), Bonaire, St Lucia, St Eustatia, Yucatan Peninsula, Costa Rica, California, Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas calm
Water Temp 84-84°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 53
Water Visibility 40-90 Ft/ 12-27 M

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 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]
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