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Hello, looking for advice, tips and hints about a planned trip to the Pacific side.
Looking at staying at the Flamingo Beach Resort for two weeks seeing the wife does not dive and need to keep her happy as well with the all-inclusive treats.
Time of travel - last week of January and first week of February 2010
Dive Experience - DM 1000+ dives, advanced tri-mix
Want to dive mornings only and possibly an extra excursion or two like to Bat Island.
Suggested Dive Ops that can pick me up at Flamingo
Tamarindo: Agua Rica Diving run by a gentle italian couple
For the dives at Bat Islands best will be the best to depart from Playas del Coco, but it may be too choppy in January to go there.
But anyway, the only shop i know personally is Summer Salt Dive Center and they go as often as possible to the Bat Islands. Summer Salt - Costa Rica
In and around Playas del Coco are other 15 Dive Shops, to not forget one i leave it up to you to google for them.
A good option for you might be Rich Coast Diving in Playas del Cocos. This is an international dive center, with an enthousiastic, proffesional and fun team of dive instructors! Playas del Cocos got plenty of (all inclusive) hotels, but it also offers a lively beach/nightlive. (just thinking about your wife here:-)) Playas Hermosa is the closest town Rich Coast Diving is also diving from and they organise pick- up, even by boat, where your gear is already waiting for you! This also counts for the beautifull Riu Hotel just along the coast.
The dive center organises 2 tank dives every morning, so you will always be back around 1 pm. It,s true that it,s hard to find boats who are willing to take you to the Bat Islands at the moment, due to strong winds. They do take you to the Catalina Islands where Manta Ray season just started!
Hope this information is helpfull enough, but feel free to contact me if you have further questions.
hope you are lucky with picking that time of the year. last season it was horrible conditions (1-4 meters viz and ice cold) at catalinas between beginning of february-middle of april, not worth the money. but on a good day (still possible in january) it is excellent diving with lot´s to see. pacific coast diving is a dive center located inside the flamingo beach resort, huge boat and professional staff. check them out: youtube.com/watch?v=9IsEcn8yfCc
enjoy the dives!