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Guanacaste in December

Discussion in 'Central America' started by Javony, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. bkotheimer

    bkotheimer Barracuda

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    Looks like we're staying in Tamarindo the whole week. At least one of the dive operators I'm looking at - Pacific Coast Diving - runs a shuttle van from Tamarindo at no extra charge to their boat at the Flamingo marina.
     
  2. dolesorchard

    dolesorchard Barracuda

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    I have done the Catalinas from both Ocotal and Flamingo. It was a good hour boat trip and cost $125 for a two tank trip from Ocotal. From Flamingo it was maybe twenty minutes, a much smoother trip and only $75. A no-brainer from my perspective.
     
  3. bkotheimer

    bkotheimer Barracuda

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    I guess that would be Costa Rica Diving that took you to the Catalinas for $75. That's a pretty good deal. They're up to 80 bucks now, but still a pretty good price.

    I'm still leaning toward Pacific Coast Dive Center and researching experiences with them here on Scubaboard. I would go with Rich Coast if I decide to drive up to Cocos and do some local Papagayo diving I guess.
     
  4. bkotheimer

    bkotheimer Barracuda

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    My trip went really well, and I got in two good days of diving at the Catalinas. Here's the description and video from my Vimeo page:

    Islas Santa Catalina
    Guanacaste, Costa Rica


    The Catalinas lie just off Costa Rica’s NW Pacific coast. While the visibility isn’t what you’d find in the Caribbean or South Pacific, the area is notable for its abundance and variety of fish, including many different species of puffers, whitetip sharks, eels and rays.

    [vimeo]34127756[/vimeo]

    Dive Details (dates/operator/sites):

    December 5 with Pacific Coast Dive Center, Flamingo (sites: Sombreros/Roca Susia)
    December 8 with Agua Rica, Tamarindo (sites: Catalina Grande/The Elephant)
    Music courtesy RobbH under Creative Commons license (ccmixter.org/files/RobbH/32597)
     
  5. d33pdiv3

    d33pdiv3 Angel Fish

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    I've spent many months in Costa Rica, most of the time being in the province of Guanacaste. You're going to love it! I did all of my diving certifications at Summer Salt Diving in Playas del Coco. I got my Open Water and Advanced Open certs with them, and I had the best time of my life. This was almost 4 years ago and I still keep in touch with Patrick, one of the owners, and the rest of them. Definitely check them out.

    If you stay in that region with any reputable dive shop, you're going to have a great time! :) Enjoy!

    EDIT - I dove the Catalinas and Bat Islands....amazing times! Went on a bull shark dive, and unfortunately, didn't see any, but still tons of fun!
     
  6. Didje

    Didje Instructor, Scuba

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    bkotheimer, cool video, thanks for sharing! What's your set-up?
     

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