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Panama, Costa Rica, or Nicaragua

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Haiawata, Feb 13, 2021.

  1. tarponchik

    tarponchik Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: USA
    2,088
    561
    This is an old case from 2017. She was attacked by a Tiger shark while diving near Coco island.
     
  2. jonhall

    jonhall Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Indianapolis
    1,188
    635
    Liberia is pretty popular. We flew into San Jose and stayed there for one week before heading to the coast for a week. Many of the people we met flew into Liberia and then like you, they were off on an adventure. The place we stayed had a guy who set up tours and as it turned out, set up all of our transportation from the moment we landed. Since I didn't drive the roads, all I can say is they were in pretty good shape - only traffic in some of the towns can be bad during rush hour.

    On your few days of nature parks, although a person can drive and park in these areas, I would recommend a tour with a guide. We did 5 straight days of tours with the Arenal Volcano being the closest we got to Liberia. Great tours everyday and the best guide we've ever had. The advantage of a good guide through the parks is like a good guide diving. As a good guide sees a frogfish on coral that you might miss, a good guide in the nature parks can point out stuff you would be likely to miss on your own.

    My TripAdvisor review might be on the page I'm linking. I'm JonInIndy - the post is from January 2019.

    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attract..._Jose_Metro_Province_of_San_Jose.html#REVIEWS

    Water must get warmer or at least stay the same in Mar/Apr as in in mid-January the water was 83º F. I rented gear for the day I was there and they couldn't fit my 6'4" frame so I got a shorty. I'm excited for your trip!
     
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  3. Haiawata

    Haiawata Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Milledgeville, GA
    100
    5
    Join hall, what diving was like? Visibility, depth, creatures? You are the only one mentioned this Jaco place, will be searching for this. Give me you feedback please.
     
  4. jonhall

    jonhall Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Indianapolis
    1,188
    635
    See post 36 on the 4th page. I didn't have a lot to offer in that post. I wouldn't make a special stop just to dive in the little town, Herradura, that I went to. Dives were approximately 50 ft and 50 minutes. To be fair, as I only dove the one day with 2 other people diving there for the first time, the DM may have kept it simple since he didn't know us. Jaco is a surfing town - no scuba there.
     
  5. Haiawata

    Haiawata Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Milledgeville, GA
    100
    5
    Thanks a lot!
     
  6. Haiawata

    Haiawata Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Milledgeville, GA
    100
    5
    Thanks for the input.
     
  7. Haiawata

    Haiawata Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Milledgeville, GA
    100
    5
    Sounds as a good joke with a good deal of truth.
     
  8. Haiawata

    Haiawata Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Milledgeville, GA
    100
    5
    Pity. This happens time to time. No matter how many videos are there with people petting sharks, I don’t trust them much.
     
  9. d^2b

    d^2b Worse diving through photography ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canada
    218
    117
    Agreed, I don't trust people much either. Especially people that pet sharks. :coffee:
     
  10. mcohen1021

    mcohen1021 Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Texas
    1,122
    572
    Jumping into this one a little late but with the Nicaraguan govt and protests, civil unrest, I would avoid it. Unbelievable to me that Daniel Ortega is still in power there. Seriously...

    Costa Rica scuba looks great. We have a deposit from 2020 on philippines, hoping it opens up, especially for vaccinated people. Cozumel isnt just about the scuba for me, I love the island overall.
     
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