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Drifting On A Headwind

By Jim Harlan

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Costa Rica Diving & Resorts

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Pacific Northwest Diving, Dive Resorts & Live Aboards

Features: The North Pacific waters offers varied and plentiful marine life, such as many schools of small colorful tropical fish, jacks, barracudas, eagle rays,white-tip reef sharks, manta rays and bull sharks.

Dives are generally off pinnacle rock formations at 40 to 80 foot depths. Visibility can vary from 20 to 80 feet in the same day due to plankton and marine organism that thrive in the warm waters. Because of the plankton-rich waters, Costa Rica is famous for drawing large pelagic marine animals.


El Ocotal

One of Costa Rica’s best known dive resorts, El Ocotal, consists of 40 deluxe rooms and 3 suites. All rooms have ocean views, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, refrigerator, color satellite TV and telephones. The resort also has a tennis court, swimming pool and jacuzzi. The fully equipped dive shop is located on the beach only steps away from guest accommodations.

Hotel Sol Playa Hermosa – formerly La Costa

This beautiful resort located in Playa Hermosa has an extraordinary view of the Gulf of Papagayo. The 54 cliffside rooms are fully air-conditioned with ocean view and private terrace. Playa Hermosa has two swimming pools, lighted tennis courts, several restaurants, bars and discos. The resort also offers 47 deluxe private villas, each with 2-3 bedrooms, some with their own private swimming pool. Bill Beard’s Diving Safaris is located on the beach and the resort has three trams that circle the property every fifteen minutes to take divers to and from their rooms. This resort boasts a beautiful white sand beach.

Diving & Live Aboards

Cocos Island

300 miles off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica lies the world’s largest uninhabited island known for its abundant large marine animals. Legendary among divers, Cocos offers unequaled opportunities to see large schools of hammerhead sharks, manta rays, whale sharks, pilot whales and massive schools of fish. Also seen here are porpoise, marlin, turtles, marble rays and many other varieties of tropicals.

Okeanos Aggressor

This 120 ft. luxury live-aboard accommodates up to 21 divers comfortably. Fully air-conditioned, it is one of the world’s most sophisticated dive vessels. 10 state rooms with private bath have full size lower berth and upper single berth. All diving is facilitated off of two large Zodiac skiffs. The vessel has spacious sun decks and an entertainment center.

Sea Hunter

This 115-foot steel diving vessel accommodates 18 passengers in 8 cabins (3 doubles, 3 twins, 2 triples) each with a full private bath. The vessel is equipped with separate photography labs, a large lounge used as a movie theater and a guest library. All diving is done off of two 24-foot, fully equipped fiberglass dive boats.

Undersea Hunter

This 90-foot dive vessel is a good choice for those who want to dive with a smaller group. It accommodates up to 14 guests in 2 double, 2 twin and 2 triple cabins. There are 5 toilets and showers, with the double and triple cabins offering private bathrooms, while the twin cabins share a bathroom. The Undersea Hunter has storage for personal gear and cameras as well as E-6 film processing, air-conditioning throughout. Diving is accomplished with two 22 ft. fiberglass skiffs.

The above is an example of Lodging and Activities. Uncommon Adventures specializes in custom itineraries to suit your specific desires and needs as well. Please feel free to consult us to design an adventure of your own.

Destinations in Central America:
Costa Rica
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Photography courtesy of Randy Harwood Photography.