had a spectacular night dive, seeing four rather large octopi, and some huge crabs, among other critters. But lights from about 40-50 other divers all around us were distracting. And when some groups crossed our path, I had to concentrate more on the location of our divemaster than on the nightlife. The Costa Club provides adequate lodging, acceptable food, and a huge pool. But, don’t accept a room facing the street, which tends to be noisy, or a room that adjoins another, unless you book them both for your group. The connecting doors, though closed, let through every sound from the adjacent room. We had to move. Have dinner at Guido’s for sure. Order the catch of the day! For Mexican food, go to El Moro and La Choza. Spend a couple of hours at the museum.
Aqua Safari, Plaza Las Glorias, February 2000, Ron and Sherry Smith, Levittown, PA. Vis: 100-150 ft. Water: 76-80 degrees. Dive restrictions: 80 ft. Took our advanced course. Teaching skills were excellent, they key on navigational skills. Alex, our instructor was great, best dives were with him. He took us to great places and showed us special things. One dive we observed spotted eagle rays up-close, which were undis- turbed. Many splendid toadfish, many spotted eagle rays, turtles, and 2 extremely large barracudas. Had a great time with Pedro — the dive- master, and Carlos the video photogra- pher. Angel at the dive shop was very friendly and helpful. (Ph: 011-52987- 20101, Fax: 011-52987-20661)
Aqua Safari, May 2000, Brian Willsion. Plaza Las Glorias was very nice. The room was large and clean. All rooms face the ocean and have a nice balcony. The location is very convenient — a 10 minute walk to town. Service was good and the staff was friendly and helpful. Aqua Safaris is in the hotel so you only have to walk 50 feet to get on the dive boat. The shop staff is pleasant and very helpful. The boats are large and very nice. The divemasters were excellent. Two dive masters for each group of divers. One in front and one in the rear. They were very safety conscience but not too restrictive. The size of the dive group varied, but mostly there were less than 10 divers. My wife completed her open water dives here. She had nothing but good things to say about her instructor Alex. On her first dive after certification, the divemaster held her hand and guided her during the entire dive at Santa Rosa Wall. Since the drop off looks endless, the care taken by the dive- master was greatly appreciated!
Aqua Safari, Presidente Inter- Continental, June 2000, Stan Sanford, Huntington Beach, CA. Vis: 60 to 80 ft. Water: 78 to 80 degrees, choppy, no currents, not much drift diving. Dive your own profile. Divemasters preferred all remain at 80 ft. but you could go deeper. Hotel swimming pool with green algae. Rate Aqua Safari A-. Cool, wish I had known about water temp. Aqua Safari is the best, and I had dove with others since I was here 4 times before. Considering the
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