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Punta Uva Dive Center

Punta Uva Beach | Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, Manzanillo, Costa Rica
2759-9191
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Ranked #5 of 9 attractions in Manzanillo
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Australia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
43 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We found they were a fun crew to dive with but serious enough for safety concerns. We loved the dives on the old volcano and the sight of the earthquake where the plate has moved a few metres high, from an earthquake. Real cool as we have never seen this in our many years of diving. Beautiful warm water and... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

My boyfriend and I completed our advanced open water certification here and had a blast! The equipment is all top notch and brand new. Guillermo, our instructor, was awesome! We hadn't dove in a year and were a little nervous at first. Guillermo made us feel completely safe and patiently reviewed techniques that we had learned during our open water... More

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East Lansing, Michigan, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Very poor dive equipment, boat, dive leader, diving conditions, and the boat lost us after the dive. We were floating in the ocean for quite some time in the hot sun after the dive while the boat tried to find us. Inexcusable.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Stopped in to see about renting snorkel equipment and was basically ignored by the staff. They weren't interested I making any money that day so I left and went down the road to a shop in Manzanillo run by a very nice couple from Holland. Don't waste your time with this operation, rude and indifferent is no way to treat... More

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Jena, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

During our three-week Costa Rica trip we did our PADI open water diver in Punta Uva dive center. As first-time divers we felt very save with the dive instructor Guillermo who is a very nice and competent guy. He did the practical lessons under water exclusively for the two of us. So we had enough time for doing the exercises.... More

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Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I had not dived since my certification dive over a year ago and was looking for a dive center that I felt comfortable with and would offer me a private dive. Guillermo was always prompt in answering my emails. He understood my situation and my nervousness. He supplied all I needed to feel comfortabe, including an english speaking dive master... More

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We were two friends who wanted to do the Padi scuba diving sertification, but we did not have many days to spare. Guillermo, the manager of the center, and our instructer, was very flexible, and helped us through all the dives necesary in two days. The "pool time", as all the other dives, were done in the wonderful, beautiful and... More

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

I was here for 9 weeks to do my dive master course. I started with nothing and had to do every single course. Guillermo, the owner arranged a real nice price, for all the courses together. He let me stay in the dive master house, on the second floor of the shop for free! It is really nice, you have... More

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Houston, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

My wife got to experience Scuba Diving. The "pool" time is right out in the protected bay. Not much coral, but lots of pretty fish and wildlife. Dive Masters were excellent. A nice walk along the beach from where we were staying.

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Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Punta Uva Dive Center embodies the essence of Puerto Viejo. Across the globe there are endless versions of beach vacation spots. Some come with Champagne, Hot Towells, and Air Conditioning, while others are nothing more than a sandy outpost with a few locals who can rent you a room. Puerto Viejo is not the type of place that has thousands... More

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