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Herradura Divers

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Herradura, Costa Rica
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About Herradura Divers
Herradura Divers is the first and foremost PADI Dive Resort in the Jaco Beach and Playa Herradura area. After 9 years of experience in this tropical setting we have gained the knowledge and professionalism to give you an unforgettable experience while diving in Costa Rica.
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O2pig wrote a review Feb 2020
Detroit, Michigan6 contributions2 helpful votes
Dove with Herradura divers 4 days over my 9 day stay. visibility varied from 40 feet down to 15 depending on current or surge, lots of stuff to see. Eels, sharks, rays Octopus, lobster. no large corals but had sea fans and soft corals. some bright colors. move slow and there is a lot of small things to see Nudis etc. Crew was attentive and tried to vary the dive sites as much as possible due to current, Vis, and varying diver capabilities. Raymo and Rick were good to go and give you the freedom/ attention you need. Chris dove with us on the last day he has a good eye for finding interesting things. HD is a good no frills low key dive operation
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from HerraduraDivers, Owner at Herradura Divers
Responded Feb 21, 2020
Thanks Paul, it was a great pleasure to dive with you and it makes us happy that you enjoyed the dives with us! Chris
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Sara wrote a review Jan 2020
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I was diving with the herradura divers team during christmas time and it was wonderful. The crew is really nice and I felt very safe with them. The diving spots where beautiful even if the water wasn‘t perfectly clear and the equipment was in a really good condition. I would definitely recommend herradura divers.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from HerraduraDivers, Owner at Herradura Divers
Responded Feb 21, 2020
Thanks Sara, it was a pleasure to dive with you and introduce you to diving in the Pacific and in Costa Rica. Chris
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Hailey D wrote a review Dec 2019
Los Angeles, California6 contributions1 helpful vote
Unfortunately, due to lack safety procedures, I almost died during the trip, twice! The first was due to faulty equipment, forcing me to grab a buddy's octopus. Upon resurfacing and grabbing the ladder on the back of the boat, the skipper looked at me and revved the prop! When we complained about either of these things, the dive master downplayed the situation and said that those things happen. If that's the case, I recommend never visiting this dive shop. Even besides the shop, visibility is low and the reef is completely bleached and ruined by anchors. Go diving elsewhere.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from HerraduraDivers, Inhaber at Herradura Divers
Responded Dec 31, 2019
Dear Hailey, i fear that you where not diving with Herradura Divers as our bookings and roosters did not show any client with the name of Hailey in this season. There are some guys offering Scuba Diving and sometimes they use our name to "steal" our clients so you may dove with them. Also i find it strange that you said that you wrote that you dove January 2019 and write the review 11 months later, that sounds either a bit fishy to me or you confused the month you where diving. However, my name is Chris and i am the owner and was on all dives in the last 3 weeks diving with all the divers. There was no case of a failing regulator not in the last 3 weeks nor in the last 11 years from when i own Herradura Divers. As a certified scuba diver you should be trained to ascend safely - what you obviously did - if you either run out of air or the breathing equipment fails. As the dive master said, this can happen and it's mostly because the divers don't control their pressure gauge and run out of air and we never had a failing regulator under water. We don't have a ladder on the back of our dive boat, the ladder is on the side of our dive boat and aprox 7 ft away from the engine, this is another indice that you where not diving with us. Herradura Divers is under my ownership and management from 2008 on and we never had any accident as we employ only highly experienced dive instructors and licenced boat captains who do their job very well. Regarding the quality of the dives: Visbility in the Pacific along the centralamerican coast ranges between 20 and 60 feet with a average of 30-40 feet. This is how it is here and it will be, but the "bad" visibility feeds also a lot of marine life and here a diver can encounter a incredible biodiversity. Costa Rica have no coral reefs so we have no coral to bleach, coral bleach usually happen when water temp raises above 32° celsius what never happen here and the only place i know with coral bleach is in Bocas del Toro on the Atlantic coast of Panama. Also there is no damage from anchors as we - and nobody else too - never anchor the boat to limit damage to the sea floor and for this reason we do only drift dives and drop only a tiny foldable grapnel anchor to mark the place to descend. All the above convince me that you never dove with us! Chris Karrer
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BigGuySteve wrote a review Apr 2019
Raleigh, North Carolina119 contributions32 helpful votes
My wife and I took our first trip to Costa Rica and were excited to explore the local diving. Despite starting the communication over a month before arrival, we were never able to get a dive scheduled. Between slow responses and noncommittal responses, our trip passed without ever getting to dive.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Larry A wrote a review Jan 2019
Wasilla, Alaska22 contributions3 helpful votes
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6 of us ranging from 13 -55 years old went out for a day with HD’s. It was a beautiful boat ride across the bay (40 minutes) with an photo encounter with a pod of whales up fairly close. Once at the first dive site the surge and current was pretty strong and being in the water first I took a pretty good beating waiting for others to get in and ready to go down. The dive site was murky with only about 15’ feet of visibility and as mentioned heavy surge. I could see how this site would be enjoyable under different conditions as the lava flows left very interesting g terrain. We didn’t see lot of wildlife but there was a eel and some lobster. We went to Tortuga Island for lunch and a break. Lunch was provided and was Tico traditional which I love. After an hour on the island we went for second dive. The Dive Master let our group of 5 break off from the crowd as two of us are advanced divers. This cut way down on the surface bobbing time and made for a much more enjoyable dive. The water clears up to 25’ and we encountered 3 eels, numerous lobsters and abundance of fish along with a manta ray. The terrain is very enjoyable with a large uprising that we used as a wall dive. The service was OK, the boat was fast although not what I consider a dive boat. There aren’t many options for diving in the Jaco area so with that in mind I would go with HD again for sure but to be honest I am convincing the wife we need a different vacation destination that provides better diving.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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