Costa Rica Dive and Surf
Costa Rica Dive and Surf
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Scuba & SnorkellingSurfing & WindsurfingBoat ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingStand Up Paddleboarding
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
We are the local diving center in Uvita de Osa. With more than thirteen years of experience we are the best, fastest and most professional option to dive at Isla del Caño or visit the Corcovado National Park.
Uvita, Costa Rica
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2024

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Allison C
Annapolis, MD19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
This was an amazing experience! It was our first time snorkeling and we were nervous. My mom is elderly and the team Michael, Boomer, Mauricio and a couple others took the utmost care to make sure she felt comfortable and assisted her throughout the day. We had lunch right on board the boat after the snorkeling was complete. There are two 45 minute sessions of snorkeling and our first sight was a bit murky so Michael made sure our second site was clear as day! We saw turtles, sharks, puffer fish, eel, parrot fish, dancing fish and much more! The boat ride was great! Michael took my underwater camera and got some amazing footage for me where I wasn’t able to go! This group is a mix of many different folks and they truly are one big family that loves what they do! They all share gratuities between all the staff from those that make lunch to captains and guides so please be sure to take care of them! I would definitely do this again.
Written January 11, 2020
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Thanks Allison! For noticing all the above.... It was a decision as a team that we all agreed to share tips-as each and every one of us has a role in making each day happen....This is how our success has grown over the years, by being grateful for each other and our co workers. Of course as well being thankful for our guests and their decision to come out with CRDS and appreciate what it is we offer and what we are trying to do here in Costa Ballena! Come back and keep an eye on our facebook page-lots of fun events and new experiences are in the works! Pura vida and thanks again! Michael
Written March 6, 2020
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Pioneer240759
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We had a really awesome time with CRDS just snorkeling for a day. We saw tons of fish and sea turtles! Chavi was our guide, and he was so friendly and highly experienced in finding all the animals and coral. He even found a giant conch that to me looked like just another rock until he turned it over! However, we did find it to be overpriced for the snorkeling tour at $130 per person. The snorkelers (there were 2 couples total) were basically tagging along with all the scuba divers to Cano Island, so it seemed like the snorkeling trip should be less than it was. In addition, the hour and a half boat ride to the island was incredibly rough, leaving a few of us violently seasick for the entire trip. Because of COVID precautions, you are not allowed on the island, so we were either in the bobbing boat or the rolling waves for 4 hours straight. Although there wasn't much the crew could do about the waves, it was difficult to enjoy the trip!
Written August 13, 2021
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Anna C
Stowe, VT2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
We have visited Dominical twice in 4 years with our children (now 14 and 12)! Oscar and the entire staff at Costa Rica Dive and Surf have been a big part of our travel experience and one of the reasons we return to Costa Rica/Dominical. Oscar and the team are organized, easy to communicate with, excited to set us up with an exciting outdoor experience.
Surf lessons are absolutely wonderful! We receive a thorough lesson about the ocean, waves, riptides before board training and going into the water. Everyone was attended to and coached with extreme knowledge and fun!!! We book more than one session so we can really enjoy our time in the water and Oscar and the team know how to advance surfers at their pace while making exciting progress.
Our snorkeling day was incredible! The team took great care of us, packed a delicious lunch. The boat ride was such fun, we saw dolphins along the way. Our snorkel guide, Leo, is so knowledgeable, is a wealth of information regarding marine life. He answered every question we had, elaborated on each topic, shared his breadth of knowledge and was great fun to spend the day with. As we snorkeled, he made sure we all had a great time and were able to see the beautiful underwater show including puffer fish, eels, a shark (!), schools of colorful fish… We even saw a sea turtle up close as it came up for air in the middle of our group.
We have surfed, snorkeled, asked for advice regarding other excursions, dining, lodging… Our family considers the team at Costa Rica Dive and Surf to be good friends. We are grateful to have found them and know they show everyone the same kindness and generosity they share with us. See you again, Oscar, Leo and Team!!! Pura Vida!
Written July 13, 2021
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jaredbrackett
Filer, ID12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
We had a few extra days and decided to go dive cano island. After calling and emailing we got all set up for our dive fairly easily. Then the morning of the dive my wife got sick and decided that going and diving with a group wouldn’t be the right thing to do, so just two of us went. After driving for an hour we arrived at the shop checked in and were told if we didn’t pay for the no show diver we couldn’t dive. I understand losing the deposit on the no show but make it us pay the balance for a no show after we arrived early and we had lots of time to figure everything out. They even turned away people who walked in wanting to dive. So I think they could work a little bit on their counter person hospitality.

But after the shop ordeal everything was great. Our dive guides Ethan and Leo were excellent. The boat ride out and back was fun. We saw all sorts of fish and aquatic wildlife. The visibility could have been a little better but was more than adequate. Our group was international, Europe, Asian, USA, and Costa Rica, we had a great time. Would definitely go back again.
Written August 29, 2021
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Jason B
Toronto, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
WOW! 100% worth it to go scuba diving with Costa Rica Dive and Surf. Incredibly professional operation - a lot of detailed communication to make sure you're happy with your diving package, and a ton of COVID procedures to make sure you're safe during the entire trip. If you are in Uvita, it is a MUST DO to go diving with Costa Rica Dive and Surf. Our team, which included Willy, Roberto, Estavian and Canu (nickname), were unbelievably awesome! Super nice people that made the entire trip a really awesome experience. These folks will not disappoint!
Written March 21, 2021
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Hi!! This is Roberto. Thanks for your comment. It was a pleasure to share some time with you.
Written April 6, 2021
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Broegan S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
I highly recommend Costa Rica Dive and Surf in Uvita! It was my first dives post open water certification and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Boomer and Leo were fantastic dive masters. The sites were fantastic. The day was perfectly planned out. They provided a tasty meal after the dives and fruit in between. I can’t wait to go back!
Written February 5, 2020
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Please do! We love having return guests, and seeing familiar faces-it really re enforces our choice to make the shops even better each time you return! Keep us posted on when your coming back and we can fill you in on recent sitings at Cano-This week alone we have been seeing crazy numbers of Manta Rays at Cano Island and 2 tours were lucky to see Manta Rays! Thanks for coming and taking the time to review our services! Pura Vida, Michael
Written March 5, 2020
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Danae
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
From the moment we walked into the dive shop, the staff was friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable and it felt like being with new friends. They were well organized and ensured we were safe and comfortable throughout the day. You could tell the crew, and especially our guide Yulian genuinely enjoyed the work they’re doing. We saw a lot of wildlife and I really loved the snorkeling experience. Our group of friends have been raving about it and we’ll be sure to recommend this shop!
Written January 5, 2020
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Les C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
It Took me a while to get to this review.

Last February I traveled to Costa Rica for a Month with the single goal of learning how to surf.

My buddie and I both turned 50 this year and it had been a life long dream of mine to learn how to surf.

We booked a week of lessons with Costa Rice Dive and Surf.

Our First Lesson was a group lesson but after that Our Instructor Jeffery was our guide to progress our skills and understanding of both how to surf as well as how to stay safe in the water.

Jeffery was fantastic, he adjusted the lessons to the pace we wanted and we had a fantastic week of lessons.

We continued to take lessons on and off for the rest of our trip.

We got to know Jefferey on a personal basis as well outside the surfing lessons we hung out had a beer or two at the end of the day and generally had a fantastic time.

Sufficed to say I achieved my goals for my first trip and was able to take my first few waves out of the lineup.

I am heading back this year for another month of surfing and will definitely be looking to get some more Intermediate lessons and hang out with my buddy Jeffery.

I highly recommend the Costa Rica Dive and Surf experience and am grateful for the fantastic adventure that we had with Jeffery and the outfit.
Written August 14, 2023
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Cody P
Buckeye, AZ9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
My wife and I went on two dives to Caño Island with Mauricio and crew. The staff was professional, well organized, and friendly. The weather was not ideal and it rained on the boat ride out to the island but once we got there it cleared up and was an incredible experience.

My wife was with Mauricio and a small group of discovery scuba divers. Mauricio was funny, knowledgeable, and made the group feel at ease.

I was diving with Ian and a group of certified divers. Ian was awesome and pointed out some hidden sea life. He allowed us to have our freedom but was also aware of everyone’s air consumption.

Caño Island definitely lived up to the hype of mini Cocos. We saw a mind-blowing number of fish, eels, turtles, sharks, sea horses, octopuses, and even frogfish.

This outfit is world-class. They followed all COVID protocols, had great gear, excellent boats, and first-class staff. I would highly recommend them to anyone diving in Uvita. Pura Vida!
Written May 28, 2021
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freiche
San Jose, Costa Rica13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Used their services to dive there a couple weeks ago, had an amazing experience. Hands down the most organized team I have ever dove with in Costa Rica. They had 3 boats, very new and in great condition, and their equipment was also excellent. Staff was amazing. Willy, the owner, was very easy to work with and coordinate and our dive master, Manuel, was also incredibly charismatic and an amazing diver. They gave us fruit, lunch, and had coffee, cookies, and snacks available in their shop both pre and post-dive.

On our way to the island, we saw dolphins, and the team took the time so that we could enjoy them. At the island, while diving, we were hearing whales, so when we got up, we stayed near the area for a while patiently waiting until we eventually found them and enjoyed them as well. Amazing experience!

They were also very careful to be following all the necessary Covid-19 protocols and to ensure that we were all safe.

I will be coming back for sure and using their services to go to Isla del Caño again.
Written August 17, 2020
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