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Dive Academy Ballena Blanca

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Address: Club De Golf Los Delfines | Playa Tambor, Tambor, Costa Rica
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+506 8707 0787

We are a PADI Resort, fully equipped with brand new Mares equipment. We...

We are a PADI Resort, fully equipped with brand new Mares equipment. We offer dives, discovery scuba diving and a lot of specialized diving courses all around the Peninsula of Nicoya, including the stunning ambiance of Isla Tortuga and two wrecks from the Coast Guard. Our 2 dive boats are spacious Apex 26' with room for 12 people on each and easy access. Both are equipped with radio, gps, fish finder and full set of safety equipment.We offer more than Diving, Fishing and adventure tours around the Nicoya Peninsula. We have experienced and qualified local guides who will make sure you have a day to remember.

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Steve is the perfect instructor

I went here to take my PADI open water diver together with my boyfriend who were going for the advanced open water diver. Steve were very calm and serious. Even though we were on... read more

Reviewed December 27, 2015
Fam. B
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Kamloops, Canada
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Reviewed February 4, 2016 via mobile

We hired Milton through the reception at Vista Las Islas, Paquera. He picked us up at 5:00AM and for 8 hours we had an incredible experience with him ,Bird Watching. We went out to San Raphael and along a river road. Starting right away at a Pochote Tree full of at least 10 Species. Then along the road beside a... More 

Thank CookieReimer
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Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

I went here to take my PADI open water diver together with my boyfriend who were going for the advanced open water diver. Steve were very calm and serious. Even though we were on different courses we got to dive together and we also got to see a lot, not only do the skills.

Thank Fam. B
Uxbridge, Canada
1 review
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Reviewed April 15, 2015

I just finished diving today with Dive Academy . This was my second time going diving with them . I can't say enough on how Professional and Friendly Steve and Geraldine are . You will not meet more Wonderful and Accommodating People . They have many many years of experience in this business , and it shows big time .... More 

1 Thank Chris G
Winterthur, Switzerland
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12 reviews
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Reviewed April 3, 2015

We headed as a couple three days for diving. We saw whitetip reef sharks, stingrays, turtles, an octopus hiding under stones and even dolphins on the way back who liked playing with the waves our boat made! Unfortunately, the visibility got bad during the week so the last dive was not more than the fins in front of you. For... More 

Thank Isa K
Tambor, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
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Reviewed March 30, 2015

I own a small hotel in Tambor and always make the effort to do every tour that I recommend to my guests. I have always wanted to scuba dive but was too afraid. I did opt to do the Discover Scuba. Steve has the patience of a saint. May I add that is tough with me. I have done the... More 

2 Thank Judy B
Portage la Prairie, Canada
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3 reviews
Reviewed March 29, 2015

Snorkeling was fun - saw many varieties of fish. Lunch was delicious and Tortuga island is a fun place to spend time.

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Thank jrwalbi
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Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

Unfortunately our scuba diving experience with Steve was not good. We (my fiancé and I) booked discovery diving which clearly indicates that we have no certificates whatsoever. We did not receive any explanation about how to use the equipment or the signs to use or anything. (Luckily we did a discovery scuba dive eight months before in Thailand with an... More 

Thank Katja W
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed March 4, 2015

In January I received my PADI certification. I decided to do the class online before I got to Costa Rica, which was a good move. Steve and Geraldine were very accomodating and I was fortunate enough to be scheduled during a week where I got one-on-one instruction with Steve. Because the pool is typically full during the high season, he... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed December 23, 2014

Steve has been a great teacher and the place is really nice. I did 5 dives in the area and it was really nice to have my cetification while enjoying all the rays, sharks and fishes underwater! I really recommend this place!!

Thank Tibphil
Steve B, Owner at Dive Academy Ballena Blanca, responded to this review

Thanks Phil, glad you had a good time. Thanks for training with us and happy diving, see you down here again sometime,. More 

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Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

Love this academy, Steve, his wife, Milton, Michael, and Miguel, are very professional and you feel secure, the equipment is good and clean. If you are going to certificate or dive in Costa Rica this is the right place. We saw dolphins and whales, and Steve came back numerous times with the boat to see them again :)

Thank Pach G

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