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 warm carrabian ocean.
We were picked up from the bus station in Puerto Viejo (I think!), and brought to the center, where they kindly let us stay during our cours - all for free! All of the divemasters and the employees of the place were so kind and helpfull, always smiling and welcoming. The building is quite simple, and the rooms we were lent too, but is was all we needed and more! A room with two bunk beds and mosquito nets, with a simple bathroom AND a TV-room for those who would want to watch the videos for the theoretival part of the course during the stay.
We woke up in the morning to the sound of monkeys, birds and the ocean. What more can you wish for on holiday on a Costa Rican beach?? Oh yeah, to start the day scuba diving, cayaking out to some wonderful reeves, with the turquoise, warm wather splashing, the monkeys in the jungel and the buring sun and white beach as background, with a warm, funny, safe and caring scuba instructor ready to show you the wonders of the sea.
As mentioned, Argentinian Guillermo was our instructor, and he was wonderful at making us feel safe, and he explained every step of every new task, so that we always felt both safe and secure. We had never done any scuba diving of any sort before, but we were hooked, and I really hope I'll get to go back to Punta Uva to dive there again.
(And to all the scandinavians out there, and others who might like dark bread, or bran bread, or whatever its called (grovbrød, rugbrød!) - the rumer has it that Guilermo's Norwegian wife makes and sells bread! We never got around to try it, nor to ask if she was still doing that, but it is definitely worth checking out, after all the white bread of Latin America!)
All in all, we had a wonderful, crazy, amazing, beatiful time in Punta Uva, with some great people, in the most increadably stunning surroundings and got the best introduction to scuba diving.
The prices of the Padi course I believe are standarized to some degree, but we were given an very good price, in addition to the free stay, some free tasting of some delicious, freshly harvested seafood, and being driven too and fro the bus station and the supermarced to buy breakfast supplies.
I'm out of words to describe this place. Just go there try for you selves. Pura vida! Even in cold, wintery Norway, thinking about this place makes me warm, and take me of to summery Costa Rica.
En serio, vayan, que hermosura este lugar, es como si fuera sacado de una pelicula, o a lo mejor de un sueño totalmente loco. Guillermo y los otros chicos ahí son re piolas, pero también muy profesionales, y muy buenos instructores. Todo muy seguro, divertido y bello. Si tienen lugar, les dejan quedarse en el edificio del centro durante su estadía gratuito, y los buscan en la parada de autobús.
Jeg går god for dette stedet, senteret er enkelt og herlig uformelt, ingen luksusbolig, men helt perfekt for enhver backpacker og andre avslappa reisende. Folka er så bra, opplegget med dykking helt toppen, og omgivelsene.. WOW.
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