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Dive Academy Ballena Blanca
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 12, 2012

I work as Head of Sports and Dive Instructor aboard the 5 star cruise ship The Star Flyer for the company Star Clippers which is presently cruising Panama, Nicaragua and Costa Rica and i was lucky enough to bump in to Carlos Solana on Isla Tortugas where he has operated a dive academy since before 2008.

I was immediately very impressed by his helpful and friendly manner but most of all his enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of the whole area both above and below water! He took myself and my Guests on a dive to a special local dive site at very short notice and was extremely informative and knowledgable throughout the afternoon. My guests and i not only had a great afternoons diving but we got to see between 60 and 80 lesser Devil rays swim past in procession over a wreck that Carlos had led us to.

I have been diving over 20 years all over the world and I consider Carlos to be not only a consumate professional, but also someone that is just a lot of fun to hang out with and i wholeheartedly recommend anyone to look him and his wife up for diving and many other tours that i know they offer. You will not be disappointed if you are looking for the real deal.

All the very best and good luck
Alex Peters

Visited January 2012

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Reviewed January 11, 2012

We went on a 2 tank dive and saw an array of reef life and a wreck as well. The lunch was amazing and on a neat little island that looks like a scene out of some movie. I would definately recomend this to anyone. Our captain/cook was really friendly ( bi-lingual too!) and the owner was one of the friendliest guys ive met. He even went out of his way let us follow him to the ferry late at night so we could catch it on time and get to our next destination.

1  Thank Michael P
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

I was travelling in Costa Rica together with a friend. I can highly recommend the Dive Academy Ballena Blanca y Costa Rica Pura Vida Swiss Management. We did a day trip to visit the isla de tortuga and we had a great time! The management is very professional, everything worked out and is well organized. We were also served food, which was excellent! The price is very moderate for what the company offers. Carlos was very friendly and helpful (by the way he is also an excellent motor boat driver and puts cool music on the boat that gives you a real vacation feeling).

We had a great time here, the trip was lots of fun and you should definitely go with the Dive Academy Ballena Blanca!!

Thank roman b
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

My husband and I went with this company, booked with the help of the hotel Tango Mar we stayed at. It was such a treat! The staff of this boat was completely professional, knowledgeable, and loved nature. Xavier Surià and Fanny were the dive professionals and Miguel was the driver. We went on two dives and had such a fantastic time. It was my husbands first time and Xavier was so helpful and patient with him. Then we went and had lunch that Fanny made on Tortuga Island which was a treat, yummy pasta salad, fruit, and a beverage. On the way back they saw this turtle and ended up helping it so it could swim underwater again (it had so many barnacles on it). I was able to get video tape of what a beautiful thing they did for this turtle. It will be a trip I would never forget and I had such a wonderful time!

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Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile
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