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A truly wonderful time diving and snorkelling

Hello Diving Safaris crew!
I'm finally back in Prague and wanted to drop you a line thanking everyone for the wonderful day we had there.

I know for myself it was the first time I've dived in the Pacific and it might be the first time for everyone swimming in the Pacific. Your locations have a wonderful selection of ocean life and for the first time divers it's a good way to start; for the intermediate divers it reminds them of why they dive and for the experienced ones it's re-assuring to know there's still good diving spots out there.

I can say for the entire Brown Family that we had a truly wonderful time diving and snorkelling. Thank you!

My only regret is I wasn't able to get out to Bat Island. Now to get the photos and videos distributed!

Ken Brown

We couldn't have asked for better!

I found the dives, support and professionalism at Diving Safaris excellent! We couldn't have asked for better treatment and the locations chosen by them were teaming with a wonderful variety of sea life. I would wholly recommend Diving Safaris to anyone visiting the Playa Hermosa area - they're well worth the commute if needed. Thank you Mark, Chaya, Bobbie Jo and all your guys on the boat. This is a trip my family will remember for ages!

Again, thank you for the wonderful time and if I ever get back down here I'll defiantly be looking you folks up and doing the Bat Island trip!

Ken and the Brown Clan

One of my top ten dives out of 10,000

We could not have dived with a finer group of people or have been treated so well. We had a four day package which included trips to the islands and the highlight of our trip was diving at Bat Islands with bull sharks. There were at least 5 with us during both dives. The visibility was excellent and watching the behavior of the sharks was awe inspiring. The local dives were also very nice as we saw, rays, giant Jew fish, white tip sharks. Dive Safari's has my highest recommendation!

wwffishbiologist

Experienced kind people

I am a diver with 250+ logged dives from Greece, the Caribbean, Atlantic/East coast of Central America and North America using many different outfitters. I am now able to say the Pacific Ocean of Central America. What an experience. I stayed in the Guanacaste area of Costa Rica. I did not book my dives in advance of my trip to Costa Rica. There where many dive outfits to choose from so I decided to stop by and check them all out. I chose Diving Safaris at Playa Hermosa. I found that they were an experienced dive shop (with a beautiful new compressor), that is owned and operated by an American/Costa Rican family . Bobby Joe is a fantastic operator, she provided a great Experience diving with big "fish" (bull sharks, hump back whales, white tips, pilot whales, big eye tuna, eagle rays, sting rays & turtles). One of the most impressive dive trips I've done. Mixed my Nitrox blend perfect. I have found that most dive operations need a minimum amount of people to book in order to take a trip out. But that was not the case with Diving Safaris, some days it was like having my own guide. I will return and use them again.

Alex Hionis

Hi Bobbie Jo and everyone at Diving Safaris,

I just wanted to thank you all for a great 2 days of diving while I was in Playa Hermosa. I really appreciated Bobbie Jo taking the time to go out with me as a single diver instead of just throwing me in with the family doing the Scuba discovery. I had a great time and can't wait to come back (and hopefully get to Isla Murcielagos next time!)

I hope to see you again next year,
Pura Vida!

TAY

Hi Bobby Jo,

I just wanted to say thanks for a GREAT first time diving experience. As you could tell, I was a little apprehensive about the whole thing. You made me feel totally comfortable and secure and Marissa and I had a great experience. It was the highlight of our trip. I will be sure to add Diving Safaris to our "things to do" list for our renters. 

We look forward to seeing you again!

Rhonda and Marissa

Hi Bobby Jo and crew

Just a note to say a big thanks for the discover diving trip that Jenna and I did with you!  It was great to spend the time with you.  You made me feel completely safe and at ease first in the pool then on the dives.  I will be sure to recommend you to friends.  I have written a review for trip advisor too.

Joan and Jenna

We had a lot of fun

Thanks! We had a lot of fun. And I appreciate your patience as I got my feet 'wet' again after 2 years out of the water diving. You made me feel comfortable going back under...and nice to have a girl crew!! Fun times. We hope to be back and will certainly recommend Diving Safaris to friends.

Michelle

We had a wonderful time

We had a wonderful time in Playa Hermosa!! Diving was one of the highlights of our trip.  Angela is ready to get certified, she kept telling me how unbelievable the experience was!

We can't wait to come back soon

Greg & Angela

Hola Bobbie Jo,

Nice to hear from you.  We had a fantastic time in Costa Rica.  The diving was amazing, one of the best things I have ever done for myself.  Your hospitality and professionalism made us both very comfortable and confident under water.  We are now certified divers and we owe it all to you and the entire crew, especially Tracy.  She demonstrated an abundance of knowledge and care for her students with  an amazing amount of patience.  She sure made me/us feel confident and relaxed while diving.  I must say thanks to the captain for pushing me to dive, lol.  If it wasn’t for him I would not be a certified diver today.  We are already planning our return to Costa Rica next Feb. and of course doing some diving with your crew.  They are an amazing bunch of individuals and very helpful, we had so much fun with them.  Please say hi to Tracy and tell her we are looking forward to seeing her in Toronto.   If you are ever in Toronto please look us up.

Dave and Shellee

Hi Bobby Jo

I just wanted to email you and say what a fantastic trip we had to CostaRica - made awesome by the diving we did with you (although I didn't manage to squeeze in quite as many as Dan and Lynne did!).

We landed back in London yesterday, and yes it is cold and rainy here!

I have to say I was pretty nervous before we set off - having never dived in the ocean before - doing both my open water and advanced in cold quarries in the UK - but your whole team are fantastic - Tracy really put my nerves to rest on the first couple of dives - Rafa was a great dive guide, and really funny - and my last time out with you was just so spectacular with all those devil rays.

I hope one day to be able to come out and do it all again! Dan and Lynne have loads of ace photos which I know he's going to send out to you.

Best wishes to all the team, and cuddles for the dogs and cats

Tracey x

Hi there

My wife Eliane and I had an absolute blast. Tracy was an excellent instructor/dive master. We would be happy to recommend diving safaris to our friends.

Jascha

Dear Bobbie Jo,

I just wanted to thank you for our "dive" on May 27th.  We were the auction dive, Ribary's, Smith's and Rushforth's.  The weather did not cooperate but we had a good time just the same.

I also wanted to thank you for donating the dive item to our local Gig Harbor History Museum auction last year.  With your help we were able to get our museum scheduled to open on September 18, 2010.  Because of our economy it has taken us about two extra years to get it done and your donation is just one more reason we can get it opened.  So Thanks Again.

I hope next time we are in Costa Rica we can do another dive with you and your staff.

Debi Smith

Hello everybody there!

Happy new Year 2010!!!!

Vidar and I got to Florida yesterday night. We already got our cards from PADI.

We wanted to thank you for everything and to let you know that we really appreciate how kind and professional you were with us. When we were diving in Cano Island and Dominical we were so missing Ben and all the staff and we realized that you guys were above many other dive shops in Costa Rica!

I just want to wish you lots of success for this year and we both hope to dive with you guys again!

God bless you!

Marjorie & Vidar

Review 5

Spent a week in the Papagayo region in late 2009, and tried three different dive operations.

Diving Safaris was easily the best of the three; staff were professional, knowledgeable and friendly.

Dive Masters come and go, and can greatly affect the diving experience.  If our DM, Ben, is any example, Diving Safaris knows how to attract good ones - get out with Ben if you can. I would recommend Diving Safaris without hesitation.

Billy C., Ottawa Canada

Hi

Thanks to you all.  I'm sorry that I left without saying goodbye.
 
I must say that I will always remember Costa Rica principally for the rays.  I've never seen that many, it was impressive and beautiful.  I didn't even care about the water being murky. 
 
If I go back, I will definitively want to go to the islands in the national park...even to see sharks!
 
Have a good winter season

Julie Brown

Hi Bobbie Jo

Just had to drop your a line to say a big 'Thank You' to you and all your
staff.
 
You were really busy in the shop on our last day of diving so we did not
really get the chance to thank you properly in person.
 
We had a great time completing our training with you and your staff.
 
Bobbie Jo please could you pass on our huge thanks to Isaac, he has a very
gentle and patient teaching ability.
 
With support and encouragement from Isaac we both completed our training in
an enjoyable non rushed manner. He is a credit to your dive shop.
 
Once we had qualified our dives the following week went really well, through
your extra training we both felt more confident and comfortable in the
water.
 
A quick mention of Kelley, she is an amazing, knowledgeable and extremely
confident person, the way she is able to take control of a boat load of
people in a firm but very polite manner is a credit to you and Earle. We
wish her every success in her future plans.
 
We had a fantastic holiday in Costa Rica and shall always have fond memories
of where we became 'Real Divers'
 
Very kind regards to you and all your family

Trevor and Lesley

Hello Bobby Joe

Well we are back at home but I just wanted to take a few minutes to not only compliment you on your choice of employees but the great person you have as a daughter.

Kelley, in all of our dealings with us proved professional, proficient and extremely competent.

On land she answered our calls and always grasped what we were asking and made it easy to deal with Diving Safaris. She was able to accommodate our every request and made my qualification process easy.

On the boat she calmly took command of every situation in a manner not offensive to either clients or your other employees or providers of 3rd party services. She managed every situation, every body in a calm quiet manner that is far beyond her years. I was immediately put at ease because of her attitude and approach.

In the water, she made the certification process easy and non stressful. The 2nd dive was particularly rough because of high waves and strong currents. Although I am a competent swimmer in most instances these conditions made me realize just how powerful water conditions can be. She remain calm ,acted intelligently, and maintained a sense of humor while solving 5 problems at a time, all the while  being able to swim quickly to remedy situations that happened almost instantly.

Under the water her competence as an instructor quickly presented itself when she recognized that I was over exerted by the 25 minutes of surface exercises and with compassion and an innate common sense she was able to assist me while still testing the other diver finish her certificate. By that time I had had 5 minutes to relax, confident in Kelly's ability to manage any situation. She was delighted that I continued and finish my certification and then with glee her playful nature came out as she gave us a memorable dive.

I have no hesitation recommending Kelly or Diving Safaris to anyone and if you need a reference please feel free to use my email address or testimony as you wish.

I wrote this letter to showcase Kelly's professionalism but it would not be complete without also mentioning Isaac. He too dealt in a competent, intelligent manner. Dealing with masks that leaked, flippers that fell off. and establishing my weight requirements. I was delighted with his services as well...However Kelly had extreme weather conditions, my personal medication conditions and 2 people taking the course. KUDOS to the diving team of Diving safaris. Ps my finger is healing nicely. 

Saskia W

review 4

I just wanted to drop a note, once again saying thanks. Considering this was my son’s first dive since being certified (and my first dive in a while) we had a wonderful time and saw a lot while down. Your staff was very helpful, professional and friendly. I will post a positive review on Trip Advisor and will try and steer people your way. Thanks again for going out of your way and returning my sunglasses. Next time you’re at the Sports Bar have an Imperial and a wing for me. We had a great time and hated to leave….but I had to get back to pay the bills. I’m going to have to get a second job just to finance my kids butter cookie diet. I was hoping we didn’t get stopped at customs for smuggling out cookies.


Review3

Shawn and I had the pleasure of spending 5 days with Diving Safaris of Costa Rica, who we found and booked on-line. The service was excellent, and all staff were very friendly, helpful and attentive. They also made sure we covered a variety of dive sites during the week instead of constantly returning to the same locations. Catalina Island was also well worth the trip. Even though there was just Shawn and myself, they still accommodated us and took us there. I would highly recommend this trip. There were Devil Rays jumping out of the water as soon as we arrived!

We had a mix-up with our hotel accommodation approximately one month prior to departure. If it had not been for the kind assistance from Dive Safari's co-owner Bobbi-Jo, we would not have had anywhere to stay, as we were traveling during peak season. We were very lucky to have her help out.
As for the diving, because of the plankton bloom, visibility was not as good as we had hoped it would be; however, on the other hand, because of all the plankton in the water, there was an amazing abundance of marine
species.....even octopus on every single dive that we have never seen
anywhere else before. Clouds and clouds of schooling fish, sting rays,
guitarfish, lobsters, crabs, seahorses, nudibranches, manta rays, spotted rays.....the variety was amazing.

If you are planning a trip to Costa Rica's Playa Hermosa area, we would
highly recommend diving with Diving Safaris. It is truly a unique
adventure, and guaranteed not to disappoint.

 

Charlene

Review 2

Absolutely! We had a great time diving with your team. Pam & I have already been telling our friends about the trip and how well the diving portion went (since a lot of our friends are divers too). When anyone talks to me about diving in Costa Rica I will be pointing them your way. Thanks again for the equipment help, on the Catalina run. You run a great outfit; the competence and knowledge of your staff made for a safe and fun dive experience.
 
As for our inland adventures, you were correct it was a beautiful drive to Arenal. We had a great 3 night stay at the volcano, which included some zipline and spa action. We also spent a day at the Tabacon hot springs , sublime. So, the trip was a complete success!
Mike L.

Diving Safari Review

I totally recommend Diving Safaris in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, as the place to go for diving.  We went as a family and took our Open Water diving course, and it really was fantastic.  I had dived a number of times before with the Introduction to Diving types of courses, and this time committed to the full certification.  Earl & Bobbie Jo Gibbs (the owners) are wonderful people to work with, and all of the instructors were great with our entire family.  The dive boats are all really well laid out and equipped, and the dive sites they have nearby are amazing for the sea life and uniqueness each site has.  All in all, we really had a good time and would recommend Diving Safaris to anyone looking for a great time with great people.

R., Alberta Canada

Bobbi Jo and all Diving Safaris staff,

Since we had to take off quickly after our final day of diving, we just wanted to drop an email thanking everyone at Diving Safaris, especially Tracy, for the friendly service we received during our vacation to Playa Hermosa last week.
Your staff was very professional and helpful when it came to contacting our family doctor in Ohio to obtain a medical release. I also appreciated the relaxed environment that Tracy and the rest of the crew created that allowed us to dive at our own pace.

We had an unforgettable vacation that would not have been the same without meeting all of you. We couldn't have asked for a better crew or a better experience.

Thank you so much!

Aaron, Joel, Mark & Marlene F.

Hi Bobbie Jo and everyone at Diving Safaris,

I just wanted to thank you all for a great 2 days of diving while I was in Playa Hermosa. I really appreciated Bobbie Jo taking the time to go out with me as a single diver instead of just throwing me in with the family doing the Scuba discovery. I had a great time and can't wait to come back (and hopefully get to Isla Murcielagos next time!)

I hope to see you again next year,
Pura Vida!

TAY

Experienced kind people

I am a diver with 250+ logged dives from Greece, the Caribbean, Atlantic/East coast of Central America and North America using many different outfitters. I am now able to say the Pacific Ocean of Central America. What an experience. I stayed in the Guanacaste area of Costa Rica. I did not book my dives in advance of my trip to Costa Rica. There where many dive outfits to choose from so I decided to stop by and check them all out. I chose Diving Safaris at Playa Hermosa. I found that they were an experienced dive shop (with a beautiful new compressor), that is owned and operated by an American/Costa Rican family . Bobby Joe is a fantastic operator, she provided a great Experience diving with big "fish" (bull sharks, hump back whales, white tips, pilot whales, big eye tuna, eagle rays, sting rays & turtles). One of the most impressive dive trips I've done. Mixed my Nitrox blend perfect. I have found that most dive operations need a minimum amount of people to book in order to take a trip out. But that was not the case with Diving Safaris, some days it was like having my own guide. I will return and use them again.

Alex Hionis