Aquacenter Diving
Aquacenter Diving
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
AQUACENTER DIVING retails and operates as a full service Resort Dive Center with regularly scheduled trips, dive packages, introductory courses, and a complete line of certification training programs. The scuba center is located in Guanacaste, close to the beach, next to the Flamingo Marina and just minutes away from guest accommodations. As a dive operator of an international dive destination, we provide dive quality, qualified staff, convenient diving and excellent customer service.
Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
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PTB99
Lexington130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Eduardo, Julian and the team at Aquacenter Diving gave us a great dive trip this morning. The water was a bit rough, but they were exceptionally talented at getting everything ready for us and getting us in the water and down where the water was calm.
They were all very helpful and happy to help - not a person involved had anything but the Pura Vida mentality and our trip was GREAT.
If you're in the area and want to do a dive, snorkel or maybe just a trip out on the water, do yourself a favor and give Aquacenter Diving a chance to make your vacation wonderful.
Written 11 March 2020
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Chris C
Mankato, MN281 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Dove with them 2.12.20 and 2.14.20. Didn’t want to write an review until the second day of diving. Nice, typical dive boat. It’s a proper sized dive boat with a cover. Captain and sailor Miguel were very nice. Equipment was very good. Small groups of 4-5. The dive master was just ok and was safe enough. He really struggled with helping us with our weight belts. I asked for 10 pounds. He handed me 14 and said it would be good enough because he honestly couldn’t figure out how much weight was on it. I eventually just took it apart and put back together myself. I have never seen anyone struggle with the line on their safety sausage so much. His safety sausage hung down about 4 feet and banged along bottom the entire dives. The last dive he actually got entangled and it started to drag him to the surface. Sure, it happens to everyone, but I always ask myself, “would I send a friend or my family to dive with him?” And the answer is, probably not. Shop owner was very nice.
Written 14 February 2020
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Good afternoon Chris, thank you very much for having dived with us for two days, we are very happy that you liked our boat, our employees and the dives you did. Hopefully you dive with us again and this time our guide can solve your problem with your buoy sausage.
Written 15 February 2020
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Scrappy54942
Greenville, WI31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We went diving with Edwardo and his staff. Instructor/guide Stefano, Captin Manuel & Sailor Miguel. Edwardo picked us up at our hotel and we had great conversation on the way and than introduced us to his staff. They are very helpful and always making sure we were taken care of.
We were able to see Sharks, Large Green Morays, differant colored puffer fish, Star fish, Clams, 2 bait balls.
Very good dives.
I would suggest use them. They add the personal touch to make you feel confortable.
Written 26 January 2020
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Thank you very much for trusting us and sharing a spectacular day of diving, you are welcome whenever you want.
Written 28 January 2020
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PathED93
Cambridge, Canada14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
They kept the dive groups small and manageable. Some of our dive group were very inexperienced or hadn't been diving in many years and the staff got them all comfortable in the water again. They take care of almost all setup and can provide everything you need so you don't have to spend a lot of time assembling equipment. Did two days of two-tank dives in the Catalina Island area with my daughter, (we are both advanced open water certified). Visibility was OK for that area but expect that it will almost always be less than that found in many other resort dives in the Atlantic. Saw white tip sharks close-up, manta, turtles, eels, lots of fish. A gentle current at times but not too difficult to navigate for the beginners. Drinks and snacks provided too. Returned by noon on each day.
Written 13 August 2019
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Vic
Clive, IA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
I have signed up for two dives with Aquacenter. Reports were that late April was manta season, the water was much warmer compared to winter months, and likelihood of shark encounters was extremely high. Dive shop owner Mauricio was friendly.
With all expectations met and a bit of "extra" luck, I had the most pleasant and unforgettable experience. The morning of April 28th the ocean was calm, the water was blue with viz about 50 feet (which is extrelemy good in the Pacific), and dive sites were selected where manta rays were seen the most during previous dives - we did Classico and South Point.
Dive instructor/guide Max was excellent. He provided detailed briefing and assisted with getting geared up. He was able to snap multiple photos of me with marine life. We saw four mantas cruising at 36 feet (we did stay at 45+ feet examining their gracious underbellies), whitetip sharks (I got pretty close to them to take pictures), stingrays, as well as the "usual" puffers, damselfish, arrow/spide crabs, sea urchins, sand dollars, blue starfish, moray eels (green, spotted, and even one zebra eel), huge school of grunts, a harlequin shrimp, a slug, and others). The dives were very relaxed, with 45 min surface interval and a short ride to the next site. Fresh fruit served on the boat. Keep in mind that the boat doesn't drop anchor here, and all dives are similar to drift dives, with safety sausage being deployed by the divemaster to signal the captain to pick up the divers.
Written 3 May 2019
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stellka_in_evora
Columbia, MD33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
We had very good experience with Eduardo, Mauricio and especially diving instructor Max. Max was instrumental in teaching our 11 year old daughter to dive. She learned lots of useful information, got her diving certificate and had a great time diving with Max and my husband.
Written 24 April 2019
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arnoldadair
Deer Park, TX16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Diving for the first time in Costa Rica...it was a unique experience. The visibility was less than I have experienced previously but the rare sightings of white tip sharks and a guitar shark made up for it. Aquacenter diving was so accommodating and supportive for novice divers in our group. Would highly recommend this dive shop.
Written 19 March 2019
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Roger96
Calgary29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
I have dived off the coast of Tamarindo and surrounding location a few times and with a few companies, but this was the by far the best. Mauricio was a wonderful host and Max a great dive master. One thing that impressed me was that Max did not cut corners on safety. He gave a thorough safety briefing and safety was always paramount during the dive. I have had awful experiences with some companies, so this was a breath of fresh air - to see a truly professional operation.

The west coast of central America and Mexico is not the most spectacular, given it is mostly rock vs coral. However, Max chose two good locations for our dive and I saw probably more marine life than I have seen on other dives with other companies in this area. Lots of white-tipped sharks, a manta ray, and the usual assortment of fish. However, the once in a lifetime experience occurred on the first of two dives when we felt a pressure through the water and suddenly two hump-backed whales swam over us. It was a surrealistic experience to see such huge creatures effortlessly swim past. This was certainly my first time to see whales underwater, but both Max and Mauricio also said it was the first time they had ever seen or heard of serendipitous underwater encounters with whales in this area. On the surface, we saw four more whales quite close - it was an amazing day. I would highly recommend this company. By the way, the price was very reasonable.
Written 13 February 2019
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CHRISTINE M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
First dive ever after my certification. Mauricio made me feel safe and secure. I could let go and look at the wonderful sub marine world.
Every one took care of us. The crew prepared everything so as soon as we were at the diving site, we could dive.
I couldn't dream of a better way to start my diving "career". Now I want to dive everywhere around the globe.
By the way, we saw ; baby sharks, sharks, moray eel, many schools, turtle, ray, star fish, and last but not least, a family of dolphins followed us after the dive making jumps and splashs.
What a great dive. Thanks Mauricio. I will be back.
Written 14 October 2018
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matilde h
Greenville, SC4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
I finish my diving course with them. Max is a great trainer, made the training really easy for me and fun for my husband. I highly recommend this training course.
Written 1 October 2018
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