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ConnectOcean

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Las Catalinas, Costa Rica
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About ConnectOcean
ConnectOcean Aquatic Academy and PADI Dive Centre is part of the ConnectOcean Group which is a Social and environmental enterprise trying to raise commitment for ocean conservation and stewardship.Our Swimming Academy and Dive Centre is the onsite facility at Las Catalinas ,a unique place where families, divers or visitors can visit and leave feeling that they have been impacted by what they learnt or experienced.We combine our snorkel and diving excursions with Citizen Science and Marine Ecology Education which is meant to be a call to action for ordinary citizens who believe that everyone of us can contribute to the conservation of our beautiful planet’s resources. Through the ConnectOcean Citizen Science & Outreach Expeditions, we aim to inspire and create a life transforming experience to help participants discover, connect and protect our planet. We offer a full range of swimming instruction programs as well as Adaptive Adventure Activities for the disabled.
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saraheiler22 wrote a review Dec 2020
Atlanta, Georgia37 contributions
Did a two dive trip with Ernst as our guide the day after Xmas. We have it was our 35th+ dive - and Ernst was the best, smartest, most authentic, and most engaged diving guide we have ever met. A true conservationist, Ernst took immense time to describe the connectivity of the very ocean we dove off the Catalinas islands and how they affected the broader world. The boat was small and swift, allowing us to get into some areas otherwise tough to access by larger boats. Great for first time divers, experienced divers, families, or even snorkelers - we had all of the above on our trip. Saw black tip shark, octopus, lots of devil rays, a humpback whale, and lots of wildlife.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Tiffany G wrote a review Nov 2020
Waco, Texas23 contributions2 helpful votes
This past week my husband and I took part in the Discovery Scuba Diving experience from Connect Ocean. Just WOW!!! We absolutely loved it! We were both a little apprehensive at first but after working with Ernst for our pool training we felt so much more confident! The actual dives we did were incredible! We saw so much amazing see life! Ernst was very experienced and professional and we felt at ease with him for our first ever dive. Once we were back on the boat Ernst explained to us all the things we saw when under the water like the name of the species, what they ate, how they lived and functioned, etc. It's was very interesting!! Would highly recommend!! Thanks for making our first experience so awesome!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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DJM 18 wrote a review Jul 2020
23 contributions2 helpful votes
No better place to get certified in costa rica. Amazing team and the most professional standards. In addition to the knowledge provided a team dedicated to teaching about how we can protect our oceans. Truly a fantastic experience for our family and great to forge such a wonderful connection to the ocean. And the most delicious tea and Banana bread after each dive :-) our family truly had a magical experience, thank you !!!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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FamilyTrekkers44022 wrote a review Dec 2019
Chagrin Falls, Ohio5 contributions1 helpful vote
Went on a combination scuba snorkel expedition out of Las Catalinas in Costa Rica. I have logged over 300 dives around the world, and the Connect Ocean folks were among the most professional and safety focused dive masters I've ever seen. Sio and Sarah were exemplary in their focus on safe, low eco-impact diving, but were also superb in finding wildlife. Saw Eagle Rays and an 18 foot wide Manta, as well as octopus, sharks and eels. Daniel the captain was terrific, and Mattis who ran the snorkel operation was terrific as well. The highlight of our trip to Costa Rica and possibly the best dive of our lives. If they weren't booked the rest of our trip we would repeat every day.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Kerry A wrote a review Dec 2019
Washington DC3 contributions
Oceans connect staff is the best. Their expertise and personalities make the experience of diving so enjoyable! Highly recommend this group
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Date of experience: December 2019
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