Bluegrass Dive Club
Lexington, Kentucky

June 6th-13th, 2015 - Costa Rica - Arneal Volcano & Pacific Coast

Trip Leader:

For Questions Regarding Trip
Corrine Mulberry
(859) 913-0892 


For Questions Regarding Payments
Dan Miller
(859) 948-5133


June 6th to 13th, 2015 Saturday to Saturday


Click here ===> To fill out and submit your reservation.
Please Note: Your reservation is not accepted until a trip deposit has been received by the Treasurer.  Please mail your deposit to:
     Dan Miller
     824 Gunpowder Drive
     Lexington, KY 40509-1754
Click here ===>
If you wish to CANCEL an existing reservation


Volcano Lodge & Springs - Arneal Volcano Area (2 nights)

Fortuna, Costa Rica

Toll Free US: 1-800-649-5913
Fax US & CAN: 866-711-4902
Costa Rica Direct Dial: (506) 2479-1717


Villas Sol - NW pacific coast (5 nights)

Playa Hermosa

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Direct Dial: (506) 2672-1050

email: (Click for English on Top/Right of web page)

Note: Please call your Trip Leader before contacting the resort directly.  The Trip Leader may already have the answer and/or your question/concern may be relevant to other club members on this trip.

Dive Operator:

Rocket Frog Divers
 - Off-site (next door); shuttle/pick-up service for divers and gear from Villa Sol.  Dive gear storage at dive shop.

 - Nitrox is $12.00 per tank.

 - Rental gear is available. Send requests to Trip Leader (Corrine Mulberry); she will compile and communicate with dive shop.

 - Pay dive shop directly for additional specialty dives (Catalina or Bat Islands) or for rental/Nitrox.


These cost figures are accurate (except those marked estimate) but not to the penny.  Some are rounded.  Your final cost will be determined by the club treasurer.


Package Includes:
- Group transfer from Liberia Airport to Volcano Lodge

- 2 night accommodations at Volcano Lodge in the Arneal Volcano area; pool and small hot springs on site

- 2 Breakfasts at Volcano Lodge

- Internet Access at Volcano Lodge

- Group Transfer (and Lunch) from Volcano Lodge to Villas Sol.

- 5 night accommodations at Villa Sol (see lodging selections and prices

below); 2 pools (swim-up bar), shuttle to secluded beach every 15-20 minutes

- All inclusive at Villa Sol – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks,  Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

- 3 morning 2-tank boat dives

- Transportation to dive shop/boat, tanks, weights, belt and snacks

- Group transfer Villa Sol to Liberia Airport

- Government hotel tax & tax/service on included meals

What's NOT Included
- Airfare and costs associated with air travel
- Departure tax $29.00
- Travel Insurance
- 2 dinners (1st & 2nd night at Volcano Lodge), lunch day 2; drinks at Volcano Lodge
- Dive equipment such as BCDs, Regulators, Computers, Wetsuits, Masks or Fins
- Nitrox is not included, but available for all dives at $12.00 per tank
- Additional regular dives beyond 3 morning 2-tank dives
- Add-on Signature Dives such as Catalina or Bat Islands. - Gratuities are not included (Housekeeping, baggage handling, dive Masters, etc.)
- Internet access $12 per day or $30 for 3 days (subject to change)
- Land based excursions – ziplining, horseback riding, day pass to hot Springs, canyoneering, hanging bridge tour, jungle boat tour, etc)
- Trip Leader will provide participants with more details about land-Based activities prior to trip

Standard Room:
Volcano Lodge:  Superior Rooms with deluxe finishes, 2 comfortable full size beds or 1 king size bed, TV/cable, telephone, air-conditioned, coffee maker, hot water shower, hairdryer and a nice terrace facing the Volcano.
Villas Sol:  Each standard room has central air conditioning, 2 double or 1 king bed, private bathroom, hairdryer, shower, cable TV, alarm clock, safe deposit box, telephone and private balcony overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo.  Located central to reception, pools, dining.

Upgrade 1:  Volcano Lodge:  No upgrades.  Villas Sol upgrade to 2-bedroom Villa.  Equipped with one double bed per room or one double and 2 single beds, full kitchen, one full bathroom with bathtub and shower, living room and dining room.  Cable, TV and terrace.  Some of the 2 bedroom villas have a few of the Gulf and/or some have their own private pool.

* For upgrade package (2 bedroom villa at Villas Sol), a triple at Volcano Lodge includes one double room and one single room.  For a quad, at Volcano Lodge it includes 2 double rooms


Single Double


Diver (Standard) $1,633 $1,243 $1,118 $1,118
Non-Diver (Standard) $1,378 $988 $863 $863
Diver (Room Upgrade 1) $2,911 $1,776 $1,528* $1,341*
Non-Diver (Room Upgrade 1) $2,656 $1,611 $1,273* $1,086*

Optional Items

(+) or (-)

Nitrox (unlimited) + N/A
Nitrox (per tank) + $12

Payment Schedule:



Sign Up

Due with On-Line reservation $200
01-NOV-14 Payment $500
01-MAR-15 Balance (Treasurer will invoice) Balance

Trip Limit

Up to approximately 25 individuals

Current Sign Up

Trip is open for sign-up


No Club Air available

Because we have group transfers, all participants we will need to arrive and depart from Liberia, Costa Rica at similar times.

ARRIVE Liberia (LIR) Airport as close to 12:00 noon as possible for group transportation to Volcano Lodge. 

DEPART from Liberia (LIR) Airport as close to 1:00 pm as possible for group transportation from Villa Sol.


Date: From: To: Flight: Leave: Arrive:
06 JUN 15 LEX ATL DL 1093 7:00 AM 8:29 AM

1:31 Layover in Atlanta

ATL LIR DL 353 10:00 AM 12:00 Noon

Volcano Lodge

08 JUN 15

Local Transportation

Villas Sol

13 JUN 15

LIR ATL DL 356 1:00 PM 6:56 PM
2:45 Layover in Atlanta


DL 2600 9:45 PM 11:01 PM

Dead Lines:

Item Dead Line


Last date to sign up

01 MAR 15


Dive Activity

Dive Activity Waiver is now an integral part of the reservation form.  You must agree to the waiver in order to submit your reservation.  To review click here ===>

Trip Insurance:

Click here ===> To view information about Dive Emergency Assistance and Trip Insurance from a Bluegrass Dive Club partner.

Standards & Plug

110 Volt AC (Alternating Current) 60 HZ (Cycles)

Plug Type "A"

Plug Type "B"

Plug Type "A" is the most common (Click on a link, above, for more info)
Note: Most newer electrical  devices (Camera battery chargers, Laptops, iPads, iPods, Phone chargers) and many other devices can accept 100VAC to 240VAC, 50-60 HZ.  Be sure to look closely at the sticker or power requirement stamp on the device or charger to check.  If it only says 110 VAC you will need a transformer.  Click to see a voltage label

Shirt Design


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Flag of Costa Rica
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Where is Costa Rica located?
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Map of Costa Rica

Dive Map of Costa Rica

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Costa Rica, meaning "rich coast" in Spanish, officially the Republic of Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island.

Costa Rica was sparsely inhabited by indigenous people before it came under Spanish rule in the 16th century. Once a backwater colony, since attaining independence in the 19th century, Costa Rica has become one of the most stable, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America. It permanently abolished its army in 1949, becoming the first of a few sovereign nations without a standing army.  Costa Rica has consistently been among the top-ranking Latin American countries in the Human Development Index (HDI), placing 62nd in the world as of 2012.

In 2010 Costa Rica was cited by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as having attained much higher human development than other countries at the same income levels, while in 2011, the UNDP also identified it as a good performer in environmental sustainability, with a better record on human development and inequality than the median of their region.

Costa Rica is known for its progressive environmental policies, being the only country to meet all five criteria established to measure environmental sustainability.  It is ranked fifth in the world, and first among the Americas, in the 2012 Environmental Performance Index.  In 2007, the Costa Rican government announced plans for Costa Rica to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021. The New Economics Foundation (NEF) ranked Costa Rica first in its 2009 Happy Planet Index, and once again in 2012. The NEF also ranked Costa Rica in 2009 as the greenest country in the world.  In 2012, Costa Rica became the first country in the Americas to ban recreational hunting after the country’s legislature approved the popular measure by a wide margin.

Links to information on:

Volcano Lodge & Springs - Accommodations in Costa Rica
Villas Sol
- Accommodations in Costa Rica
(Click for English on Top/Right of web page)
Rocket Frog Divers - Dive Operations
Bill Beard's Costa Rica - Info on land based activities
Map of Costa Rica - Great interactive map
Costa Rica - Wikipedia Page
CIA World Fact Book - Costa Rica page
How to dial to Costa Rica - International Country Code +001 plus Area Code 506 and 8-digit local number-YES 8 digits, not 7.
Latitude-Longitude - Costa Rica (Specifically Volcano Lodge) is Latitude 10º 29' 56.8" North - Longitude 84º 41' 18.2" West
Time in Costa Rica - CST - UTC-0600 - Costa Rica is in the Central Time Zone and does NOT observe daylight savings time so when we are on Eastern Standard Time (EST) we are one hour later than Costa Rica.  When we are on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) we are two hours later than Costa Rica
Dive Sites in Costa Rica - Good maps and dive site locations
Delta Airlines - Flight transportation
U.S. State Department - Consular Information Sheet - Costa Rica
Embassy of the United States of America - Service provided from San Jose, Costa Rica
Embassy of Costa Rica - Washington D.C.
Weather in the Costa Rica - Georgetown
History - History of Costa Rica

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