Relatively new as a diving destination, most of the diving in Costa Rica is concentrated in two areas: Flamingo-Coco (in the Gulf of Papagayo) and around the Osa Peninsula in the south west. Some good diving experiences can be reached as well near Manuel Antonio.

Scuba diving around the Osa Peninsula is done at Caño Island, a small island about 20km from Drake Bay (a small bay on the north side of the Osa Peninsula). Protected as a biological reserve by the Costa Rican Government, the water surrounding the island is pristine and teeming with life.

The Gulf of Papagayo has volcanic rock formations and soft corals. However, the abundance of plankton in the water means the visibility is frequently low. From here, you can go further afield to the Catalina and Bat islands.

Corcovado National Park (near Drake Bay) has Costa Rica’s last primary rainforest. You can’t, in all honesty, be in Costa Rica without visiting it. Fabulous tropical birds (scarlet macaws, tiny hummingbirds, toucans); wonderful mammals (howler, spider and white-faced monkeys) and the coati, a racoon-like creature.

Some of the best diving is to be had during the rainy season (May to November). The rain brings more nutrients content to the water and this, along with the warm water temperature, allows plankton to thrive forming the basis of an extensive food chain that encourages a whole range of creatures to visit the area.

Diving in Manuel Antonio
Diving in Guanacaste
Diving in South Pacific

Diving in Manuel Antonio

Description

The Manuel Antonio coastline with its 12 islands gives us the pick of numerous dive sites. Diving within the Manual Antonio National Park, just a stones throw from Quepos, the majority of the local dive sites are a maximum of 20 minutes from the port and are considered your experience, preferences and local conditions to guarantee your enjoyment. With scuba diving in Manuel Antonio, most of the dives are between 35 and 60 feet, though there are deeper sites for more experienced divers.

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Includes

  • Dive at 2 different sites. (2 tanks and equipment included in trip)
  • PADI Certified Guide
  • Tropical fruits
  • Cookies
  • Juices
  • Water.

 

Equipment Provided

  • Mask
  • Fins
  • Regulator
  • Buoyancy compensator
  • Submersible pressure gauge
  • 3mm wetsuit.

Important

Must have dive certification to participate in this tour, if are not certified you can do a Discover Scuba Diving, and still dive with certified friends.

Location

Diving in Guanacaste

Description

There are so many great dive sites around Playas del Coco in Guanacaste and they are just a short boat ride away. Most of the Papagayo dive sites accommodate all levels of experience from beginners to advanced divers. For more advanced diving we offer diving tours to Catalina Islands and Isla Murciélago (Bat Islands). Maximum depths varies from site to site ranging from 30ft (10m) to 120 ft (35m). All of the dive guides are computerized to maximize your bottom time. If you are ready for the thrill and adrenaline rush of some of the hottest diving in Central America, and are searching for new pathways into the world of underwater adventure.

The dive Trips consist of two dives, each at a different dive site (3 tank trips can be arranged). For the Papagayo dive sites the boat leaves at 8:00 am and is usually back at around 12:30 pm. For the Catalina and Bat Islands trips the boat leaves at 7:30 am and is usually back at around 1:30 pm.

As well we offer beach pickups by boat from the following Resorts: RIU Guanacaste, Occidental Grand Papagayo, Occidental Allegro Papagayo, Hilton Papagayo, Four Seasons.

Each boat is equipped with sunroof, marine radio, gps, oxygen kit, first aid kit and a cooler full of drinks and fresh fruits.

 

Catalina Island

The Catalina Islands are about 20 miles/30 km south of Playas del Coco. These dive sites are more advanced due to surge, stronger currents and rougher surface conditions. The Catalina Islands are non anchored dives, thus reserved for more advanced divers, used to drift and deep dives. Divers need to be able to make a quick descent and make the safety stop without a line. Maximum depths varies from site to site ranging from 40ft (12m) to 130 ft (35m).

Bat Island

The Islas Murciélagos or Bat Islands are probably one of the most exciting places for advanced divers in Costa Rica. One of the highlights are the face to face encounters with massive bull-sharks, up to 12ft/3.5m. Located around 30 miles/45 km north-west from Playas del Coco, at the most outward west-tip of the Santa Rosa National Park. The season for Bat Islands trips is from May to end of September. With our boats it´s one hour to get there. These dive sites re advanced due to surge, stronger currents and rougher surface conditions. The Bat Islands are non anchored and deep dives. Divers need to be able to make a quick descent and make the safety stop without a line.

Maximum depths varies from site to site ranging from 60ft (18m) to 130 ft (35m). Visibility is about 18 to 100 ft/6 to 30m. All of our dive guides are computerized to maximize your bottom time.

Includes

  • Boat
  • Captain
  • Professional and bilingual guides
  • Tanks
  • Weights
  • Snacks
  • Fruits
  • Beverages

Important

Available for certified divers only

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Location

Diving in South Pacific

Description

Caño Island

Isla del Caño is situated in Drake Bay about 2 hours to the south of Manuel Antonio.

Expect to find a large number of reef fish species on the pinnacles and coral reef that surround the island. You’ll also likely see bigger creatures such as manta rays, free-swimming moray eels and sharks. Mammals, such as orcas, dolphins, humpback and pilot whales are known to cruise through.

Visibility in this area often exceeds 80 feet.

Water Temperature generally ranges from 26-29ºC/78-84ºF. From December through March, cooler currents bring water temperatures as low as 19ºC/68ºF along with large animals such as humpback whales, pilot whales, giant manta rays, whale sharks, and more.

Includes

  • National Park fess
  • Equipment
  • Professional Dive Guide
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Tropical fruits & cookies
  • Juices and water

Equipment Provided

 

  • Mask
  • Fins
  • Regulator
  • Buoyancy compensator
  • Submersible pressure gauge
  • 3mm wetsuit

Important

Must have dive certification to participate in this tour, if are not certified you can do a Discover Scuba Diving, and still dive with certified friends.

Rates

US$

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