Costa Rica literally translates to “Rich Coast,” an appropriate name for a country surrounded by oceans. The Pacific Coast is suitable for all levels of divers. The Caribbean coast, where you’ll find vibrant reefs teeming with marine life, has not yet been fully mapped by divers. The protected nature of the reefs make this region great for beginners. Explore both coasts to get a full appreciation for Costa Rica’s beauty.
There is an abundance and wide variety of marine life on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Schools of Snapper, Jacks and Grunts cruise by. You can get up close and personal on the reef with Angel Fish, Moorish Idols, Surgeon Fish, Giant Damsel Fish, an array of Puffer Fish, Scrawled File Fish, Octopus, a variety of Eels and Crustaceans. Plus Reef Sharks, Rays, Sea Turtles, Pan Tropical Dolphins and in season the majestic Humpback whales and Manta rays. This coast is suitable to all diving levels with some calm areas and some known to have a bit of current. Remember that the southern area of the country is a protected biological reserve. The underwater landscape is made up of boulders and pinnacles, and you’ll enjoy large schools of fish swimming by on almost every dive. Finally, the Caribbean coast, where you’ll find vibrant reefs teeming with marine life, has not yet been fully mapped by divers. The protected nature of the reefs makes this region great for beginners. Explore both coasts to get a full appreciation for Costa Rica’s beauty.
When to go: Diving seasons in Costa Rica can be split into rainy season (May to November) and dry season (December to April). Each season brings its own advantages. Depending on the area, visibility usually ranges from 15-30 metres/50-100 feet. June through September generally brings the best visibility.
If you are interested in diving we can offer diving tours near Manuel Antonio on the Central Pacific Coast as well as tours in Drake Bay. From Drake Bay it is only a short boat ride to get to Caño Island, where you will experience fantastic diving conditions and an abundance of wildlife. Contact us now, if you would like to add diving to your itinerary!