Diving in Costa Rica – 8 Days
From: $944.00 + Taxes Per person
If open waters are your passion and sharks and rays your friends as well, you must dive in for this amazing experience.
Discover the beauty of many of the underwater adventures in the turquoise waters of the north pacific Costa Rican coast in El Coco beach, submerging inside the marine life along with manta rays, sharks, sea horses and a huge variety of fish. If open waters are your passion, you must dive in for this amazing experience.
- 7 nights La Puerta del Sol Hotel in Standard Room
- Daily buffet breakfast
- 5 Days of local diving (2 immersion / 2 tanks per day).
- Sea transportation.
- Dive Master assistance.
- Daily assistance, washing, recharging and moving of the equipment.
- Beverages and fruits on board.
- Diving equipment (or cost to rent).
- Dinners and alcoholic beverages.
- Laundry, tips and personal expenses.
Dive Site 1
At only 10 minutes from the shore, this pinnacle is one of the most popular local dive sites, due to it’s great variety of flora & fauna . On one side the depth is only 20 ft. and it is like a nursery area with lots of fish, invertebrates and stunning corals. The other side drops to 80 ft., and it is likely that you find schools of eagle & golden rays, freen & hawkbill turtles, huge schools of crevalle jack and grunts. The highlight of this place is that 99% of the time you will be able to observe young White tip sharks at only 20 ft. A great place for snorkelers and all level of divers. None to a soft current is found on one side of the pinacle.
Dive Site 2
It only takes a 25 minutes boat trip to find this sumerged rock formation. It starts at a depth of 50 ft and drops down to 110 ft. At this spectacular dive site we can observe big hamberjacks, snappers, stingrays, white tip sharks, along with schools of many kind of tropical fish. No hard coral is found on this site but part of the rock is covered with soft coral and orange cup sponges. This is one of our deepest dive sites. From November until March we can find dolphins, pilot whales and sometimes humpback whales on the way to and from the site. Slightly strong current in low tide.
Dive Site 3
Only 7 minutes away, this dive site ranges from a depth of 40 to 100 ft. Huge schools of spade fish, jacks and grunts are waiting for you as soon you reach the bottom. Stingrays and eagle rays usually pass around the soft coral covered rock, inside the crevices many types of eels have made their home. Usually a bit of surface current but none at the bottom.
Dive Site 4
At 20 minutes, this pinnacle is a great place to view sea horses, many of them !! One side of the pinnacle has a depth of only 25 ft. and drops to 85 ft. This is a very nice dive with a great variety of fish. Normally some current at the surface.
Dive Site 5
After a 20 minutes boat ride you will find this pinacle that rages out of the water more than 25 meters, making a perfect shape of a gorilla face. Down below it is an amazing dive to a maximun depth of 60ft. Depending on surface conditions the surge can be strong.
Dive Site 6
At only 25 minutes, this spot is enjoyed by divers because of it´s extended bottom time and a great varieties of fish. At a maximun of 40 ft., puffer fish, guinea fowl puffer or a porcupinefish can be spotted easily and frequently on this dive. No current at all.
Dive Site 7
5 min. away, this rock formation – with depths ranging from 35 ft. droping to 60 ft – consists of 2 main rocks separated by a 30 ft. wide sand channel. Lots of soft coral, jewel morays on every rock, sea horses and often a frog fish. Occasionally a jewfish resting on the sandy channel can be spotted. No current.
Dive Site 8
20 min. away, drift dive along the coast to a depth of 60 ft. a good place to see stingrays and white tip sharks.
Dive Site 9
10 min. away along the Pelona Islands. Diving on the east side with a slope that goes to a maximum of 80 ft., we can find very big frog fish. Is a very mellow dive in a very protected area with not to much current and lots of marine life.
There are other 15 local dive sites such us: Big Surprise, Bajo de Los Tiburones, The Phantom, Rainbow, Palmares, Scorpions, La Noya, Laberintos, etc.
In all the local dive sites we use the anchor line for support on the descent. In some dive sites we can almost guarantee you will see specific kinds of animals. In all of them you can find all kind of tropical fish, such as butterflyfish, eels, cortez angelfish, king angelfish, danselfish and hawkfish, plus there is the possibility to observe whale sharks, giant Pacific manta mays and mating turtles year-round. During the summer months we occasionally see Humpback Whales. Dolphin and pilot whales are sometimes friendly enough to allow us to snorkel with them and enjoy playing with the waves made by the boat.
January: Mantas, bull sharks, bat rays, sea horses, large Jewfish.
February: Mantas, schools of mobiles, bat rays in schools, sea horses.
March: Mantas, white tipped sharks, bat rays in schools, sea horses.
April: Mantas, small crustacean, great shells, sea horses.
May: White tipped sharks, fewer mantas, occasional bull sharks, large Jewfish.
June: Whale sharks, turtles begin arriving near the surface, large schools of snapper, wahoo, and pelages arrive in small numbers.
July: Whale sharks, pilot whales, more pelages.
August: Whale sharks in greater numbers, bull sharks and more turtles.
September: Whale sharks, bull sharks, roosterfish, even more pelagic and whale representatives.
October: Whale sharks begin moving out, white-tipped sharks schooling, rays of various types, biggest month for turtles.
November: Turtles begin moving out, large Bull sharks, large morays, large schools of fish.
December: Big bulls and white-tips, as water cools some large fish move into shallow water, large schools of smaller fish and coral in top form.
Varies from 20 to 80 ft. on the same day on different dives. This is primarily due to the abundance of plankton and other marine organisms at the lower end of the food chain that thrive in warm 72 to 82 degree waters. Although this abundance of food often restricts visibility, it is the principal reason for the profuse and varied pelagic marine population that is seen on every dive. It’s a trade-off that divers accept.
WATER TEMPERATURE: May to Nov: 27C Dec to April: 21C
RECOMMENDED TO BRING:
- Personal diving equipment.
- Open Water Certification.
- Good physical condition.