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Everyone who dives in Costa Rica always say that this place is one of the best ten places in the world to practice this amazing sport.

Diving in Costa Rica

Diving in Costa Rica can help you to discover the fascinating marine life, which its main location is between the North Pacific and the Caribbean sea. It has more than 116 volcanoes, 26 Natural Parks and protected zones, the country of Costa Rica is a treasure to discover. In Costa Rica is possible to see leatherback turtles, sharks, tropical fish, manta rays, sea cucumbers and other species variety. Costa Rica is currently one of the most popular diving destinies in the world because its incredible submarine volcanic formations, the pinnacles, ecotourism, wide biodiversity, tropical forests, mangroves and its pristine beaches.

Dive sites and locations

The Big Scare (Advanced): To dive over here needs experience because the strong watercourse, but you have the last word if you want to dive together with the bull sharks and other large pelagic fish. Virador (Beginners): Even this place has some strong watercourses, it is a site for beginner divers. There is a cave with sharks, manta rays, reef sharks, moray eels, dolphins, parrotfish, angelfish and grunts.

Catalina Island :This consists of volcanic rocks and is one of the best places to dive in the Central Pacific between December and May. The species of this place are: starfish, European eels, stingrays, angelfish, parrotfish, clownfish and octopus. Sporadically the whale sharks can visit them.

Bat Islands: These islands are part of the Santa Rosa’s National Park, they are recommended for beginners, especially in the months between March and November. There you can see huge bull sharks and manta rays. And depending on the month, you may see humpback whales as well.

Coconut Island: The Coconut Island is considered one of the best places to dive in all the world, this island is full of dolphins, whale sharks and pelagic stingrays living in turquoise waters.

Cano Island This is other attractive destiny to dive in Costa Rica, where you can find the oceanic whitetip shark, bull shark and hammerhead shark. Depending on the month, you will have the chance to see the humpback whales and orcas. The Cano Island is located in front of the National Park Corcovado, where live so many crustaceans, mollusks and other invertebrates.

On the rocks, there are plenty of barnacle fish, mussels and marine snails. The place is surrounded by reefs with more than 15 coral species.

This place has excellent diving zones in the Pacific Ocean such as the Caribe sea. In the Costa Rica's North Pacific, especially in the “Catalina Islands”. “Bat Island” and “Coconut Island” is possible to see the sea ​​cucumbers, multicolor and tropical fishes, manta rays, sharks and many other species.

In the “Catalina Islands” is possible to see starfish, eels, angelfish, parrotfish, clownfish, and the colossal whale shark (occasionally). The stingrays are part of very special "diners" in the “Catalina Islands” waters, in some seasons of the year you can have the chance to see in one single dive 50 examples of fish eye in huge groups. The best season to dive in these islands is from December to May, here the underwater spectacle is unimaginable, because the visibility is very good and the water temperature is excellent. “The Bat Island” is part of the “National Park Santa Rosa”, and it is excellent for expert divers.

In their beautiful waters you can see easily bull sharks, huge manta rays, humpback whales and a huge variety of tropical fishes, such as parrotfish, clownfish, lionfish and so many more. The best months to dive over there are from March to December.

“Embark yourself” now to the “Coconut Island”. which was considered by Jacques Cousteau, one of the ten best places in the world to dive. In its turquoise blue sea we can see dolphins, whale sharks and huge manta rays. And as if this "heaven on earth" were not enough, in the part where are not water or ocean you can find beautiful and lush forest, which are adorned by a waterfall that makes this true paradise on a postcard to frame.

Wrecks and other amazing dive sites

In Costa Rica South Pacific you can find another mother nature “pearl.” This is the “Caño Island”. here you can find wonders such as: Whitetip shark, bull shark, hammerhead shark, humpback whales, orca whales, bottlenose dolphins, large numbers of manta rays, huge groups of eels, parrot fish, puffer fish and the clownfish.

And if you think it is all, we have more things you need to know, there is a lot of mollusks, crustaceans, fishes, limpets, and more that found their residence among more than 15 coral species.

Other excellent diving sites in the coast are:

“Wreck” here you can find small sharks and small stingrays. Diving over here is very comfortable and there is no danger at all.

There are so many whitetip sharks (very beautiful) and small stingrays that swim fancily around big underwater rocks and so many others are hided in the sandy bottom. The visibility of its water is excellent, and it has just few water currents. For this reason, this site is ideal to dive. However even the name of this diving site is wreck, in reality there was no wreck at all over here.

“Let’s go” now to the “Bajo del Diablo”. Its waters are moderate almost all the year around, and there are plenty of wonderful and great variety of marine life.

You can see a bunch of barracudas, puffer fish, parrot fish, moray eels, sharks, bull shark (occasionally) and huge shoal of beautiful fishes, which are passing by. Then you can cross the Costa Rica Continental divide extend to go towards the amazing beaches of this country in the Caribbean Sea.

In the “National Park Cahuita” you can find more than 40 coral reefs species. You can already imagine the paradisiac place that is painted with huge shoal of tropical colorful fishes in all kind of shapes and sizes. This “Natural Work art” is located fortunately just a few minutes of the beach traveling by boat. The “Cuvita Island” is near to the beach as well, with beautiful reefs and multicolor fishes, this is part of the "Gandoca National Reserve".

Other very interesting diving sites of the Costa Rica Caribbean area are “Punta Cocles” “Manzanillo” “Punta Uva” and “Portete”. In these sites we can see bunches of marine species. There are a lot of sea ​​fans, brain coral, fire coral, angelfish, parrotfish, flying fish, barracudas, moray eels, nurse shark and the black tip shark. In these places you can practice night diving, so you can have the chance to see huge octopuses and lobsters feeding them well. In short we can say that Jacques Cousteau was right about all the description he did about this amazing place. 

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