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Submitted on Jun 16, 2019 Useful Info

Top 5 Scuba Diving Sites in Costa Rica

  • You may wonder why Costa Rica is called the Rich Coast. Well, this is because 5 ℅ of the planets total biodiversity, is found here, in this small country with an astonishing abundance of flora and fauna.
  • Washed by the Carribean on one side and the Pacific on another, it is, therefore, no surprise that it attracts the world's population of scuba divers.
  • The following are the country's best Scuba diving sites.

Cocos Island

  • It's the most famous diving destination in Costa Rica.
  • There are over 20 dive sites in Cocos Island, and are usually deep and washed by strong currents.
  • NOTE: Divers MUST have their PADI Advanced Open Water Certification or its equivalent.

Caño Island

  • It's part of a biological reserve and famous for its healthy coral reefs.
  • Bajo Del Diablo is considered to be the areas most rewarding diving site. Occasionally pelagic visitors such as dolphins and turtles appear.
  • I'd recommend this Island as a worthy alternative for those who don't have the time and the budget to visit Cocos.

Catalina Islands

  • The islands are famous for the giant manta rays and can be seen all year round but I recommend visiting the islands between November and May.
  • NOTE: since the area has very strong currents I recommend Advanced Certification.

Bat Islands

  • This is the excellent spot for divers from the Guanacaste region.
  • It's also the destination where you experience the adrenaline rush as you dive with the mighty bull shark outside a cage.
  • Bajo Negro and the Big Scare are one of the most famous dive sites in the islands.

Tortuga Islands

  • It's the ideal destination for divers of all experience levels. It's no surprise that it is known as the country's wreck diving capital.
  • Creatures to look out for include the whales(August to January) and manta rays( December to April)