This beautiful country bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, is a paradise for divers worldwide. Costa Rica has always been at the forefront of the conservation of species with almost 25% of its territory devoted to national parks and nature reserves. It represents 6% of global biodiversity for about 0.03% of the land surface of the planet. This exceptional terrestrial diversity is also true underwater where there are hundreds of species of vertebrates and invertebrates. It makes Costa Rica one of the most beautiful destinations for diving holidays.
Located 500 km from the coast of Costa Rica, this former pirate island is accessible only by liveaboard. This territory includes some of the finest dive sites in the world with an exceptional biodiversity and an impressive density of pelagic, particularly of sharks, rarely seen elsewhere. Be aware, however, that it is essential to carefully plan your journey in order not to miss any of beauties of the Cocos Island. Indeed, the weather is sometimes unpredictable and the species change seasonally.
This island paradise is a protected natural reserve. It is accessed from Drake Bay where many dive shops have settled, offering diving day trips. Underwater, we met many white tip sharks, manta rays, turtles and hundreds of other fishes.
In Costa Rica, you will also find other beautiful places to discover the beauties of the Caribean sea such as Playa del Coco, Playa Tambor, Hermosa or Cahuita.
In Costa Rica, there are two seasons: the wet season from May to October and the dry season from November to April. On Coco Island, during the wet season, you will see a greater concentration of pelagic but the diving conditions are less favorable than during the dry season, when visibility is exceptional but wildlife is more scarce. You will have to make your choice.
Visibility is generally excellent; however, heavy rains may disrupt water during the wet season.
Ocean currents vary a lot from a location to another, ask for more details to your dive shop.
Difficulties: To learn scuba diving, most divers go on the north Pacific coast. The dive sites are easy to access and diving conditions are optimal and coral reefs are superb.
The water temperature is high oscillating from 25 to 30° C.
There are thousands of species, from the largest to the smallest, including some endemic species. You'll understand, Costa Rica is one of the best diving destinations in the world to enjoy large pelagic and dives full of emotions. Many divers embark on a diving trip or a liveaboard in Costa Rica for the sole purpose of seeing sharks: Whale shark, bull shark, tiger shark, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, bull sharks, sand tiger sharks, white tip sharks, but also silky sharks. Manta rays are also part of this amazing underwater wildlife. Sometimes, giant manta rays are over 7 meters wide, like the eagle rays, very present on the dive sites of Costa Rica. You can also admire marine mammals such as humpback whales, dolphins and many pelagic fish (barracuda, tuna, jacks ...). Finally, another exciting show attracts many travelers: the nesting of sea turtles that takes place on the many beaches of Costa Rica.