Diving & Snorkeling in Costa Rica
Come and explore some of the best diving locations in Costa Rica!
With year-round warm waters and a plethora of marine life, snorkeling and diving are popular activities in Costa Rica. Some of the best snorkeling in Costa Rican can be found at Cano Island and in the Golfo Dulce in the south Pacific. Diving is also a popular attraction where the visibility is usually good to excellent and can range from 45-90 feet making it the best in mainland Costa Rica (average is 40’+).
All boat dives are guided by a certified PADI instructor or dive master. All dive staff are Medic First Aid and Oxygen Provider certified. All our custom built boats are small and fast: 21ft. for 5 divers and 30ft. boat for 10 divers. The average dive time: 45 minutes – 1 hour and the average dive depth is 60 – 100ft.
If you are not certified but still want to explore the underwater world, don’t worry! We have you covered with classes that will have you swimming with the fishes in no time. OR, if you are certified, we can take you to the next level with a variety of advanced and specialty certifications:
Diving Educational Services:
We offer a wide range of professional underwater services for the recreational scuba diver. With a full time PADI Instructor on staff, we offer a variety of educational services from:
Non-divers can enjoy the beautiful wonders of Caño Island and the Golfo Dulce too. Many of the same species of marine life seen diving can also be seen while snorkeling, including sharks.
Caño Island has recently moved into the spotlight as one of the world’s best diving locations. The island is surrounded by volcanic formations and coral reefs, varying in size from 2 to 10 acres. The reefs around Cano Island have been classified as one of the most important marine environments in Costa Rica.
The water surrounding the island is extremely pristine and teeming with life. Schools of mobula rays (devil rays), turtles, and white tip reef sharks can be seen on many dives. On almost every dive, large schools of fish swimming around and overhead can be observed. Although not common, the elusive whale shark and the giant bull shark are sometimes spotted in the area.
Cano Island has seven popular dive sites:
· Bajo del Diablo (The Devil’s Pinnacles)
· Cueva del Tiburon (Shark’s Cave)
· Los Arcos (The Arches)
· El Barco (The Wreck)
· El Ancla (The Anchor)
· Paraiso (Paradise)
El Faro (The Lighthouse)
- Round-trip transportation (from Manuel Antonio*, Dominical, Sierpe or Drake Bay)
- Entrance fees
- All diving gear necessary for two dives
- Bilingual guide
- Picnic Lunch
Along the way, it is likely that we will encounter playful spotted, spinner, or bottlenose dolphins swimming along side or in front of the boat, and we might see some whales too.
We will stop for our first dive (or snorkel) once we are in the calm, warm waters of Caño Island at one of several dive sites.
Then we will make our way to the sandy shores of Caño Island where we will enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the beach and have a delicious picnic lunch. You may choose to snorkel some more or take a short hike up to the archaeological site where pre-Colombian spheres and burial grounds may be observed.
In the early afternoon, we will make our second dive (or snorkel) of the day at a different Caño Island dive spot, and then return to where we collected you from.
Contact us to arrange a great diving experience from Quepos & Manuel Antonio, Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal, Sierpe or Drake Bay.
Although not as famous for its diving, the Golfo Dulce by the Osa Peninsula boasts over 20 dive sites suitable for all levels, year round. From ship wrecks to coral reefs, shark dives to exploring the deeper parts of the tropical fjord…. The sweet Gulf really does have it all!