Scuba diving in Costa Rica is one of the best attractions offered by this beautiful country. Today we will answer all of your questions about diving in Costa Rica. Whether you are a beginner or advanced diver, here you will find the answers to your questions.
Costa Rica is a country of relatively small size, but it can boast of a huge diversity of animals and plant species. The country has put a lot of effort into protecting nature’s treasures. In a result about 25% of Costa Rica are a protected areas.
In Costa Rica you will find many national parks that protect their natural heritage and make sure that nothing is being destroyed. This applies to the land part of the country, as well as places located under water.
And we will talk about them today, because we are most interested in scuba diving in Costa Rica!
Tiny Costa Rica has access to two large water reservoirs. On the west side you’ll find the Pacific Ocean, and on the east you’ll find the Caribbean Sea. You can dive all year round on both sides of the country, but the Pacific is considered far better than the Caribbean.
On the Pacific side two jewels of Costa Rica’s underwater world lie: Cocos Island and El Caño Island. Both are part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage, and are part of the extensive system of Costa Rica national parks.
Most dive sites in both of these locations are in a protected areas. This guarantees that you will be able to admire the natural richness in its original form.
This island is one of the best diving spots around the world. Coco Island is located in the Pacific Ocean, about 300 miles from the coast of Costa Rica.
The whole island is covered by jungle and is actually completely uninhabited. The only people who stay here are the guards of the Costa Rican Forest Service.
Cocos Island is a paradise for divers and the best dive site in Costa Rica! It is a great place to see various species of sharks and manta, as well as humpback whales and huge schools of fish.
Due to its location, access to this island requires a several-day trip during you will live on a ship. Permission is required to dive near this island. Therefore, these trips are not cheap.
Supposedly, a huge pirate treasure has been hidden on this island…
This place is a natural biological reserve and you can expect that you will meet there many species of fish, manta rays, sharks and moray eels. You can also meet dolphins and whales around the island.
Definitely one of the best diving spots in Costa Rica. It is a very good place for diving for beginners. You can read more about Isla del Caño in our other article: Isla del Caño – practical tourist information
this place is in the province of Guanacaste, which is the driest and hot part of Costa Rica. Around these islands you will find several diving spots that offer encounters with large animals, such as manta rays.
However, you must remember that sometimes there is a large current that may hinder diving.
This island is located in the province of Puntarenas. It is an excellent place for diving in Costa Rica, especially since it offers wreck diving.
You will find here three wrecks and on all of them you can dive. It is definitely a good place to dive, even for beginner divers.
As I mentioned at the beginning, Costa Rica is a country full of animals and amazing vegetation. The same applies to oceans and underwater life. I will mention here only a few species of animals, which most often can be found during the dive.
If you have decided to visit these beautiful underwater places, then you should have a diver’s license. If you are not a diver yet, you have two choices. The best idea would be to attend a diving course in Costa Rica.
If you are a person who is just thinking about becoming a diver, Costa Rica is great for you. By diving in Costa Rica you can learn all the necessary skills that a diver must know.
Costa Rica is also an excellent diving destination for beginners, because of the calm and warm ocean waters. If you are a beginner diver, the best solution is to sign up for a basic diving course.
It only takes a few days, and completing a diving course entitles you to dive around the world.
Obtaining a diver’s license is also a great idea for a holiday souvenir. The current development of technology allows us to conduct part of the diving course over the Internet!
You can do all the theoretical knowledge of the diving course online with an instructor. You can find more information about the online diving course here: How to start your diving adventure without leaving your home?
However, diving in Costa Rica for beginners is not just a diving course. You can also take a try dive with an instructor to see the beauty of the underwater world.
Only after such a try dive you can decide if you want to do the entire diving course in Costa Rica.
If you would like to learn more about diving in Costa Rica for beginners, please contact us and we will certainly give you all the information.
You can also see our diving offer for beginners: Caño Island Try Dive.
This question have many answers, just as many divers visit Costa Rica each year. So let me list a few reasons from my point of view.
In Costa Rica, you can not only dive, but you can try other water sports. If you have not yet decided on a diving course or diving for beginners, then you can go for snorkeling. It is a great way of spending time with the whole family.
With the mask and snorkel you can look under the water surface and see underwater life. You don’t always have to go deep down to see great things underwater.
All you need is a mask and snorkel and there it is: a great day begins. You can read more about safe snorkeling in Costa Rica in our other text.
You can do snorkeling from the beach or from the boat if you want to see more distant places. One of those places where snorkeling is worth recommending is the natural biological reserve – Isla del Caño.
One of the most common questions is whether diving is safe. When it comes to diving safety, you need to specify what exactly you are asking. Do you ask about the general sport and risks associated with diving, or do you ask about the safety of practicing this sport in Costa Rica?
When it comes to general safety during this sport, I can say that it is a very safe sport. Because of the potential risks, all procedures are perfectly prepared and you will learn them during the dive course.
We leave nothing to chance and always follow what we have learned in the course. Thanks to this approach this sport is a safe form of recreation. If you want to know more about diving safety, I invite you to read our other text which you will find here: Is diving safe? We will solve all your doubts!
Diving safety in Costa Rica is another important topic. Most dive centers in Costa Rica are run by experienced people who have the knowledge and appropriate permissions. This gives you confidence that everything will be carried out according to the procedures that are used in recreational diving.
And it doesn’t matter if you choose the largest diving center in Costa Rica or a small school hidden on the beach. If everything is done according to the standards, then scuba diving in Costa Rica will be a great pleasure for you.
However, as you know, people make mistakes, not equipment. Therefore, when choosing a diving center in Costa Rica you need to check a few things. Based on our internal standards at Costa Rica Divers, I will list what you should pay attention to. At least, I always check it when I dive in one of the many best dive sites in the world.
If you decided to dive in Costa Rica, then you certainly wonder how much diving in Costa Rica costs. It must be said that prices differ due to many aspects, such as:
In our diving center, prices also depend on the above-mentioned conditions, but in general valuable dives in Costa Rica are as follows:
If you have questions about prices for diving in Costa Rica, we invite you to check our offer. If you want to know the current prices and promotions, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter. This is the best and fastest way to learn about all the latest news about Costa Rica and diving.
Diving in Costa Rica for beginners and for experienced divers is a great experience. You really don’t have to wonder any more if it’s worth it! Perhaps diving in the ocean in Costa Rica will be your first step to a great adventure.
Or maybe you will even become a diving instructor? If you have any questions about traveling around Costa Rica, diving, snorkeling or watching whales in Costa Rica, please contact us and we will gladly answer your questions.
Be sure to write us in the comment what do you think about diving and whether you plan to visit Costa Rica.
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