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About scuba diving in Costa Rica

Experience the magnificence of the underwater scenery while diving in Costa Rica. Costa Rica has recently become known as a dive destination and offers good diving conditions and different activities for divers of all experience levels. The country is home to the rare and endangered leatherback turtle, morpho butterflies, scarlet macaws, lush rainforests, rolling hills and pristine beaches, as well as underwater volcanic rock formations and pinnacles. The most famous diving locations, such as Cocos Island, Islas Catalinas, Drake Bay, Isla del Caño and Murciélago, among many others, offer divers the opportunity to discover volcanic rock formations and soft corals as well as abundant marine life, including enormous mantas, whitetip reef sharks, nurse sharks, bull sharks, octopuses, sea turtles, cownose rays and mobulas, eagle rays, guitar rays, American rays, moray eels and a large variety of tropical fish. Divers can also expect to see dolphins and whales on the boat ride to dive sites. Scuba diving in Costa Rica is amazing, and divers’ll have a great time!

When to go to Costa Rica

Diving season in Costa Rica is year-round. The rainy season runs from May to November. With its tropical and subtropical climate, Costa Rica has good diving conditions and water temperatures average 26-29C/78-84F. From December through March, cooler currents bring water temperatures as low as 19C/68F, along with large animals such as humpback whales, pilot whales, giant manta rays and whale sharks. During whale season (January, February and March) it is possible to hear the haunting calls of humpback and pilot whales while diving. Humpbacks can also be observed in June and July as they migrate from the southern hemisphere. Water visibility averages 15-30m/45-90ft. The June to September period generally offers the best visibility. Currents can be strong off the northern Pacific coast whereas they are normally milder along the southern Pacific coast.

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