Costa Rica offers several exciting dive sites
Costa Rica should also be high on the “to-do list”. Sure, if you think of famous dive sites, the first thing that comes to mind is the “Great Barrier Reef” in Australia or the Galapagos Islands, but the small Central American country of Costa Rica, framed by two seas, is Australia’s diving pleasure nothing after.
Along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica you will find the most beautiful dive sites. Although the underwater landscape of Costa Rica does not offer so many colorful coral reefs, but many, often close encounters with numerous species of fish and the larger inhabitants of the oceans such as sharks, rays and whales.
From north to south: diving areas that inspire!
In the north, various suppliers set sail from Playa del Coco and offer day diving tours to the two offshore islands of Catalina Island and Bat Island. Diving adventures around the Bat Islands are more suitable for experienced divers. Special thrills here are probably the encounters with the bull sharks, which live around the island.
Further south along the coast you will find around the Isla del Cano a diving area, which is suitable for both advanced and beginners. Tours to Cano Island depart from either Drake Bay or Puerto Jimnez. The island has been under protection since 1976 and therefore serves as a breeding and nesting place for many different seabird species. The underwater world around Cano Island is diverse. So you can meet here reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, turtles and rays. If you put your visit to Drake Bay in the months between August and November, you have the chance to see humpback whales.
One of the best dive sites in the world: Coco’s Island!
Once around the waters of Coco’s Iceland put on the diving goggles and immerse yourself – that is probably the dream of many passionate divers, because after all, this dive area is one of the best in the world. A special highlight of the dives here are the huge hammerhead schools, which contain up to 500 to 1,000 animals, and are home around the island of Cocos.
You can also find mantas, various ray species, silk sharks, white tip reef sharks and dolphins. Large shoals of fish, morays and crustaceans such as lobsters complete the biodiversity.
Coco’s Island can only be reached with a diving cruise
One reason why the dives around Cocos Island are such an adventure and also the source of the breathtaking variety of big fish, is simply the seclusion of the Isla del Coco. This is located about 494 km from the coast of Costa Rica – in the middle of the Pacific. A crossing to the island takes about 35 hours and can sometimes be quite swinging. Therefore, you can reach the island and the surrounding dive sites only with a seaworthy ship and as part of a diving cruise.
Various providers sell such tours with which one arrives at the coconut island. These usually take one to two weeks and cost a lot of money. Therefore you should be quite seaworthy here. In addition, the dive sites around the Cocos Island are not suitable for beginners and diving tourists should already bring a lot of experience, so that the trip is a success. But the hardships are worthwhile, because Coco’s Iceland was not voted by PADI among the ten best dive sites in the world for nothing. This also contributes to the unusually good visibility in the diving areas around the island. These are namely throughout the year by 10 to even 25 meters.
Yours Felix Dziekan