5 of the Best Scuba Diving Holidays in Costa Rica

    The 1,016 kilometers (631 miles) Pacific coastline of Costa Rica is a vast playground for scuba divers around the world where you can explore over a hundred dive sites including offshore islands where liveaboard diving is popular. This is on top of the 212 kilometers (131 miles) Caribbean coast where several dive sites also await you.

    But wait, do you already have a plane ticket going to Costa Rica? If not, then get one now as we will be presenting the five great scuba diving adventures you can experience while in Costa Rica.

    Anamaya Resort Yoga and Scuba Certification Retreat

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    Sunrise at Montezuma

    While scuba diving is a popular activity in Costa Rica, yoga can be a great combination with this aquatic sport where you can maximize your relaxation and rejuvenation. Located in Montezuma, Anamaya Resort offers this great package to all yogis who want to be exposed to the beauty of Costa Rica’s underwater realm.

    This is a week-long retreat where you can do an early morning meditation on the resort’s yoga deck while having a great view of the mountain cliff and the Pacific Ocean. After which, you can proceed with your scuba certification where you can explore Montezuma’s rich marine life and healthy reef system. After your scuba certification, you will receive your Certification card sanctioned by CMAS World Underwater Federation where you can use it on your next vacation by signing up for a dive tour or equipment rental or purchase.

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    Morning yoga at Anamaya Resort

    The food in Anamaya is known to be one of the country’s healthiest foods where you can have the option to go vegan, vegetarian or gluten free. What’s best with Anamaya is you will be dining in their roof deck where Anamaya Resort is known to offer one of the best views in Costa Rica.

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    Bat Islands Dive Trip

    Located 48 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of Playa del Coco, Bat Island is one of the most adventurous diving you can experience in Costa Rica where you can come face to face with bull sharks. Also known as Islas Murcielagos, your dive will usually include a 1 hour boat ride and do an anchor line descent once you arrive at the site where water current can range from mild to moderate.

    Aside from the big boys of the deep, you can see other big marine species like manta rays where your dive will be more enjoyable courtesy of the clear visibility that can go over 30 meters (100 feet). But despite its underwater beauty, diving in Bat Island requires a minimum of Advanced Open Water Scuba certification as manifested by the physical factors as mentioned above where your advanced skills will be put to the test.

    For more information, you can read our related article on Bat Island here!


    Cano Island National Marine Reserve

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    Cano Island, Osa Peninsular, Costa Rica. An unspoiled beach on a protected island in a national park

    This small island located 16 kilometers (10 miles) west of Punta Llorona in Osa Peninsula is one of the must-see destination in Costa Rica where divers of all level can enjoy. Taking a 20-minute boat ride from Drake Bay or 80 minutes from Uvita takes you to go diving in Cano Island where you can see white tip sharks taking a rest coming from an active night feeding behavior.

    Aside from schools of medium-sized fish like snappers, the highlight of your dive in Cano Island is that you can encounter a pair of giant grouper that weighs at least 500 pounds (227 kilos) and has become relatively friendly to divers. But be sure to make your reservation as the management of this park system only allows a limited number of divers visiting each day.

    For more information, you can read our related article on Cano Island National Marine Reserve here!

    Cocos Island Hammerhead Sharks

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    A hammerhead shark in the waters of Cocos Island

    Considered as the best dive spot in Costa Rica, Cocos Island is one of the few places on Earth where you can go diving with hundreds of hammerhead sharks. The good thing with this experience is that you can have a close interaction with hammerhead sharks courtesy of the cleaning station where these sharks lie motionless while being cleaned of dead skin, parasites and bacteria.

    Due to the 550 kilometers (550 miles) distance from the mainland, you will go diving in Cocos Island by signing up through a liveaboard cruise which will maximize your diving experience with hammerhead sharks that can be found in the 20 dive sites surrounding this offshore Costa Rican Island.

    For more information, you can read our related article on Cocos Island Hammerhead Sharks here!

    Wreck Dives of Montezuma / Tortuga Area
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    Located in southern Nicoya Peninsula, Montezuma is famous for wreck diving where it is the only place in Central America where you can explore three shipwrecks in one site.

    To be exact, there are 6 shipwrecks in the entire Montezuma area. Two of the three remaining shipwrecks are located in the protected areas of Cabo Blanco National Park which includes the Grand Ranger deemed to be largest Costa Rican shipwreck. If you are lucky to visit Montezuma on a fine calm day, then you can go diving in the sixth shipwreck deployed in a shallow and rocky area. Regardless of what shipwreck you want to explore, there is one thing common between them: they are all filled and encrusted with marine life.

    For more information, you can read our related article on Wreck Dives of Montezuma / Tortuga Area here!

    So the moment you arrive in Costa Rica, don’t waste a minute, gear up, and be ready to get wet as you explore these five great diving adventures in Costa Rica.