Playas Del Coco in the Gulf of Papagayo is ideally located near a number of dive sites on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. As the true kingdom of the pelagics, diving at Playas Del Coco, you will encounter turtles, rays and sharks.
You may explore the local dive sites in the Gulf of Papagayo or enjoy a day-trip to the nearby islands of Catalina, Bat (Isla Murciealago) and Coco.Ask a Question
Diving on Costa Rica Pacific coast is a popular spot for diving with large pelagics such as turtles, rays and sharks. Yet, you will also encounter nudibranches, shrimps and seahorses, if you enjoy macro photography or finding the cutest and smallest creatures.
Diving in the Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica
With over 20 local dive sites near Coco Beach, all within a 10 to 20min boat-ride, diving in the Gulf of Papagayo has much to offer. From shallow waters to deeper dive sites, you will experience a multitude of dive conditions.
The waters surrounding Playas Del Coco are home to a rich marine wildlife. You will encounter all sorts of rays, from manta to eagle rays, on their oceanic journey, shark nurseries, canyons and caves and more !
Diving on Catalina Islands, Costa Rica
The Catalina islands, an archipelago of small rocky islets, are an ideal spot for diving with rays. It has a year-round dive season with water temperatures ranging from 24°C (75° F) to 29°C (85°F).
On a day-trip to the Catalina Islands, you will encounter manta rays, but also a great number of different rays such as spotted rays, bullseyes rays, mobley rays and stingrays swimming with grace by your side. This being said, the marine life in Catalina Island is not limited to these magnificent creatures, you might also spot barracudas, turtles and even sharks.
Diving on Bat Island, Costa Rica
Located less than 50km of the coast, it takes about one hour to reach Bat island. Locally known as Isla Murciealago, it draws adrenaline-seeking divers for its diving with bull sharks. The period from May to November offer the best diving conditions at Bat Island.
The nutrient-rich waters of Isla Murciealago provide the perfect habitat for a wide variety of marine life. Diving at Bat Islands, you will be surrounded by huge schools of fish such as snappers, jacks and marlins, to name a few. While diving with bull sharks is the main attraction of what locals call the “Big scare” dive site, you will also spot tiger sharks.
Dive sites on Bat island are non-anchored and deep, in addition currents can get strong around the island, therefore diving at Isla Murciealago is recommended to advanced and experienced divers.