Airports: (Airport Code): The best dive locations in Costa Rica are served by the international airports in Liberia and San Jose. The airports are: Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and Tobías Bolaños International Airport (SYQ) in San Jose.
Currency: Costa Rica’s currency, the colón (colones plural) currently exchanges at around ¢520 per US dollar. If you think of a ¢5,000 note as ten, and ¢10,000 as twenty-dollar bills you’ll be right on. US dollars are widely accepted in the tourist destinations.
Climate: Costa Rica provides many different temperatures varying from tropical on the coastal plains to mild in the interior highlands depending on altitude. Temperatures on the central plateau average around 72 F, while the sea level hovers around 82 F. The Atlantic coast and Pacific lowlands range around 89 F with temperatures steadily decreasing at about 2 degrees F for every 1000 feet elevation increase. The temperatures normally don’t rise above 48 F on top of Chirripó, the countries highest mountain peak. San José and the Meseta Central have an average year-round temperature of 74 F.
Water Temperature: From mid-May to mid-December, water temperatures are generally in the range of 24-26°C (75-79°F). From December to April temperatures can fall to 21°C (70°F) at depth.
Language: Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica, but English is widely used in the tourist areas.
Virador, 30-75 ft.:
This low lying volcanic island plays host to a myriad of life. With a shark cave at 33ft (10m) and large diamond stingrays and white-tipped reef sharks resting at 70ft (22m) this site has something for everyone. Teeming with huge schools of grunts, snapper, king angelfish, and sergeant majors.
Monkey’s head, 30-65 ft.:
This picturesque volcanic rock has been worn away by the ocean waters until it resembles the head of a gorilla. Just a small sand channel away from Virador, this site is often frequented by large schools of eagle rays and stingrays on their oceanic journeys.
A beautiful little submerged pinnacle packed full of life. From nudibranchs to prolific schools of grunts to the large jew fish for which this dive site was named; Meros has a lot to offer. Shallow enough to snorkel and deep enough for a diver to enjoy.
Our most northern local dive site is covered with snowflake octocoral and fluorescent yellow cup coral. This lovely landscaped pinnacle is host to schools of spade fish, grunts, stingrays, and numerous moray eels.
A deep dive site teeming with fish that form a helix as they wind their way from the ocean floor to the surface. Home to moray eels that measure larger in diameter than a large man´s leg.
Punta Argentina, 25-90ft.:
Long fingers of rock flow from an offshore island into the deep. Home to frogfish, multitudes of stingrays, and schools of tropical fish so thick that they block out the sun.
A sunken fishing boat lays in 50ft (15m) of water near a shark cave where white-tipped reef sharks are often seen taking their afternoon naps. With fingers of rock jutting out into the sand channels, these rock walls provide hiding niches for many types of life.
Rich in corals on the shallow side of this island and rich in marine life on the deep ocean side. This side features a shark nursery in about 20ft of water.
Punterenas Dive Sites:
The perfect place for beginners, this site has a depth of 40-50 feet and is protected from strong currents
Named after its abundance of Soft coral that makes it looks like a garden this site has and underwater arch where White tips can be seen swimming through.
An underwater pinnacle that starts at 50 feet and drops down to 90 feet is the ideal site for our Deep Dive specialties.
Being more exposed to the currents this place boasts a wide variety of fish that gather in its different channels to feed on passing prey.
One of our favorite places around this site is where we have the best chances to spot White Tip Sharks. Expect amazing encounters with Giant Manta rays on the feeding season.
This Island is located a 40 minutes boatride away from Herradura Bay and offers great diving opportunities. After the dive you will have the chance to chill on its white sand beach, the perfect finale for a great day of diving!
This group of underwater rocks and channels is home to different species of fish and here you will have the chance to see big schools of big eye jacks close to the surface.
“La Cueva” means “The Cave” and here you will have the chance to find the resident White Tip Sharks. Very shallow place it is only accesible on quiet conditions.
The “Labyrinth” will amaze you with its gorgeous formations and underwater life.
This is a challenging dive site reserved for the more experienced divers due to its strong currents, but offering encounters with big animals.Rightly named for the white-tipped reef sharks that are usually found on this submerged rock pinnacle. Numerous stingrays lay in the sand parked like cars at a drive-in.
The point, 25-95ft.:
This drift dive is a relaxed way to cruise around looking for the giant manta rays. We free descend here in the shallows of the main island and let the current take us south to the deeper waters to see the mature white-tipped reef sharks.
Northwest Drift, 40-110ft.:
An exhilarating shark channel will provide you with a glimpse of the white-tipped reef sharks that call this area home. Once through the channel, we drift northwesterly past octocoralled pinnacles to fly with the giant mantas, eagle rays, and schools of cow-nosed rays.
Bajo Negro, 0-110ft.:
This beautifully landscaped pinnacle is covered with corals and sponges. As we encircle the pinnacle from bottom to top, we encounter sharks in the depths while swimming with the large schools of tropical fish and rays as we wind our way towards the surface.
Big Scare, 30-130ft.:
Want an adrenaline rush? Dive with the bull sharks! During the season, this dive site is your best opportunity to see the elusive bull sharks.