Frequently Asked Questions
Can I go scuba diving without a license?
YES. The program is called Discover Scuba Diving. Find out more here.
Can I go on the boat as a passenger when my friends dive or snorkel?
YES. Passengers are welcome on board and can just enjoy the boat ride and also jump in the water for a swim.
Is Costa Rica good for scuba diving?
YES. Especially on the pacific side of Costa Rica the diving is excellent.
How much does it cost to scuba dive in Costa Rica?
Prices for scuba diving in Costa Rica vary from 70US$ to 180US$. Cheap doesn't mean bad and expensive doesn't mean good. It's more about what the tour offers. For example if it's diving from the boat, close to the coast or further out, amount of dives done, wether your licensed or not and the service provided by the tour operator.
Where can I scuba dive in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica has many possibilities to dive. It's more common on the pacific side of the country. We dive at the Catalina Islands in Guanacaste Province.
Where should I stay in Costa Rica for diving?
The hot spots are Playa Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo, Playa del Coco and in the south close to Isla del Caño.
Is there sharks in Costa Rica?
YES. Costa Rican waters have many species of sharks. Where we dive most, the Catalina Islands, the most common shark is the white tip reef shark. It is also possible to see nurse sharks, bull sharks and whale sharks.
Can you swim with whale sharks in Costa Rica?
YES. That said, it's not a given as there is no season for it and also it's not a common fish to see.
Can you swim with sharks in Costa Rica?
YES. On our scuba and snorkeling tours we dive/snorkel almost always with sharks.
When can you see whale sharks in Cost Rica?
There is no season for whale sharks in Costa Rica. You just have to get lucky.
Can you visit Cocos Island?
Cocos Island is not open to the public to visit. It's also very far out in the ocean and not easy to get there. The best way is on a live aboard where you also might get the chance to go on land for a limited time and under supervision of park rangers.
Are there coral reefs in Costa Rica?
YES and NO. We do have coral but not as much as in the Caribbean because of the changeing water temperatures between summer and winter. Water temperatures are between 20°C and 30°C and this is too big of a change for most coral.
What country is best for scuba diving?
You are asking us? It's Costa Rica :)! The right answer is: It's impossible to answer this question. It's all about preferences.