Scuba diving in Costa Rica is distinct from any other scuba diving location. It presents two different, widely diverse locations for diving. There are many different things to see and experience. Somehow, like any scuba diving adventure, it is best to have a guide that is familiar with the area. In this way, you will be assured with great fun and safe dive.
If you are not familiar with scuba diving and would like to get a sight with the amazing underwater world that Costa Rica has to offer, many of the motels, as well as the travel companies, offer scuba diving lessons. Near perfect conditions such as excellent water temperatures to amazing marine life makes scuba diving in Costa Rica among the best. There are many admirable destinations to dive on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The area called Bahia Drake has amazing dive spots, especially around the Isla del Cano, as well as the Isla del Coco. Off the coasts of the two islands is an amazing display of marine wildlife. Around these islands are rich of sharks, sea turtles, and several different species of fish, making them the perfect underwater paradise for divers.
Also found around the Isla del Cano is over eighteen different species of coral, several species of dolphin, and many more species of crustaceans. Also on the Pacific coast, you can find many different species of shark, including the dangerous hammerhead and the enormous Whale Shark. However, while the Pacific coast is filled with beautiful fish and incredible sea life, it pales in comparison to the wildness of the Caribbean coast. On the Eastern coast of Costa Rica, there are very few scuba diving centers, however, the diving is still prime.
Scuba diving in Costa Rica would not be complete without amazing shipwrecks to explore. The Caribbean Coast offers three. The first is the Fenix, which was a cargo ship that sank off the coast of Isla Uvita in Costa Rica many years ago. Further south you will find Cahuita National Park and a reef that is nearly seventeen hundred feet long and covers a total of 63,828,741 square feet.
It is on this reef where the second and third shipwrecks can be seen; two galleons of either Spanish or French origins, believed to be pirate ships, sunk in only twenty-three feet of water. Their surroundings could not have been more apt for a shipwreck, surrounded by the beauty of an incredible coral reef and thousands of fish of different species. Knowing the outstanding underwater worlds that blossom on either side of Costa Rica will bring much excitement to visit and experience scuba diving in Costa Rica.