diving in costa rica

Diving in Costa Rica is truly unique thanks to warm shallow waters on both the Caribbean and Pacific oceans. Much of the diving in Costa Rica is centered around islands where both deep sea and tropical species can be found. While there are few coral reefs, you can expect to see giant schools of fish, endangered sea turtles, sharks and more.

where to dive in costa rica

Below are the best known diving destinations in Costa Rica. For more information on getting to these destinations, you may contact a travel expert from Nature Vacations to help with planning your Costa Rica vacation.

isla del caño

About a 40 minute boat ride from Drake Bay, on the Osa Peninsula, divers and snorkelers alike may choose to take a day trip to this beautiful spot. Visibility is excellent year round, with crystal clear waters that are home to turtles, spinner dolphins, turtles and whales, which migrate south January through March.

islas murcielagos

Known as the Bat Islands, this diving spot in northern Guanacaste is part of the Santa Rosa National Park, and is considered one of the best scuba locales in the country. Beware the currents as you discover giant manta rays, zebra eels, sea turtles, bull sharks and the occasional whale shark May through November.

isla tortuga

Snorkelers around Isla Tortuga and Herradura Bay on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific may discover graceful sailfish, manta rays and enormous marlin.


The Cahuita National Park on south to Puerto Viejo, you will find many snorkel spots with great visibility and opportunities to see small, tropical reef fish, sea horses and anemones. Enjoy beautiful white sands and a long, palm rimmed beach when it’s time to dry off!