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Dive Sites & Schedule - Guanacaste & Bat Islands, Costa Rica

 

 

 
Bahia Culebra, Punta Gorda and Catalina Islands Area:

This area offers a variety of up to 20 dives including the Catalina Islands, which are located about 8 miles offshore from the shore. This area includes some of the most beautiful scenery with pristine beaches.

Punta Gorda:
This is the perfect area for a check dive, the depth ranges from 15 ft to 70 ft. It is a shallow dive surrounding a small rock that emerges to the surface and gradually goes down to a depth of 70 ft. Lots of small coral fish can be observed: King Fish, Morish Idols, Mobula Rays, schools of Angelfish, Moray Eels and lots of small fish on on the coral. It is a very easy and colorful dive.

Tortuga:
This is a wreck dive; you can explore 2 different wrecks located on the same site. Dive down the buoy to 35 ft and explore a rock bottom where you can find beautiful fish, rays and White Tip Sharks. At 60 ft on the sandy bottom you can find the first wreck, a few meters off you can find the second one. They are both small wrecks than sank some 15 years ago. Large schools of different tropical fish can be observed surrounding the boats and other species living inside them.

Virador:
Dive down  to 35 feet and surround the rock, which gradually goes down to 80 ft. There are Mobula Rays, lots of Devil Rays, schools of different fish, Nurse Sharks and Southern Sting Rays. Very beautiful area.

Tiburones:
You will dive to a canal between 3 different rocks, which goes down to 90 ft. where you will see rays, large schools of tropical reef fish, Scorpion Fish, White-tip Sharks, colorful corals, Spade Fish and much more.

Acuario:
There are two large rocks you will dive around. Everything from Harlequin Shrimp, Sea Horses, beautiful corals, eels and large schools of fish can be seen. 

Arcoiris:
This is a large rock that emerges from the surface, to 90 ft. Lots of schools of tropical fish including Yellowtail Snappers, Nurse Sharks and more. A nice, wide-open panorama for diving.

CUAJINIQUIL AND EL JOBO AREA:

Cuajiniquil is a small fisherman village, which collides with Santa Elena National Park. This area has one of the most exuberant and beautiful dry tropical rainforests in the world; it has a beautiful bay with excellent dive sites around it.

La Rueda:
We start at a rock and plundges to 60 feet. Huge schools of over 200 horse eye jacks are often seen, lots of small Yellowtail Snapper, schools of King Angelfish and the yellow Barber Fish. Guests often see urtles and Eagle rays. Very calm conditions and visibility ranged form 70 to 90 feet.

Coral Negro:
Beautiful site with lots of black coral, reef fish and very entertaining to dive with lots of rays and interesting macro life, such as sea horses and frog fish.

Coral Negro 2:
This site has two main rocks, depth varies form 70 to 30 feet and has very interesting black coral all around the site, beautiful place with excellent visibility, lots of frogfish as well as a wide variety of reef fish.

MURCIELAGO ISLANDS AREA:
This is one of the most attractive places in Guanacaste; it is a small archipelago located 10 miles offshore of Santa Elena National Park, which is completely uninhabited and pristine. It possesses some of the most exciting diving in the Pacific of Costa Rica with dives that can be easily compared with the unique Cocos Island. It is home to Bull sharks, giant Oceanic Manta Rays and Nurse Sharks, it is a favorite.

Bajo Negro:
This is an amazing dive site, a big vertical rock that goes from 100 ft all the way up to the surface. Go around the rock and you can enjoy enormous schools of various tropical fish, Snapper, Batfish, Tuna etc. Big schools of Eagle Rays and Devil Rays are often observed. Oceanic Mantas and large pelagic fish frequent the area. It offers a large diversity of ocean life.

The Big Scare (el gran susto):
An easy dive from 50 ft to 100 ft next to a rock where you have the chance to watch the mighty Bull Sharks roaming by, hence the name ‘The Big Scare’. When conditions are right, in this famous site, these curious beasts congregate on the sandy bottom area around 75 ft and swim by the divers making it a very exhilarating dive. If you go around the rock you can experience a very scenic dive where there is more animal life including various schools of fish and Rays.

Los Arcos:
A dive next to a cliff in an exposed rock at the limits of the protected area. Divers will dive down 70 ft next to the rocks until you reach a big wide arch which gives the site its name. Divers can swim through and observe large schools of fish, Devil Rays, Nurse Sharks and more. It is a very nice scenic dive.

Daily Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:
Pick Up from host hotel (time depends on high tide), transfer to Puntarenas
Depart and overnight navigation to Punta Gorda, Bahia Culebra

Day 2:
Punta Gorda          
Diving Tiburones/Acuario, Virador/Arcoiris, Punta Gorda - night dive

Day 3:
Early navigation to Playa Blanca Bay
Diving Barco Viejo Wreck, Punta Blanca
Navigate to El Jobo, La Rueda de Chicago
Moor in Cuajiniquil Bay

Day 4: 
Diving Coral Negro, Murcielago Islands
Lunch on beautiful deserted beach
Diving Bajo Negro
Moor in El refugio, Murcielago Islands, Santa Rosa National Park

Day 5: 
Diving The Big Scare, Los Arcos,
Hiking in Murcielago Islands (beautiful views)
Diving Baja Negro

Day 6: 
Diving The Big Scare, Los Arcos, Baja Negro
Travel to Punta Gorda, afternoon and night diving
Sunset and BBQ on top deck

Day 7: 
Early navigation to Catalina Islands.
Diving La Viuda, La Pared
After navigation to Puntarenas

Day 8: 
7 am Breakfast
7:30 am Depart for host hotels and airport