By Bill Beard
Diving in 2012 was excellent and so far in 2013 it's great
Bat island: about 20 m (60 FT) viz, about 20 giant mantas and more than 50 spotted eagle rays.
On top of that not 1, not 2, but 3 whale sharks!!!
Local dive to pt Argentina: Another Whale shark. :)
It's WHALE SHARK SEASON!!!!!!!!!
There are few places in the world that can offer the rich diversity provided by Costa Rica. Where else can you find tropical rain forests, active volcanoes, jungle lined rivers, white sandy beaches and scuba diving all in one province?
GENERAL COSTA RICA SCUBA DIVING INFORMATION:The best year-round land-based diving in Costa Rica is available on the Northwest Pacific Coast in the Gulf of Papagayo and the Catalina Islands, but there is also diving available in the Central Pacific and South Pacific regions. Snorkeling is good along the Southern Atlantic/Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, and a couple of dive operators are located there, but with limited capacity and availability.
Average visibility ranges from 30 ft. to 50 ft. with possibilities of up to 80 ft. Diving is done around volcanic rock formations and rock pinnacles. There is very little hard coral, but there is some black coral, soft coral and orange cup coral that opens up at night. There is an abundance of life among the rocks which can be seen on both day and night dives.
Night dives are consistently a favorite in the Gulf of Papagayo (not offered in the Catalina/Flamingo area). You will begin the dive with a relaxing ride during which you will experience a sunset unlike any other. The dive itself offers you the chance to explore the micro life, along with very large puffer fish, nudibranchs, gigantic slumbering parrot fish, lobster, tube worms and sea horses. In addition to the marine life we take the opportunity to extinguish our lights and play by the light of the phosphorous, which can create quite a light show. The cup coral, open at night is stupendous.
Some additional information you might find useful.
Water temperature from mid-May to mid-December is generally from 75°-78° at depth and a polartec or 3MM suit are usually sufficient. From mid-December to mid-April, water temperatures vary from day to day, with thermoclines causing temperatures to dip to 70° at depth so you will want to bring a full 3MM suit during this period (5 MM if you are easily chilled). The outside temperature at the beaches is 85° to 90° year round. The rainy season runs from May to November, with these months providing some of our best diving.
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