I'm flying into San Jose on the 3rd of January 2006 and i'll be touring around CR for a month to scuba (im a PADI DiveMaster).
I'm going to CR on my own, so I was wondring, if I could find some fellow travellers, who are into scuba and who may even know of an extraordinarily good place to dive in Costa Rica?? (I'll gladly share my own preliminary ideas on the subject :-)
So please post a reply, it would be great to have a few tips before going, and even better: if anyone is going there in january - I'd like to meet up for a beer or a dive! :-)
I'm a diver too. Costa Rica isn't a fantastic dive location like Belize or Hawaii but it does have some good locations.
The Caribbean side has the largest coral reef in the country but unfortunately the reef has been damaged by runoff from plantation fertilizer/pollution.
In the central Pacific, Ballena National Park and Playa Uvita is the best place to dive near the beach. Best at low tide and a great place to see whales and dolphin too.
Trips to Catalina, Bat, Cocos, and Cano islands (all on the Pacific side) are where the best diving is at. Search the web for those islands and diving and you'll find tours from anywhere you plan to visit on the Pacific coast.
Water temperature is great, visibility only fair compared to above mentioned places. You'll see lots of fish but little coral comparatively.
Cocos is where you can see huge schools of whale and hammerhead sharks.
Have a fun vacation!
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]
thanks a bunch for the sugestions. sounds like a plan to go to the paciffic side. i'll definately look into cocos and see if i can get a some dives there - would be great to see some hammerhead sharks....
Thank you for your reply.