Costa Rica Diving

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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No matter where you are in Costa Rica, diving opens your eyes to yet another slice of the country's phenomenal biodiversity. You will perhaps have already been exposed to some of it. You will have at least glimpsed the rain forests and ragged volcanic mountains in the center of the country, where Irazu erupted violently only in 1991. You've seen scarlet macaws sweep across a golf course flanked by mangrove forest, and listened to howler monkeys chatter at you on the green.

You know that the pristine white sand beaches stretch for 785 miles. Beyond those beaches are the country's Caribbean and Pacific shores. They beckon to you as they beckon to everyone, inviting surfing, deep water fishing, sailing, and swimming. Your next activity is Costa Rica diving, but you may not have decided whether it will be snorkling or scuba diving.

Costa Rica Diving FAQ

Coral reefs are more plentiful in the Caribbean, though there is not much organized Costa Rica diving there. The most beautiful reef is off Cahuita, to the south. Fan shaped, it covers 1,465 acres and has 35 species, including the giant elkhorn. Some seven meters down in the reef are two ship wrecks, complete with cannon.

The Pacific has the best diving sites by far, though few reefs. Among its scant live coral, however, is the wonderful cup coral that blooms at night. Marine life is more than plentiful, however. You'll see seahorses, soft corals, angelfish, hammerhead sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles. Diving equipment--whether for snorkling or scuba diving--is readily available for rent. If you're near Tamarinda, your resort may be able to help you with guided tours off nearby Bat and Catalina Islands.

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