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Guanacaste diving

Discussion in 'Central America' started by IslandDiversHI, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. IslandDiversHI

    IslandDiversHI Nassau Grouper

    Been planning dive trips for a group of travel customers for years. I'm looking for some insight/comparisons to other parts of the world for the diving here. The trip I'm thinking about is only 3 days diving, then some inshore adventures.

    So if I'm with a group of people that have been to Bonaire/Palau/Cozumel/Philippines/Fiji/Hawaii/Honduras

    is the diving good enough here to compare? Looking at August time frame. Good/bad?

    I'd like to hear from people who have done similar and dove Guanacaste and their overall impressions and how many days of diving would you do on a one week trip considering all the other cool stuff to do in Costa Rica?
  2. ibj40

    ibj40 Divemaster

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Texas
    We've been to that region of Costa Rica twice, but the most recent was over five years ago. Our prior diving experience had been predominantly Caribbean (Cozumel and the Riviera Maya, Jamaica, Puerto Rico), but we really warmed up to the Pacific diving.

    The bucket list dive has to be the Bat Island excursion that takes you to Big Scare to hang out with the Bull Sharks, and then Black Rock where you make a full lap of a pinnacle that is surrounded with large schools of many different varieties of fish. The other headliner is Catalina Island, where you have a chance to see a Manta Ray. In addition, the "local" diving (from boats) is also high quality, with lots of White Tip Sharks and Moray Eels.

    Two days minimum, and if this may be the only chance to dive this location, I'd do three.

    We've never been in the Summer, both our trips were in May. I understand that August is during their rainy season.
  3. rlskill1

    rlskill1 Divemaster

    Good diving, warm water, vis a little off from other places, but usually tons of fish.
    I go with Pacific Coast Dive Center in Playa Flamingo. Nice group. Actually going back tomorrow.
  4. kgdiver

    kgdiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Seattle-WA-USA
    I went on a dive trip to Playa del Coco a few years back. Mostly rocky topography with tons of fish and sharks. I recall lots of surge while diving too. Murcielago Island with the Bull Sharks is a great dive too. Got close and personal with some big ones. We were surrounded by hundreds of dolphins on the trip out there too.

    Id spend a few days diving and a few on land if it were me.
  5. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Great White

    We went to Bats and missed out on bull sharks and then we went to Cats and mantas didn't show. The group who went to bats next day after us ran into sharks up close and were so exited they went again the next day.. and saw mantas. Note that these are relatively expensive trips, due to the distance, and the op needs enough takers to pay for the gas.

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