Diving in Guanacaste

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Tourism Chamber of Guanacaste features Diving Tour at the sunny side of Costa Rica.

SCUBA Diving and snorkeling are activities that consist of swimming underwater to enjoy the different views of submarine life and plants. SCUBA diving uses a breathing apparatus that permits a longer stay underwater and deeper submersion. By carrying a source of breathing gas, usually of compressed air, the scuba diver is able to stay underwater for long periods of time. SCUBA divers use fins attached to the feet to make swimming and all movements under water more easy.

SCUBA diving is considered a recreational sport. The dive is limited to -40 m of depth, however a professional SCUBA diver can reach depths of -100m or more. A special mixture of gases (Heliox, Nitrox and Trimix) are used for breathing while submerged.

The equipment necessary for SCUBA diving consists of, the gas tank, a harness, a buoyancy compensation device, a system of valves, a system of ballast, pipes and mouthpiece (s) that conform what’s called the regulator; as well as a series of measuring devices that display depth and the pressure of the remaining air (depth gauge and pressure gauge).

Snorkeling, though similar to SCUBA diving, is inherently different as one cannot dive deep down into the water but must stay on the surface while observing the undersea world. While snorkeling, one uses a ‘snorkel’ to breath while their face is submerged into the water. The snorkel has a tube which extends from the user’s mouth up and into the air above the water, thus facilitating breathing. Snorkeling requires very little effort and can be enjoyed for any length of time, unlike SCUBA diving which has a time limit based upon the amount of air one has in their tank.

Snorkeling and SCUBA diving are fun and safe activities, yet they present great risks of which the participant should be aware. Adequate preparation, the familiarity with the equipment, the knowledge and application of the measures of security, a minimum of physiological and technical know-how and respect for the aquatic fauna are minimum requirements for a safe dive.

Costa Rica offers great underwater adventures, from coral reefs to islands out deep at sea. These diverse places are rich in maritime life, where you will easily find giant manta rays, sea turtles, colorful angel fish, intertwined coral reefs, jelly fish, dolphins and in rare occasions, even whales.

The Pacific offers the best diving in the country, with less reefs and a full supply of larger fish. The most popular diving spots are located in the northwest, where diving centers can be found in Coco beach, Ocotal and Hermosa. Diving trips there take you to Culebra Bay and Murcielago Island, where sharks and manta rays are commonly found. The best conditions of water temperature and visibility are from June to September, although conditions can change depending on the day.

The National Refuge of wildlife “Curú”, and the areas of Tambor beach and Montezuma beach, offer beautiful conditions for snorkeling. The best snorkeling of the pacific coast, however, is found in some of the underwater reefs near El Cano Island. Contrary to the northwest, the best visibility of the water in the outskirts of this island is found during the dry season, where the water tends to be a lot clearer.

Many locations around Guanacaste offer SCUBA diving and snorkeling excursions. Please search in
the ‘search/buscar’ location above, or check out our ‘services’ section for specific details of where to find
SCUBA diving and snorkeling expeditions.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:31