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Costa Rica

Overview

Costa Rica is one of the world’s prime eco-tourism destinations, as it is one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet. The nation shelters 5% of the world’s existing biodiversity. Its wide range of habitats, ranging from rainforests and beaches to volcanoes and mangrove swamps, support a fascinating variety of wildlife, with over 25% of its habitats now protected by a national conservation system.

Costa Rica’s richness also lies in the cultural diversity of the people. The country’s population is mostly of Spanish origin, although there is a large community of English-speaking Costa Ricans of African descent around the Caribbean coast, along with 65,000 or so indigenous people. It is a melting pot of cultures from smaller waves of inward migration from neighbouring American countries and Asia.

A visit to Costa Rica will have you experiencing “la Pura Vida” – the pure life or real living!

Snapshot

Costa Rica has two distinct seasons: the rainy season is between May and November and the dry season is between December and April. The temperature remains consistent all year with the average daily temperature sitting at 28°C and dropping to 20°C overnight.

We advise dressing a little more conservatively when visiting Costa Rica. Normal holiday wear is acceptable in tourist areas, such as aboard a liveaboard and in resorts. If you are visiting higher altitude regions be sure to pack warmer clothing.

Costa Rican colón
Type A & Type B
GMT-6
With the exception of the most undeveloped and rural parts of the country, drinking water directly from the taps in Costa Rica is not typically harmful to your health. If you are unsure stick to bottled water or take a water purification system with you.

Diving

Overview

There are many islands, reefs, caves and rocks off the coast of Costa Rica that provide areas to explore. However, visibility will vary with the season and location. Heavy rainfall causes rivers to swell, and muddy water then flows along the coastline and well offshore.

Sadly most of the reefs along the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica have been destroyed by the banana plantations and their run-off. On the Pacific Coast, Isla del Caño, Bat Island, and the Catalina Islands offer the best diving options. Here you can spot manta rays, moray eels, white-tipped reef sharks, as well as a large number of smaller reef and coral species.

For the ultimate Costa Rican dive experience, join a dive liveaboard charter to the remote Isla del Coco (Cocos Island) located nearly 550 kilometres off the Pacific Coast. Here you will find the best scuba diving that Costa Rica has to offer, famous for its big fish action and healthy and abundant marine life.

Temperature

Typically between 26ºC and 29ºC, however temperatures are known to drop to 19ºC in extreme conditions caused by currents or thermocline. 3mm wetsuit.

Dive Season

Between May and November the boom in the amount of nutrients in the waters along the Pacific Coast attracts a large assortment of pelagics. This is especially true for Cocos Island, where you are bound to see an abundance of Hammerhead Sharks, as well as the Bat Islands which is known for its Bull Sharks at this time of year.

Dive Highlights

Abundance of pelagics

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