For nature lovers, diving holidays in Costa Rica are a no-brainer, with plenty to marvel at both underwater and on land. Costa Rica is famous for its astounding biodiversity and natural beauty, and this extends to the watery depths where advanced divers will be rewarded with walls of scalloped hammerheads, vast schools of jacks, encounters with Galapagos, bull and whale sharks as well as manta rays to name but a few pelagic highlights. The macro and reef life does not disappoint either, and paired with adventure and nature galore on land, this is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise.
Aerial shot of beach
Reefscape Cocos Island
Deep Sea Submersible
Scarlet Macaw in flight
Accessible only by liveaboard, the diving around UNESCO World Heritage site Cocos Island is without a doubt the best in the country. Only the intrepid will make it there, as it is a solid 36-hour trip from the western coast of Costa Rica to reach this marine haven. Recently protected in a vast area of 200,000 sq miles encompassing the Galapagos Marine reserve, Malpelo and Coiba Islands, this marine megafauna corridor is a sanctuary for migrating species such as manta rays, turtles and endangered scalloped hammerhead sharks. With strong currents and challenging surface conditions, this is an area that is only suitable for advanced divers and the trip more than pays off when it comes to sightings.