Costa Rica is an ecotourism paradise


Costa Rica is an ecotourism paradise with tropical rainforests, exotic wildlife, volcanoes and much more. This small Central American country is also an interesting place to dive. Most of the diving in Costa Rica is done on the west side of the Pacific Ocean, with an area in the Guanacaste region located in the northwestern part of the country and another south of the capital city of San Jose, near half of its west coast. If you fly into San Jose, would have to do some domestic travel to get to any of these two places.

Guanacaste area is a bit easier to get especially if you could arrange a flight right to the town of Liberia in northern Costa Rica. There are some seasonal charter flights from North America directly to Liberia.

The town of Playas del Coco, which is used as the main base for divers is a short taxi ride from the airport in Liberia. There are restaurants and small hotels in Playa del Coco, including some U.S. carriers owned dive. These dive operators usually have package deals available which include both diving and accommodation in one of the local hotels. Everything in town is within walking distance.

I made a trip to dive here during the fall season. The operator I used was Rich Coast Diving. The local divemaster in Costa Rica, Costa Rica took all diving equipment including tanks to the beach every morning in a van.

The dives ranged from about 60 feet to 85 feet from mild to moderate currents. One thing that all divers will notice here is that diving in Costa Rica is very different from the usual reef diving in the Caribbean.

 The visibility is much poorer and there are some noticeably colder thermoclines. Poor visibility due to a greater amount of plankton in the local waters compared to the Caribbean Sea. In some dive sites, we had to swim through water sections soup became almost brown color. This cuts off the sunlight from the top drastically. However, there is a tremendous advantage of this side visibility poor. The plankton attracts larger marine animals and if divers came to see the great and not be disappointed.

Even some of the reef fish here are larger. For example, we saw trumpet fish here are significantly higher than those found in Caribbean waters. In addition, there is much more porcupine puffer fish here. Earlier in the waters of the Caribbean, I have seen only a few porcupine fish and are usually alone. Here in Costa Rica, I have seen large schools of them. We find large schools of fish other on a regular basis as well.

The local divemaster definitely work differently compared to their counterparts elsewhere. In many places in the Caribbean, the divemasters would promote a "look only, no touch 'rule. In this case, the divemasters actively turned over every rock to find interesting creatures for us.

They catch them in their hands and pass them to other divers. During three days of diving, I had a sea horse, an octopus, a spotted eel, an orange frogfish and a bloated porcupine fish. course, this practice marine management is debatable in terms of ethics, but it was definitely an interesting experience holding these creatures in my hands. The divemasters were certainly difficult to work safely, but as they were anxious to ensure that the guests had good snorkeling trips.

Large animals such as giant sea turtles, rays and white tip sharks were spotted. On one occasion I will never forget for the rest of my life is when a very large school of cow-nosed rays went directly to our group of divers. They looked like a huge fleet of alien spacecraft. They went over and beyond us as we watched in awe. Then they disappeared. This memorable experience was too short lived.

So for a very different kind of diving compared to the Caribbean without having to travel too far, Costa Rica is an interesting destination for divers to consider. There will be crystal clear visibility but the marine life will be different with larger animals to see. The diving itself is also very reasonable in cost is significantly less than in places premium prices as the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. In addition, there are many other things to see and activities to do in the land, beside the diving that makes Costa Rica a vacation very complete.
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