Catalina Island, Costa Rica
Catalina island is one of the best scuba diving spots in Costa Rica. Located in northern Guanacaste Province, Catalina is accessible to divers staying in Tamarindo, Flamingo, Conchal, Papagayo, etc. Just 40 min away from liberia airport.
If you’re planning to dive in Costa Rica, you will definitely want to dive Catalina Island. This is one of the most popular diving destinations in Costa Rica. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or new to scuba diving, you’ll be enchanted by the beautiful marine life found only in the Catalinas.
Definitely Catalina islands is a Must To Do. Known for a variety of sea life you won’t find anywhere else, and available to dive even in the rainy season, Catalinas is one of the most beautiful and inviting dive destinations in the entire country. Something to say about catalinas island, is less overcrowded than other dive sites on the country, daily charters to the island from flamingo marina make easy go diving at any moment.
About Catalina Island
An archipielago of rocky islets 2-15 miles off the northwest coast of Costa Rica. The good news for divers are, this islands are only for diving tours, so you will be not mixed with overcrowded beach islands sites.
About the visibility on the water si from 18-75ft, with occasional currents, usually blue and clear water. Water temperature 70-90 f. There are no rivers to deliver sludge during the rainy season, that’s why the diving season is for the whole year. Amazing views of the islands make the trip very interesting.
Marine Life around Catalina Island
Because the islands are so far from the land, you will see a lot of variety of marine life. The Catalinas are very famous for giant manta rays, but you also can se different kind of rays… bat rays, mobley rays, spotted rates, bullseye rays and stingrays. The behavior of these animals is very interesting… they are so curios with divers. Also large schools of a variety of tropical fish, Schools of jacks await you during your dive off the Catalinas, as well, a big variety of turtles and sharks, including white tipe and bull sharks.
Absolutely a good place for underwater photography, you’ll get amazing shots of fish, sea turtles, rays and sharks while diving the Catalina Islands.
What to Take
If you are looking for a diving place to re-connect yourself with one of the fours elements, Catalina islands has a very special energy, at many points of the islands, specially at the dive site called¨TeTas¨…amazing underwater formations make this dive site very special and beautifull.