Bat Islands (Islas Murciélagos) dive trips and sites
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The Islas Murciélagos or Bat Islands are probably one of the most exciting places for advanced divers in Costa Rica. One of the highlights are the face to face encounters with massive bull-sharks, up to 12ft/3.5m. Located around 30 miles/45 km north-west from Playas del Coco, at the most outward west-tip of the Santa Rosa National Park. The season for Bat Islands trips is from May to end of September. With our boats it´s one hour to get there. These dive sites re advanced due to surge, stronger currents and rougher surface conditions. The Bat Islands are non anchored and deep dives. Divers need to be able to make a quick descent and make the safety stop without a line. Maximum depths varies from site to site ranging from 60ft (18m) to 130 ft (35m). Visibility is about 18 to 100 ft/6 to 30m. All of our dive guides are computerized to maximize your bottom time. If you are ready for the thrill and adrenaline rush of some of the hottest diving in Central America, and are searching for new pathways into the world of underwater adventure, you owe it to yourself to drop by and join us at Deep Blue Diving. Once you get underwater, chances are you won't want to leave!
Our dive trips consist of two dives, each at a different dive site (3 tank trips can be arranged). For the Bat Islands trips the boat leaves at 7:30 am and is usually back at around 1:30 pm.
As well we offer beach pickups by boat fromthe following Resorts: RIU Guanacaste, Occidental Grand Papagayo, Occidental Allegro Papagayo, Hilton Papagayo, Four Seasons.
You'll reach the dive sites with one of our four diveboats, the Lady Blue; (14 divers), Colonia Claudia; (13 divers), Novesia; (9 divers), Marisol; (6 divers). Each boat is equipped with sunroof, marine radio, gps, oxygen kit, first aid kit and a cooler full of drinks and fresh fruits!
The following is a sampling of our Bat Islands dive sites:
Bajo Negro (30-120ft)
This beautifully landscaped pinnacle is covered
with corals and sponges. As we encircle the pinnacle from bottom to
top, we encounter large
schools of fish and rays on our way towards the
surface. Also many times you have the chance to see flying manta rays
Level: advanced, current and surge.
Big Scare (40-130ft)
Want an adrenaline rush? Dive with the bull
sharks! During the season, this dive site is your best opportunity to
see the elusive bull sharks.
Level: advanced, sometimes strong current and surge.