Papagayo dive trips and sites
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There are more than 20 dive sites close to Playas del Coco
wich are all within a 10 to 20 minute boat ride
away, including the most popular ones such as Punta
Argentina, Tortuga, Virador and Cabeza de Mono (Monkeys Head). The
maximum depths varies from site to
site ranging from 30ft (10m) to 100 ft (30m). For more advanced diving
we offer diving
tours to Catalina
Islands and Islas
Murciélagos (Bat Islands).
Most of the Papagayo dive sites accommodate all levels of experience from beginners to advanced divers. Our Papagayo dive trips consist of two dives, each at a different dive site (3 tank trips can be arranged). For the Papagayo dive sites the boat leaves at 8:00 am and is usually back at around 12:30 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 dive sites:
Cabeza de Mono - Monkeys Head (30-75ft)
This picturesque volcanic rock has been worn
away by the ocean waters until it resembles the head of a gorilla. Just
a small sand channel away from Virador, this site is often frequented
by large schools of eagle rays and stingrays on their oceanic journeys.
A beautiful little submerged pinnacle packed
full of life. From nudibranchs to prolific schools of grunts to the
large giant groupers for which this dive site was named; Meros has a
offer. Shallow enough to snorkel and deep enough for a diver to enjoy.
Highlight is a sunken sailboat at 60 ft.
Punta Argentina (25-90ft)
Long fingers of rock flow from an offshore
island into the deep. Home to frogfish, multitudes of stingrays, and
schools of tropical fish so thick that they block out the sun.
Level: intermediate, sometimes current.
Punta Gorda (15-70ft)
Rich in corals on the shallow side of this
island and rich in marine life on the deep ocean side. This side
features a shark nursery in about 20ft of water.
A deep dive site teeming with fish that form a
helix as they wind their way from the ocean floor to the surface. Home
to moray eels that measure larger in diameter than a large
Level: advanced, sometimes current.
Rightly named for the white-tipped reef sharks
that are usually found on these submerged rock pinnacles. Numerous
stingrays lay in the sand parked like cars at a drive-in.
Level: intermediate, often current.
A sunken fishing boat lays in 60ft (18m) of
water near a shark cave where white-tipped reef sharks are often seen
taking their afternoon naps. With rock walls into the
sand channels, these rock walls provide hiding niches for many types of
Level: easy, sometimes current.
This low lying volcanic island plays host to a
myriad of life. With a shark cave at 33ft (10m) and large diamond
stingrays and white-tipped reef sharks resting at 70ft (22m) this site
has something for everyone. Teeming with huge schools of grunts,
snapper, king angelfish, and sergeant majors.
Level: easy, sometimes current.