SCUBA DIVING IN COSTA RICA`S NICOYA PENINSULA
In 2003 we started operating the diving activity as a complement to our main activity of snorkeling. The diving sites are around the Islas Tortuga on the south part of the Nicoya Peninsula. Today we are the largest company operating in the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. We work under PADI International standards.
Our base is inside the Curu Wild Life Refuge, and our guides are local divers with lots of knowledge of the area. During all these years we have acquired the knowledge of currents, tides, marine life and all the factors that are important when diving. The diving sites have been selected from several that we explore and study every year.
You can choose one or two dives, depending on your time, budget and experience, each dive is in a different site around Islas Tortuga. We can take you to sites where White Tip Sharks are common all year round. In the dry season (December - April) the big Manta Rays visit us, but during all year you will easily see Eels, Spotted Eagle Rays, Puffer Fish and many others. If you are not experienced it´s not a problem, because for safety reasons we consider every diver a beginner, so we will watch after you all the time, that´s why one of our Dive Masters will guide you under water.
Our groups are small so we guaranty the divers will enjoy more and that you will do it in a safe way and without pressure from other more experienced divers, in this way we also achieve our goal, having a unique experience. For the interval, we visit the main beach at Islas Tortuga, where we will prepare some fresh fruits and sodas, and enjoy this paradise for about 1 hour
Back at the base within the Curu Wild Life Refuge, you will enjoy the grace and beauty of wildlife highlighting the White Face Monkeys and White-tailed deer. Within the park, you will find facilities such as showers, restrooms, souvenirs stores and nature trails.
In the dry season (December-April) the average water temperature is about 27 ºC or 81 ºF, some times thermoclines can drop the temperature few degrees at 15 meters or 45 feet. The ambient temperature during the dry season may rise to 35 ºC to 40 ºC or 90 ºC to 110 ºF.
In the rainy season (May to November) the water temperature can drop to 25 ºC or 77 ºF, and the ambient temperature can be in the range of 25 ºC or 30 ºC or 77 ºF to 85 ºF.
In the dry season (December-April) the visibility can be between 10 to 30 meters or 30 to 90 feet. In the rainy season the visibility can be diminished by half. Among the different factors that can affect visibility are:
-Rough swell due to storms in the Pacific Ocean.
-Heavy rain for long periods, causing the river flow to carry sediment to the dive site.
-Plankton excess in the water due to fertilizers that are carried by rivers to the ocean.
-Strong winds that create a surface wave, which can lift sediments in shallow places.
The immersion time (bottom time) will depend on the air consumption by the diver, but on average is about 45 minutes. Bottles or aluminum tanks we use are 12 liters or 80 cubic feet. The average depth is about 15 meters or 45 feet. The dive sites are covered by large rocks and the seabed might be cover with white sand and small stones. The motion of waves is always present, inclusive in the deep places, so this can be confused with sea currents, but this is avoided by our expert Dive Master choosing the most suitable sites for that particular day.