Explore the best dive sites of Costa Rica!

Discover the Biodiversity of the Catalina Islands

The Catalina Islands, located just 40 minutes by boat from Flamingo Bay are formed by a group of volcanic peaks on the north coast of the Costa Rican Pacific. They are known to be one of the best scuba diving tours in Costa Rica due to the many shifting currents that bring nutrients for marine life. This impressive biodiversity can be observed all year round.

The Catalina Islands are also famous for giant manta ray sightings with wingspans ranging fup to 6 meters/20 feet wide. Along with manta rays, the islands attract white tip reef sharks, devil rays, target rays, turtles, moray eels, octopus, and schools of fish year-round.

Diving season and conditions

At Catalina Islands, it is possible to dive all year round. There are several Manta ray seasons according to the migrations. Conditions vary throughout the year, generally ranging from 23 degrees to over 28 degrees/73 to over 82 degrees Fahrenheit, and variable visibility between 8 and 20 meters/26 to 65 feet.

a white tip shark taking a nap underwater
two divers observing a sea turtle

How to get there and dive

We offer transportation from Tamarindo to the Flamingo Marina. From there, we board our boat, specially equipped with everything you need to dive. The trip to the Catalina Islands takes 40 minutes. You will then have the opportunity to make 2 dives at two different spots of the islands. Our bilingual guides will be happy to take you to the best dive sites to find stingrays, manta rays, sharks, moray eels, huge schools of fish, and much more.

Witness the Breathtaking Marine Life!

Nature lovers who want to get up close and personal with a variety of marine creatures will love diving in the waters surrounding the Catalina Islands. It is not uncommon to see different types of stingrays swimming gracefully alongside you as you spend time in the water exploring the underwater world. The pictures you can take will be absolutely breathtaking and a testament to this incredible place. 

And if you’re lucky, you may have the chance to see giant manta rays and whale sharks!

A diver approaching a manta ray
sea turtle underwater

Book your dive trip to the Catalina Islands today and discover why this is one of the best scuba diving destinations in Costa Rica!

two divers crossing a large school of fish
black and white mantaray
a whale shark in the ocean

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