Costa Rica is the “emerald gem” of of Central America, attracting over 2.5 million visitors each year. Many of those visitors are divers, interested in seeing the beautiful underwater aquatic ecosystems lush with vegetation and wildlife.
The Costa Rican coast, with islands, reefs, caves and large rocks make the country an excellent hotpots for underwater exploration. Costa Rica is one of the most valued environmental destinations in the entire world, as 25 percent of the country has protected forests, land and water reserves. There are more than 100 different protected areas to visit. It also hosts more than 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity, even though its land mass only takes up .o3 percent of the planet’s surface.
In fact, its marine mass exceed 580,000 km2, which is 10 times larger than its actual land area of just 52,100 km2.
Cocos Island is the World’s Best Dive Spot, according to Scuba Travel and The Guardian. This world-famous island first landed its starring role in the blockbuster sensation, Jurassic Park, and scalloped hammerhead sharks, humpback whales, and several other types of sharks, rays, sailfish, snook and colorful reef fish. On Cocos Island, shark diving, reef diving, and blue water diving are available.
Caño Island is another popular diving destination, teeming with intense, colorful wildlife. Located in Drake Bay, on the northwest side of the wild Osa Peninsula, Caño Island is considered to be one of the Earth’s most biodiverse regions, according to National Geographic. Dive around rock pinnacles, in canyons, caves and around walls from 6 to 25 meters deep.
According to Scuba Travel, the Catalina Islands offer a wealth of islands to explore. With many tropical fish and several different species of tay, turtles, whales and dolphins, divers can explore the soft coral gardens, lush rock formations, and underwater arches and caves, as deep as 36 meters.
Always be sure your scuba diving instructors are part of a highly-skilled and certified team.