The pinnacles surrounding this island attract a number of larger marine species, including Manta Rays, Dolphins, Orcas, Humpbacks and Pilot Whales.
Newly discovered, this deep pinnacle is an hour offshore but hosts hundreds of fish, including snappers, jacks and wahoos. For advanced divers only.
May to November is considered rainy season. Visitors can expect one to two hours of rainfall in the mid-afternoon during these months.
The rainy season is the best time to go if you’re an advanced diver who likes pelagic action. During these months, nutrient swells attract pelagic species closer to shore and you’ll have a better opportunity to see sharks. However, these plankton blooms and river runoff decrease visibility at this time.
As a benefit of traveling during rainy season, fewer tourists are in the area, making this the low season. You’re likely to find the best deals on flights and accommodation during these months.
December to April is dry season in Manuel Antonio National Park. During these months, very little rain falls throughout the Pacific coast.
The dry season is the best time to visit Manuel Antonio National Park if you wish to scuba dive. It is also best if you want to split your time between sunbathing on the beach and diving into the underwater world. These months offer the opportunity to see Giant Manta Rays as well as other passing pelagic species.
Beginner divers who prefer easy, colorful diving will also enjoy December to May. During these months, divers will benefit from calmer seas and visibility reaching 45 feet (13 meters).
Overall, the dry season is the best time to dive on the Pacific coast in locations near Quepos.
Beginner and intermediate divers will be most comfortable at the sites near shore. Advanced divers can head to the many offshore islands and pinnacles.
From big to small, you’ll be surprised at the diversity of marine life found off Manuel Antonio National Park. Among the hard and soft corals live massive schools of jacks and snappers. Their presence is added to by puffer fish, scorpion fish, parrot fish, angel fish, moorish idols, octopus, trumpets, eels, sea turtles, nudibranchs and a variety of crustaceans.
In terms of larger animals, you might encounter white-tip reef sharks, stingrays and spotted eagle rays. From December to May, you may also dive with Giant Manta Rays. On your way to or from offshore sites during these same months, you might see humpback whales or large pods of dolphins.
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