The area’s shark cave is a favorite dive among visitors, but you’ll also find interesting arches and vibrant coral growth on volcanic formations.
Bat Island regularly attracts large groups of Bull Sharks, creating an adrenalin-filled dive. At 100 ft (30m), this area is best for advanced divers.
The Franklin Chang, Colonel Alfonso Monge, and the Caroline Star are all waiting to be explored within recreational limits along the Pacific coast.
May to November is considered rainy season. Visitors can expect one to two hours of rainfall in the mid-afternoon during these months. This is also the windy time of year. The worst weather occurs during October, making it the month to avoid.
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 Bull Sharks to the Bat Islands.
As an added benefit, fewer tourists arrive during rainy season, making this holiday locale cheaper.
December to April is dry season in Costa Rica. During these months, very little rain falls throughout the Pacific coast.
The dry season is the best time to visit Playas del Coco if you want to split your time between sunbathing on the beach and diving into the underwater world. Most of the pelagic species found during the rainy season leave the Guanacaste coast and are replaced by a variety of fish and macro species. However, these months still offer the opportunity to see Giant Manta Rays at the Catalina Islands.
This is also the best time to dive in Costa Rica for beginner divers who prefer easy, colorful diving. During these months, divers will benefit from calmer seas and visibility reaching 100 feet (30 meters). December to April is the best time to dive on the Pacific coast in locations like Guanacaste.
Beginners and intermediate divers will be most comfortable at the sites near shore. Advanced divers can head to the Catalina Islands and Bat Islands.
Playas del Coco is particularly popular for its abundance of pelagic species. You won’t have to wait long before you find something big in the water.
During the rainy season, plankton blooms occur in the Pacific, attracting dozens of Giant Manta Rays, mobulas and migrating humpbacks and pilot whales. Occasionally, a whale shark may float past. Fantastic arrays of sharks, including the Bull Sharks of the Bat Islands also arrive from May to November to feast on offshore bait balls. Nurse sharks hide out in the caves of the Catalina Islands.
Throughout the year, colorful fish and endangered sea turtles cruise along the Guanacaste coast, stopping to lay eggs on the area’s beaches.
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