Spectacular performances of biodiversity and natural wonders do not stop in the land of Costa Rica. Costa Rica’s oceanic territory is actually bigger than its territory and equally inspiring.
There are vibrant coral reefs, flourishing atolls, volcanic rock formations bursting with aquatic life, shark caves and wrecks. World-class scuba snorkeling and snorkeling spots for all different levels can be found on both the Pacific and Caribbean shores.
Isla del Coco
Isla del Coco is described by Jacques Cousteau as the most beautiful island in the world. This world heritage site is located 483 km/300 miles southwest of Cabo Blanco. This is Costa Rica’s most sophisticated marine park and one of the top scuba snorkeling destinations in the world. A dive adventure to Isla del Coco is only for experienced divers with a truly adventurous spirit. The only way to access the island and its phenomenal snorkeling sites is through a boat trip on board. Isla del Coco is famous for its shellfish populations, as well as many types of sharks, whales, dolphins, rays and other tropical fish.
Islas Murciélagos (Bat Islands)
Islas Murciélagos is located at the top of Santa Rosa National Park off the coast of Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. These remote islands are full of marine life, including the most famous resident, the bull shark. Experienced divers come from all over the world to search for interesting experiences about snorkeling with these huge sharks. These sharks don’t steal the whole show here though. Giant ultraviolet rays and beautiful rays, turtles, and many other impressive tropical fish also make their homes around these islands. There have been whale sharks, pilot whales, humpback whales, and dolphins seen around this area too. Due to the strong Papagayo seasonal winds, the best months to dive these islands are from March to November.
The Catalina Islands are a snorkeling gem on the Pacific coast. They are made up of a series of twenty small islands. It is a world-renowned scuba snorkeling site and is particularly famous for its massive populations of manta rays, devil rays, bat rays, chain rays, spotted eagle rays, bullseye rays, and rays. cow nose. Pilot whales, sharks, turtles and dolphins are also commonly found around this island chain. The best months to visit the charming Catalina Islands are from September to March, which is when the best view is possible.
Just offshore from the Caribbean city of Limon, is Isla Uvita. The island has recently gained recognition that it deserves to be a top snorkeling destination in Costa Rica. This island is actually the first point where Christopher Columbus landed in 1502. In addition to the immaculate coral reefs surrounding the island, there is also a shipwreck dive site. The island doesn’t have any artificial infrastructure, so you’ll have to take a boat from Limon, which only takes about a minute by car.