Costa Rica Dive Sites South Pacific

 

 
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Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced diver, or just snorkeling, the variety of rich and abundant marine life will amaze you. With visibility 30 – 100 ft. or more year-round, and teeming with exotic sea life, diving. Cano Island is located 12 miles offshore from Drake’s Bay and Aguila de Osa. Due to the remote location it is difficult to go to Cano Island just for one day of diving and you are better off to book Bill Beard’s Cano Island and Corcovado adventure package.


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Costa Rica Dive Sites South Pacific – Cano Island  (Isla del Cano)– Costa Rica’s finest South Pacific coastal diving and snorkeling, the clear waters surrounding Caño Island Biological Reserve are best described as an Eden of coral and rock formations housing vibrant tropical fish. The operators only dive the sites on the side near the ranger station. There are 6 good dive sites

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Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced diver, or just snorkeling, the variety of rich and abundant marine life will amaze you. With visibility 30 – 100 ft. or more year-round, and teeming with exotic sea life, diving. Cano Island is located 12 miles offshore from Drake’s Bay and Aguila de Osa. Due to the remote location it is difficult to go to Cano Island just for one day of diving and you are better off to book Bill Beard’s Cano Island and Corcovado adventure package. You can go in one day from Manuel Antonio by boat, it is 4 hours and it requires reservations and a minimum number of divers way in advance.

 

 

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Drake Bay and Corcovado National Park can both be reached by domestic airlines, Sansa & Nature Air from San Jose. A boat trip with a duration of one hour and thirty minutes from the Sierpe River is another possible method of reaching these destinations if you fly into Palmar Sur.

 

 

Osa Peninsula, where you will find Costa Rica’s jewel of the National Park System , Corcovado National Park. Osa continues to provide adventure travelers with great photos of monkeys, tapirs, cats, dolphins, whales and exotic birds.

 

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Osa Peninsula is brimming with wildlife, called by National Geographic “one of the most biologically intense places on Earth.” On our variety of tours and excursions, the abundant treasure of tropical plants, mammals, insects, and over 350 species of birds in the region will continually reveal themselves to you, unfolding a new spectacle with every step you take. For hotels and lodges we use in this area: CLICK HERE

 

 

 

Current Dive Package For Isla Del Cano: LEARN MORE

CAÑO ISLAND DIVE SITES

El Bajo del Diablo: (The Devil’s Rock):

Humpback whale with calf in Costa RicaOur main attraction! Lie’s two kilometers from the island where there are big underwater pinnacles depth’s of 130’ reaching within 20’ of the surface with large rock formations, canyons and valleys. This location alone is worth diving 5 times without visiting the same spot. Manta’s with wing spans of 15 to 20 feet and the allusive Whale shark (not often) schools of hundreds of horse-eye Jacks, barracudas, Jack Crevalle, Cubera snappers over 75 lbs., white tip sharks, Mobula rays and the occasional bull shark or nurse shark. Tropical fish like puffer, King angel, damsels, boxfish, Moorish Idols and five species eels the list goes on and on. Just coming to Cano Island to dive only this site is worth it! Great, great dive!!

Cueva del Tiburon: (Shark Cave):

½ a kilometer from the Islands ranger station and depth of max. 60’ this site consist of lots of volcanic rock with pinnacles formations that in compass the area. One of the pinnacles has developed into cave is now home to a small school of white tip sharks. We can usually find 5 or 6 sleeping in the cave, we will not enter do to park regulations, but the cave is small and from the opening we can get a good look inside. While moving around the rock formations where very likely to see a lot of smaller tropical fish such as puffers, damsels, Moorish idols, boxfish, goatfish. There’s a good chance to catch a glance at turtles, mobula rays and Stingrays. The visibility can be anywhere between 15 to 75 feet and when there’s 30’ or more which is most of the time there can be a awesome color show from the sun reflecting off the different colors of hard coral. Good easy dive

El Arco: (The Arch):

Has similar marine life “Shark Cave” except that when you cross under this arch waiting on the other side schools of grunts are there to swim through. Also if you have a good eye you might encounter flounder or frogfish. There’s lobster to but don’t touch. Good easy dive.

El Barco: (The Shipwreck):

Manta Ray in Costa Rica's Isla del Cano South Pacific Costa RicaYou won’t see a shipwreck here 20 years ago a sailboat broke anchor washed up on the beach and eventually wash back to where the Barco dive site is today. After two years there it just disappeared but the name still remains. Here is the best spot to see the white tip sharks there’s always some here I’ve seen as many 15 around the rock formations. What is special here is it’s a cleaning station for the Southern Stingray with a wing span of up to six feet. Here another chance to see Olive Ridley or hawksbill Turtles and Mobula rays. This is another good easy dive but has a little current visibility ranges 15’ to 70’ with an average 35’to 45’.

The Coral Gardens:

A shallow dive 15 to 40 feet, there’s spectacular array of hard coral, brilliant in colors. Being close to the Barco when visibility is really good I tend to spend less time in Barco and drift over to the coral gardens getting longer bottom time. Here you’ll see Gobies, Blenny’s, Wrasss’s, Butterfly fish, Parrotfish, damselfish, Porcupine fish, Octopus and turtles at times. Visibility 15 to 80 feet depends on sea’s can be very impressive and an easy dive.

Paraiso: (Paradise):http://billbeardcostarica.com/category/tours/southwest-pacific-tours/

White tip sharks at Cano Island Costa RicaThe name speaks for itself! Traveling to the Caño Island Paraiso dive site lies 2 miles before reaching Caño Island. It’s a lava formation that stretch’s for about a mile or so and is between 60 to 110 deep 100 meters wide and on each side of the ledge falls off 40 to 70 feet deep. At one end of the ledge there’s a volcanic pinnacle that reaches within 55 feet to the surface. The pinnacle is the main part of the dive site “stuffed” with big schools of blue and gold snapper if you swim slowly you can enter these schools it’s quite an amazing feeling. Theirs also schools of barber fish, The big fish that you see are Amberjacks, Dog Tooth Snapper and Barracudas, schools of Horse-eye Jacks. Amberjacks like divers I believe there attracted to the bubbles your able to see them up close within 2 feet. The best place to see white tip sharks at times schools of over 20 and nurse sharks. Tropical fish include, Parrot fish, Triggers eels, puffers and occasionally Mobula Rays. This dive has current, thermals and depending on seas the visibility can be 15 feet but on good calm, clear days can reach to 100 feet.

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Marenco Rock:

The closest rock to the lodge. Black corals, snappers, grunts, lobsters and other species. The rock starts at 50 feet and bottom is 60 feet , visibility is 15 ft on good days can reach up to 50 ft . A lot of plankton inhabits the area with attracts large schools of fish.

20 Minutes:

It’s Called 20 Minutes because that’s how long it takes to get there. 40 ft max. depth Lobsters, whites tips and several types of tropical fish. Sea fan and other species of corals can be found here. Visibility 15ft to 50ft depending on seas and current.

Campanario:

Schooling fish on every dive site in Costa RicaLocated near Corcovado National Park, a set of pinnacles filled with schools of Horse-eye jacks, barracudas, grunts, snappers to 60lbs, at times school of Rooster fish come to meet the divers. There’s beautiful colored fan’s max. depth is 40ft. Again with current and sea swells this cannot be dived. Visibility when you can dive is 40ft.

We are continuously searching for new dive sites and if we find one on the way to a known site we stop and check it out as we might find something magical! Current Dive Package For Isla Del Cano: LEARN MORE

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Costa Rica Dive Sites South Pacific


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Bill Beard is the true pioneer of scuba diving in Costa Rica, started diving from dug out canoes in 1970. Bill Beard's Travel specializes in individual, group, honeymoon, family vacation packages, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, surfing and adventure tours. Our attention to detail defines us.


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