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Scuba Diving & Volcanoes of Costa Rica - 08 days #CRD   ...for divers!
  Nature lovers and scuba divers, this tour is for your !

Map of the tour CRD-8 days
The Gulf of Papagayo is widely recognized as the première diving destination in Costa Rica. With its sun swept beaches, rocky offshore islands and over 40 dive sites to choose from, his area offers a variety of diving adventures for all levels of scuba divers. Diving on volcanic pinnacles offers white-tipped reef sharks, bull sharks, giant Manta Rays, eagle rays, diamond stingrays, octopus, and huge schools of tropical fish.

This 8 days tour will also bring you to the most active volcanoes in the country for superb hikes - on and around them - to observe an abundant and often typical flora and fauna accompanied by one of the top naturalist tour guides in Costa Rica.

Type: Ecotourism
Group:  6 to 12
Duration: 8 days

Detailed Itinerary

Scuba diving in Costa Rica

Eagle Ray

Scuba Diving in Costa Rica

Shark Fish

Murcielago Bat Islands Costa Rica

Fishe school Costa Rica

Manta Ray

Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Costa Rica

Wildlife of Costa Rica

Birding in Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano
Day 1. Liberia > Playa Del Coco > Night dive
After breakfast we will pick you up at your hotel in Liberia (or at the airport if you land today before noon) and transfer you to Playa Del Coco. Installation in your hotel, beach, pool and relaxation. Night dive (one tank) in one of the 9 local sites listed below.

Day 2. Morning dive and night dive
After an early breakfast we will pick you up at the hotel around 7h45 for a morning dive (two tanks) in one of the 9 local sites listed below. Return to the hotel around 13h00, lunch and relaxation. Night dive (one tank) in one of the 9 local sites listed below.

Day 3. Catalina Islands dive
Dive sites: Northwest Drift (40 - 70ft) (12 - 21m)
and /or
The Point (40 - 110ft) (12 - 33m)
Early breakfast, hotel pickup around 7h45, boat transfer (45min.) to Isla Catalina for a long and comprehensive three tank dive off the beautiful islands. Scuba diving off Catalina Islands can include Morays, Garibaldis and diverse cold water reefs. Most of the marine life are comfortable with divers due to years of hand feeding but beware, fingers can be mistaken for food! An exhilarating shark channel will provide you with a glimpse of the white-tipped reef sharks that call this area home. Once through the channel, we drift northwesterly past octocoralled pinnacles to fly with the giant mantas, eagle rays, and schools of cow-nosed rays.
The expected return time from this dive is 15h30.

Day 4. Murcielago (Bat) Islands dive*
Dive site: Bajo Negro (0 - 110ft) (0 - 33m)
Early breakfast, hotel pickup around 7h00, boat transfer (1.5hr) to the bat islands for a long three tank dive. Located in the Santa Elena Peninsula, this point offers the largest variety of species and a major attraction are the Bull Sharks. We will explore a beautifully landscaped pinnacle covered with corals and sponges. As we encircle the pinnacle from bottom to top, we encounter sharks in the depths while swimming with the large schools of tropical fish and rays as we wind our way towards the surface. The expected return time from this dive is 17h00.
* If the conditions are not adequate, we may change today's dive plan and go for a second long dive to Catalina Islands (to different sites than the ones previously visited).

Scuba diving sites
Scuba Diving Sites in Costa Rica
Local sites:
1. Virador
2. Monkey's Head
3. Meros
4. Narizones
5. Sopresa
6. Punta Argentina
7. Tortuga
8. Punta Gorda
9. Tiburones
Isla Catalina:
10. The Point
11. Northwest Drift

Mucialagos (Bat) Island:
12. Bajo Negro
13. Big Scare

Day 5. Rincon de la Vieja Volcano
Early morning filling breakfast, transfer to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, a magnificent natural environment; one of the best birding spots in Costa Rica. Guided exploration of the national park. Transfer to our charming and very comfortable ranch-inn around 13h00. Buffet lunch and relaxation. Optional trips are offered in the afternoon, among which horseback rides to the region's waterfalls and wildlife watching walks with your guide.
Among the many birds that can be observed here we find the Gray Hawk and the Broad-winged Hawk, the White-throated Magpie Jay, the Squirrel Cuckoo, the Blue-Crowned Motmot, the Emerald Toucanet and the Blue Crowned Euphonia.

Day 6. Rincon de la Vieja >
Arenal Volcano
Early departure towards the active Arenal Volcano driving around the scenic Arenal Lake and making some stops on the way in the small typical villages. Lunch in a charming Italian run restaurant yielding beautiful views of the lake. Overnight in a charming and very comfortable inn located at the foot of the volcano at safe distance. Relax by the inn's pool or at the bar and witness the smoking giant standing tall in front of you and glowing at night. Evening meal is served at the inn but an optional visit to the Tabaccon hotspings can be arranged in the evening

Day 7. Arenal Volcano > Poas Volcano > San Jose
Early morning wildlife observation walk on the volcano slopes. After breakfast we will be heading off towards the Poas Volcano National Park. Exploration of the volcano's area covered with a cloud forest, habitat of an important passerine avifauna. Lunch on the way to San Jose in an excellent family run restaurant on the volcano slopes . Brief stop in a coffee plantation to learn more on the process of coffee farming and, maybe purchase some Costa Rican coffee before our return home. Transfer to San Jose and Installation in a charming inn well located near La Sabana Park. Our last dinner together will be served in one of the best restaurants in the country.

Day 8. San Jose exploration... Transfers...
Guided exploration of San Jose for those who have some time available today. Those flying early will not have time to explore the city. Any traveler flying today will be transferred to the airport 3hrs before his departure time. If you are staying in San Jose, we will transfer you to any location within the capital area. If you decide to continue to Tortuguero, you will be met very early at the hotel reception to be transferred to Matina from where you will embark on a river cruise towards the Tortuguero National Park. End of the CRD adventure.

The day preceding this tour's departure...
1.  If you arrive on Intl air in San Jose (or if you are already in San Jose), we can pick you up at your hotel or at any convenient location (for you) in the capital area (such as the international airport) and transfer you to the domestic airport from where you will take a national flight towards Liberia where you will stay overnight.
This package includes: (a) land transfer to the domestic airport, (b) local flight from San Jose to Liberia, (c) land transfer from Liberia airport to hotel, (d) overnight in a charming 3* hotel in Liberia.
USD Prices: in double room: 165$ / pers.  in single: 190$ / pers.

2.  If you arrive on Intl air in Liberia, please arrive at least on the day preceding day #1. We can offer you a transfer from the airport and the overnight stay in a good hotel at a discounted price.
Contact us to learn more...
Facts for divers in the Papagayo Gulf:

Water Temperature:
Generally a comfortable 78º - 84ºF (26º- 29ºC). During the winter months of Dec-Mar, we do get some cooler currents that flow through (as cool as 61ºF, 16ºC) bringing the large pelagics such as humpback whales, pilot whales, giant manta rays, whale sharks, and more.

Visibility: It changes daily but a good average is about 35 ft (11 m). No matter what the visibility, the dive sites are packed with marine life. The best months for great visibility are June through September.

Bottom Composition: Nearly all the diving done in this area is on volcanic rock formations and pinnacles where you will find a wide variety of marine life.

Marine Life: Every dive here is an amazing diving adventure. The rich waters of Costa Rica are teeming with eagle rays, manta rays, turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, bull sharks, enormous schools of grunts and jacks, and a wide variety of tropical fish, moray eels, and invertebrates. With all of the big stuff there is also a myriad of little stuff to see - Christmas tree worms, fan worms, nudibranchs, tunicates...

Coral Life: The volcanic rock formations are host to a handsome assortment of small hard corals, sponges and gorgonians. White soft corals and yellow cupcake coral carpet many of the pinnacles. Black corals still thrive at several of the dive sites.

Dive Site Depths: We have more than 25 local dive sites from which to choose as well as 9 sites at the Catalina Islands and 9 at the Murcielagos (Bat) Islands. Maximum depths vary from site to site ranging from 40ft (12m) to 110 ft (34m). We use computers to maximize your bottom time.

Diving tours and beach stays
In addition to this tour, we offer you 2 to 7 days
Seaside resort stays and Scuba diving tours
including transports and lodging.
Contact us to learn more.

Tortuguero eco-lodge stays and tours
Tortuguero tour*
You can add to this adventure a 3 day Tortuguero Tour
For an 11 day total tour.
*The cost of this addition is 360 $US/ pers. in double occ.

Scuba diver and a frogfishHighlights:
  • World class diving, abundant wildlife;
  • Three star level accommodations in small charming Inns & eco-lodges;
  • Airport to airport service;
  • Excellent guides, great food;
  • All inclusive from Liberia to San José
    (San José to San José is 80$US extra);
  • Comprehensive and up to date pre-departure information;
  • Guaranteed departures throughout the year;
  • Optional diving extensions BEFORE the regular tour.
  • Charming and comfortable lodging, very clean and welcoming places, private bathrooms;
  • Comprehensive and up to date pre-departure documentation.
  • Toll free top quality clientele service.

  • One dive master for 4 divers on every dive.
  • All the dives including: transports by boat, captain, air tanks, equipment and weights, snacks and beverages.
  • A naturalist tour guide throughout the land portion of the journey (days #5 to #8);
  • Lodgings in charming and very comfortable hotels, eco-lodges and inns;
  • All the transports and transfers in a modern and private minibus;
  • All the breakfasts + one complete meal per day served in hotels, inns & restaurants;
  • A detailed and very complete Traveler's File;
  • Toll free & responsive clientele service.
  • International flights; get a quote
  • Personal insurance; get a quote
  • One meal per day.
  • Tips, drinks and personal expenses.