The Best Diving in Costa Rica

Bat Islands

If you are looking for a more adventurous diving trip, then you must try the famous Bull Shark dive at Bat Islands or as they are locally known, Islas Murcialego. The site is called The Big Scare and home to Bull Sharks and giant Pacific Manta Rays. Bat Islands is a seasonal dive trip operating from May through to October.

This site is also home to many species that are found all over Costa Rica but the reason divers are heading to The Bats is to see the Bull Sharks. During the summer months the water at the islands can be blue, clean and warm. The site is around 30m/90ft deep and the conditions call for moderately experienced divers. For this reason we require our divers to have recent diving experience and feel very confident in the water.

Bat Island charters typically run from May to Oct during the fair weather season. This is a natural shark dive and there is no feeding or chumming involved.

4 divers are required are required to launch this dive trip. Nitrox is available at an additional cost.

Bat Islands are only suitable for certified divers and passengers. We do not accommodate snorkelers on this tour.

Meet time is 6:30am and Bat Islands dives depart from Playa del Coco. After 2 dives, the boat returns by 1:30pm.

If you need assistance to reach Playa del Coco from your accommodation, we can arrange a private or shared return transfer. Just tell us where you are staying.

  • 2 Dives at Bat Islands $230

    Min 4 Divers Required
    Transfers to Coco arranged at additional cost

    • Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas)
    • Other species also seen in Las Catalinas such as White tip reef sharks, Giant Manta rays, Eagle rays, Cow nose rays and Devil rays.
  • Bat Islands charters run for a minimum number of 4 divers. You may need to be flexible with your availability with Bat Islands. It is important that you let us know if and when you would like to dive at Bats as soon as possible so we can line up the charter with other interested divers.

    Bat Islands charters depart at approx 7am from Playa Coco. The travel time is approx 1 hour. Depending on 2 or 3 dives, we return to Coco at approx 2:30pm.

    The maximum dive depths are 90ft/30m and our group sizes are usually 1 PADI Professionals to 4 diving guests. Max 10 diving guests.

    On board we serve soft drinks, chilled water, fresh fruits, sandwiches, soft drinks and local beers. Please feel to bring along your own snacks and drinks if you feel you will need something additional to what is provided. You should also think about bringing sunscreen and a towel.

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About us

Scuba Dive Costa Rica is a multilingual Diving Agency located at the heart of Costa Rica's diving region in NW Pacific, serving Tamarindo, Flamingo, Reserva Conchal, Brasilito, Potrero and Las Catalinas Resort. We offer incredible diving opportunities at Las Catalinas for certified divers and first time divers through our Discover Scuba Diving Program. Snorkellers & Passengers are welcome too. Further north we have the famous Bull Shark Dive at Bat Islands which is available from May to October

Contact info

  • Playa Potrero / Flamingo
  • +506 8602 6581
  • Costa Rica Sailing Center
    Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Tamarindo
  • +506 8602 6581