The Best Diving in Costa Rica

Las Catalinas

Las Catalinas Islands are home to some of the best coastal diving in Costa Rica with a fantastic variety of marine life. With more than 12 great dive sites, if you are planning to dive during your visit to Costa Rica, Las Catalinas has to be on your list of places to dive. The Islands are famous for the Giant Pacific Manta Ray sightings which are typically seen over the winter months of December to May.

The Islands are also home to White Tip Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Devil Rays, Cow Nose Rays, Turtles, Dolphins, Moray Eels, Puffer Fish, giant schools of Jacks and Grunts. Over the months of August and September the Humpback Whales come inshore of the Islands to give birth and can be seen frequently close to the dive boats and divers are treated to whalesong almost everyday during this season.

Las Catalinas dive sites are suitable for all levels of diver and snorkeler. We conduct Discover Scuba Diving, Snorkeling and all our PADI training courses here.

  • 2 Dives Las Catalinas $100
    Equipment Rental $15
    Dive Computer Rental $10
    Discover Scuba | 1 Pool & 2 Ocean Dives $150
    Snorkeling Inc Equipment $65
    Nitrox Cylinder 30% O2 $20
    Private Boat - Max Capacity 9 Divers $800
    Go Pro Camera Rental $30
    We Photo your Experience $50
    • Giant Pacific Manta Ray (Manta birostris)
    • White Tip Reef Sharks (Triaenodon obesus)
    • Spotted Eagle Rays (Aetobatus narinari)
    • Devil Rays (Mobula thurstoni)
    • Cow Nose Rays (Rhinoptera bonasus)
    • Pufferfish (Tetraodontidae)
  • We dive Las Catalinas Islands 6 days a week and they offer some of the best coastal diving in Costa Rica.

    Las Catalinas Islands are home to a fantastic variety of marine life. Giant Manta Rays, White Tip Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Devil Rays, Turtles, Dolphins, Moray Eels, Puffer Fish, giant clusters of schooling Jacks, Grunts and if you are really lucky in the summer and fall months, Humpback Whales.

    We are a boutique dive operator, catering for only 8 divers per trip on our boat. We want you to have a more personal experience and we can be more attentive to your needs with fewer divers on board. Our group sizes are kept at 4/5 divers to 1 PADI Professional. The maximum dive depths are 60ft/20m at most sites with 1 or 2 sites getting close to 100ft.

    For Certified Divers/Students we meet at 7:30 and for Discover Scuba Divers slightly earlier at 6:45. The meeting point is at our Center in Potrero inside the Costa Rica Sailing Center. Our location also features an onsite Pool, Full Bar and a Restaurant at your disposal after the dives including restrooms, a shower and changing facilities.

    Our dive boat leaves directly from our beachfront at our center as soon after 8am as possible. Travel time to the dive sites is around 15 to 20 mins on our fast dive boat. We complete 2 dives at 2 different dive sites with approximately 45 mins surface interval. After the 2 dives we return to the center at approximately 12:30.

    We also launch a PM dive boat during busier times of the year to give you greater availability.

    On board we serve chilled water, fruits & cookies. Please feel to bring along your own snacks and drinks/water bottles if you feel you will need something additional to what is provided. You should also think about bringing sunscreen and a towel. You can help us protect our environment by bringing your own drinking container too. This will help reduces the plastic that we use.

    As with most boats, space and dry areas are limited so please only plan to bring on board what you will need.

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About us

Scuba Dive Costa Rica is a PADI Dive Centre located in Potrero with an additional sales point in Tamarindo. We are at the heart of Costa Rica's diving region. We service the Tamarindo, Langosta, Grande, Conchal, Brasilito, Potrero, Flamingo and Las Catalinas areas.

Contact info

  • Playa Potrero / Flamingo
  • +506 8602 6581
  • Costa Rica Sailing Center
    Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Tamarindo
  • +506 8602 6581
  • Plaza Conchal # B8
    Guanacaste, Costa Rica