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Plonger au Costa Rica Populaire

Région de plongée : Costa Rica & ile Caño - Voir la carte Plonger au Costa Rica

Meilleure saison pour plonger : Mai  •  Juin  •  Juillet  •  Aout  •  Septembre  •  Octobre  •  Novembre
Nombre de jours recommendés sur place : 5 à 7 jours
Nombre de sites de plongée : Plus de 20 Sites
Température de l'eau et combinaison adéquate : 21-25C : Combinaison fine
Visibilité en moyenne : 16 - 20 mètres
Profondeur moyenne des plongées : 15 Mètres
Type de courant : Courants de force moyenne
Mois de présence des courants : N/A
Conditions générales de surface : Conditions moyennes
Types d'épave : Ancien bateau en bois  •  Navires récents  •  Epaves artificielles
Note générale
Note client
Expérience vécue
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Type de vie marine : Anémone  •  Barracuda  •  Coraux  •  Ecrevisse  •  Seiche  •  Dauphins  •  Mérou  •  Carangues  •  Homard  •  Murènes  •  Nudibranches (invertébrés)  •  Pieuvres/poulpes  •  Plantes  •  Raies  •  Poissons de récif  •  Oursins  •  Requins gris  •  Requins marteau  •  Requins de récif  •  Shark - Whale shark  •  Crevettes  •  Corail mou  •  Eponges  •  Calmar  •  Etoiles de mer  •  Tortues  •  Baleines  •  Vers
Présence de grottes ou cavernes sous-marines : Non


Suit: A 3mm full wetsuit or 3mm shortie
Type of diving: Rocky pinnacles, canyons, walls and caves

Costa Rica's Pacific Coast offers an equally enjoyable, and far less expensive alternative for those interested in Pacific coast diving. The volcanic rock formations and rock pinnacles provide an ideal refuge for the marine life which inhabits these local waters.

Over 25 local dive sites, most within a 10-40 minute boat ride, are scattered along the Pacific coastline. Year round, these dive spots are frequently visited by white-tip reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, turtles, gigantic stingrays, sea horses, starfish and many species of eels. Occasionally, whale sharks, spinner dolphins, humpback whales and Orcas have been sighted.

CAÑO Island is often rated by people as among the best in the world and is one of the world's newest hot spots for adventure diving. Located off the Southwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica, this virgin area offers a variety of unique diving attractions, from 15 - 16' reefs to 80' "walls". The rock formations are volcanic origins; sea fans, cup coral, head corals are the most common. Because of its status as a Biological Reserve the diving in Caño Island is regulated. Only 10 divers maximum and 5 dive sites are open to the public. By law, it is totally prohibited to remove any marine objects dead or alive (shells, corals, etc.).
Although the currents and visibility are difficult to predict, the latter is usually outstanding and rarely gets below 50'. The bad joke here is about sharks. Lots of them (white-tips) ranging in size from 6-10' as well as sea turtles, dolphins, stingrays, morays, and huge snapper and grouper.

Dive Site in Cano Island
*Bajo Del Diablo:
Depth: 20 to 80 feet
Skill Level: Intermediate
The area's main attraction, this site consists of volcanic mounds and canyons and is often patrolled by white-tip reef and bull sharks. Manta rays with 15-20' wing spans visit the site during the summer months (February to June). Schools (in the hundreds) of horseye jacks, barracudas, cubera & dog tooth snappers (40+ lbs.) are most likely seen, as well as tropicals like puffers, king angel fish, damsels, etc.

Depth: 65 to 70 feet
Skill Level: Intermediate
The name speaks for itself! The main part of this site is usually "stuffed" with big schools of blue striped snappers. Drop in on hundreds of circling barracuda eyeing schools of horse-eye jacks. Four-foot amberjacks stare boldly into your mask. Five rocky mounds are separated by sandy crops of garden eels. Parrot fish, triggers, eels, puffers, and occasionally sting rays, mobile rays and barracudas are regular residents.

*Cueva del Tiburon:
Depth: 50 feet
Skill Level: Intermediate
Located in front of the ranger station, "Shark Cave" - seven feet high, 40 feet long - houses white-tip sharks, but expect diamond stingrays and boxfish as well. Watch for pilot whales and sailfish during the safety stop. Puffers, damsels, Moorish idols, box fish, goat fish and other tropical are most likely to be seen.

*Marenco Rock:
Depth: 50-60 feet
Skill level: Intermediate
Closest site to the mainland. Black corals, snappers, grunts, occasional big jelly fish (non-stinging) float by.

Depth: 40 feet
Skill level: Beginner-Intermediate
Close to Corcovado National Park, this site is a set of pinnacles filled with schools of fish. Rocks are sedimentary which houses lobsters regularly. Horseye jacks, barracudas, grunts, snappers, and rooster fish greet divers.


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