Central Pacific Diving Forecast and Report September/October 2015

Scuba diving in Costa Rica, that’s at Isla del Coco right or in the North? Actually, it’s all the way down the Pacific coast and in our little corner of the country, the central Pacific coast. Around Quepos and Jaco we have some great diving. The exciting thing about scuba diving in this part of the world is that so much of it is still unexplored. There are two mains areas. The first being around the Manuel Antonio National park where we have about 16 dive sites. And then there is Caño Island which is an offshore site that has beautiful diving throughout the year. One of the beautiful things about diving the Pacific is that the reefs are volcanic rock reefs with many small corals around. This can be a dramatic backdrop to the diving where you can see a variety of different marine life. The water this past month has been exceptionally warm, around 88F. Due to the temperature the white tip reef sharks and octopus have come out, but it did send some of our regular reef fish visitors, down a bit deeper. We are currently in rainy season right now which can drop our visibility down to an average of 15 – 30ft on local dives. Out at Caño Island the visibility is going to be about 30 – 60ft. The rains tend to only appear in the afternoons and evenings which leave us with sunny mornings to dive. These rains will continue throughout October and start to let off in November. November is normally when we kick off our open water classes and professional Divemaster programs. So why not come join us in Manuel Antonio to explore our beautiful reefs and diverse marine life. We can help arrange any of your scuba diving needs at Oceans Unlimited.

Georgia King

Oceans Unlimited

PADI 5* IDC and Technical Dive Center