Marine Life in Costa Rica

Costa Rica's underwater wonders range from coastal rock formations to offshore islands.

Sting RayThose varied dive spots contain diverse marine life that includes giant manta rays, timid sea turtles, colorful angel fish, intricate coral formations, psychedelic sea slugs, spiny puffer fish, delicate sea fans, curious dolphins and, on rare occasions, whales. It is also an excellent place to learn scuba diving where certification courses can be completed in less than a week.

Diving off the coast of Playas del Coco offers an experience rich in Harlekin-Shrimpsmarine life. Graceful eagle rays glide past like butterflies. Southern stingrays circle and swoop while energetic devil rays dart and hop.

Close up encounters with  reef sharks are very common and let every heart beat faster! And when you look out for the “big scare”, join us for a trip to the Bat Islands and visit the famous bull sharks.

Schooling-GruntsSpectacular manta rays seasonally visit the famous Catalina Islands. Turtles can be seen both gliding underwater and pausing at the surface. Various species of moray eels slip and slide between the rocky crevices.

Octopus display their colors while sea horses sway on their attachments. Whale sharks occasionally cruise by on nutrient rich currents and of course, there are numerous fish. Some in small groups and some in large encompassing schools. Manta-RaySome big, some small, some bright and some camouflaged like the fascinating Frogfish.

Also, to enhance the diving experience, we won’t miss an occasion to play around with dolphins and meet humpback whales and orcas from the boat during the surface interval or on one of our special Whale-Watching tours.

Enjoy the pictures of these wonderful creatures in our slideshow!