Peninsula Papgayo Diving Holidays: An Overview

The finest diving and the finest resort on Central America's Pacific coast, with the exception of Cocos Island (which we can also arrange), a few hundred miles offshore and only reachable by liveaboard.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo is the highest quality hotel in Costa Rica.
  • Diving offshore around the Bat and Catalina Islands you can find all manner of big stuff from 15ft bull sharks to amazing schools of cow rays.
  • A haven for bird-watchers, nature lovers and adventurers, divers are drawn by the exciting diving and promise of big fish encounters.

Our Guide to Diving in Peninsula Papagayo

If you're bent on seeing coral, then the Papagayo diving is not for you; the same goes for the Galapagos and much of this eastern part of the Pacific. If, on the other hand, you're after some amazing marine life, you won't be disappointed - Papagayo is a bit like a junior Galapagos. This is the finest diving on Central America's Pacific coast, with the exception of Cocos Island.

The sites close to land host some fantastic marine life from interesting small stuff such as harlequin crown shrimp and seahorses to morays, turtles and vast schools of grunts. Further afield, you are virtually guaranteed a close encounter with a bull shark at the famous Bat Islands. The water may not be perfectly clear and the underwater landscape could be more striking but the marine life is exceptional.


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Diving with enormous bull sharks around the Bat Islands is an amazing experience. If you like sharks that is. Luckily I do.

Neill, Original Diver

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  • Average Temp. — 22°C / 71°F
  • Rainfall — 1cm / 0.4 inches
Flight from London

10:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs


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