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.