Paradise Tortuga Island is located on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the Nicoya Peninsula, which is surrounded by an abundance of dive sites, most of which are accessible within a thirty minute boat ride. Our local dive sites offer white tip sharks, giant schools of grunt, yellowtails, spotted eagle rays, turtles, stingrays, angel fish, octopus, sea horses, starfish, frog fish and many species of eels. We have also seen whale sharks up to 35 feet long on numerous occasions, as well as, spinner dolphin, humpback whales, pilot whales, orcas, false killer whales and schools containing hundreds of Mobulas and thousands of cow-nosed rays.
Isla Tortuga and its surrenders are famous around the world because is the only area in Costa Rica and Central America with three sank boats, where we provided one of the best diving adventures in Costa Rica.
Average visibility ranges from 30 ft. to 50 ft. with possibilities of up to 80 ft. We dive volcanic rock formations and rock pinnacles.
There is an abundance of life among the rocks which can be seen on both day and night dives.
The dive itself offers you the chance to explore the micro life, along with very large puffer fish, nudibranchs, gigantic slumbering parrot fish, lobster, tube worms and sea horses.
Also offered are long-range dive trips to both the Tortuga Island and Curu Wild Life Refuge. Tortuga Island is the ONLY place in Costa Rica where you can dive all the year around. Schools of Manta rays with wing spans from 14 ft. to 20 ft. have been seen along with numerous white tip.
||Isla Tortuga Diving Club S.A. is the only Official School Diving
School in Costa Rica certificated by CMAS (World Confederation
of underwater activities)
Some additional information you might find useful. Water temperature from mid-May to mid-December is generally from 93°-94° at depth and a polartec or 3MM suit are usually sufficient. From mid-December to mid-April, water temperatures vary from day to day, with thermoclines causing temperatures to dip to 70° at depth so you will want to bring a full 3MM suit during this period. (We will provide it to you as well).
The outside temperature at the beaches is 85° to 90° year round. The rainy season runs from May to November, with these months providing some of our best diving. Since we are located in a protected area and do not have rivers draining into our water and visibility is not adversely affected by the rain. In fact, visibility is often enhanced as the rain settles the plankton and rich nutrients that are abundant in Costa Rica .
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