Where to go

7 locations to discover…

Marine life

Costa Rica has a wealth of marine life to discover but here are the most popular animal species and marine life events. Let us know the ones you would particularly like to see…

Dive trips

The verdant nation of Costa Rica boasts big marine life, pristine jungles, and exciting volcanoes. Explore Cocos Island by liveaboard, enjoy the Gulf of Papagayo or explore more of the country’s treasures on a longer adventure.

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your needs.

Cocos Island Liveaboard

Cocos Island is one of the world's finest liveaboard destinations, and you can expect to see hammerhead, silky, silvertip, Galapagos and white-tip sharks on this exceptional trip, as well as eagle and manta rays.

  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Diving the Gulf of Papagayo

Enjoy a week’s diving on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, where you can encounter spectacular black coral, large schools of fish, manta rays and numerous other pelagics, all on a reasonable budget.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Costa Rica Volcanoes & Diving

Discover the diversity of Costa Rica on this two week trip - enjoy active volcanoes and picturesque cities before heading to the Gulf of Papagayo to dive with sharks, turtles and mantas on the Pacific coast.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Costa Rica Dive Experience

Experience world-class diving at Catalina Island and in the Gulf of Papagayo on this adventure as you explore Costa Rica's Pacific coast. A great option for those looking for big fish encounters on a smaller budget.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

When to go

Costa Rica is best visited from December to April, while sharks gather at Cocos from May to November.


  • Wet season

    May to Nov: Costa Rica’s wet season coincides with the best months to visit Cocos Island for shark encounters
  • Dry season

    Dec to Apr: Dry weather and calm seas make this a great time to explore mainland Costa Rica

Wildlife events

  • May to Sep: Best months for hammerhead sharks at Cocos Island
  • Jul to Sep: Turtle nesting season on the beaches of Tortugero National Park
  • Nov to Apr: Olive ridley & leatherback turtle encounters in Tamarindo
  • Nov to Apr: Best months for bull sharks at Cocos Island


3 related resorts. But there are more options we can offer, just ask us for more details.


5 related liveaboards. But there are more options we can offer, just ask us for more details.


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