A haven for bird-watchers, nature lovers and adventurers, divers are drawn to 'the gulf of parrots' by the exciting diving and promise of big fish encounters.
The Gulf of Papagayo is classic Pacific coast diving. While conditions and visibility can be variable and sometimes challenging, the rich seas support a huge amount of life, with large schools of fish and numerous pelagics. Manta rays are the area’s biggest attraction, but divers can also expect to see schools of eagle rays, devil rays, cownose rays, turtles and even bull sharks.
The Bat and Catalina Islands have the area’s best diving and the highest chance of coming face to face with the area’s big marine life. As they also lie further offshore, visibility is usually significantly better than at local sites.
Volcanoes, hot springs, waterfalls, canopy tours, bird-watching, horse-riding and of course the excellent beaches will all appeal to the non-diver, making this a great adventure destination for divers and non-divers alike.
A great option for those looking to experience the exceptional marine life of the eastern Pacific on a reasonable budget, the area is best visited in the dry season from December through to May.
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