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A great value adventure to experience world-class diving at Catalina Island and in the Gulf of Papagayo on Costa Rica's Pacific coast.

This trip is a great option for those looking for big fish encounters on a smaller budget. Spend seven nights exploring the northern Pacific coast and visiting Costa Rica’s largest volcano.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to San Jose

    Arrive later the same and transfer to your accommodation, the Hotel Europa Centro or similar.

  2. Day 2: Irazú Volcano National Park & Coco Beach

    Visit Costa Rica’s largest volcano, from whose summit, on a clear day, you can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, before travelling the Pan American Highway, across the Guanacaste Pampa to Coco Beach.

  3. Day 3: Diving on Catalina Island

    A two-tank dive in this series of rocky outcrops, a few kilometres from the coast, where strong currents and surge offer advanced diving. These volcanic islands rise from a sandy bottom and are host to many species of marine life, including a variety of schooling tropical fish not found elsewhere.

    The best months to dive here are Dec-Apr when you can expect magnificent marine encounters with manta rays, whitetip and the occasional bull or tiger shark.

  4. Days 4-6 : Gulf of Papagayo

    Each day includes two morning dives in the Gulf of Papagayo, one on the last day. Located on the northwest pacific coast of Costa Rica, most of the Gulf of Papagayo’s 41 dive sites are accessible within a 30-minute boat ride. Abundant marine life is boosted by the occasional appearance of schools containing hundreds of mobula rays and thousands of cow-nosed rays.

  5. Day 7: San José

    Morning at leisure, before transferring back to San José
  6. Day 8: Depart

  7. Day 9: Arrive UK

You should note: Why not extend this trip to visit Cano Island and Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica’s remote southwest?

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 9 days from £2,045 pp
  • When to go: Nov-Apr: Daily throughout the year. November to April best for diving.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Daily breakfast
    • Transfers
    • 7 dives
    • Tanks and weights
    • National park entrance
Featured location:

Gulf of Papagayo

The Gulf of Papagayo is a large bay on the north Pacific coast; its striking panoramic views and sweeping beaches have made it one of Costa Rica’s top destinations. Its waters support a huge amount of marine life, with large schools of fish and numerous pelagics.

  • Ideal for viewing: devil ray, green turtle, olive ridley turtle, leatherback turtle, pacific cow-nose ray
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving, Manta ray