Scuba News ,Catalina islands Costa Rica
Scuba divers from all over the world come to Costa Rica to scuba dive the Catalina Islands. The Catalina Islands aka “the Cats” are, without a doubt, one of the most sought-after scuba dive locations in Costa Rica.
Considered a scuba diver’s paradise, the 20 islands that make up the Catalina Islands of Costa Rica are surrounded by pristine water that is often described as being a breathtaking indigo color. The islands, as well as the waters that surround them, are home to an abundant array of marine animals, birds, and land animals. A trip to these islands, therefore, is unforgettable.
Once you understand the myriad marine species that call these waters home, you will understand exactly why divers from around the planet make it a point to put the Catalina Islands on their list of must-see dive sites. Read on and learn more about why scuba diving the Catalina Islands in Costa Rica is a mind blowing experience.
When to Dive the Catalina Islands
You can scuba dive the Catalina Islands all year long, thanks to the tropical climate on land and the warm water temperatures throughout every season of the year. In fact, the water temperature ranges from 24 to 29 degrees Celsius, or around 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Visibility is also usually good throughout all the seasons of the year. It typically ranges anywhere from 6 to 23 meters, or 18 to 75 feet, so you will certainly be able to see plenty of marine life clearly, and also grab a lot of photographs if you bring your underwater camera with you on your trip.
Just keep in mind that, on occasion, the currents may be strong. If you are planning to scuba dive the Catalina Islands you should at least be advanced certified.
Scuba diving the Catalina Islands is famous for its Manta Ray encounters.
Although you can scuba dive the Catalina Islands all year round, if you really want to increase your chances of being in the water with the highest number of rays, visit between the months of January and March.
Visibility is best between the months of September and March. This is also the best time of year to potentially encounter whale sharks, tiger sharks, killer whales, humpback whales, pilot whales, and spinner dolphins.