Scuba Diving Tamarindo Costa Rica

The Catalina Islands, only 25 minutes away from Tamarindo, are a true diving paradise. It is very common to see a great variety of many species in different sizes and colors, like sharks, manta rays and more.


Scuba divers from all over the world come to Costa Rica to scuba 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. The visibility is usually good throughout all the seasons of the year and normally ranges anywhere from 6 to 23 meters, or 18 to 75 feet. We highly recommend to bring your underwater camera with you on your trip.

Tamarindo Scuba Diving – Catalina Islands

You can scuba dive the Catalina Islands all year round. Tip: The best chance to see the highest number of rays is between January to March. From September to March is the best time to potentially encounter tiger sharks, killer whales, humpback whales, whale sharks, pilot whales, and spinner dolphins.

About Tamarindo and Scuba Diving Guanacaste

Tamarindo is located on the Nicoya Peninsula on the Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the province of Guanacaste, only a 45 minutes trip from the international airport of Liberia. From the capital San Jose to Tamarindo, the average time is 4 to 5 hours depending on traffic (with car). You also can fly with Sansa or NatureAir. The average time is 1 hour.

Tip: A great place to dive in Guanacaste is the gulf of Papagayo, with over 40 dive sites. Ask for our special offers!