Scuba dive with Rich Coast Diving in the Catalina Islands. This is a two-tank dive that is suited for intermediate certified divers.
Diving the Bat Islands (Murciélago)
The Bat Islands are considered a world-class dive area. Diving here is reserved for advanced divers. Before you can dive here, you must be able to swim in strong currents, rough surface conditions, and make quick descents. If you are advanced certified, it is truly a dive that can’t be missed. Murciélago is the premier scuba destination in Costa Rica. It’s located in the Santa Rosa National Park, which is a protected area, and divers are asked to pay a $15 park fee.
Murciélago diving is, of course, for certified divers only. Given the diving conditions, we require you to be PADI Advanced Diver (or equivalent). We might take you on a local dive in the days leading up to the Bat Islands tour to make sure we can guarantee you a safe dive based on your current level.
What can we see?
You can anticipate face-to-face encounters with massive bull sharks, which we find most often at a dive site called Big Scare. This dive is a free descent without a line, and the maximum depth is 30 meters/100 feet. This is one of the few spots on the planet where you can encounter this magnificent shark. Another common marine species is the giant manta ray, which we seem to encounter more and more in the last couple of years. The second dive site is Black Rock, a diver’s heaven because of its big schools of fish, spotted eagle rays, and many other types of rays.
Our stable boat takes you across the Papagayo Gulf. Please note we always have to check the winds before we go as these trips can be rough. The best time of the year is from May until November. It takes us about one hour to get from Playas del Coco to the Bat Islands (Islas Murciélago). Our boats have an area in the shade, shore communication systems, oxygen, and a first aid kit. And of course, we have refreshments and fresh fruits on board. If you take a three-tank dive, we also serve you a light lunch on board.
Brenda, one of the course directors at Rich Coast Diving, is the author of the PADI AWARE Bull Shark Speciality. So what team is better informed and trained than ours to get you out there, up close and personal with these beautiful animals?