“Humans have always been obsessed with the ability to live forever. Cultures around the world have myths about achieving immortality.
Consider the immortal jellyfish Turritopsis. It can regress from the mature medusa phase to the polyp phase where they resorb their bells and tentacles, sink to the ocean floor, and start their life cycle anew.” The discovery of Turritopsis”, along with many other recent observations of longevity, suggests that science may help us find the fountain of youth. With a host of new biological techniques and the rigor of the scientific method, investigators at UC Berkeley and around the world are poised to take the human race closer to everlasting life than we’ve ever been before.
BUT, until that happens we will continue to dive the Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica as one of life’s great pleasures.
Costa Rica’s climate is tropical and water temperatures are suitable for diving year round. The dry season lasts from December through March, and the rainy season is April through November, with most rain falling during the afternoons. The Papagayo winds make for choppy sea conditions during the dry season, although it is usually calmer in the mornings. Underwater visibility is good in the Caribbean, but in the Pacific, visibility is best in a few specific areas such as Drake’s Bay and Gulf Of Papagayo.
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Where to Stay
Coastal resorts such as Playa del Coco or Playa Hermosa make a good base for your scuba vacation, with a variety of choices in accommodations as well as shops, bars and clubs. Some dive schools offer scuba-vacation packages, such as Bill Beard’s in Playa Hermosa, which is a five-star PADI dive resort that offers diving courses up to “Dive Master” level, as well as guided scuba excursions for divers of all abilities.
The Catalina Islands are off the Pacific coast. In the dry season, divers will encounter giant manta rays; while white-tip reef sharks, barracuda, eagle rays and devil rays can be spotted year-round. This is an advanced dive site, and the main diving areas are The Point and The Wall. The islands are accessible from resorts in the Gulf of Papagayo.
The Bat Islands are considered by some divers to be one of the country’s most outstanding dive venues. The islands are a protected marine area in Santa Rosa National Park, so you need special permits to dive. The rainy season is the best time for diving, when you can expect to see large congregations of schooling fish, manta rays and zebra eels. At the Big Scare, you can also swim with bull sharks. Islas Murcielagos is an advanced dive site, with strong currents and choppy surface conditions.
Isla del Caño
Isla del Caño in the Pacific Ocean is one of Costa Rica’s top dive spots, with great visibility and abundant marine life that is attracted by the deep, cold waters. Species include sea turtles, dolphins, manta rays, tuna, grouper, snapper, barracuda and sharks, as well as humpback and pilot whales. The island is a marine biological reserve, so diver numbers are strictly regulated.
You must be able to provide proof that you are a certified scuba diver to dive in open waters; otherwise, you must undertake training with a PADI-qualified instructor. A basic scuba course will take two days, and a full open water course comprises four days. Please contact Bill Beard’s and we will make all the arrangements.
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