Scuba Diving at Catalina Islands


We offer scuba diving for certified divers, Experience dives for first-timers, snorkeling tours, and passenger-only options, all in the beautiful Catalina Islands on Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast.

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Tour Description

#1. Scuba Diving Tour (certified divers)

We provide 2-tank dive trips daily Monday-Saturday in two different dive spots. Proof of diver certification is required.

We dive mostly at the Catalina Islands, volcanic rock formations about a 40-minute boat ride from the shore.  We start at 7.30 a.m. at our dive shop in Flamingo for paperwork and equipment fittings, and we return to shore around 1 p.m.

The water temperature in Costa Rica’s north Pacific ranges between 16-30ºC/60-86ºF depending on the time of year. Visibility can change on a daily basis.

Our rocky underwater terrain is home to a huge variety of marine life, some seasonal. We often see whitetip reef sharks, giant manta rays, stingrays, eagle rays, jewel and green morays, nudibranchs, angel and butterfly fish, and schools of damsels, jacks, grunts and spadefish.

Our dive times are 40 minutes max at depths of up to 18m/60ft.

What to wear/bring: Please bring your scuba diving license, towels, cameras (plenty of dry space is available onboard), cash for tips or extra services, sunscreen and a hat.

#2. Discover Scuba Diving

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, then Discover Scuba Diving is for you!

While not a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the amazing underwater world. You’ll learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI professional. After practicing a few basic skills in shallow water to prepare for your adventure you’ll make two open water dives. We’ll take you on an underwater tour looking for sharks, rays, octopus and a huge variety of marine fish we have living in our waters. In the right season you can even sometimes hear humpback whales singing!

Get ready to go over the scuba equipment you use to dive and how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear. Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater. Learn the key skills that you’ll use during every scuba dive. Have fun swimming around and exploring.

Minimum age: 10

#3. Snorkeling Tour

On our snorkeling tour we take a short boat ride out to Catalina Islands or surrounding rock points and islets, for a total of four hours. We depart at 7:30 a.m. Come and explore the abundant marine life these Pacific waters have to offer.

What to bring/wear: Towels, cameras (plenty of dry space is available onboard), cash for tips or extra services, sunscreen and a hat.

#4. Passenger Only

Don’t want to dive or snorkel, but want to go with somebody who does? Passengers are also welcome on our dive boats.

What is Included?

  • Pool training and all diving equipment are included for Discover Scuba
  • Dive guides for groups of up to 4-5 divers 
  • Refreshments including water, iced tea, fruit and cookies, beer, sodas, wraps, chips

What is Excluded?

  • Gratuity
  • Lunch
  • Transportation

Know Before You Go

  • Allow a minimum 18 hours after diving before you fly!
  • Pickup times vary and for Experience Scuba are earlier than for other tours in order to complete pool sessions.
  • All tours are subject to a cancellation fee.
  • Not available on Sunday

Reviews (05)

Mike Snow
25 Mar 2019
Our January 12 to the 22 stay was our second trip to Villa la Sata. We didn’t think it could get any better but this was a very special time in this extremely special place. For all our experiences here in Guanacaste this Estate cannot be matched. The village of Flamingo provides varied opportunities for dining and entertainment. Whether at Angelina’s, Coco Loco or La Forketta the food was amazing. The in home chef Jean Luc was the BEST! The beauty of the white sand beach of Flamingo is unparalleled. The staff at Villa la Sata was extremely accommodating. There was no better way to escape the cold of Montana. We will return yet again, Michael Snow
Josh Wright
02 Apr 2018
It would be tougher to spend a week in Costa Rica in a nicer home than Villa La Sata. Not only is it centrally located to the “hopping” area of the Pacific Coast side of Costa Rica, it is positioned on the property and Bay perfectly. A view of over 180 degrees of the ocean is breathtaking. The home is beautiful, updated and unquestionably a once-in-a-lifetime vacation home. This will go down as the nicest home we have ever spent time in, on vacation.
T. Meehan
21 Mar 2018
We stayed at Villa La Sata, in Costa Rica for a few days in February. It is a very special place which is beautifully appointed with detail after detail. I can’t imagine a better location in the world to soak up the sun on its terraces, perched on a cliff overlooking a mile or so of wonderful beach. We had magnificent sunsets every night that were among the best I have ever seen. My wife was in heaven as she cannot miss a sunset.
Holden Ogg
23 Mar 2018
Staying at Villa La Sata was an amazing experience! The views were immaculate and the villa was very impressive… I loved waking up to the sound and site of the beach each morning. The fact that you can see the water as the front gate opens and from every room is why I would consider this the Gem of Flamingo. I’ve never experienced anything like the sunsets here as well. As a videographer and photographer it was more than just a paradise it was Heaven.

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