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Costa Rica Scuba Diving


Scuba diving off Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste, is truly superb.  The water conditions are excellent most of the year and, with plenty of unique dive sites close to the resort coupled with miles of remote coastline and offshore islands, the last thing you will worry about is an overcrowded dive site. 

Experience the ultimate diving adventure at the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, which is the closest dive resort to the Isla's Catalina’s (Catalina Islands), one of the most fascinating dive sites along the Northern Pacific Coast. 

The scuba diving here is amazing with an abundance of marine life to enjoy.  In addition to schools of vibrant, tropical fish, you can see giant manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles and eels.  Angelfish, parrot fish, puffers, Harlequin shrimp, spotted eagle rays, devil rays, barracuda and hogfish are also among the many marine dwellers commonly sighted here.  Perhaps the most exciting creatures are the sharks, including white tips, bulls and whale sharks.  The best visibility is often reported during the green season (May – November), averaging from 35ft to 100ft/10m to 30m.  Temperatures at depth vary throughout the year with highs of +30C and lows of 20C. 




  • Our on-site dive center is operated by the professional, experienced, bi-lingual tour staff of Aqua Center Diving.
  • All instructors, dive masters and guides are PADI certified.
  • We have scuba programs for all levels: Discovery Scuba Dive Resort Course for those who have never gone diving before, Learn-to-Dive courses for beginners and advanced education for experienced certified divers. 
  • There are dive trips every morning to the Catalina Islands, Costa Rica’s most exciting dive area, as well as the equally beautiful nearby islands. 
  • During the afternoon dives, we can accommodate snorkeling guests along with the divers in shallower sites so everyone in your group can enjoy themselves. 

Explore The Crystalline Waters Of Our Costa Rica Dive Resort And The Catalinas Islands

We invite you to enjoy our world of underwater adventure.  Just offshore from Flamingo Beach, the previously mentioned Catalina Islands are considered among the most attractive dive sites in Costa Rica.  It is an area where divers often find themselves surrounded by manta rays, stingrays and large schools of colorful fish.

The underwater formations of the islands provide a habitat for a spectacular variety of marine life from nudibranchs to sharks, with angelfish, jacks, snappers, grunts, octopus and eels in between.

There are several dive sites with depths ranging from 40ft to more than 100ft and visibility depends on the level of plankton and nutrients present in the water.  Water temperature in Costa Rica is variable and around the Pacific North Coast it tends to be highest during May – October around 30 – 32C and lowest during December – March around 20C. 

Scuba Experiences And Courses For All Levels Of Diving


Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa is a PADI dive resort and through our partnership with Aqua Center Diving we offer introductory PADI scuba experiences (Resort Course) and PADI dive courses for all levels.  If you have completed a portion of a course already, our instructors can finish it with you here with our Referral Program. 

Located adjacent to the resort pool, our PADI dive center provides excellent customer service and the scuba instructors there can help you with all your questions and concerns. Our team invites you to have the dive vacation you deserve with beautiful, warm weather, incredible marine life and spectacular aquatic activities. 

For more information on individual or group scuba diving, please email our dive operator, Aqua Center Diving, at info@aquacenterdiving.com

 Discover Scuba Diving Resort course  

Have you always been curious about scuba diving?  Try it, you might just love it!  This Resort course for beginners consists of a brief introduction to scuba explained to you by a certified PADI instructor and one pool training session taught by the same instructor. 

Once the knowledge has been developed and underwater skills mastered, an afternoon dive outing follows with two dives in a calm open water environment (maximum depth 30-40ft) where you can see all sorts of amazing marine life; these dives are conducted and directly supervised by our dive instructors. 

This Resort course is simply a relaxed, introductory experience and not a certification course.  You are in the experienced hands of our professional dive operator, Aqua Center diving. 

The pool training session is mandatory for all students, even those who have already participated in any kind of introductory scuba program. 


  • Minimum age: 10 years
  • Participants over the age of 50 years should bring a doctor’s certificate stating that they are in good health and fit for scuba diving.
  • Parents of children age 10 - 21 years will be required to sign a waiver and medical form on behalf of their children. 
  • All answers regarding health issues on the PADI Medical Questionnaire must be answered “NO” or a doctor’s certificate may be required.  An appointment with a local doctor can be arranged at your own convenience and expense. 




Discover the beauty of our beaches, rock formations and spectacular sites.  It’s easy!  Just put on your snorkeling gear, relax and experience another world beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean.  It is an activity for all ages, and a great opportunity to learn, have fun identifying different fish species, and sometimes even experience some creature interaction.  Snorkeling is available from shore or boat and prices can be negotiable if you bring your own equipment. 

Ready To Book?

Booking your Costa Rica Scuba Diving Vacation is a tropical breeze! Simply book one of our hotel packages below and once completed, your reservation is sent to our dive center. A staff member will contact you within 48 hours to reserve your unique, customized scuba diving experience.  For more information or to book your scuba and snorkeling tour separately, please email our dive operator, Aqua Center Diving, at info@aquacenterdiving.com


Breakfast Plan – This package includes your room and a full American breakfast daily. All Inclusive Plan – This package includes your room, 3 meals daily, and unlimited house brand beverages and spirits.


All Inclusive Plan – This package includes your room, 3 meals daily, and unlimited house brand beverages and spirits.