I'm going to Costa Rica from Dec.22-Jan.6. I've never been there before, but I hear amazing things. I'm an avid diver. I have over 2,500 dives, mostly in Thailand, Indonesia and the Maldives. I've also done a little diving in Cozumel and Belize. I desperately want to go to Cocos Island, but I just can't afford it. One of my dreams is to see huge schools of hammerhead sharks. Another is to dive with Whales and Dolphins. A couple of years ago I went to Lembeh Straits and saw some amazing critters, including the flamboyant cuttlefish, mimic octopus, blue ringed octopus, seahorses and a ton of frogfish, etc. I absolutely adore critters. But I also love the big stuff.
Since I can't make it to Cocos, where else in Costa Rica would even remotely compare? I've heard that Cano Island is supposed to be quite good. I've also read about the Catalina Islands and Bat Island. Of these places (or others in Costa Rica), where would be the best place to dive and see a mixture of large fish and small, bizarre critters?
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Maybe check out Playas del Cocos or Cano Island.. they both can be good for clear water/great diving and also for seeing seeing some of the big animals.
Playas is awesome! :)
bat islands and catalina islands are awesome, but dive shops do not go there past early Nov. due to rough Pacific seas at that time of year. I would then go to Cano.