ocotal resort
Costa Rica's North Pacific coast is the diving world's newest discovery. Few places in the world have waters with such varied and plentiful marine life. Couple this with the Ocotal's luxurious resort facilities, dive boats and professional dive masters, the country's natural beauty and is warm, friendly people, and you have the most exciting alternative to traditional dive destinations.

Diving can be great any month of the year. Visibility can vary from 20 to 80 ft. on the same day on different dives. This is primarily due to the abundance of plankton and other marine organisms at the lower end of the food chain that thrive in the warm 75 to 85 degree tropical waters. Although this abundance of food often restricts visibility, it is the principal reason for the profuse and varied pelagic marine population that are seen on every dive. It’s a trade off that divers welcomely accept.

Most dives are around pinnacle rock formations at 40 to 80 feet depths and there is no telling what the diver will see. All most every dive, regardless where, clouds of small schooling fish meet the divers on descent. Usually these schools of thousand of fish allow divers to swim freely amongst them.

Some divers seize the opportunity to arrange for special diving safaris to the Bat or Catalina Island. These island chains, located 21 and 14 miles from Ocotal, present uniquely challenging Pacific Ocean diving. Dive spots in these areas offer good chances to see large Bull Sharks, Manta Rays, Eagle Rays and large schools of four or five different species of fish simultaneously.

Another rather unique aspect of the Ocotal operation is how they spoil their divers. Divers never have to carry equipment and the competent staff even takes care of the fresh water rising of dive equipment at days end.

The dive shop carries equipment for 40 divers and has two top of the line 13.1 CFM Mako Compressors. There are 3 dedicated dive boats and two additional boats. They are set up with diver comfort in mind offering side mounted tanks racks, swim platform, dive ledder, fresh water shower, head and large shaded areas. Although the dive facility might receive groups up to 80 divers in size, there are never more than 10 divers per boat and generally only 5 to 8. Two dive masters lead all dives, regardless of the number of divers in the water.

The pleasant and friendly Costa Rican people, excellent hotel accommodations, idyllic round warm temperature, adventure land tours and truly exciting diving, makes this a haven for scuba divers and non-divers alike. Definitely it is one of the world's finest new dive destinations.

The Dive Shop is located on the beach and only steps away from guests accommodation. Is fully equipped to meet all the divers need: 125 new aluminum tanks 3/32 ft. diesel powered dive boats, 40 complete U.S. divers setups, computers, wet suits, regulators, B.C'S. 
2 MAKO 13.1 CFM compressors, etc
Daily two tank boat dives depart at 8:30 a.m. Afternoon and night dives on request.
Padi referrals, Open Water and Advanced courses.
Overnight storage for all guests dive equipment.
Bat and Catalina Island trips on request.

Dive Package Rates


All dive packages include: local dives (2-1 tanks each dive) boat for diving, dive master, beverages and snacks on board, weights, unlimited beach dives, standard room, breakfast and taxes. RATES ARE PER PERSON, rental equipment NOT INCLUDED.


Until Dec 14 / 2011
Dec 15 - Jan 2 &
Apr 1 - 8 / 2012
Jan 3 - Apr 30 / 2012
6 DAYS / 5
(2 days local diving)

Dive Packages DO NOT include: equipment rental ($26 per person/ day).

Other Diving Services

Boat dives 2 tanks, weights, guide & boat included $80
Night dive 1 tank, weights, guide & boat included $65
Add on for long range dives  
Catalina Islands (minimum 4 divers) $125
Bat Islands (minimum 4 divers) $150
P.A.D.I. Open Water Certification per person*    
1 student (4 days) $562 per student

* Includes full rental gear

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