Whether you’re a soon-to-be first-time diver or a seasoned pro, you undoubtedly want to have the best diving experience possible. There are two locales known for having some of the best diving the world over: the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and the Pacific side of Costa Rica.
While both truly do offer some fabulous diving, if you can only choose one you’ll want to put some thought into which option is the best fit for you, your skill level, and what you hope to see andexperience while diving.
One important thing to think about when trying to choose between diving on the Caribbean side vs. diving on the Pacific side is the time of year you’re going. If you’re planning a diving trip in the winter, you might want to avoid the Caribbean side. This side tends to get a lot of rain during the year’s colder months, leading to less visibility and, ultimately, a less satisfying experience. Of course, if you’re just interested in the diving itself and not in seeing plant and animal life, this won’t matter to you. Being able to see interesting things, however, is one of the best parts of diving, which is why the Pacific side is a better choice in the colder months. In fact, the coldness of the water can actually lead to better visibility than usual. Another negative against the Caribbean side at this time of year is the fact that the water can often be quite rough, making swimming difficult.
What Plant Life Do You Want to See?
For some people, the diving experience is all about seeing beautiful plant life and gorgeous natural formations. While you can find these on both the Pacific side and the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, each side has its own specialties. If you’re interested in seeing spectacular coral reefs, then make the Pacific side your main destination. If you’re more interested in islands, however, then choose the Pacific side. And, if you’re not quite sure what you’d like to see, ask diving instructors or other experts about what you’re likely to view on a specific diving expedition. You can decide what sounds the most intriguing to you and then scope out the best spots for seeing what you want. You’ll see some beautiful sites no matter which side you choose, but you won’t be disappointed if you’re a little more selective.
Which Animals Interest You the Most?
One of the major reasons that many people love diving is because of all of the underwater animal life they get to see and, indeed, even get up close and personal with. If you’re all about the animals, it’s helpful to know which ones you want to see the most. If you’re into sea turtles, sea slugs, puffer and angel fish, and dolphins, then you’ll want to do your diving on the Caribbean side. For those who are interested in giant manta rays, however, and in other majestic creatures such as moray eels and different species of sharks, the Pacific side is where it’s at.
The Importance of Research
If you’ve never been diving before and don’t know what to expect, you may think it’s better to choose a side at random or to just go with the cheapest diving package you can find. That’s not true at all, however. You can customize your diving experience and make it all the more enjoyable by researching and considering the difference between diving on each side. And, as a final tip, it’s never a good idea to choose a diving expedition based on cost alone. You want a diving expedition that will put your safety and your enjoyment ahead of everything else, even if it means paying a little more for the experience.