Pura Vida in Costa Rica

Guanacaste Province, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

Blue Planet Scuba
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Nov 12 - 19, 2022
Group size: 9 - 20
Pura Vida in Costa Rica
Guanacaste Province, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

Blue Planet Scuba
  • Facebook verified
  • Twitter verified
84 reviews

Nov 12 - 19, 2022
Group size: 9 - 20

About this trip

Join Blue Planet for a week of world-class diving in Costa Rica. Experience the abundant richness of the Pacific Ocean and then relax at the volcanic hot springs.  


Costa Rica, the "Rich Coast," is widely recognized as one of the world’s most biodiverse nations. The small country is sandwiched between two oceans and is home to a number of ecosystems above and below the water. Costa Rica is fast becoming a hot spot scuba diving destination, particularly along its Pacific shores where you can encounter amazing pelagic life.


Minimum dive certification/experience:  Perfect for beginners and experienced divers alike. With multiple sites to choose from, there will always be diving that works with your skill level. 

The plankton-rich waters of the Gulf of Papagayo are home to numerous species from white tip reef sharks, harlequin clown shrimp, seahorses, and octopus to schooling eagle rays, the giant Pacific manta rays, or the Bull sharks at Bat Islands. Underwater pinnacles bring in large schools of fish, where if you are lucky enough you can be in the center of what the dive shops down there call a "super school". The reefs are volcanic rock pinnacles so don’t expect beautiful corals, but the multitude of colorful fish and marine life makes for exciting and fun diving. 


We will have 3 days of diving on the itinerary. Each day will consist of a 2 tank boat dive. The first day will be at the local Gulf of Papagayo and then after that (based on conditions and skill level) we can dive the Catalinas and the Bat Islands. Water temps should be around 78F and dives sites will range from 40 to 100ft in depth. Visibility ranges from 30ft to 100ft depending on the day.  


Wildlife River Tour - On our way from the coast to Arenal, we will stop to visit the Palo Verde National Park. On a two-hour boat trip, we'll be introduced to the vital ecosystems within the park and have a chance to spot gigantic crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas and more. Into birdwatching? Be on the lookout for the Jabiru, osprey, the white ibis, tiger herons and scarlet macaws amongst others.

Arenal Hot springs - Located deep in the jungle next to the Arenal Volcano, the natural hot springs are a luxury we are sure to enjoy after a few days of diving! There are springs at our hotel and also one of our evening dinner spots!


Villas Sol: Saturday-Thursday

The all-inclusive Villa Sol Hotel and Beach Resort is located on the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica at Hermosa Beach. Located on the hilltop overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo, you will be amazed by the incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and stunning sunsets. Each of the 54 rooms faces the ocean and has a very large balcony. The restaurant and patio deck at the hotel pool have a stellar view of the Gulf providing spectacular sunsets. A cool-water jacuzzi and the main pool with swim-up bar and snack bar are situated just steps from the hotel between the hotel and villas. Catch a tram down to the beautiful Hermosa Beach. 

Arenal Manoa: Thursday-Saturday

The Arenal Manoa Hotel is a beautiful place to rest, relax and enjoy the restorative waters of the thermal pools while taking in the marvelous view of Arenal Volcano. Surrounded by gardens, pastures and animals, the rooms have been designed so that each one offers you a panoramic view of the volcano. Visitors can take advantage of the spacious gardens for walking, birdwatching and meditation combined with an opportunity to see the daily operations of a typical Costa Rican farm. All rooms have individual terraces with rocking chairs make it easy to connect with nature while viewing Arenal Volcano. 


You should plan to fly into Liberia (LIR) on Saturday, November 12. You can fly home at any time on November 19. Please email or call the shop before booking your flight!

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a $200 cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 

Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodation
    Double or single occupancy in a Deluxe Room/Junior Suite
  • 6 boat dives
    3 day of 2-tank boat dives
  • Wildlife Boat Adventure
    From Guanacaste to Arenal with Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour (Bebedero) and Lunch
  • Arenal Hotsprings
    Hot Springs at Ecotermales & Dinner
  • Arenal Adventure
    Your choice of white water rafting or hanging bridges and waterfall, with lunch
  • Meals
    All meals included between hotels and tours
  • Taxes, etc.
    Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Airport transfers
    Roundtrip transfers to the Liberia (LIR) airport
  • Flights
    International flights to Costa Rica
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the dive shop's excellent crew
  • Additional dive options
    Add extra day or night dives or upgrade local dives to visit Catalina Island or Bat Island
  • Marine Park fee
    $16.50 USD per person if diving the Bat Islands

Available Packages

Diver, Double Occupancy
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Double occupancy in a Deluxe Room at the Villas Sol (with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds) and a Junior Suite at Hotel Manoa (with 2 queen beds).

Deposit: $500
Diver, Single Occupancy
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Single occupancy in a Deluxe Room at the Villas Sol (with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds) and a Junior Suite at Hotel Manoa (with 2 queen beds). 

Deposit: $500
Non-Diver, Double Occupancy
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Double occupancy in a Deluxe Room at the Villas Sol (with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds) and a Junior Suite at Hotel Manoa (with 2 queen beds).  No diving included.

Deposit: $500


Arrival in Costa Rica

Arrive at the Liberia (LIR) airport and transfer to our first hotel, Villas Sol. Check in at the resort, meet with dive coordinator and relax. 

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.


Fantastic trip, amazing diving at a lovely resort with experienced dive masters and crew, attentive staff and great food. Jonas and Heather provided excellent support. I did 34 dives, including five night dives and two trips to Apo Island. Saw astonishing critters, including blue ring octopus, wonderpus, minuscule frog fish, sea turtles, nudibranchs of every color, a large pufferfish trapped inside an anemone, mating mandarin fish, so much.
By yvonne t for Philippines: Critter Diving in Paradise on 18 Jun, 2022
Thanks so much, Yvonne! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the trip. It truly is critter paradise, isn't it?!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 21 Jun, 2022
Another amazing trip with Blue Planet! Heather & Jonas were great at coordinating pre-travel logistics. Atlantis Resort was amazing and the staff were accommodating to all of our needs. This was my first time muck diving and our dive master Junar help us spot all of the tiny sea critters. I was amazed at the diversity of coral and sea life both in Dumaguete and on our Apo Island day trips. Looking forward to my next Blue Planet adventure!
By Meryl G for Philippines: Critter Diving in Paradise on 16 Jun, 2022
Yay! We're so glad you enjoyed the trip, Meryl! It's such a unique destination. It was a pleasure diving with you as always. Can't wait until the next trip!!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 16 Jun, 2022
The trip to Atlantis Dive Resort in the Philippines with Blue Planet was outstanding thanks to Heather, Jonas and the wonderful folks at Atlantis. It's a lovely place. Great diving, critters, food and fellow travelers. Travel and trip details were managed seamlessly taking the stress out of travel in challenging times. No small feat. Thanks!
By Kristy K for Philippines: Critter Diving in Paradise on 09 Jun, 2022
Thank you so much, Kristy! We're so glad you enjoyed Atlantis as much as we do, We're looking forward to our next trip with you!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 09 Jun, 2022
The trip was amazing! Heather and Jonas outdid theirselves as usual.
By Joe W for Philippines: Critter Diving in Paradise on 09 Jun, 2022
Thanks, Joe! We're so glad you could join us for such an epic trip. Can't wait for the next adventure with you!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 09 Jun, 2022
Jen and Ryan were the utmost hosts of this trip. The diving, camaraderie, and organization was great! I even extended a couple extra days so I could ferry over to Saba and try the diving over there.
By Joseph G for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on 24 May, 2022
We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the trip, Joe! So glad you could make it!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 09 Jun, 2022
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