Cabuya, a small fishing village on the Nicoya Peninsula, is situated a few miles from the tourist areas of Montezuma. Though Montezuma is relatively a remote area, it has a tremendous amount of sea life that attracts many scuba divers here. In Montezuma area there are many great assets regarding scuba:
- You will find warm water through out the year.
- There are plenty of marine life including whales, large schools of fish, dolphins, octopus, whale sharks, sea turtles and you might even watch sea horses.
- There are also several shipwrecks.
- In Montezuma there is a very talented dive school ‘Tortuga Dive Club‘ that offers an affordable certification program.
A scuba diving trip is not only about the diving rather the journey to the dive spot will also be a great fun as it will allow you to explore the beauty of the surrounding area.
In all of Central America, the Southern Nicoya Peninsula is popular for being the only place with three wreck dives. There are also three more wrecks among which two are in the protected waters of Cabo Blanco National Park and the oldest more than 150 years. Due to rocks and large waves, the fourth wreck (a smokestack) is difficult to navigate by boat.
Scuba Diving Sites:
Here goes a brief about some of the scuba diving sites:
Montezuma Dive Sites:
Located close to the famous El Chorro waterfall, Cocalito has three different diving sites. In these sites you will find the depths between 8 an 16 meters and and you can spot tropical fishes. You can also get chance to watch White Tip Reef Sharks.
You can reach this site without boat. This location is ideal for the beginners. Here the depth is between 6 to 8 meters and has schools of fishes and often octopus and rays.
If you are visiting Montezuma and want to enjoy scuba diving excursions, you can book here:
Cabuya Dive Sites:
Caroline Star Wreck Dive:
You can arrive the top of wreck by descending to 21 meters and there you will be greeted by snappers as well as other species of tropical fish. If you reach the bottom of the wreck at a depth of 30 meters, you can often spot White Tip Reef Sharks sleeping below the hull and you can also find different rays.
Just north of the Cabuya Island and east of the wreck, you will find this dive site where you can often see large fish like large snappers, tuna, grouper (mero). If you want to see large fish, you will find this site perfect as it is near to the Cabo Blanco’s protected marine reserve.
Tortuga Island Dive Sites:
Aquarium (El Aquario):
This diving site comprised of canyons and large ‘elephant ear’ corals. Its depth ranges from 3 to 30 meters and it is ideal diving site for divers of all levels of experience.
Bye Bye Reef:
It is an exciting ‘drift dive’ that follows a current that will take you to the east tip of the Tortuga Island by passing large volcanic rock walls. In this diving site you will see tropical fishes, many Spotted Jacks, Eagle Rays and Manta Rays.
Canones means canyons. This site has numerous canyons that cover the ocean floor. You can go for exploring the crevasses and caves and can get the opportunity to see many lobsters, parrotfish, many types of Moray Eels, turtles and southern stingrays. Its depth is between 5 to 30 meters.
Piñones or El Laberinto:
This site is located between Cañones and Bye Bye Reef.
Franklin Chang Wreck Dive:
Lays on the ocean floor at a depth of 23 meters, this wreck is perfect for watching different species of marine life including different Snappers and Jacks.
In this site you can get the opportunity to watch 2 to 3 white tip reef sharks sleeping.
This site is ideal for the beginners and has a lot of different species of fishes.
Tambor Dive Sites:
La Chancha / Chanchito:
These two sites are situated in the entrance to Bahia Ballena. In these sites you can see Scorpion fish, Gorgonias and Eagle Rays at the depths between 8 and 24 meters.
In this dive site you can see snappers, mantas, porcupine fish, large quantities of smaller fish, octopus, turtles and many more.