The Catalina‘s is a small group of islands close to the Flamingo area in the Pacific north coast of Costa Rica.
The dive site cannot be called colourful but it is definitely busy with a variety of marine life.
I am not really a shark diving person, but this place is full of them, there are caves and swim-throughs where they are pretty much a guarantee to see white tips, often 6 – 10 in the same area.
Surge is pretty strong and I was often swinging 15m side to side whilst trying to fin in a straight line.
One of the most memorable dives there was with 4 manta rays for almost 45 mins followed by the biggest school of jackfish I have ever seen.
The jacks were pretty big but in a school of 100’s you could not see the end of the wall of fish in front of you.
Note: Catalina’s is the name of the island and there are no specific dive site names (not where I worked anyway). This is the most dived site of the area and always just called ‘Catalinas Island’.
- Marine Life: 3.7/5
- No corals as such. Sponge and algae: 2.5/5
- Min Visibility: 5m
- Max Visibility: 25m
- Min depth: 12m
- Max Depth: 30m
- Dive Season: Year round
- Diver’s level: OW
- Currents: Low / Surge
- Location: Just south of San Pedro town.
The Author: Debbie Woods is a PADI and SSI Master instructor. She dived many times at Catalina Islands while working there for 9 months.