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Resort Divers main office and departure of all activities is from Hotel Hilton Papagayo Resort at Playa Panama in the northwest of the country, about 30 minutes from Liberia and 15 minutes from Playa Del Coco.

Resort Divers provide free transportation from the area of Playa Ocotal, Playas Del Coco, Playa Hermosa and from hotel Allegro to our dive shop and back to your hotel.

As a dive shop we offer daily 2-tank morning dives, night dives and the long range trips to Catalina and Bat Island. PADI Courses and Nitrox are available. Our local dives are for each level of experience and depart at 8:45 am to return around 12:30 – 1:00 pm and include: 2-tanks, weights, belt, guide, drinks and snacks.

COSTA RICA is the country of possibilities. Although this little gem is roughly ¼ the size of Florida, it is filled with an amazing abundance and diversity of life, both above and below the water. While the country is “up and coming” and known for its’ rainforests, volcanoes and ecological wealth, many people have never experienced scuba diving outside of the Caribbean. The underwater world off our Pacific Coast is overflowing with fish and marine life, big and small. Frogfish, sea turtles, white-tip reef sharks and manta rays are just a few of the exciting creatures that you are likely to find while diving Costa Rican waters.

The main airport of Costa Rica is located just outside of San Jose, the country’s capital, and a scenic four-hour drive from the office of Resort Divers. This drive takes you through the beautiful countryside, which will give you the true feeling of being in Costa Rica, passing through the mountains, past green coffee fields and crossing many small towns and villages. You will even spot a volcano or two as you go.

In addition to the airport in San Jose, there is also the new international airport in Liberia, the capital of Guanacaste, which is located only 20 minutes from Resort Divers’ operations. The Liberia airport receives airplanes from various different charter companies throughout the year and has direct flights from Miami with American Airlines, from Atlanta with Delta Airlines and from Houston with Continental Airlines.

Once you are ready to dive, get ready for lots of fish! Our daily two tank dive trips are likely to be filled with big schools, moray eels of many varieties, sea turtles large and small, white-tipped reef and nurse sharks, and several different species of rays, including spotted eagle rays and mantas when in season! With over 20 different local dive sites to choose from, it isn’t easy to get bored. For divers with more experience we also provide long-distance trips to the Catalina and Bat Islands where we are more likely to find bigger ocean life, like Bull sharks, Barracuda and Mantas!!

Resort Divers also provides exciting activities for non-divers and divers alike, who wish to broaden their horizons! We take our 68 ft sailboat out for morning snorkel trips and for a relaxing sunset sail cruise in the afternoon. Drinks and snacks are plentiful, including a never-ending supply of beer and Resort Divers’ famous rumpunch!!

Since our coast is famous for big game fishing, we offer full and half-day trips. Many IGFA record size sailfish and marlin have been caught right in the area. Bottom fishing is available as well for those of you who go for quantity over size!!

Adventurers who love the water will enjoy the guided ride on a jetski which takes you to some of the most beautiful beaches of the gulf. You might even spot dolphins and turtles while going from one beach to another.

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Deep Sea Fishing

We troll for big game fish from 10 to 40 miles offshore. The catch year round includes : Sailfish, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, Dorado, Roosterfish, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna and Shark.

Live bait techniques are used and we also troll artificial lures and teasers. All fishing gear and tackle are provided. Customers decide if they catch and release or keep some fish to be prepared for dinner at the hotel

Our fishing boats “ Marlin Azul III” and “ Fear Not ” are both 30 ft. Boats with 375 HP Caterpillar diesel engine and have a bathroom on board. The boat takes 4 fishermen and 2 additional non-fishing persons

HALF DAY: 8.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. boat up to 6 people
FULL DAY: 8.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. boat up to 6 people
Both trips incl: knowledgeable mate, fishing equipment, bait, snacks and drinks.
Full day includes lunch.

Diving

Our LOCAL DIVES offer schools of thousands of yellow tail snapper and grunts at almost every site.

Reef fish species are a blend of Pacific varieties not encountered in the caribbean waters, like frog fish, sea horses, harlequin shrimp, moorish idol, banded guitar fish, cortez and angel fish, octopus and uncountable species of moray eels. Big animals encountered by divers include manta rays, spotted eagle rays, nurse shark, jewfish and whale sharks.

All these creatures provide great opportunities for under water photographers. We dive volcanic rock formations and rock pinnacles. There is very little hard coral, some black coral, soft coral and cup coral, which is spectacular at night.

A 15 to 30 minute boat ride is all it takes to reach most of the local sites.

Exceptions, but very well worth the 1-hour ride, are the CATALINA ISLANDS where we have seen manta rays schooling, white tip sharks, turtles, schools of amberjacks, eagle rays and many more. Best months to visit are from December through April.

A two hour boat ride will take you to the BAT ISLANDS (Murcielagos), scenery of impressive big bull sharks from 8 to 12 ft , schools of cow-nosed rays, eagle rays along with varieties of larger fish, rainbow runners, horse-eye jacks, spade fish.

Diving Course

PADI DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING COURSE

This is a one day course. Instruction in the pool takes about an hour and the student will be able to practice all the necessary safety and comfort skills before going out in the ocean for 2 dives.

This is not a certification course and the person can only dive under direct supervision of the instructor.
Includes: instructor, pool lesson, all equipment, boat.

From 12 years and older.

PADI OPEN WATER COURSE

Duration of the course is 4 days, during which the student has to do theoretical and practical exercises. The student reads the Open Water Manual and watches the video, assisted by his instructor. The practical part is divided into two sections: the pool and 4 open water dives. The theoretical session consists of 4 small quizzes and one final exam.

Includes: Manual available in different languages, full equipment, instructor, 4 open water dives, boat and PADI certification.

PADI REFERRAL COURSE

The referral course is the last part of the Open Water course and takes 2 days. The student has to bring a signed form from his instructor, showing satisfactory completion of the theoretical quizzes, the practical pool sessions and the final exam. We will take the student out into the ocean for 4 dives, 2 per day, to finish the course.

Includes: full equipment, instructor, 4 open water dives, boat and PADI certification.

PADI ADVANCED COURSE

To participate in an Advanced course, you need to have an Open Water diver certification. This course can be done in 2 days and includes 5 dives. During practical training you’ll be able to gain additional experience in: Navigation, Deep Diving, Search and recovery, Underwater Naturalist and buoyancy control.

Includes: book, instructor, 5 open water dives and PADI certification.

PADI RESCUE DIVER

To become certified as a Rescue Diver the student needs to have reached the level of Advanced diver.

In 3 days he/she will learn how to rescue someone in open water, to use the first aid kit and learn how to assist other divers in the water.

Includes: book, instructor, and PADI certification. For this course we require a minimum of 2 people.

Sail and Snorkeling

Join us for a sail trip aboard our 68 ft “Elanga”, equipped with safety equipment and bathroom.

Our 4 hours sail cruise takes you along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, in the Gulf of Papagayo. You will spot beautiful clear sand beaches, coves, rock formations and all the natural beauty of the ocean.

After an hour boat ride we take you to Playa Huevos, a quiet and clear sand beach, with a natural cave to explore at low tide.

You have ample time to enjoy the beach and swim or snorkel. During snorkeling our guide will show you: Wrasse, Puffers, Parrotfish, Octopus, etc…………..

We serve light snacks and fruits, BEER, soft drinks and provide snorkeling equipment.

  • What to bring : Sunscreen, towel, bathing-suit, camera
  • Departure : 9 :15 am Return: 1 :00 pm
  • Operational minimum is 6 persons

Sail and Sunset

Join us for a sail trip aboard our 68 ft “Elanga”, equipped with safety equipment and bathroom.

The best way of relaxing on your vacation is to join us for a beautiful Guanacaste Sunset Cruise. During the 3 hour sailing trip we will be accompanied by dolphins and lots of fish……

Sit-back and watch the “ COLOURFUL ” sunset !!!, while sipping a cold BEER or soft drink and enjoying our light snacks.

  • Bring your sunscreen and camera
  • Departure: 3:30 pm Return: 6:30 pm
  • Operational minimum is 6 persons

Fishing

DEEP SEA FISHING

The 30-ft boat can take 4 fishermen and 2 additional non-fishing persons. The MARLIN AZUL and the FEAR NOT, are fast, diesel powered and fully-rigged 30 ‘ Island Hopper with tower, chair, riggers and full electronics. Tackle is tournament quality: Penn Internationals and Shimanos, from 20 to 100 pound on custom rods; a couple of light spinning rods are carried.

Boats specifications:

  • Fiberglass hull
  • Caterpilar 375 turbo diesel motor
  • Bathroom
  • Tower

BOTTOM FISHING

The BELUGA and the BAHAYA are covered boat, Each boat can hold 8 people for comfortable fishing and the local experienced captains/mates will assist you obtaining your delicious catch of the day.

Boat specifications: BELUGA

  • Fiberglass hull
  • Suzuki 200 HP motor

Boat specifications: BAHAYA

  • Fiberglass hull
  • Suzuki 140 HP

Marlin

Caught every month of the year, with mid-November to early March exceptional, then slowing a bit from April into early June when it picks up again, peaking in August and September.

Sailfish

Caught throughout the year, with May through August normally the top season. They may begin to thin out in September and the slowest months are from late August through November.

Perhaps the most acrobatic of all blue water fish, the sailfish has engraved Costa Rica on every international anglers wish list. The beautiful fish, spending more time in the air than in the water during the fight is not as powerful as the marlin, but always spectacular. Double and triple hookups are not uncommon.

Tuna

Peak months are probably August through October, but when all else fails, there are always t una, any time of the year you want to look for them, and more often than not when you’d just as soon avoid them to concentrate on billfish.

The yellowfin and some bigeye tuna are often found well inside the Santa Catalina Islands, 30 minutes or less running time from the beach, while schools of 12 to 20 pounders are usually abundant on the outside. You frequently find concentrations of 40 to 60 pound tuna, and there are plenty of the 200 to 400 pounders caught every year.

Dorado

Also known as dolphinfish or mahi mahi, the dorado is one of the most exciting fish to catch on light tackle. An extremely colorful fish, dorados are extremely fast swimmers. A hooked dorado might leap or tailwalk, first in one direction, then another. It’s been estimated that they can reach speeds of 50 mph in short bursts.

Look for them under trash lines that accumulate during the rainy season (roughly May to December). Schools of dorado can become a nuisance for anglers looking for the larger billfish lurking below the school. The dorado is a delicious food fish.

Wahoo

The first showing begins about the time the rains start in May, peaking in July and August. Most are caught around the rocky points and islands, but you will pick one up occasionally fishing offshore.

The wahoo is a loner and when traveling with other wahoo it’s usually only a school of five or six. The fish can be found anywhere in the ocean but does seem to concentrate during the summer off of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Considered a relatively rare species, the wahoo is usually caught while the angler is looking for other oceanic species. That’s always a nice surprise because many fisherman consider the wahoo one of salt water’s finest delicacies. Experts speculate that the wahoo is the fastest fish in the ocean and it’s no wonder that the first scorching run can burn out the drag on some reels.

Roosterfish

Available all year, but there are more caught in the Papagayo Bay area from November through March. The roosters like the structure of the shoreline and islands where they’re found in 50 to 60 feet of water.
The dorsal fin with its fanlike array gives the fish its name. It’s an inshore species, often found in the surf, over sandy bottoms and always in moderate depths. The all-tackle world record is 114 pounds caught off of Baja, Mexico but many international anglers speculate that the conditions are right for the next record to come from Costa Rica. An aggressive predator, the roosterfish is always exciting when hooked. There is no particular season for roosters so expect a hard hit anytime when fishing near shore and around rocks or islands.

SNAPPER (Pacific Coast)

There are many species of snapper. Each fish is a shallow water fish preferring a rocky bottom structure that provides bait fish and protection. The cubera is the largest of the snappers, often going beyond 100 pounds. The dog snapper is the largest of the Pacific snappers with the world record of 78 pounds held by a resort in Costa Rica. Each species will be a tough fighter, particularly on light tackle and although all snapper are delicious eating the flesh of the larger fish can become course.

Activities

Jetski Rental & Tours

Adventurers who love the water will enjoy the guided ride on a jetski which takes you to some of the most beautiful beaches of the gulf. You might even spot dolphins and turtles while going from one beach to another.

Hotel

The Hilton Papagayo Resort is a first class All Inclusive Resort & Spa located in a private bay in the Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica. An ideal place to restore your peace of mind, health& spirit, as well as, a place to live unforgettable moments of joy and sporting activities.

This splendid resort has 160 rooms luxuriously appointed in an exuberant environment blessed by nature.

Each room has air conditioning, ceiling fan, telephone, bathroom with hot water, hair dryer, color cable TV, safe deposit box, coffee maker and mini bar.

On the premesis there’s a tour desk, internet cafe and casino.

Dive package includes : 2-tank local morning dive per day as indicated above, boat, weights, belt, drinks, snacks and guide. Divers need to show their dive certification.

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