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Finding the perfect Liveaboard in Costa Rica

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Diving in Costa Rica is usually done all year round. Cano marine reserve will only be accessible between January and June. However, most liveaboard diving takes place between June and December because of the plankton boom in the wet season.

Costa Rica is a lovely place that offers divers crisp clear water all year round. You will find Costa Rica is situated between the Pacific Ocean in South America and the Caribbean Sea. Most of the best diving experiences happen in four remote islands namely Cano, Bat, Cocos and Guanacaste Islands. The dive sites along these locations are filled with pelagic species and are ideal for encounters with hammerhead sharks and bull sharks. Itinerieswill generally lasts between 8-10 days.

We’ll help you find the perfect Liveaboard trip, that suits your needs:

It’s difficult to choose wich liveaboard that will suit your needs and how to find the best price on that boat.

So we’ve gathered the best boats and made it possible to compare prices across all the different booking platforms. This way, you’ll get the best boat for your needs at the best price.

Start by sorting the boats after your budget, and find a liveaboard that fits your budget and your needs:

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Panorama :

Average price is US$ 197 per day

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Year built: 2014
Max divers 48
Internet Yes ($)
Nitrox No
Rental equip. No
Camera station No
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

Passengers going on a cruise trip onboard the MS Panorama have the opportunity to see stunning views of dramatic volcanoes, waterfalls and glaciers that create unforgettable and fun-filled experiences that would last a lifetime. There are also land visits to geysers and hot springs, as well as a visit to the capital city Reykjavik which runs on geothermal power and is home to Viking museums.

With the comfort and safety of guests a priority, a trip onboard the MS Panorama is an experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV Argo :

Average price is US$ 403 per day

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Year built: 2008
Max divers 18
Internet No
Nitrox Yes (free)
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

The Argo liveaboard was built in 1985 and has created deep roots in the diving industry in Costa Rica over the last 35 years. It was refurbished in 2008 with modern features to become a luxury liveaboard. This liveaboard has a length of 39meters/129ft and a beamwidth of 7meters/26ft. The MV Argo has a cruising speed of 10 knots and it reaches it by using a CAT D398TA – 634 KW (850HP) @ 1225rpm engine. It will take you all around the pristine waters of Costa Rica.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the OKEANOS AGGRESSOR I :

Average price is US$ 354 per day

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Year built: 2014
Max divers 20
Internet Yes ($)
Nitrox Yes ($)
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

This liveaboard was built in 1972 and was refurbished in 2014 to all of its splendor that you see now today. With this liveaboard, you will get to view the unmatched beauty of the Costa Rican Islands and the abundant underwater landscapes. The Okeanos Aggressor I have a length of 33meters/110ft and a beamwidth of 7meters/24ft. Divers will be pleased to know that the liveaboard has a cruising speed of 10 knots which will make getting to dive spots quicker than with normal vessels.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Safari Voyager :

Average price is US$ 561 per day

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Year built: 2016
Max divers 62
Internet No
Nitrox No
Rental equip. No
Camera station No
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

The Safari Voyager was built in 1982 and renovated in 2016 and is large enough to house up to 66 passengers. This liveaboard has four decks and is still in pristine condition. This cruise ship is ideal for experiencing the best of Costa Rica and Panama. The boat has a length of 53meters/174ft and a beamwidth of 10meters/36ft. It can reach a cruising speed of 9 knots. Moreover, there are 36 cabins on this liveaboard that has all the comforts of home.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Sea Hunter :

Average price is US$ 403 per day

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Year built: 1994
Max divers 20
Internet No
Nitrox Yes (free)
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

The Sea Hunter was built in 1994 and has been cruising the waters of Costa Rica ever since. Originally this vessel operated in the Gulf of Mexico as a commercial dive-support vessel in the lucrative oil industry. It has a length of 35meters/115ft and a beamwidth of 7meters/26ft. It can reach a top speed of 10 knots and maintain a cruising speed of 9.5 knots due to the twin GM 16V92 / 1200 total hp engines. This liveaboard also uses two 24ft fiberglass dive tenders to transport divers to the designated dive spots.

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The best diving destinations in Costa Rica

 

Costa Rica will be a joy for any enthusiastic diver seeking a thrilling adventure. There are countless islands to explore and each destination is better than the next. We have chosen some of the best destinations to give you a glimpse of what a liveaboard trip would look like.

BAT ISLANDS

You will reach depths of 100 ft/30 m at Bat Island that is a haven for attracting bull sharks. The area is more suitable for advanced divers and should not be attempted by novices.

CATALINA ISLANDS

The cave diving at Catalina Island is a popular dive activity amongst divers. It is also full of vibrant coral growth on volcanic formations. There are interesting arches that give different layers to the cave. This destination is available all year round.

COCOS ISLAND

The secluded island of Coco’s may be void of people but it makes up for that with a host of different marine life. The island is also famous for its hammerhead shark diving experiences.

CAÑO ISLAND

The best place to get to see large marine species is at Cano Island. There you will be exposed to orcas, humpbacks, manta rays, dolphins and pilot whales.

TORTUGA ISLANDS

A dive trip won’t be complete without visiting some wreck sites. Tortuga Island along the pacific coast will offer you many opportunities to explore wrecks like the Caroline Star, the Franklin Chang, and the Colonel Alfonso Monge wrecks.

Information to know about liveaboard diving in Costa Rica

  • Costa Rica is a tourist hot-spot with various dive locations in the region.
  • Getting to Costa Rica is easy with its major airport Juan Santamaría International Airport. This airport is situated close to the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose. There is also another international airport in Liberia named Guanacaste. You will be pleased to know that both of these airports are well connected to Europe and North and Central America.
  • The majority of liveaboards can be accessed through the port of Puntarenas. It will take approximately 3 hours to drive from San Jose to the port.
  • Many of these sites are UNESCO sites and some will require you to pay a fee. The currency most accepted in US dollars.
  • The currency used in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colon.
  • The best diving sites in Costa Rica include Calypso’s, Guanacaste, Catalina Islands, Coco, and Ocotal Beach.
  • Some of the marine life that frequents this region is grunts, snapper, octopus, and eel. You can also expect some bigger pelagic creatures like a manta ray, humpback whales, pilot whales, orcas, dolphins, and whale sharks.
  • There are various shark cave diving experiences that you can undertake. This is a unique activity in Costa Rica and some diving experience will be needed.

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