Guided Diving tour of Bat Islands – Islas Murciélagos
The Bat Islands are considered a world class dive area. Diving here is reserved for advanced divers. Before you can dive here, you must be able to swim in strong currents, rough surface conditions, and make quick descents. If you are advanced certified, it is really a dive that can’t be missed. Murcielago is really the premiere scuba destination in Costa Rica. The area is located in the Santa Rosa national park, which is a protected area and divers are asked to pay a $15 park fee.
Murcielago diving is of course for Certified Divers Only. We require, seen the diving conditions that you’re a PADI Advanced Diver (or equivalent). We might take you on a local dive in the days leading up to the Bat Islands tour, to make sure we can guarantee you a safe dive there, based on your current level.
What can we see?
One can anticipate face to face encounters with massive bull sharks which we find most often at a dive site called Big Scare. The dive is a free descent without a line and max depth is 30m/100ft. This is one of the few spots on the planet where one can encounter this magnificent shark. Another common marine species is the Giant Manta which we seem to encounter more and more the last couple of years. The second dive site is Black Rock and this is divers heaven. Because of big schools of fish including spotted eagle rays and many other types of rays.
Our stable boat will take you across the Papagayo Gulf. Take into account we always have to check the winds before we go as these trips can be rough. The best time of the year is from May until November. It takes us about 1 hour to get from Playas del Coco to the Bat Islands – Islas Murcielagos. Our boats have an area in the shade, shore communication systems, oxygen and a first aid kit. And of course, we have refreshments and fresh fruits on board. When we’re taking you on a three tank dive here, we’ll also serve you a light lunch on board.
Brenda, one of the course directors at Rich Coast Diving, is the author of the PADI AWARE Bull Shark Speciality. So, what team is better informed and trained than ours to get you out there, up close and personal with these beautiful animals?
Pricing: 2 tanks: $165 / 3 tanks: $195 Park fee $15 equipment rental $25 per day