Costa Rica is a perfect destination for those who are looking for a new exotic coastal location. Nature lover and adventure seekers, all will find plenty of options to enjoy in this country. If you are interested in water activities, you can go for surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving and also fishing. There are some amazing sights to visit and enjoy the incredible life under the water. With the help of an experienced guide you can explore amazing creatures as well as impressive sea monsters that will make you experience a thrilling adventure. There are different dive spots to visit and enjoy watching a variety of marine life. You can go for a trip to the Bat Islands and enjoy watching famous bull sharks from a close distance. Close up encounters with reef sharks are very common and let every heart beat faster. You can also see Octopus display their colors and the whale sharks occasionally cruise by on nutrient rich currents and of course. Here goes some of the sea monsters to see in Costa Rica:
Bull sharks are one of the most dangerous predators in the sea and these are known to be aggressive. These sea monsters are usually found in the coastal waters of Costa Rica near river mouths. It is a medium to large-sized shark belonging to the family Carcharhinidae. This shark typically possesses a massive body with a length of 7 to 12 feet but its average size is usually 9 feet.
Diving with Bull Sharks in Costa Rica:
If you are interested in watching sharks from a close view in their natural habitat, you can go for scuba diving tour with Bull Shark. In Costa Rica, the best location for diving with bull sharks is thirty miles off the coast of Playa Ocotal at Islas Murcielagos, known as the Bat Islands. This magical island is off the tip of the Santa Rosa National Park. It has become a hot spot for advanced divers due to deep sites, crystal clear visibility and a host of large sea species. You can visit “The Big Scare”, site averages out at 90ft landing on a sandy bottom where bull sharks can be seen from very close distance with many reaching up to nine feet. During this tour, you will not only see the Bull Sharks rather spot many other species such as manta rays, eagle rays, devil rays, nurse sharks and even elusive whale shark. During the time of May to November and during the rainy season is the ideal time for watching the bull sharks as the waters are calmer and rain drives them closer to the shore at this time.
White Tip Reef Sharks:
While not exactly monstrous, white tip reef sharks can be dangerous if provoked. But as long as you leave them alone, they’ll tolerate you swimming right next to them. There are at least two scuba sites that you are guaranteed to see them sleeping on the bottom, and one scuba spot with a cave that usually has one to see. If you haven’t seen a wild shark before, now’s your chance.
Caño Island – Scuba diving tour with tons of these sharks on the bottom. http://www.costaricajourneys.com/cano-island-marine-reserve/
Playas del Coco – Any of the dive companies in this town will take you to see them, and it’s probably their most popular dive.
Tortuga Island – The snorkeling trip to Tortuga island will drop you off in front of two rocky islands. If you want to see the shark, swim directly towards the larger island, and on the left corner, within a one-minute swim of the boat, is an underwater cave with openings at both sides. You’ll need to dive down and hold onto the rocks as you look into the cave and let your eyes adjust a bit to the darkness in order to see the shark, which may be sleeping at the bottom or swimming inside.
In Costa Rica, Whale Sharks are considered as the biggest fish in the sea. These are up to 40 feet and some of these whales are can grow even more than that approximate figure. These sharks find a variety of sea food in the Pacific area and they usually travel with their mouths wide open so that they can easily gain access to any available food on the way. Whale sharks do not dwell in the depths of the waters and swim close to the upper areas of the sea and stay near the surface. In the Pacific beaches there are plenty of whale sharks spotted by excited tourists and various scuba divers out to explore the wonders of the sea.
Salt Water Crocodiles:
Also known as estuariane crocodile, marine crocodile, Indo Pacific crocodile, seagoing crocodile, Saltwater crocodiles not only live in salt water but usually live in lower stretches of rivers, lagoons, estuaries, deltas and mangrove swamps. In Costa Rica, you can go to the national parks, magroves, Tortuguero, Cañas, and on the Pacific coast on the Tarcoles river. Atlantic and Pacific, both coasts of the country have the crocodiles. In inland among some major rivers also the crocodiles might be found. Within province of Limon, the Tortuguero National Park, Matina river, and Pacuare river, you can see these crocodiles. Another great spot to watch crocodile is the San Juan River of both Alajuela and Limon provinces which border the Nicaragua. Provinces of Puntarenas and Guanacaste of the Pacific Coast also have larger numbers of crocodiles. In Las Baulas National Park, the Tamarindo Estuary and Santa Rosa National Park, there are also some crocodiles found.
Belonged to the family Scorpaenidae, Scorpionfish is closely related to the lionfish. There are a variety of scorpion fish in the Pacific Ocean and it is reported to be one of the most poisonous fish there. Usually the school of scorpion fish is very big in contrast and most commonly found in the Pacific Ocean and waters near Costa Rica. This species of fish like to living in the tropical seas and oceans with warmer temperatures. In Manuel Antonio, there are two species of scorpions (the rainbow and the spotted Scorpionfish) are found. In the shallow waters of the Pacific Ocean, there are a lot of the scorpion fish but the majority of them has been found to live at almost the bottom of the entire ocean. If you want to catch a glimpse of the scorpion fish and watch them in their natural habitat, you will have to go for scuba diving and go to a depth of 7200 feet.
Orca “Killer” Whales:
Orcas live in the waters of the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The southeastern side of Isle de Coco, Gulf of Papagayo and Drake Bay are the hotspots for watching Orca Killer Whales. You can also visit national parks such as Cabo Blanco marine reserve, Ballena National Marine Park and Cahuito National Park to see these whales swimming and perhaps jumping. Off the Nicoya Peninsula, Puntarenas and Guanacaste have many dive sites where you can enjoy scuba and if you’re really lucky, enjoy watching a pod of orcas and also other species of sea animals.
The manatees are a sea animal that is found mainly in warm tropical and subtropical water. You can observe this sea creature in the rivers and close to the shore in the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Amazon River network and rivers around West Africa. They also can be found near Cahuita National Park, Tortuguero National Park and Manzanillo-Gandoca National Wildlife Refuge. These species inhabit canals, rivers, bays, estuaries and at the coastal areas as well as live in the fresh, salty and brackish waters and prefer the waters with temperatures above 21°C (70°F).