The calm tropical waters off the coast of Tambor Bay are an oasis for sea life, offering world class scuba diving!


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Tambor Tropical is the perfect destination for dive-photos-5952those looking to scuba dive while in Costa Rica. The Dive Academy Ballena Blanca is located just down the road from Tambor Tropical, with a sophisticated diving center that offers tours to the famous Tortuga and Negritos Islands. The Dive Academy is owned and operated by PADI Master Scuba Diver trainer Steve Byars, who has extensive experience diving throughout the world.

Panamic Green Moral Eel

Panamic Green Moral Eel

While diving with Ballena Blanca, one can expect a large diversity of tropical fish; angels fish, butterfly fish, jacks, groupers and wrasses all abound at the numerous dive sights that are scattered around the islands. There is a good chance of seeing hawksbill and green sea turtles as well as spotted eagle rays, devil rays, white-tipped reef sharks, moray eels and much more! There is always something new to spot on each dive and you never know what may show up.dive-photos-

During the months of mid-December to mid April, Giant Manta Rays (Manta birostris) frequent the waters off the coast of Costa Rica and can be seen at the dive sights near the Tortuga islands. Some of the most recent dives have had amazing encounters with these 6 meter wide giants of the ocean that come to the Nicoya Peninsula to feed on the rich plankton. CLICK HERE to see a recent diving video showing these amazing animals and more.


A Giant Manta glides overhead

Humpback whales are also being spotted more and more frequently around the Tortugua Islands along with pods of spotted and bottlenose dolphins that are sometimes encountered as you move too and from the dive sites.  For more information about the marine life of the area check out the Marine guide by Rainforest Publications below.

Costa Rica Marine Guide, click for more information

Costa Rica Marine Guide, click for more information

The diving season runs from November 1st through to the end of July. At Tambor Tropical we offer a scuba diving package that includes all in country flights and transportation, all meals, 4 diving trips (2 tanks each), and 5 nights at Tambor Tropical, 1 night at Alta Hotel in San Jose. Conditions: Price per person based on double occupancy. Guests above 16 only. Please contact us with any questions or concerns prior too booking.

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Learn scuba on your trip to Costa Rica!

Learn scuba on your trip to Costa Rica!

If you have never been diving before, then the introduction Course Discover Scuba Diving is the option for you. All diving courses are certified by PADI - the diving organization most recognized in the world. As a certified diver with PADI you can dive anywhere in the world. Dive Academy Ballena Blanca also offers a variety of courses for all experience levels. Check out how you can improve your scuba diving skills while Costa Rica.

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Looking for a great wreck diving experience? This is the only place in Central America where you can dive on three wrecks: The 95 foot FRANKLIN CHANG DIAZ Coast Gaurd Vessel, the 82 foot CORONEL ALFONSO MONGE Coast Gaurd Vessel, and the CAROLINE STAR. Depths range from 16 to 30 meters which make for excellent wreck diving opportunities.

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