Murcielago Islands Diving Tour

Islas Murcielago Islands

The best diving in Guanacaste

The Murcielago Islands is a group of islands located north of Papagayo, in front of the coast of the Santa Rosa National Park. The islands are under protection and located within the Santa Rosa National Park. The trips to Murcielago take place during the rainy season, when visibility is best, since the waters around the island are influenced more by winds rather than rivers and erosion. It is easy to get 100 feet of visibility on a good day.

What do expect from diving Murcielago Islands

Diving Murcielago Islands

The Bat Islands are considered the best dive site in Costa Rica, next to Isla del CaƱo and Isla del Coco. It is unique in that they have a water temperature influenced by external currents (being able to be quite cold for diving conditions in Costa Rica), which attracts many marine species, including large bull sharks, the giant manta rays, whales, Dolphins, other shark species such as the tiger shark, mako and offshore species.

One day trip or overnight diving adventure

Scuba Tour

It is possible to see bull sharks up to 3.5 meters, especially on San Jose Island. The trip to Murcielago lasts about 90 minutes to 120 minutes, depending on the sea conditions. The depths vary from place to place from 60 feet (18 m) to 130 feet (35 m). Visibility is up to 100 feet on a good day. The 1-day Murcielago tour includes two dives, each at a different dive site (3 trips can be organized in tanks). The boat leaves at 7:15 a.m. and returns around 2:00 p.m.

Good dive sites

El Gran Susto (130 FT)

This site is called the Great Scare because it has precisely scared some, since this is where the best chances of seeing great Bull Sharks are, which are impressively large and burly.

Bajo Negro (120 FT)

This impressive rock pinnacle, covered with several species of coral and sponges, attracts an impressive marine life. The pinnacle will be explored from the bottom up. There are possibilities to see large open water sharks, such as the Mako and the Tiger Shark, as well as large rays, eels and rich schools of fish.