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Scuba Diving in Costa Rica

Dive Site: Barco Hundido (Sunken Ship)

Location: Isla del Cano, Costa Rica

Description: Sandy reef

Depth: 10 - 18 metres (30 - 60 feet)

Visibility: 5 - 15 metres (15 - 50 feet)

Rating: ****

This site is named after a ship that sank here but was later salvaged; the dive site still retains its name however! The dive begins by descending down a shot line to the sandy seabed where a low wall of rock rises up. Immediately we saw a 2m long reef shark resting in a hole in this wall. The rest of the dive is spent travelling around the rocky outcrops where huge schools of grunts hang in the water and snappers feed. Blue spotted jacks patrol the waters and on one dive we saw almaco jacks, which are not often seen in coastal waters.

There are a lot of crown of thorns starfish over the rocks, scouring the limited coral growth. There are also lots of pufferfish and many juvenile trunkfish and sand eels are everywhere. Lots more smaller white tips can be found all over the dive site and evidence of stingrays was seen by the circular impressions left behind in the sand. Whilst looking for stingrays we did spot a flounder and scared off a small turtle. On our final dive here our main goal was to look for manta rays which are sometimes sighted here. We went on a mission and covered a lot of ground, heading into more shallow waters than usual. All we managed to see was the briefest glimpse of a manta before it disappeared beyond the limits of the visibility. Much enjoyment was had on the way however! A good dive site.

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