Snorkeling & Scuba Diving in Dominical Costa Rica

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving in Dominical Costa Rica

The waters off the coast of the South Pacific are rich in marine life, making Playa Dominical an excellent place for a snorkeling tour or scuba diving tour while visiting Costa Rica. Just off Bahia Drake (Drake Bay) the nearby Caño Island biological reserve offers some spectacular underwater sights located in the Pacific Ocean and approximately 15 kilometers of the coast of the Osa Peninsula. The clear waters surrounding Caño Island make for excellent scuba diving and snorkeling conditions. It is a true Costa Rican snorkeling paradise! You will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim and snorkel alongside tropical fish, manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles and thousands of other beautiful marine species.

Dominical Snorkeling & Scuba Diving Suitable For Most Ages

In Dominical, Costa Rica, snorkeling and scuba diving are ideally suited for children over the age of ten and adults who are experienced swimmers. However, younger children can be introduced to snorkeling under the supervision of an adult. The beach at Playa Dominical has several shallow rock pools to be explored during low tide for inexperienced swimmers and children who still want to get in on the fun of snorkeling in Costa Rica!

In Costa Rica, the law states that the minimum age for scuba diving is ten years old. Additionally, Costa Rica requires that all scuba divers must have a PADI certification. Proof of PADI certification is required and will be checked online by the adventure tour company if a copy of your PADI Certification is not available. For those that are not PADI certified, you will be required to take a scuba diving class and dive with an instructor. PADI certification lessons are available in Playa Dominical and many other popular vacation destinations in Costa Rica. To learn more about snorkeling and scuba diving for your family vacation to Costa Rica, contact Escape Villas at 1-800-340-2407 or

Scuba Diving And Snorkeling Tours Available At Playa Dominical

Snorkeling and scuba diving adventure tours in Dominical include bilingual instructors, full snorkeling and/or scuba diving gear, snacks and refreshments and the necessary safety induction. Make sure to wear a bathing suit and comfortable clothing and shoes. It is also advised to bring mosquito repellent, sun block, a towel and dry clothes for after your snorkeling or scuba diving eco tour. Bring along your camera and document this amazing eco tour in the photo album of your family vacation to Costa Rica!

  • One Day Snorkeling Tour to Marina Ballena National Park
    This 1-day kayak and snorkeling adventure tour begins at Playa Pinuelas (close to Playa Dominical) and includes safety induction, swimming fins, and snorkeling masks. Witness sloths and monkeys in their natural habitat as you kayak along the coastline of Marina Ballena National Park. The pristine beaches of Playa Ventanas, Playa Pinuelas, Playa Ballena, Playa Hermosa and Playa Bahia are all part of Costa Rica’s protected Marina Ballena National Park. A bilingual tour guide will take you out to Ballena Island by kayak where the snorkeling part of this adventure tour begins! Snorkel amongst a vast array of tropical marine life including manta rays, sharks and sea turtles. A light lunch and tropical refreshments are included on this kayaking and snorkeling day trip.
  • Half Day Scuba Diving Tour to Caño Island
    This 5-hour adventure tour departs at 7.30 a.m. every day from Playa Dominical. This scuba diving tour visits one of the best dive locations in Costa Rica with an excellent visibility of 20 meters. The border of the Cano Island has white, sandy beaches and a well protected inshore reef, making it an excellent Costa Rican scuba diving spot. Abundant marine life waits to greet you and scuba divers have the chance to swim with white tipped reef sharks, Bluefin Trevally, Snappers, Manta Rays and an array of tropical fish. This scuba diving adventure tour includes free transportation to and from Playa Dominical. A bilingual tour guide, lunch, park entrance fee, scuba diving equipment and refreshments are also included in the price of this scuba diving adventure tour in Costa Rica.
  • PADI Scuba Diving Certification
    This 3-day course includes theory lessons, pool sessions and two training dives available at Playa Dominical. Open water courses for beginners include theory lessons, pool sessions and two open water dives just off the coast of the Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula.
  • Underwater Photography and Videography Courses
    Learn how to take underwater pictures and video while on vacation in Dominical, Costa Rica! Enroll in the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course to learn how to take pictures and shoot video with digital equipment or enroll in the PADI Underwater Photographer course if you consider yourself to be more of a professional. This underwater photography course focuses on the use of traditional film equipment.