Scuba Diving in Costa Rica
When scuba diving in Costa Rica, Rocket Frog Divers is your 5 Star PADI IDC Dive Center of choice for Guanacaste, Costa Rica. We have also recently become SDI accredited as well as NAUI accredited with an instructor who is qualified to certify you through these agencies. Located conveniently only minutes from Playas del Coco (Coco Beach) in the Los Almendros development, Rocket Frog Divers offers customers 5 Star diving vacations at great prices.
Scuba Dive With The Best In Costa Rica
Rocket Frog Divers utilizes 3 purpose built dive boats. The Pacific Express is unlike any other in the area. It features two 250HP V6 Yamaha 4 Stroke engines that allow us to visit our dive sites in a fraction of the time that it takes other dive companies. This proves especially worthwhile when you consider that some of the more popular dive sites in the region, the Bat Islands (Isle Murcileago) and the Catalinas Islands are several hour trips with other operators. The Pacific Express can make the voyage to the Catalinas in less than half an hour.
The “Tiburon” or the shark is another purpose built dive shop build for small groups. This dive vessel is perfect for exploring local dive sites in the Gulf de Papagayo with a very small group.
The Devil Ray is a catamaran style dive vessel which we acquired in 2015. It is a catamaran style vessel which offers a lot of room and comfort for our divers and also offers an upper level sun deck for surface intervals and for the voyage to and from the dive sites.
Another point that separates us from most dive shops in Costa Rica is that you will have a member of our senior staff diving on the boat with you every day. This ensures that you are getting the best possible service possible. Our owners care about the experience their customers have and will work their hardest to ensure you have the best possible service on your dive trip.
The Bat Islands are a world class dive location that has been protected by the Costa Rican government. The Islands are located in the far north of Costa Rica and are at the edge of Santa Rosa National Park. These islands are one of the only places in Costa Rica that you can dive with the bull sharks. The dive sites are approximately a 50 minute trip with our boat from our Playa Ocotal location. Because of the protected status and the remote location, this area is absolutely full of marine life. The schools of fish are bigger in numbers and size at the Bat Islands. You can encounter schools of devil rays which can be into the thousands. You can also find the Manta Rays at some of the dive locations as well as several different species of rays, sharks, turtles, eels, and too many fish to mention. When you book with Rocket Frog Divers you are booking with the best dive shop in Costa Rica. We will work with you to give you the custom trip of your dreams! Let us take you scuba diving in Costa Rica!
The Catalinas are situated about a half hour boat ride from our location at Playa Ocotal and offer your best chance to swim with the Pacific Giant Mantas in Costa Rica. The Catalinas’ are an isolated group of islands, south of our dive shop.. They are perfect places for large schools of fish, rays, and other marine life to congregate. The huge prize is to swim with the Pacific Giant Manta whose wing span can be wider than a vehicle is long. These can be found in the Catalinas for most of the year. There has also been occasional whale shark and orca whale sightings in the area. Sightings of thehumpback whale and dolphins are also quite common.
Visibility in the Catalinas ranges throughout the year, however, the best visibility can often be found from the months of May through November.
Our local dive sites are all found within a 15 minute boat ride of our Playa Ocotal location. They include sites such as Tortuga, Argentina Point, Sorpresa, Monkey Head, Turning Point, Shark Shallows, Punta Gorda, the Aquarium, and Palmares to name but a few. There are approximately 30 local dive sites at which our divemasters and captains are expert guides. Water temperatures and visibility range incredibly in our waters. It is not uncommon for temperatures to change by as much as 5 degrees celsius on any given day. There are often extreme thermoclines which also are very hard to predict. The water generally is warm enough that a 3mm wetsuit will suffice. The visibility is also quite hard to predict. In the dry season the visibility can range from 10-70 feet, and again can change almost daily. The massive changes that occur here are what makes the marine life so abundant and diverse.
Our dive shop is located in Playa Ocotal which is in the province of Guanacaste in northern Costa Rica. Our dive sites are all found in the Gulf de Papagayo. The waters of the Gulf de Papagayo are some of the richest in terms of marine life that you will ever find on the planet. The area is famous for both its fantastic fishing and scuba diving.
The busy season in Costa Rica runs from December until March. In our area of Guanacaste the weather is absolutely beautiful. Low to mid 30s, sun shine every day, and afternoon breezes. This time of year it is extremely hard to cross the Gulf to the Bat Islands so our dives are concentrated in the local diving and the Catalinas. The water actually tends to be a bit cooler during these months as well.
Michael is a retired member of the US Army who came to Costa Rica to try diving. After diving the area, Mike decided to stay and start a dive business. When diving with Mike you will notice the permanent smile that is on his face. Mike has learned to dive incredibly well in the past year, becoming a Divemaster in the process.
Nere has always had interest in the underwater world and studied Marine Biology in University in San Jose at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. Nere is here by mistake. The University stopped offering a course she needed to graduate for a semester. In that semester Nere started diving and loved it. On her way to becoming a divemaster, Nere met Mike. The rest is history!
Gerardo Jacamo aka Pin
If Pins driving of a ship was as advanced as his english, we would all be dead. Luckily it is much better. Pin has over 10 years of experience navigating the waters of Costa Rica, and is also a certified divemaster. This combination gives us what we feel is the best captain in the waters of Guanacaste. Pin is also a very skilled chef. His ceviche is the best in all of Guanacaste.
The first time I put my head under water in Costa Rica I fell in love with the diving.
I worked in Switzerland in the automotive industry but after a few years I wanted out. So I came to Costa Rica and did my Divemaster. That’s when I fell in love! And I wanted to stay. After finishing my Instructor I returned to Rocket Frog. Diving and all the life under water is my passion, which I want to share with you!
After retiring as Clinical Director of an Orthotic Practice in the states, I searched the world to find a place to open a dive operation. Once I experienced the professionalism, quality of gear, the dedication to customer service and the awesome boat, I realized that I could not provide anything better. I asked Mike and Nere to join their family, and they graciously accepted me with the nick name “Old Man”. If you notice the goose bumps on my arms, you will see that I am as excited as you for our next dive. I love sharing the beauty of my new country with visitors. Pura Vida!
Working as a guide/instructor for Rocket frog divers is the best job I’ve ever had. It’s challenging and rewarding and I get paid to do something I love.
Shaggy came to Costa Rica to do his divemaster internship and left a part of the team. Putting his web page and search engine know how to work on our web site, Shaggy has proved a valuable member to our team. Being the first of our divemaster interns and after introducing our next divemaster intern Sean to Costa Rica in fine style, Shaggy will now work in helping develop the program for divemaster interns in the future!