Monkey Head Dive Site
Monkey Head is one of our favourite dive sites in Costa Rica. It is a local diving site that is named after the rock formation that is found at the surface of the dive.
After taking a 10 minute boat drive from our location at Playa Ocotal you will arrive to the rock formation that perfectly resembles a monkey’s head. Eyes, ears, nose, hair, mouth, it has it all. This is a great above water photo opportunity for our photo enthusiasts.
The dive is off of a mooring line and reaches a max depth of approximately 80 feet. The dive is a circular dive around the Monkey Head rock formation. Generally the rock is kept on the left hand shoulder for the duration of the dive, however, your divemaster will make the final call based upon the current conditions at the dive site on the day of your dive.
Marine life you are likely to see at Monkey Head is diverse. There are several species of rays. Spotted eagle rays are the highlight here. There have been the occasional manta ray spotted at monkey head over the years, however this is not common. Common rays as well as several different species of moray eels are also very common. There are large schools of fish as well as the possibility of finding the occasional turtle.
Welcome to Monkey Head, an extraordinary dive site located off the coast of Costa Rica. Situated in the stunning waters of the Pacific Ocean, this dive site offers an exhilarating underwater experience for divers of all levels. With its abundance of marine life, vibrant coral formations, and unique topography, Monkey Head promises to be a memorable destination for any diving enthusiast.
As you descend into the crystal-clear waters, you’ll be greeted by a colorful underwater paradise. The site derives its name from a rock formation that resembles the head of a monkey, providing an interesting and distinctive landmark. This striking geological feature creates a captivating backdrop for your dive adventure.
The waters surrounding Monkey Head are teeming with marine biodiversity. You’ll have the opportunity to encounter an array of tropical fish species, including parrotfish, angelfish, surgeonfish, and butterflyfish. Keep your eyes peeled for majestic sea turtles gracefully gliding through the water, as well as spotted eagle rays and reef sharks patrolling the depths.
The coral formations at Monkey Head are a sight to behold. You’ll be mesmerized by the vibrant hues and intricate structures of both hard and soft corals. These underwater gardens provide a habitat for countless marine organisms, adding to the richness of the dive site. Delicate sea fans sway with the currents, while sponges and anemones add pops of color to the seascape.
Monkey Head offers diverse topography, ranging from shallow reefs to dramatic drop-offs. Explore the intricate network of canyons, crevices, and swim-throughs that provide shelter to numerous marine creatures. The site’s topography also creates opportunities for thrilling drift dives, where you can glide effortlessly along the currents, taking in the breathtaking scenery as you go.
The visibility at Monkey Head is generally excellent, often exceeding 30 meters (100 feet), allowing for superb photographic opportunities. Underwater photographers and videographers will revel in capturing the beauty of this underwater wonderland.
Whether you’re a novice diver or a seasoned pro, Monkey Head offers something for everyone. The calm, warm waters and manageable currents make it an ideal location for beginners, while experienced divers will appreciate the challenges and rewards that the site presents.
When planning your dive at Monkey Head, be sure to consider the best time to visit. The dive site is accessible year-round, but the dry season (December to April) generally offers more favorable weather conditions and calmer seas.
In conclusion, Monkey Head in Costa Rica is a captivating dive site that promises an immersive and unforgettable underwater experience. With its stunning marine life, vibrant coral formations, and unique topography, this dive site will leave you in awe of Costa Rica’s natural wonders. So, pack your dive gear, explore the depths, and prepare to be amazed by the beauty that awaits you at Monkey Head.