- Private tours customized for small groups
- Experienced and knowledgeable guides
- Area rich in marine diversity, with creatures big and small
- Private instruction for beginners
- High-quality equipment provided to all divers
The Gulf of Papagayo offers some of the Pacific Ocean’s most interesting marine diversity. The plankton-rich waters support numerous species from big to small. On any given day you may see frogfish, harlequin clown shrimp, seahorses, and octopus, or you might have a lucky encounter with schooling eagle rays, white tip reef sharks, giant Pacific manta rays, or a passing whaleshark. It is a great place to study animal behavior, and the perfect location to be in the middle of the action.
Seasons The north pacific coast of Costa Rica has two distinct seasons: wet and dry. The dry season, from December through April, is most noted for its northerly winds that drop the water temperature down into the low to mid-70’s.
This cooler water is host to humpback whales, whale sharks, giant pacific manta rays, and hordes of roving southern stingrays. The wet season, from June through November, is the time to enjoy warmer water reaching into the mid-80’s, and a bit of an increase in the average 35-foot visibility. It is this time of year when you might see the massive schools of golden rays, and when encounters with sharks become an exciting reality.
Tours Almaco Tours offers daily dive trips for certified divers. Because the boat is yours for the day, you choose the time, the number of tanks, and the rhythm of your trip. Dive tours can easily be combined with snorkel tours or beach barbeques, and surface intervals are great for exploring secluded beaches or searching for dolphins. Dives are led by a certified divemaster who is trained to give each diver the attention he or she needs, and who knows where the good wildlife is. High quality equipment is provided to all divers.
Courses Our PADI and TDI trained instructors offer all level courses from Discover Scuba Diving through Divemaster. We come to your house or hotel to give the training in your pool and stay with you through the completion of your course. Specialty courses are available for Enriched Air Nitrox and the Atlantis Dolphin Semi-Closed Circuit Rebreather. Discover Scuba Diving experiences can also be combined with outings for certified divers and snorkelers.
Photographers Welcome Almaco is excited to offer its services to photographers and videographers. Small group sizes enable us to focus on exactly what you want to see and shoot, and our wide range of experience in both photography and video helps us take you to the right place at the right time. We also offer professional fully edited videos of your day on Almaco, whether diving with sharks and turtles, or enjoying a BBQ on the beach with your family.