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El Refugio Scuba Diving

El Refugio is a local Scuba Diving Company located in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, the ideal departure point for exploring the best dive sites in Guanacaste, including Catalina Islanas, the Murcielago Islands ( Bat Islands ), Monkeys Head or Cabeza e Mono and other local dive sites that can be extremely good depending on climate and visibility. We have two boats available for our dive trips, a scuba boat with a capacity of 8 people and a larger Catamaran Sailboat, with a maximum capacity of 28 people. The later we use a lot when clients book the 2 days overnight Murcielago Dive Expedition. The company also has a modern and well equipped dive station in El Coco, with a large pool where we also offer Scuba Diving courses, from Open Water all the way to Dive Master.
Catalina Islands Scuba Diving
U$ 138

A morning or afternoon 2 tank scuba trip with weights, belts and gear included

Murcielago Islands 2 tank dive
U$ 188

Full day scuba trip to the Murcielago Islands ( Bat Islands ), the best site in Guanacaste.

Cabeza e Mono
U$ 88

One of the best local dive saites with good visibility and abundant wildlife.


Diving is our passion

While some scuba companies see diving as a business only, in our case it goes far beyond. Scuba Diving is our passion. The owner himself, Jose Fabio, is an avid and passionate diver, who tries to go on as many tours as possible himself, making sure you will experience the best of Guanacaste`s marine wildlife and underwater beauties.

Costa Rica is well known for its diving sites. Isla del Coco, or Cocos Island, although far away and only accessible with a multiday expedition is perhaps the most famous dive site. However, some other dive sites are equally well known and great. Along the Pacific Coast, the 2 most important ones are Cano Island, off the coast of Osa Peninsula in Corcovado, and in the far North, the Murcielago Islands, or Bat Islands, which are famous for incredible visibility and also, for the fact that it has one of the most alive and rich populations of Bull Sharks. One trip we try to encourage people to book is the Murcielago Islands overnight scuba trip, which includes not only several dives, but also onboard living, including sleeping onboard and all the meals.

Why us ?

Our company has the best, most modern and well maintained gear, something that is a priority to us. Our guides are not only very well trained and professional, but also knowledgeable, friendly and charming, going beyond the normal guide service and really making the most out of each tour.

Where to stay ?

There are several accommodation options around our dive station in Playas del Coco. If you are staying at one of the larger all inclusive beach resorts in Papagayo for Example, we can pick you up right on the beach. If not, we offer secure parking too.