What is known as Tortuga Island is actually two midsize islands located off the south side of the Nicoya Peninsula near the Curú National Wildlife Refuge, approximately 50 minutes by boat from Playa Herradura.
The main island, where the beach is open to the public, has different dive spots. One of the most interesting is a wreck which forms an artificial reef.
The sites are made up of rock formations which rise to walls several feet high that form underwater channels of great beauty. Also the formation of small rock caverns provide the perfect location to find whitetip sharks usually accompanied by lots of fish.
It is common to observe a lot of life in these waters. Eagle rays and giant manta rays are observed in the months of January to March. Corals, octocorals and sea fans adorn the different routes . It is an ideal place to observe octopus, scorpion fish, large lobsters and jaquetas.
The diving conditions are good, however, there may be mild currents.
The average water temperature is between 23 º C and 26 º C.
The depths vary from 30 ft to 70ft.
|DISTANCE FROM THE SHORE||45 minutes from the coast|
|VISIBILITY||From 10 to 80 feet|
|MAX DEPTH||From 30 to 70 feet|
|TEMPERATURE||From 70ºF to 80ºF|
|CURRENTS||Common presence of strong currents and waves.|
|BOTTOM TYPE||Rock formations and sand bottoms.|
|COMMON SPECIES||Giant manta rays, white tip reef sharks, jacks, Eagle rays, snappers, puffer fishes, angel fish, butterfly fish, moray eels, octopuses, sea turtles, lobsters.|
|BEST SEASSON||December to may . The rest of the year is closed|