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Central America

Pirate wrecks, pelagics everywhere, caribbean reefs and pacific excitement . . .

Central America is a very narrow isthmus of southern North America extending from Mexico to Panama. The Pacific Ocean lies to the southwest, the Caribbean Sea lies to the northeast, and the Gulf of Mexico lies to the north.

Scuba diving in Central America takes you down the Gulf of Mexico, through the Caribbean sea into the South Pacific ocean and onto the Galapagos Islands.

Costa Rica enjoys a world-renowned system of protected areas, covering nearly a quarter of its territory and offers over 1,200 km of coastline stretched along two oceans, highlights of which feature snorkelling with Humpback whales and diving with giant Manta Rays.

Try Panama for a spot of canal diving; Drake Island for pirate wrecks, crater diving in El Salvador and the Corn Islands in Nicaragua for the famous "Blowing Rock".

What to see:
Whale sharks: BelizeHonduras
Olive Ridley and Leatherback turtles: Costa Rica
Coral reef systems: Belize

Central America: Latest User Reviews

Dive boat capsizes  Sueno del Mar Dive Resort, Honduras 1 Star Rating Added: 17th March 2015 by Billshaw
Worst dive shop ever, Divemaster was arrogant and rude to the point where he wouldn't listen to the captain saying it was too dangerous and took over the boat and capsized it in a few minutes. The only thing he was worried about was the equipment in the water, he...
Fantastic Week with Infinity Divers  Infinity Divers Aqua Center, Honduras 5 Star Rating Added: 2nd November 2014 by wdndiver
My wife and I spent a week at Infinity Bay, and a fantastic week of diving with Infinity Divers. It all began a couple of months before our trip when we booked Infinity Bay for accommodations. I started researching dive operators in the West Bay & West End area, and...
GREAT EXPERIENCE  Scubapanama (Sunset Cabins), Central America 4 Star Rating Added: 30th August 2014 by WENMIN
I go to Panama twice a year to my second home. While in the country I will get some diving in. I thoroughly enjoy going to Portobelo to stay overnight and then dive the Carribean side of the country. Fair prices for rentals, food, and overnight stays in the cabins. Highly...
Good Organization and Great Trip.  Diving Safaris , Costa Rica 4 Star Rating Added: 26th May 2014 by ppd4139
This was our first dive trip after getting certified in St. Maarten in December 0f 2013. I found Diving Safaris off of the PADI website that indicated that they were a 5 star PADI dive resort. I corresponded on several occasions with the owner Bobbi Jo and asked that she...
Incredible Dive Shop and Organization.  Rocket Frog Divers, Costa Rica 5 Star Rating Added: 26th May 2014 by ppd4139
We had already book a dive vacation through another organization and was near the pool area of our hotel when we saw the guys from Rocket Frog getting some divers ready for their adventure. I watched for quite some time since we had just got certified in St. Maarten in...
Professional Diving  Coconut Tree Divers, Honduras 5 Star Rating Added: 6th April 2014 by lonestars
Started the holiday with a few poor dives at other locations, wanted still dive but lost a lot of confidence. went back to basics with the Coconut Instructor "ted". He sorted out my issues and my wife and I continued on 20 plus dives with Coconut Tree. Basic message is...
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