It´s time for the CATALINAS
all, it’s time for rays,rays and more rays...
By: Andrés Benavente
Martin Van Gestel
known that the oceans of Guanacaste are famous for the abundance of marine life
and for the incredible diving experiences that its waters offer.
dive site has its own particular attraction there is one that always gathers
the best stories, generally with a common denominator: rays, rays and more rays! This place is overcome with Mobley
Rays, Spotted Rays, Eagle Rays, Diamond Stingrays, Southern Stingrays, Round
Stingrays, Lesser Devil Rays and of course, the magnificent Giant Manta Ray or rather,
dozens of them at once…
Catalina Island is the name of this paradise, a small group of volcanic rocks
some 60 minutes from Tamarindo and about 40 minutes from Playas del Coco,
internationally catalogued among the 5 most spectacular dive sites of all the
Central American Pacific.
In this rocky coral reef there is an abundance of all
types of colorful tropical fauna and it’s possible to see turtles, angel fish,
octopus, seahorses, star fish, several species of morays, some sharks and of
course, pleeeenty of rays all in a single dive!
And just in
case this does not seem enough for you, let me tell you that you could also run
into whale sharks, pilot whales, striped dolphins, and humpback whales.
all, the Catalinas is “THE” place if you want to see and swim with the entire
and ample ray family all in the same and unforgettable day…
Don’t miss visiting the Catalinas…
When? Diving is incredible year round, but to
see the spectacle of the rays in its fullness, the best time is right now,
between December and April of each year…
will we see? Let’s say that it is practically guaranteed that in each dive you
will see a minimum of some 200 rays, about 10,000 fish of various types in big
schools, no less than 5 silvertip sharks, at least a couple of turtles, a few
small octopuses, some seahorses, plenty of morays and an ample array of reef
flora and fauna.