– How do I make a reservation?
– What are the seasons like in Costa Rica?
– When is the best time of year to come down?
– When is dry season and when is rainy season?
– Are the dives guided?
– Do you offer group specials?
– How long does it take to get certified?
– What type of wetsuit should I bring?
– Do you need to be certified to dive?
– What brand is the rental equipment?
– How many divers do you put on each boat?
– Do you offer Nitrox?
– Do you rent tanks and gear?
– Do you fill tanks?
– How many divers are on the boat?
– Are you closed during any time of the year?
– Do you store and rinse dive equipment?
– Do you offer divemaster internship programs?
– What will I see while diving in Costa Rica?
– What form of payment do you accept?
– Do you offer fishing, surfing, or other activities?
– Do you have insurance?
– Are you affiliated with PADI?
– Is your staff trained in first aid and CPR?
– What are the qualifications of your staff?
– Do you offer decompression chamber insurance?
– How far away is the Liberia International airport?
– Do you offer transport from and to the airport?
– Do you offer transport from hotels to your shop?
– Do you recommend any tours for after diving?
– Do you offer transportation from the Liberia or San Jose airport?
How do I make a reservation?
- What are the seasons like in Costa Rica? There are two seasons that affect us in Guanacaste, The DRY season (summer) and the RAINY season (winter). Both are great times to visit. In the dry season many of the trees exchange their leaves for colourful flowers. During the rainy season, Guanacaste becomes a lush tropical garden.
When is the best time of year to come to Costa Rica?
We always say, “Any time you can get here”.
When is dry season and when is rainy season?
Dry season is November through April. The Papagayo winds blow this time of year, however mornings are usually calm. Visibility averages from 15-40ft / 3-12m with water temperature averaging from 70-75F /21-24C with thermoclines. A 5/3mm wetsuit is recommended. Rainy season is May through October with September and October being the wettest months. Mornings are usually sunny with afternoon rain showers, clearing in the evening for fantastic sunsets. Visibility averages 20-60ft / 7-20m with water temperature averaging 75-85F / 24c-30C with cooler thermoclines.
Are the dives guided?
Yes, there is a certified Divemaster for every 5-6 divers, depending on experience and level of certification.
How long does it take to get certified?
Two to three days for the full Open Water Course.
Do you offer group specials?
Yes, the 10th diver is free.
What type of wetsuit should I bring?
Dry season we recommend you bring a 5/3mm full; rainy season 3/2mm full or shorty. We do have 3mm full and short wetsuits available for rental, but we do not rent 5mm wetsuits.
Do you need to be certified to dive?
You will need to show proof of diving certification to be able to dive. If you do not have your card, we can check PADI certifications on-line. If we can not verify your certification and you want to dive, then you will need to take the Discover Scuba class and dive with an Instructor. Click here to learn more about the different courses we offer.
What brand is the rental equipment?
TUSA and Sherwood BCDs. TUSA, Sherwood and Aqualung Regulators. ScubaMax wetsuits.
Do you offer Nitrox?
Yes, but we require 24-hour notice for fills and proof of nitrox certification.
Do you rent tanks and gear?
Sirenas Diving Costa Rica provides tanks and weights for divers on our dive trips. We have rental dive equipment available for use on our dive trips. Mask, snorkel, full foot fins, full 3mm wetsuits, BCD and regulator set with depth gauge, air gauge and octopus. We do not rent tanks or diving equipment to anyone not diving with Sirenas Diving Costa Rica.
Do you fill tanks?
Sorry, we do not fill tanks.
How many divers are on the boat?
Sirenas Diving Costa Rica likes small personalized groups of 4-6 divers plus crew, depending on the reservation. “Mi Reina Grace” is licensed for eight divers plus two crew. We can accommodate larger groups with advance notice and would charter a larger boat or separate boats.
Are you closed during any time of the year?
Yes, December 25th and January 1st.
Do you store and rinse dive equipment?
Yes, we do. We offer the complete service. If you are diving multiple days we will load, set up, pack up and rinse your equipment. We ask you to please take your wetsuits and booties with you to your hotel.
- Do you offer Divemaster internship programs? Sorry, but we are no longer offering divemaster internship programs.
What will I most likely see during my diving in Costa Rica?
It’s hard to say. Our diving changes every day, dive site to dive site. But what we usually see are turtles, eels, puffer fish, damsel fish, star fish, sharks, rays and much, much more. Click here to learn more about the different types of marine life we have.
What form of payment do you accept?
We require a deposit using paypal or a bank transfer to our US Bank. Balance must be paid in cash the morning of the tour. We accept U.S.$ and Costa Rica colones. We do not accept traveler’s checks! We recommend that you do not bring traveler’s checks to Costa Rica, you can only change them at the bank.
Do you offer fishing, surfing, or other activities?
We do not offer these activities ourselves, but we have a list of recommended professionals who do offer those services. Contact Us for more information.
Do you have insurance?
Yes, we do. We are covered with the Costa Rican insurance company, Instituto National de Seguro.
Are you affiliated with PADI?
Yes, we have been affiliated with PADI for more than 17 years through Diving Safaris Costa Rica.
Are all of your staff members trained in first aid and CPR?
What are the qualifications of your Divemasters and Instructors?
All of our Divemasters are PADI trained Divemasters and are up to date on all of their dues.
Do you offer decompression chamber insurance?
Sadly, no we do not. It is not available in Costa Rica. We do however offer DAN (Divers Alert Network) membership to those who are interested. It is a yearly membership and offers different types of coverage. DAN is one of the best types of diver insurance on the market and we strongly recommend it. To sign up online before you come down, go to: http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/
How close are you to the Liberia International airport (LIR)?
Sirenas Diving Costa Rica is about 30 minutes away, by car, from the Liberia airport (LIR).
Does Sirenas Diving Costa Rica offer transportation from the airport to Playas del Coco?
No, we do not. But if you are looking for a taxi to your hotel we can recommend some transportation companies.
Do you offer transportation from hotels to your dive shop?
Yes, we do. We offer free round trip transportation on the days you dive from Playa del Coco, Playa Ocotal, Playa Hermosa, Occidental Grand Papagayo, Mangroove and Playa Panama.
Do you recommend any tours for after diving?
Yes, in fact we have a list of recommended activities. Check out our “Things to Do” page for more information.
Do you offer transportation from the Liberia or San Jose airport?
No, but Sirenas Diving Costa Rica can arrange round trip transportation at a discounted rate.