Escape to the beautiful area of Costa Rica; Guanacaste and the Bat Islands. Guanacaste is a province located on the pacific side of Costa Rica in the northwest part of the country. The Bat Islands are located in a protected Marine Park inside the Guanacaste conservation area. It is one of the most beautiful island chains in Costa Rica and home to a diverse dry tropical forest.The OKEANOS AGGRESSOR I™ & OKEANOS AGGRESSOR II™ focus on the areas of The Santa Rosa National Park and its marine sector called Islas Murcielago (Bat Islands); this area offers incredible beauty both above and below the surface. This beautiful Conservation Area earned a place in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in 1999.
The trip includes three main geographical areas in the North Pacific of Guanacaste: Bahia Culebra and Catalina Islands Area, Cuajiniquil and El Jobo Area, and Bat Islands in Santa Rosa National Park. These areas are very diverse with an opportunity to dive with lots of species of rays, mantas, turtles, sharks, large schools of tropical fish, frogfish and other macro life. Large pelagics such as Humpback Whales, dolphin and other shcarks are seen. Guests will dive up to 4 dives a day including 3 night dives.
Getting There, Passports & Visa Documentation
Guanacaste is located off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Guests fly to San Jose, Costa Rica for a two-hour air-conditioned bus ride to Puntarenas, which showcases some of Costa Rica's most beautiful views.
Most major airlines fly into San Jose, Costa Rica: American, Iberia, United, Delta, Lacsa, Taca. An overnight stay in San Jose is usually required prior to the trip due to airline schedules. Recommended hotels are the host hotels, Holiday Inn Escazu and Holiday Inn Express Forum in San Jose where group transfers are provided from.
Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. US citizens require a passport that must be valid for 6 months from date of entry. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper visa to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement.
Guests will be met by a representative in uniform at our two host hotels, the Holiday Inn Escazu and Holiday Inn Express Forum (formerly Indigo Hotel) on the day of departure at a pre-set time for the group transfer. The pick-up and boarding time schedule is available in our "Know Before You Go" document and below in the "Departure Schedule" link. Boarding depends on the tide schedule. Immediately after boarding the yacht departs for Punta Gorda where the following morning guests will be ready for the first dive. After a week trip, the the yacht returns back to the dock in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The last evening, a BBQ will be served on the upper deck. Check-out is at 7 am. Transportation is provided back to the host hotels or San Jose (SJO) airport from the yacht at the end of the charter. Book flights after 12:30 pm.
Dive accident insurance is mandatory prior to traveling on OKEANOS AGGRESSOR I™ & OKEANOS AGGRESSOR II™. Proof is required prior to diving. We strongly recommend each guest purchase a comprehensive accident, medical, baggage and trip cancellation and interruption insurance when your reservation is made. Trip cancellation insurance will protect you from financial disappointment if you are prevented from making your scheduled trip. For more information on insurance, visit Diveassure or Divers Alert Network insurance on our website.
Taxes & Fees
The Costa Rica Government charges a park and diving fee of USD $15 per day, CASH only. It can be expected to enter the Park 2 or 3 days depending on the itinerary. The Costa Rican Government implemented the park fee to maintain the protected land and marine area and preserve its natural habitat.