Rich Coast Diving
Rich Coast Diving
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Scuba & SnorkellingShark DivingBoat ToursWater SportsEco Tours
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
We are a multilingual PADI 5* Career Development Center in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. We offer world-class scuba diving, snorkeling trips, PADI Courses, tours & activities and accommodation packages. Join us for dives to encounter sharks, rays and big schools of fish. From Nov to May we take you to the famous Catalina islands to get a change to dive with the giant oceanic mantas and from May to Nov we visit the Bat islands to seek the adrenaline of the bull sharks encounters ! We take our courses serious combined with fun and lots of dives. Take your first breath underwater with us or take the step to divemaster or instructor. We offer the full range of PADI courses. Sign up for our GO Pro Internship for 3 months or join us for a day; we will make sure you feel at home here in Costa Rica where the diving is pristine !
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Delia Consentino
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
My wife and I were scuba certified several months ago. The staff at Rich Coast Diving were knowledgeable, friendly and more important to us they were patient and caring. Sam (Dive Master) and another woman (I am so sorry cannot remember her name) (Dive Master in training) took us to the pool to refresh our memory.
The dive in the ocean was our first. A bit nervous to say the least. Sam and Kelly (Dive Master in training) took the ti.e and extra steps to be sure we were comfortable and had an amazing experience. Including helping us stand and walk with the equipment and getting back in the boat. Both my wife and I have physical issues. Sam and crew were great in making sure we had a fabulous experience.
We had called other dive shops (there are many in the area) others did not return calls or were much more expensive and frankly not as nice as the staff at Rich Coast Diving. Will definitely return!! Thank you Sam!!
Written February 9, 2020
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thank you for a great review, I am happy the crew took good care of you during my absence (makes me proud) :) See you next time
Written February 10, 2020
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Marie-Claude G
Val d'Or, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We walked in for information about snorkeling 10 minutes before closing time. Maja Kolm our PADI instructor took all the time to convince my wife and I to take full diving certification with extra dive (Shark Aware) since we were 5 more days in playa del coco. Best decision ever, amazing one on one instructor, wonderfull experience. Maja is very dedicated and patient, explains so clearly, we felt very safe. We will never forget this experience, thank you so much. Keep teaching Maja, you are the best!
Written January 27, 2020
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Sarah Ducharme
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
I can’t say enough good things about Rich Coast Diving. I was traveling solo for the first time and the team at Rich Coast Coast Diving absolutely made my trip. I completed my Advanced Open Water certification while in Play del Coco and it was the highlight of my trip. My instructor was Sam Waters. Sam is professional, friendly and knowledgeable. I always felt safe and comfortable diving under her watch and I cannot recommend her highly enough. She displays excellence in everything she does as a teacher and I learned so much throughout the course. I would definitely return to Rich Coast Diving again and I hope to do so in the future.
Written January 6, 2020
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Mikayla W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
We dove with Rich Coast for 4 days and after researching which dive center to dive with during our stay in Playa del Coco, we definitely chose the right one. Professional yet easy going, the team is made up of knowledgeable, experienced and warm staff that makes you feel right at home. We thoroughly enjoyed our dives with Rich Coast Diving and highly recommend booking with them.

We also did 2 trips to Bat Islands to see the Bull Sharks-and awesome trip definitely worthwhile in season.

Thank you Rich Coast diving for a wonderful experience! We will definitely be back. Pura vida !
Written July 16, 2021
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Bobby C
Yorkville, IL6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
My Queen gave me a scuba diving excursion for Christmas and dove with me. She has gone scuba diving several times before but was not certified and required a Dive Master (Johnny) at her side throughout the day. As I am a seasoned diver, on the second dive Johnny allowed me to partner with my girl and stayed close without being intrusive. We all had a blast and it was possible because of the great staff and Johnny’s superb demeanor.
The entire Rich Coast staff showed utter professionalism, knowledge of the reefs and sea life, enthusiasm and were constantly interactive even while handling the gear and performing the duties to make our day great. They are now my exclusive dive center.
Written January 15, 2020
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Arunner2015
Brooklyn, NY44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The Rich Coast Diving team was the highlight of our trip to Playas del Coco. The staff are knowledgeable, personable, attentive, enthusiastic, communicative, humorous, and all-around helpful. You also get the sense that they all enjoy each other and doing this work, which creates an easy, friendly atmosphere on the boats. We got to dive from three different boats on our three days with them, and we saw a new local site with each of our six dives, without our having to plan or ask for that. They seem to put careful thought into how to group divers of similar levels, and we hugely appreciated their limit of four guests per divemaster. The dive sites were interesting, and expectations were set appropriately and met or exceeded each time. Since we had not been diving since late 2019 due to the pandemic, we asked (pretty last-minute) to do a refresher in the pool, and they set it up for us immediately, for a reasonable price, and with a divemaster (Charlie) who covered everything we needed and spent a little extra time at the end to ensure both of us were comfortable with our buoyancy control and other skills. We had not expected to do more than one day of actual dives in Coco, but kept coming back and were both very glad we did.
Written December 15, 2022
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Thank you very much for your review and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed diving with us ! We hope to welcome you again in the future here in Costa Rica ! Greetings from the Rich Coast Team
Written January 5, 2023
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Sparky1993
Dundas, Canada40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Went snorkeling with Rich Coast divers. 7:30am - 12:30pm, Fiona took good care of us and was very knowledgeable about animal life. The captain of the boat also a great spotter of devil rays and a turtle. I truely felt like I was in someone salt water aquarium. Fish of all shapes and sizes. There is a sound I can only equate to ice rain on a windshield. Amazing
Be very careful about wearing a shirt and sun protection. Some of us got very burnt.
Written February 15, 2020
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Daniel
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
Amazing shop, and even better people. I got the pleasure of getting Lucy as my instructor, seriously she’s good... and she’ll always have a special place in my heart for teaching me how to discover more of the magical underwater world then I could ever with just freediving! If you are anyhow interested in diving I would highly recommend this shop, all the staff are lovely people and highly knowledgeable, and if you are looking for gear some of their equipment is cheaper then it is online so it’s definitely worth a look. Loved every second of my dive experience with them, as I’m sure would you!

Special thanks to Lucy for being a phenomenal instructor!!
Written January 15, 2021
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:) happy diving
Written April 3, 2021
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Bo Dijkstra
Ripon, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
I dived for one day in March, loved it so much and decided to stay indefinitely, that’s all you need to know about Rich Coast Diving and Playas Del Coco!

I came as an AOW and went through my Divemaster Training (DMT) and then Instructor courses because the diving/people/life here is that good. The more experience you get with PADI, the more you become aware of how other dive shops fail to properly care for their customers. This is something Rich Coast exceeds at - making sure customers are safe and learn everything that will help them be a good diver who enjoys themselves. Not only that, but having so many DMT’s mean that you almost always dive with one instructor in a group of 4 with an assistant at the back! Plus DMT’s are young and provide energy for everyone on the boat.

It isn’t just the people that made me want to stay though. Here, you see the big 5 consistently: eagle rays, sting rays, turtles, white-tip sharks and octopus! If you’re looking for a place to see awesome life dive in Coco, and if you’re wanting to be safe and enjoy it, pick Rich Coast. If you’re anything like me, you will want to stay for as long as you can as well.
Written September 4, 2021
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mhdern
Greeley, CO1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Solo
The Team from Rich Coast is top notch! They were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. It was my first dive in a VERY long time but Titi made me feel so comfortable throughout the dive. There were other more experienced divers on the trip and she’s made sure to balance making sure I felt comfortable and making sure they got the most out of the trip. I was nervous to go on this trip but am so glad that I chose to dive back into it (pun intended) with this specific company. I will definitely be coming back!
Written September 12, 2021
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