A few steps from the water's edge in Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica, Reef Runner Divers' base camp office overlooks a pristine stretch of turquoise water coast. "The Reefer" panga boat used for Reef Runners' trips and excursions floats just off-shore, ready to ferry divers to the area's most noteworthy spots along the barrier reef that starts here and runs south to the Panamanian border.
Seahorse on coral reef — Photo courtesy of Reef Runner Divers
A Fun Diving Tour is a great way for all levels of scuba divers to explore some of Costa Rica's only pristine coral reef eco-system that exists along this section of the Caribbean coast. The first dive is to a shallow wall off the coast, ranging in depths from 30 to 130 feet. It's good for amateurs who can stay on the shallower side, and experienced divers, who can explore the deeper sections.
Among the creatures you're likely to see are nurse sharks, turtles and seahorses, which have been discovered living on a special section of the wall. So far, yellow, white, brown and green seahorses have been seen on the wall.
Reef Runner Divers wants you! — Photo courtesy of Reef Runner Divers
The second dive is a shallower dive to "The Holes." Ledges, overhangs and swim-throughs are highlights of this highly photogenic place, which was formed due to erosion after a major earthquake several years ago. Eagle rays, nurse sharks and turtles are often seen at "The Holes." Sunlight beams through holes in the coral for stunning underwater photo opportunities on this dive.
The Fun Diving Tour also includes lunch on Punta Uva Beach.
Another way to discover the underwater world in this remote corner of the Caribbean is on a Snorkeling Safari, which also includes lunch on Punta Uva Beach. In addition to the Fun Diving Tour and Snorkeling Safari, Reef Runner Divers offers other complete diving packages, including PADI SCUBA diving certification courses and dolphin tours.
And for those among us who prefer to do it ourselves on our own time, snorkel gear is available for rent from Reef Runner Divers' beachfront shop. One can simply wade out into the coral-studded turquoise water a few feet away.
A two-tank Fun Dive with tanks included is $100, or bring your own tank and save 20%. An unguided snorkeling tour is $35, but just another $15 includes a guide, essential for recognizing hidden creatures and pointing out notable areas as you snorkel around the coral reef eco-system. Discounts are offered to groups of four or more.
For more information and reservations, contact Reef Runner Divers at firstname.lastname@example.org.