Manuel Antionio National Park Dives
Unfortunately, the diving and snorkeling were the most disappointing parts of the trip. It is often said that the Pacific cost of Latin America has very variable diving and often more murkier waters on any given day due to the ocean currents. This could not have been more true for us during our time there. The water was so thick with murky and thick with sediment that visibility was maybe ten feet! It was the worst dive I have ever gone on. There was a lot of swell??? which made it difficult to swim or maintain your depth. Twice the current lifted me up and then quick brought me down again, making my ears pop painfully, and also causing me to push into the volcanic rocks (thankfully, there was no spiny sea urchin to catch me!). This added to the stress of having to keep close to at least another person to avoid getting lost in the low visibly. I was happy about the amount of air I wen through. I started with 3000psi and ended both dives with around 18000-2000psi. I guess my breathing and air regulation has much improved since I last dove!
Dolphins & Snorkeling
The snorkeling was not much better. The day we went the water was only slightly clearer. There were fish, but not in the abundance I am used to seeing, and what few fish there were, were difficult to see with the low visibly.
The best part about the snorkel trip was the views from the catamaran and the dolphins we encountered. I have worked and been with dolphins in capacity, but I don’t think I have ever been so close to dolphins in the wild. This one dolphin hung out with us for a while, playing on the bow of the boat, probably getting a fun ride from us. He certainly gave us nice show.