We could make you see the Caribe Talamanca style. The most biodiverse corals and human cultures in Costa Rica. Roots, rainforest and reef right in one spot. Surf so sweet. Dolphins, diving and kayaks on tap all day. With Manzanillo, de least you could get is de best. Dive down for mucho images, video, and words about The Talamanca Coast.
Guides for: Disneynature "Oceans The Movie," Discovery Channel's Animal Planet "The Quest," John Downer Films with BBC1's "Dolphins Spy in The Pod" and Silverback Films and BBC1s "The Hunt-Open Ocean," Bono and The Edge and their families, many yachts from small to mega, and 1000s of other ecotourists from around the world.
With Manzanillo reef diving and snorkeling there is always something else just around the bend
The mythical Caribbean Costa Rica Guyana Dolphins also known as Tucuxi dolphins. DNA tests in 2007 showed that they are a different species than what South American Indians call Tucuxi, although they may appear the same. Here they have been called Tucuxi since the mid 90s, before that they were known as Small One in Talamanca patois for at least a few decades, and probably much longer. Pre Columbian Indian pottery from the area has been found with dolphin motifs. This shot is 18 minutes boat ride from Aquamor, Manzanillo. Click the doral fin with the nick in it to learn more about Guyana Dolphins in Costa Rica.
Check out the tentacles of each coral polyp. Like an upside down jellyfish they live in the self made condos and build the reef. They grap little plankton floating by to eat but they also get nutrients and color from alga that live in their condos with them. Dude, Symbiosis.
The Aquamor Front Yard 3 metersbelow the Caribe. Yes, right in front of the shop. Fire Coral with little sargent majors and Esteban Santamaria Perez.
Mr Shermon and Cary or Hawksbill Turtle. Bloody Reef right in front of Aquamor, Manzanillo, Talamanca.
Twenty five feet down. The Aquamor front yard. Manzanillo, Talamanca, Limon, Costa Rica.
Do you see me? Manzanillo Scuba diving
Mr Jewfish. Also known as the Golioth Grouper. Long Shoal, Manzanillo, Talamanca, Caribe Sur
Come see Manzanillo and the protected waters of the National Wildlife Refuge.
Lonely Planet says that Manzanillo Beach is "The Best Beach in Costa Rica." Find out why. Video Guide above and words and photos below. Go.
December, January and Febuary is surf time. A great season for kayaking and dolphin trips. The dive season is over until mid March although there may be a few days of 10 to 20 foot viz here and there. From mid March to sometime around May or June there is usually top class beach diving, and excellent offshore deeper diving. No one knows how June to August will be, could be surf, could be dive. Then boom, dive time again in September and October. For you weather heads, this happens when we pass through the Doldrums on their yearly migration north and south with the solar equator. But with climate change all the old pattens are changing.
Kayaking, Dolphin Trips, and Jungle Hikes can usually go when sea to rough for diving.
Masks/Fins/Snorkel. The best protected coral reefs are right in front of the town.
Kayaks- Creeks, coves, caves, waves, reef and more right round town.
Trips guided by Costa Cetacea on the Caribbean should be reserved three or more months in advance.
You won´t see Mt. Fiji in the background, this Manzanillo, Talamanca, Costa Rica, on the wave known as Right Head. No diving today. Surfer Claudio
Mr. Pilot Whale. Six nautical miles in front of Aquamor Adventures, Talamanca, Costa Rica.
Catch the sunset on a wave, Ol Sam, Playa Grande, Manzanillo, Talamanca, Limon, Costa Rica. Photo by Vanessa Larkin.
Caribbean Colors on the Reef. Manzanillo. In front of Aquamor Adventures.
Dazzeled by the light in Manzanillo. Kayak Surf Costa Rica Caribe. Surfer Vanessa Larkin
Two kilometes in front of Aquamor Adventures Manzanillo, 20 meters down on Long Shoal. Giant Wire Coral, biggger than you.
Playa Grande Manzanillo, Limon, Caribbean Costa Rica. Surfer Tony Dixon
Bloody, Jimmy and Sugar Reefs, Manzanillo, right in front of Aquamor Adventures.
The finest adventures under, on, in and around the fantastic waters of Talamanca, including Punta Mona, Wild Cane Point, Long Shoal, the Gandoca Lagoon and more.
Aquamor Adventures in Manzanillo has kayaks all day on tap. Mask, fins, and snorkels on tap all day.
Kayak or free dive the protected National Marine Wildlife Refuge in front of Aquamor Adventures and Manzanillo.
As you will see in the photos below, as well as the sunset kayak surf photo above, the action is right in front of Aquamor, steps away from the shop.
Trips guided by Costa Cetacea are by reservation only with a minimum of four people and three days of trips, we recommend you reserve at least a three months in advance if possible.
Click on Costa Cetacea Videos above for some cool educational videos about Manzanillo´s whales and dolphins.
OK. Lets go. Check out the photos below, all from right round Aquamor Adventures by Costa Cetacea.
You are the solution to pollution. Ask your hotel about their wastewater treatment.
Copyright 2010 Costa Cetacea Shawn Larkin All rights reserved.
Not bad for a beach dive. Manzanillo Talamanca Limon Costa rica
The Aquamor Front Yard on the Caribe. Again, right in front of the shop.
Meet the locals with Costa Cetacea and Aquamor. Eat them at world famous Maxi´s right next door to Aquamor.
Some day the surf is bigger than others in front of Manzanillo. This wave known as Right Head only breaks on some days
Playa Grande, Manzanillo, and some of Long Shoal Reef. The biggest area of coral reef in Costa Rica, the satalite shows it like it is.
You like beaches? Playa Grande is one of the best and it starts right in front of Aquamor, Manzanillo. It take about 40 minutes to walk from one end to the other. Thats why they call it Grande.
Unique to the world, Bottlenose and Guyana Dolphins also known as Tucuxi dolphins, here in Talamanca, hang out together and even have sex between species on a regular basis. They also fight and snack together. These interspecies interactions were first discovered and documented by Costa Cetacea Guides Shawn and Vanessa Larkin and Willie Burton with some of their friends back in the mid 90s.
The light of a flash often reveales bright red
Manzanillo many moons ago
The Caribbean coral reef is often about the little things. Manzanillo, Talamanca, Limon, Costa Rica
Manzanillo. Right in front of Aquamor Adventures. Have a seat.
Mr. Barracuda. Jimmy Reef, Manzanillo, right in front of Aquamor Adventures. Photo by Star Larkin, at age 8.
Guide Shawn Larkin at Playa Grande. Ten minutes paddle from Aquamor. Photo:Vanessa Larkin
Butterfly fish. Manzanillo
Nurse Shark on the coral reef, Manzanillo, Costa Rica
bloody reef Manzanillo Talamanca Limon Costa Rica
Black coral trees are white underwater. The coral was once crafted to turn black in order to sell as jewelry. Most of it has been taken from Talamanca but a few trees survive on Long Shoal in water too deep for black coral poachers. This tree from 3 kilometers in front of Aquamor Adventures, Manzanillo.
Koiga Whales also known as pygmy and dwarf sperm whales, the smallest whales in the world, 8 nautical miles in front of Aquamor Adventures, Manzanillo, Talamanca, Limon, Costa Rica. This photo is of pygmy sperm whales. Las Ballenas Cachalotes pigmeo y enano. son las Koigas de Caribe Sur, Costa Rica.
Don´t forget to stop and see the blennys. Manzanillo, Talamanca, Limon, Costa Rica. On the coral reef in front of Aquamor Adventures
All of these photos are from Manzanillo, Talamanca, Limon, Costa Rica All photos and words by Star, Shawn and Vanessa Larkin. Copyright Costa Cetacea Shawn Larkin 2010. All rights reserved.
Locally known as the disco fish. They live on the coral reef in front of Aquamor and Manzanillo but are sometimes seen late at night while dancing in Puerto Viejo.