Into the Blue – Diving in Santa Teresa

If Santa Teresa had a catchphrase, it would go something along the lines of “come for the surf, stay for the lifestyle”.  And indeed if you didn’t pick up a board during your visit, you’d be missing out on an iconic Santa Teresa experience.  But below our famous waves lies another world.  A world of unexplored watery habitats and thriving marine life.  A deep blue realm finally being unveiled by the town’s very first dive school, Iguana Divers.

Diving in Santa Teresa

Sea turtles are just one of many species that swim beneath Santa Teresa’s famous waves

When Juan and Cindy – Iguana’s founders – first came to Santa Teresa, it was originally to help out at Latitude 10.  Juan had previously been General Manager at Lapa Rios Lodge, our sister Cayuga Collection hotel on the Osa Peninsula, where for four years, the pair lived out their passion for wildlife, sustainability and environmental education.

Adventurous explorers at heart, Juan and Cindy tied the knot in the Osa treetops before embarking on an epic one-year honeymoon around the world in search of endangered animals and hidden cultures.  During their trip, the newlyweds had planned to dive once or twice.  In practice, they ended up delving into the oceans around Borneo over 300 times!

Iguana Divers Santa Teresa

Juan & Cindy, founders of Iguana Divers

Back and settled in Santa Teresa, the couple – now with a baby daughter fittingly named Marina – felt there was something missing.  Life seemed a world away from the daily extreme encounters with wildlife they had been used to in the Osa.  And as beautiful as Santa Teresa was, its sprawling, palm-fringed beaches and cute coffee shops only partially filled the void.  Longing to be immersed in nature once more, Juan and Cindy took back to the waters and founded Iguana Divers.


Iguana Divers is a PADI Dive Center that provides divers with the opportunity to connect with the blue beyond surfing.  They take out certified divers and offer all levels of certification for novices too.  And as the only dive operator in the area, the experience is a unique one.  The dive sites were all found and first explored by Iguana Divers, and are still exclusive to the company.  Iguana’s outings are small and personalized, with groups no larger than five divers at a time.  On a typical trip, divers can see whitetip reef sharks, rays, morays, and impressive schools of fish like snappers or jacks.  And in waters so warm and clean, there’s a good chance of encountering dozens more tropical species.

Tropical Species Santa Teresa

Iguana Divers was created to inspire a personal involvement in the care of our oceans

But true to their personal philosophy, Juan and Cindy created the school for more than just a love of diving.  Their company’s mission “to inspire personal involvement in the collective effort to heal our oceans” sees the whole team working on a number of educational and scientific projects both in and out of the water.  When our beaches and oceans are two or our best assets, protecting them and enjoying them go hand in hand.

Keen to explore Santa Teresa’s magical underwater world?  We’ll help you tailor your perfect itinerary to include plenty of aquatic adventures with Iguana Divers.  Get in touch for a personalized itinerary and quote!


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