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Scuba Diving at the Apoyo Lagoon

Department: Masaya

Municipality: Catarina (view on map)

Type: Scuba Diving & Snorkeling



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The clear blue waters of the Apoyo Lagoon offer not only excellent swimming possibilities, but also a great setting for scuba diving activities.

The visibility is always good at Apoyo, and there are several types of fish and other animals to see. Cichlids are among the fish that can be seen here, and larger fish like rainbow bass are also present. Fresh water turtles also live in the lagoon and are sometimes seen when diving.

To get to the diving site, diving operators often transport the divers to the eastern side of the lagoon. The price for a two-tank diving session is about $55.

Getting There

Getting to: Apoyo Lagoon

Laguna de Apoyo is less than an hour from Managua. You should take the highway to Masaya (Carretera Masaya), and pass Masaya. At kilometer 37.5 you take a right (there are some signs, but do pay attention!). Keep following the road, and take a right where it stops and hits another road (this is after about 15 minutes from the highway). After maybe one minute you can enter the road that descends to the lagoon on your left.

There are also buses that go to the lagoon, but not all of them go down all the way. Sometimes you'll have to walk the last path. Public transportation can be taken either in the Masaya Market or at the entrance of the lagoon, located in the Km 37.5.