Archive | May, 2010

New CondoFish Tshirts

30 May

Support the Cause!

The Playa Hermosa Artificial Reef project now has t-shirts for sale.  If you would like to help support the project and get a cool shirt as well, contact us.   We have ladies’ tank tops and other styles as well.

Artificial Reef Project T shirt

Email to get one of these excellent t-shirts and help support the artificial reef in Playa Hermosa. Continue reading


Artificial Reef Project Featured on AM Costa Rica

29 May

The The Artificial Reef Project in Playa Hermosa was featured on Wrote:

Construction blocks are just the right shape for fish families

Artificial reefs come in all sizes, from an obsolete aircraft carrier to an assembly of cinderblocks that provide a home for sea creatures.  Costa Rica has no aircraft carriers to sink to help the ocean environment, but the Playa Hermosa Association in Guanacaste constructed 12 igloos just offshore using the building blocks.  The project, the association said, is the first artificial reef permitted by the government.

Phase two will be to seek permission from the government to increase the size of the reef to allow greater development of local marine life, said Mike Celiceo, an association member.  Phase three will be to provide fish habitat to the north side of the beach closer for snorkeling trips, he added.

“The beauty of Playa Hermosa is that it consists of flat sandy bottom which is conducive for concrete sphere habitats,” he said.

“Our goal . . . was to ensure that fish and other marine animals, such as crabs, octopus, etc., looking for a place to live and reproduce had the best environment available,” he said.  “The reef project chose cinder block because the block was easier to handle than say cars and tires and logistically it made more sense because block is readily available.  The fish habitats are formed into an igloo shape which offers the best environment to live, breed and find protection.” Continue reading


18 May

Welcome to the official website for the Playa Hermosa Artificial Reef Project, located just north of Playas del Coco in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  The project has been affectionately nicknamed  “Condo-Fish” for the fish habitats, or “condominiums,” that we have constructed here.

So far, things are moving along swimmingly.  This is the first project of it’s kind to be approved by the Costa Rican government.  The fish and aquatic plant life are taking well to their homes and multiple species have already begun laying eggs on the structures.  We see more and more life each time we scuba dive down to it.  Our History section gives a detailed story of how this project started and where it’s headed.   To read more about the drive and energy behind this venture please read the message from the founder.

For those interested in supporting the The Playa Hermosa Artificial Reef Project,  Condofish units are now available for adoption 10 meters (30 feet) below the surface.  How to Adopt a Reef?

Read Latest Updates to see our most recent news about the project.

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