Trip Report

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The crossing to Cocos Island was calm, and we saw dolphins along the way – always a good sign. Our first day at Manuelita was amazing, with hammerheads and tiger sharks all over the place. The second day at Dirty Rock was also out of this world, and packed with hammerhead action (plus we saw tiger sharks at both Viking Rock and Dirty Rock).

Day 3 at Big Dos Amigos was spectacular, with Galapagos and hammerhead sharks coming INCREDIBLY close to us. Alcyone was the star dive site on Day 4. There we not only saw hammerheads at the surface, but down below we encountered about 200 in a school! Then at the first, second and third cleaning stations at Manuelita we saw 8 different tiger sharks, as well as hammerheads throughout the entire dive.

We enjoyed so many incredible days of diving this week that it would have been hard to pick a favorite – were it not for the Galapagos shark we watched consume a whitetip reef shark on Day 6 at Manuelita Coral Garden. Witnessing a massive predator engaging in feeding behavior in its natural habitat is unbelievable. It was like being inside of a National Geographic documentary. Our only regret is that it happened so quickly, no one got it on film.

The last two days of our trip the cleaning stations continued to be chock full of sharks, and we even saw a Giant Pacific manta and dolphins out in the blue. Our very last day at the island, a school of about 100 hammerheads swam laps around us for 30 minutes straight. It was truly a proper Cocos Island goodbye. Or more like, “see you next time.”

Dive Conditions
Visibility   50 ft / 15 m
Water Temp.   82°F / 28°C
to Cocos Island  
to Puntarenas  

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