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© copyright by Avi Klapfer - Undersea Hunter Group

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Manuelita Coral Garden was the star dive site this trip! Visibility there was out of this world, with reflections off the white sand bathing countless schools of hammerheads in soft, beautiful light as they entered the cleaning station from all directions. There were so many hammers – too many to count. It was truly a spectacular sight. The night dives at the Coral Garden were equally action-packed, as massive Galapagos sharks kept coming in (almost) too close for comfort!

Although Manuelita Coral Garden may have been the best all-around site, arguably the best single dive of the week took place at Dirty Rock. There we saw a dizzying quantity of hammerheads schooling along with marble rays mating and dozens of other species mingling together in a veritable explosion of life.

The crossings both ways were smooth and sunny, and we enjoyed predominantly warm water, no current and incredible visibility all week long. From our very first “check out dive” we were sharing the water with so many hammerheads, and on our third dive of the very first day a 12-foot tiger shark approached us very slowly and full of curiosity. Day 2 there was an inverted current at Dirty Rock and a several medium-sized schools of 15-20+ hammerheads. Punta Maria gave us many close encounters with giant (and curious!) Galapagos sharks.

Another highlight this week was at Alcyone, when we saw hammerheads and silkies schooling side by side! Later we went snorkeling and dolphins, silkies and 200+ hammerheads approached right beneath us close to the surface. This was indeed a pleasant surprise to see silkies returning to Cocos Island. As of late, they have only been showing up to feed on baitballs; however this trip, we saw them swimming out in the blue at Alcyone whenever there was current. Hopefully these silkies are here to stay!

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   68 ft / 21 m
Water Temp.   80°F / 27°C
Weather
Climate  
sunny
rainy
Sea  
calm
choppy
Crossings
to Cocos Island  
calm
choppy
to Puntarenas  
calm
choppy

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