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© copyright by Cristian Dimitrius
This trip we had aboard the Sea Hunter a diverse group of divers from the Phillipines, Australia, Germany and the USA. The crossing was smooth, and right from the checkout dive Cocos Island was on fire! Tiger sharks, hammerheads and marble rays were all over Manuelita Island, and the cleaning stations were super active. Every time we jumped in the water anywhere near the Manuelita, it was practically guaranteed we’d see at least one tiger shark and anywhere from 10-50+ hammers. On one dive there we observed 6 species of shark on a single immersion: whitetip, blacktip, hammerhead, Galapagos, tiger and silky.

Dirty Rock was loaded with hammerheads this week, and we simply sat in front of the cleaning station and watched the show – waves upon waves of hammers passed right before our eyes. In fact our guides estimate that this trip at Dirty Rock we saw the largest schools of the year (so far!). On one unforgettable dive there, we jumped in the water and there wasn’t a single moment in the entire hour when we were without hammerheads. We were able to swim among them in an immense school of at least 200+ individuals, as they swam in sync near the surface. The experience was nothing short of exceptional, and our dive guides say it was one for the record books.

At Pajara, we saw a rather rare sight of black durgons (triggerfish) mated in massive numbers, plus a tiger shark sighting. The night dives at the Coral Garden were intense and charged with energy, and we saw a huge Galapagos shark circling around us ominously looking for whitetips for dinner. On one of our favorite dives at Alcyone we saw a group of 50+ hammerheads schooling very close to the surface, and we were able to swim in a school of bonitos that were moving very quickly as they tried to escape yellowfin tuna, blacktips and dolphins that were trying to hunt them. All in all, it was another AMAZING trip to Cocos!

Dive Conditions
Visibility   53 ft / 16 m
Water Temp.   78°F / 26°C
to Cocos Island  
to Puntarenas  

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