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© copyright by Frank Baensch

© copyright by Mao Sanchez de la Hoz
© copyright by Frank Baensch
© copyright by Divemaster Pepe
“I saw Galapagos sharks, blacktips, silkies and lots and lots of whitetips on every dive and many hammerheads,” said underwater photographer Frank Baensch just after our last journey to Cocos Island. “I came to Cocos to see sharks... and I wasn’t disappointed!”

That quote just about sums up the trip this week! Manuelita Outside was the definitive hotspot, and we dove it 6 times because the cleaning stations there were simply on fire – especially the third one. Not only did we see streams of hammerheads coming in one by one to be cleaned, but out in the blue we saw schools of 30, 50 and even up to 100+ individuals at a time. Manuelita Coral Garden was another favorite, and there we saw several frogfish as well as hammerheads at the cleaning station.

Speaking of hammerheads – they weren’t hanging out at Dirty Rock as much as usual this week, but nobody cared thanks to the sheer quantity of fish gathered at the pinnacle. The quantity and variety of fish congregating at one place in about 80ft of water was mind bending, and impressed even our most seasoned divemasters.

Cocos’ marble rays were extra friendly, getting right up in our faces for unbelievable photo ops, and at Dirty Rock we once saw a school of 10 at once. We encountered more turtles than usual (which we took to mean the turtles are either getting better at avoiding the tiger sharks or the tigers just aren’t that hungry lately!). The island was also alive with eagle rays, snappers, mackerel, surgeonfish, tuna – you name it.

In other news, we installed fresh buoys at the Alycone and Punta Maria dive sites. The weather was mostly rainy this week, with a few glorious days of sunshine mixed in. We didn’t mind – rain is what makes the island so lush and the waterfalls so picturesque. Even when it’s stormy the majesty of nature never fails to reveal itself at Cocos Island.

© copyright by Frank Baensch

Dive Conditions
Visibility   52 ft / 16 m
Water Temp.   80°F / 27°C
to Cocos Island  
to Puntarenas  

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