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© copyright by Felipe Chacon Rodriguez

© copyright by Felipe Chacon Rodriguez
© copyright by Felipe Chacon Rodriguez
© copyright by Felipe Chacon Rodriguez
© copyright by Felipe Chacon Rodriguez
The quantity of hammerhead sharks at Cocos Island this week was absolutely astounding. At Alcyone, the sky was just FULL of them! Mega schools of 100+ swam overhead in droves at Alcyone and Manuelita.

Arguably our best dive was at Pajara, when a 7-meter juvenile whale shark swam with us three times. This was a surprise, as Pajara is sometimes thought of as a “less exciting” afternoon macro dive. It just goes to show that you just never know what diving Cocos Island is going to throw at you – where or when.


Now for the trip highlights:
Really, last week can be summed up with one word: hammerheads. Or maybe two words: schooling hammerheads.

We witnessed non-stop cleaning action essentially everywhere – in Dirty Rock, Manuelita, Alcyone, Submerged Rock, Pajara and even Viking Rock. Medium-sized schools of +/- 60 hammers were near constant at Submerged Rock, Dos Amigos Grande, Dirty Rock and Punta Maria. The sharks were coming in incredibly close and the effect was unbelievable – it amounted to seriously some of the best diving of our lives.

Cocos island is simply full of life – BIG life. Out in the blue at Alcyone, we saw schools of silky sharks numbering in the 20s, and they allowed us to swim with them. Lately, silkies seem to be flocking to the island in greater quantities than normal.

It was rainy most of the week, which is to be expected at this time of year – but the weather did clear up on day four so we could enjoy an island hike. On this sunny day one of our guests put up a drone and spotted a huge humpback whale in Chatham Bay.

Shark diving Cocos Island just keeps getting better and better as we progress further and further into rainy season. We can’t wait to see what the next trip has in store!

© copyright by Felipe Chacon Rodriguez

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   41 ft / 12 m
Water Temp.   81°F / 27°C
Weather
Climate  
sunny
rainy
Sea  
calm
choppy
Crossings
to Cocos Island  
calm
choppy
to Puntarenas  
calm
choppy

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