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© copyright by Avi Klapfer - Undersea Hunter Group
© copyright by Fotodive.ch
© copyright by Fotodive.ch
© copyright by Fotodive.ch
© copyright by Avi Klapfer - Undersea Hunter Group
We just returned from another amazing voyage to Cocos Island, with all signs pointing that La Niña is on her way. After such a long El Niño phenomenon, we expect this year’s La Niña to be very intense – with cold, nutrient rich currents bringing in huge quantities of big pelagics like sharks, whales, dolphins, mantas and sea turtles.

The crossing was smooth, and we had aboard the Argo 18 divers from various countries. The first day at Manuelita was lovely. Day 2, Punta Maria was hot with lots of Galapagos sharks, blacktips and at least 15 hammers that swam circles around us for the entire dive. We just found a nice spot on the plateau, sat back and enjoyed the show. There were lots of hammerheads at Dirty Rock, and the night dive at Chatham Bay was as thrilling as ever, as whitetips hunted alongside black jacks competing for their next meal.

Day 3 and 4 we saw some fantastic action at Small Dos Amigos. The waterfalls on the way were gushing and it was a truly beautiful sight to behold. At Big Dos Amigos the moment we submerged a huge tiger shark appeared in front of the arch and crossed in front of us at least three times, which was extra beautiful in front of such a dramatic backdrop. To top it off, lots of hammerheads were also there enjoying the cold thermocline.

One of the best dives of the trip was at Small Dos Amigos, when Galapagos, hammerhead and blacktip sharks appeared at the cleaniing station and swam back again and again to be cleaned – non stop action for 40 minutes! We stayed in one spot the entire time and would have stayed all day had we an unlimited air supply. Then a beautiful green turtle accompanied us as we completed our safety stop.

Day 5, 6 and 7, the water temperature dropped a bit with the full moon. At Manuelita Outside saw a school of about 50 hammerheads, along with a school of yellowfin tuna, jacks, snappers and several rays. A giant Pacific manta crossed by twice at Manuelita Outside, and there we also saw bigeye jacks mating. At Alcyone we saw 3 eagle rays beside a group of about 40 whitetip reef sharks, followed by a mindblowing school of hammerheads that passed right in front of us at the cleaning station. They returned to swim around the group, and we sat in awe as over 100 hammerheads swam just a few meters over our heads. It was a dive of a lifetime, and the feeling was indescribable.

One of our guests, an extremely talented photographer, captured some INCREDIBLE birds-eye-view images of Cocos Island from the air with his drone. Many thanks for sharing. If you have not already, go check out his website! www.fotodive.ch

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   58 ft / 18 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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