What does a person do with 30 years worth of photography from the sharkiest place on Earth? They put together a 340-page guidebook.
That's just what Undersea Hunter Group's Avi Klapfer has done with his spectacular photo archive from Cocos Island, Costa Rica – just in time for the island's 40th anniversary as a national park on June 22nd. Costa Rica Blue: the underwater guide to marine life, scuba diving/snorkeling & Cocos Island covers all of Costa Rica, from coast to coast, with a huge section packed with magnificent imagery commemorating the wild and alluring island that is Cocos. Through beautiful photography and original newspaper articles dating back to the 1800s, readers can discover Cocos’ marine and terrestrial biome, dozens of dive sites and its mysterious history peppered with pirate lore and buried treasure.
Costa Rica Blue is a collaborative effort written and compiled by Genna Marie Davis over the course of 2.5 years. In addition to Avi Klapfer, a dozen other local photographers also contributed images – most notably DeepSee submarine pilot Shmulik Blum, Sean Davis and Diego Mejias. Backed by interviews with countless scientists, conservationists and expert divers in the field, the work is the most comprehensive volume of its kind.
The book will be available for sale at the end of June at Cafe Britt retail stores, Cocos Island liveaboards and for direct purchase on the website www.costaricablue.org. Copies purchased through the website will receive a free bookmark and can be shipped to the USA, Germany and the UK as well as within Costa Rica (via Correos de Costa Rica or encomienda by bus).
If you just can't wait to get your hands on a copy, check out the teaser in this month's DIVE Magazine. It also features an exclusive interview with Avi Klapfer, plus lots of other incredible articles. While you're at it, don't forget to nominate Cocos Island as your favorite dive destination in this year's DIVE Magazine travel awards!