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Diver's Report - by Tanya Burnett & Kevin Palmer
A trip to Cocos Island is truly a journey to place forgotten in time where the only technology is what we bring on-board. The weather will always be fickle, the currents unpredictable, the animals defying of logic and experiences are all over the map – is it worth traveling all this way for diving in a sea of unknowns? You better believe it!! This is diving adventure of the first order and is guaranteed to surprise, thrill and challenge underwater photographers and sightseeing divers alike. The key to a trips success at this remote location is having the best live-aboard, most complete facilities and most expert support team available. In every regard the Undersea Hunter group is unparalleled and raises the bar considerably for live aboard customer satisfaction and technical prowess in what can be (at times) a most demanding environment.

Our 10 day trip was highlighted with many spectacular experiences that left guests effusing their excitement well into the night. Everyone comes to Cocos for schooling hammerheads and they were certainly present with schools well over a hundred animals appearing at Alcyone and in one case a school of 200+ appeared at depth for a couple of lucky divers. Photographing these sightings is a challenge and schools of 10 to 30 were much more common with small groups coming in for cleaning being the best bet for many photographers.

Many of the biggest thrills were not the hammers, but some of the other prolific marine life. The Galapagos sharks in particular made an impression on everyone – they are enormous!! Much bigger than what we had encountered in the past with some great cleaning station action (up to 11 at a time), but they were also known to show up at any time during a dive almost anywhere. Tiger sharks offered up a thrill on at least 7 occasions including night dives. This would have been unheard of even 5 years ago and indicates some of Cocos’ ever changing environment. Speaking of night dives, these are awesome fun and a great photo op. The normally lazy white tip sharks become active, if somewhat hapless, nighttime hunters and it is not uncommon to have 20-40 sharks buzzing around for the dives.

They are largely indifferent to divers and strobes and offer amazing chances for very close encounters. A bait ball offered up a chance to see silky sharks, tuna, Galapagos sharks and dolphin, all feeding on tightly spinning green jacks. This was observed from the boat and allowed great pole cam and go-pro type footage options. Some of the video was mind boggling!

During the week we had mantas, eagle rays, a whale shark and huge schools of courting marble rays (sometimes numbering 20-40+). Our expert dive guides always tried to drop us in the heart of the action opportunities, though lady luck plays a big hand in Cocos. One day our pangas arrived back to find out that a pod of Orcas had just been swimming by the Argo mother ship 5 minutes before – some lucky crew members got to snorkel with them and got some impressive shots – we could only admire from afar.
© copyright by Shmulik Bloom
© copyright by Shmulik Bloom
© copyright by Shmulik Bloom
Orca Video by DeepSee Pilot - Eli

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   60 ft / 18 m
Water Temp.   73°F / 23°C
Weather
Climate  
sunny
rainy
Sea  
calm
choppy
Crossings
to Cocos Island  
calm
choppy
to Puntarenas  
calm
choppy

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