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© copyright by Avi Klapfer

A very sunny morning welcomed us to Isla del Cocos, and with it, a happy group of divers ready to begin an adventure. Diving into the crystal clear blue water of Chatham Bay, we saw hundreds of colorful reef fish like snappers, groupers, angelfish, and quite a few whitetip reef sharks and even a few curious eagle rays.

The following dives were accompanied by Galapagos sharks and tiger sharks, giving the group the official Cocos Island sharky welcome. The following dives just seemed to bring more and more action. At Dirty rock we saw a few turtles, giant schools of bigeye jacks, eagle rays (4-10 at a time), and schooling hammerhead action in the cleaning station.

At legendary Alcyone we encountered nice big schools of hammerheads both in the blue and near the cleaning station as well as one blacktip shark.

The night dives in Ulloa and the Coral Garden were packed with whitetipe reef shark action, and we even had one giant Galapagos shark stop by in the Coral Garden (!!).

Over in Punta Maria the Galapagos were doing their usual circling action around the pinnacle. Manuelita continued to have terrific action, with hammerheads in the cleaning station, whitetips reed sharks, eagle rays, and we even saw a whale shark!

Our last day we saw that a giant manta had gotten caught in some sort of fishing equipment's weights. The divers were able to cut the weight off and release the manta. After he was freed, the manta stayed with the divers for a few minutes, in gratitude perhaps.

This trip was packed full of hammerhead sharks, many beautiful rainbows, and wonderful memories that will surely last a lifetime.
- Cruise Director Federico
© copyright by Avi Klapfer
© copyright by Avi Klapfer

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   70 ft / 21 m
Water Temp.   79°F / 26°C
Weather
Climate  
sunny
rainy
Sea  
calm
choppy
Crossings
to Cocos Island  
calm
choppy
to Puntarenas  
calm
choppy

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