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© copyright by Bernard Radvaner

© copyright by Bernard Radvaner
© copyright by Bernard Radvaner
© copyright by Bernard Radvaner
© copyright by Bernard Radvaner
© copyright by Bernard Radvaner
We are just going to go ahead and give this week's trip a theme... The Monsters! Tiger sharks, Galapagos sharks, whale sharks and even humpback whales came out to play.

Manuelita was the best and the most active site of the trip, taking over the legendary Alcyone or the popular Dirty Rock. Every dive at Manuelita was full of action. We had many close up tiger shark and Galapagos shark encounters. We also saw blacktips, whitetips, and an abundance of schooling hammerheads.

Our dives to Dirty Rock and Punta Maria were more quiet than usual, yet we still had magic encounters. The yellow team shared part of the dive with a whale shark, whereas the blue team received a visit by a pod of dolphins ( whom seemed to enjoy playing with the divers).

Over at Silverado, a female humpback whale and her calf were enjoying the shallow clear water, giving divers a chance to see the pair from above and below.

At Alcyone we had a few surprises. The cleaning stations were not very populated by hammerheads, yet we still had awesome dives. A whale shark joined the yellow team while ascending for their safety stop, and in the same moment, a wall of hammerheads crossed by in the blue. Then on the safety stop they watched as dolphins, blacktips and schools of jacks seemed to stage the perfect performance before we surfaced.

Towards the end of the week we returned to Punta Maria where 5 big Galapagos sharks met with hammerheads in the cleaning station, a whale shark, and numerous whitetip reef sharks.

Ask yourself, what is the most likely outcome of a gathering like this, other than very happy divers? How about seeing a huge Galapagos shark try to eat the remoras off a whale shark? You never know what will happen in Cocos Island!

The averages listed below can be a little limited, in reality our viz ranged from 50-80ft / 15-25m with temperatures also ranging from 77-82F / 25-28C.

A spectacular trip that concluded with a calm and sunny crossing back to the mainland. Another Pura Vida trip! - Cruise Director Jim & Dive Guide Brayan

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   55 ft / 17 m
Water Temp.   78°F / 26°C
Weather
Climate  
sunny
rainy
Sea  
calm
choppy
Crossings
to Cocos Island  
calm
choppy
to Puntarenas  
calm
choppy

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