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Our third day at Cocos Island this week we saw a huge whale shark at Alcyone! Various hammerheads and a beautiful silky were present on the same dive, but these were largely overshadowed by the excitement of the whale shark encounter. Alcyone was definitely one of the best overall dive sites this trip, and on our very last visit before returning to mainland we found ourselves face-to-face with a school of 100+ hammerhead sharks there.


Now for the rest of the trip highlights:
We went diving with all kinds of wildlife at Cocos Island this week, from yellowfin tuna to groupers, eagle rays and dolphins. The largest schools of hammerheads we found were at Dirty Rock and Alcyone. The weather was overwhelmingly sunny, and the crossings both ways were smooth and clear! The photographers among us got some great shots of macro life at Pajara, including a bright orange Commerson’s frogfish, flounders and a well-camouflaged scorpionfish. We swam through the hole full of blue-and-gold snappers at Submerged Rock, and hit Viking Rock on many an afternoon. At Big Dos Amigos we took photos under the arch, and we got up close and personal with hammerheads and Galapagos sharks at Small Dos Amigos. Hammerheads streamed into the sandy bottom of the cleaning station at Manuelita Coral Garden. At Dirty Rock the current was reversed, and we saw hammerheads, Galapagos sharks and a cloud of jacks large enough to block out the sun. On another immersion at Alcyone we came across a tiger shark, several hammerheads and 4 Galapagos sharks on a single dive.

Toward the end of the trip we took an island hike to learn more about the history of the island – the pirates and explorers who memorialized their journeys to the island by inscribing the names of their captains and ships into the rocks of Chatham Bay.

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   50 ft / 15 m
Water Temp.   82°F / 28°C
Weather
Climate  
sunny
rainy
Sea  
calm
choppy
Crossings
to Cocos Island  
calm
choppy
to Puntarenas  
calm
choppy

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