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© copyright by Avi Klapfer

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This trip we had the best check-out dive imaginable! Jumping in the water, we all expected to focus on checking that our gear and weights were all good -- we hoped that maybe we’d see some whitetip reef sharks, a few hammerheads, some beautiful fish or maybe even a tiger shark. Instead, we descended and suddenly found ourselves face to face with a beautiful whale shark and a manta ray! You just never know what you’re going to see at Cocos Island, or when. This place is full of surprises.
Now for the rest of the trip highlights:
We saw dolphins as we got close to Cocos, which is always a good sign! The best all-around dive site this week was Dirty Rock, where we saw the biggest schools of hammerheads and where the cleaning stations were most active. We also saw huge schools of jacks and tuna. Manuelita Coral Garden was great, especially the first half of the trip, where we saw a frogfish and lots of hammerheads at the cleaning stations (and this is of course where we saw the juvenile whale shark that loved playing with our bubbles on the check-out dive!).Throughout the week, other highlights included encountering a manta ray at Punta Maria, many marble rays at Manuelita Outside, and tiger shark sightings at both Pajara and Manuelita Channel. Six Galapagos sharks greeted us at Dos Amigos Pequeño, and a marble ray in the massive arch at Dos Amigos Grande.

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   85 ft / 26 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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