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© copyright by Shmulik Blum

© copyright by Carlos de la Cruz
Our best dives of the week for both teams were arguably the penultimate dive of the trip, where one team had non-stop hammerheads streaming into the cleaning station up close and personal at Small Dos Amigosl! At the exact same time, on the other side of the island, the other team had a school of 100+ hammerheads in front of the cleaning station, and another unbelievable school of 200+ out in the blue!
Now for the rest of the trip highlights:
Visibility started out admittedly poor our first day at Cocos, but luckily it got better and better as the trip progressed and by mid trip we were enjoying viz up to 80+ft! Alcyone delivered the iconic “overhead silhouettes” shot of hammerheads passing above us as we began one of our favorite dives, and there were many hammerheads coming into the cleaning station. Then at Dirty Rock, we saw huge school of jacks and big schools of hammerheads at the pinnacle and in the blue.

Small Dos Amigos was on fire, with strong current that attracted hammerheads, Galapagos and blacktip sharks at the clean station. At one point we had at least 6 massive Galapagos sharks swimming laps around us, coming in for close passes. There were tiger sharks at Manuelita Channel, and a massive manta ray plus Galapagos sharks and blacktips at Manuelita Outside. Typical afternoon dives at Viking Rock and Pajara featured whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays and macro life like starfish, gobies, blennies and lobsters. All in all, another spectacular trip to dive Cocos Island!

© copyright by Carlos de la Cruz

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   80 ft / 24 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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