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© copyright by Carlos de la Cruz
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Our first “check out” dive of the week took place at Manuelita Coral Garden, where we had fantastic visibility. Right off the bat we saw hammerheads and marble rays! At Manuelita Outside we had some hammerheads at the second cleaning station and more at the third, along with a few tunas and a silvertip shark in Manuelita Channel that made several passes around us.

Dirty Rock was the liveliest dive site this trip. Toward the beginning of the week, there were hammerheads below the cleaning station, and jacks everywhere! Later on, we saw hammerheads at the cleaning station, Galapagos sharks and a turtle.

Manuelita Coral Garden had some spectacular visibility, with beautiful colors everywhere and some hammerheads along the sandy bottom. Just around the corner at Manuelita Outside was a great spot for swimming with a massive school of jacks, and we also observed hammerheads at the cleaning station there.

There was some strong current at Alcyone, and not many hammers -- but there was a huge school of jacks near the rock and we saw a whale shark from afar. Then at the safety stop, 4 silky sharks that came in close out from out of the blue.

Our last day at Dirty Rock, we said goodbye to Cocos Island with an absolutely beautiful dive of many hammerheads and fish life. The crossing back to Costa Rica’s mainland was as smooth and calm as it was on the way out!

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   85 ft / 26 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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