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© copyright by Juan Manuel Camargo

© copyright by Juan Manuel Camargo
© copyright by Juan Manuel Camargo
© copyright by Juan Manuel Camargo

We had some truly massive schools of hammerheads this week! The best dive site for the first half of the trip was indisputably Dirty Rock, where we enjoyed crystal clear visibility, hammerheads, eagle rays, countless jacks and a whale shark.

Alcyone came in as a close second favorite -- in fact, on our third day at Cocos Island we had an unforgettable dive at Alcyone featuring schooling hammerheads and a tiger shark chasing after a silky shark! The tiger made at least three passes in front of us at the cleaning station. We also had some spectacular dives at Punta Maria, with bountiful hammerheads, marble rays and Galapagos sharks.

Later on in the trip, we visited the south side of the island. The arch at Dos Amigos Grande was gorgeous, with a good bit of surge, and at the end we were rewarded with a massive school of hammerheads out in the blue that followed us to the safety stop! Later, at Dos Amigos Pequeno we saw a lot of action at the cleaning stations (both hammerheads and Galapagos sharks) and phenomenal visibility.

The cleaning stations at Manuelita Channel were on fire, and we also saw some frogfish and tiger sharks in the channel (not to mention schools up to 150 hammerheads!). Afternoon dives at Pajara and Viking Rock were great for macro life, including mantis shrimp.

There was some healthy current and lots of hammerheads and yellowfin tuna in the blue this week at Manuelita Outside. In fact, on our last two days at the island our dive guides estimated there were around 300 individuals in the schools we encountered!!! This is by far the best way to say “adios” to Cocos!!

Dive Conditions
Visibility   120 ft / 37 m
Water Temp.   81°F / 27°C
to Cocos Island  
to Puntarenas  

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