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Amazing! The best liveaboard team in my life! Manuelita dive site with tiger sharks, schools of hammerhead, rays, and batfish. Cocos you will be always in my heart!
We arrived at Cocos Island aboard the Argo after making the crossing from Puntarenas. The group was in good spirits as we set up for our first diving of this ten-day trip. We anchored in Chatham Bay, in sight were some of the best dive sites at Cocos Island, centered around the Manuelita Islet. Manuelita is home to three dive sites; the coral garden which is closer to the island, Manuelita outside, and the Manuelita Channel. When we first explored the coral garden, the visibility was around 50 ft, the dives were nice and we saw many hammerhead sharks and quite a few Galapagos sharks. Manuelita outside was a bit more intense, the current was strong but the sharks were there. We found lots of hammerhead sharks and many tiger sharks. The group estimate upon surfacing was that there were at least 8 tiger sharks on that dive but we also saw much more including many eagle rays and huge schools of horse mackerel.

The visibility of about 85 feet made for good dives on the second day of diving at Punta Maria a seamount that rises up from a deep sandy area. We could see many Galapagos sharks and also hammerhead sharks using the cleaning stations around the pinnacles.

We made several dives to Dos Amigos Grande and how grand it was. Dos Amigos Grande is on the southern exposed side of the island. You can find an incredible 70-foot arch there and much to explore. The first dive we did in Dos Amigos Grande, we went to the cave and explored it. Our divers especially enjoyed the natural beauty and couldn't get enough of the contrast of the dark crevices and the deep illuminated blue color above. We took many pictures here. However, the best came at our dive at Dos Amigos Pequeno which is even more to the south and not always accessible. We found very good visibility, with schooling hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks in the cleaning stations, and the cherry on top was a visit from a passing whale shark. What a perfect dive.

One of the most fun dives was out at the lobster rock dive site where we went to find the red-lipped batfish. We did indeed find a red-lipped batfish who was very happy to pose with our divers and give us many opportunities to photograph its very special face. We also saw many large white tip sharks there and even a manta ray moving out into the blue.

The next day our group visited the dive site at the seamount that is Alcyone. We did find some hammerheads and a pair of Galapagos sharks but the water was very cold. Taking a break from the diving we explored the Island that afternoon hiking through the lush forests of Cocos Island.

The rest of the trip continued to be excellent. We revisited Manuelita coral garden, the channel, and Manuelita outside enjoying the constant activity that is underway whether or not we are watching. The last dives filled us with the sights of schooling hammerheads, patrolling tiger sharks, and Galapagos sharks looking for some attention at the cleaning stations.

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Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   50 ft / 15 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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