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© copyright by Shmulik Blum

© copyright by Shmulik Blum
© copyright by Shmulik Blum
© copyright by Shmulik Blum
"Punta Maria and Dirty Rock were the star dive sites this week! We saw so many Galapagos sharks and countless schools of hammerheads there. The first cleaning station at Manuelita was also crazy, with many hammerheads coming in close to us...Alcyone was hot, with many Galapagos sharks and hammerhead schools out in the blue. It was a really beautiful week overall, with some rain but generally sunny days.”

-- Carlos de la Cruz, Undersea Hunter cruise director

After an uncharacteristically rough crossing, we were rewarded with some truly phenomenal diving at Cocos Island! Around Manuelita we saw hammerheads in the channel, tiger sharks along the sandy bottom, and a huge school of jacks. At one point we spent almost the entire dive at the first cleaning station, watching hammerheads streaming in constantly. Then on three ocasiones three different tiger sharks passed super close to us.

There was a huge cloud of jacks at the pinnacle at Dirty Rock, not to mention Galapagos sharks, blacktips and dolphins hunting. On a single dive there our dive guide estimated that we saw over 400 hammerheads!

At Punta Maria, three Galapagos sharks kept circling the cleaning station. At one point we saw a group of 5 eagle rays, plus a gigantic manta. Countless whitetips circled Submerged Rock, including a group of them trying to hunt -- there was so much life in the arch. The Pajara dive site offered its usual beautiful macro life, plus it was full of marble rays and a tiger shark at the surface.

At one of our favorite dives at Alcyone there were 4 Galapagos sharks near the cleaning station as well as two octopuses hiding in the rocks. We also watched jacks and yellowfin tuna hunting.

La Niña is definitely delivering the cool water and big pelagics. We can’t wait to get back for the next trip!


© copyright by Shmulik Blum

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   55 ft / 17 m
Water Temp.   80°F / 27°C
Weather
Climate  
sunny
rainy
Sea  
calm
choppy
Crossings
to Cocos Island  
calm
choppy
to Puntarenas  
calm
choppy

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