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© copyright by Shmulik Blum

© copyright by Shmulik Blum
© copyright by Shmulik Blum
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“What an amazing dive at Manuelita Outside! It started of with a dolphin at the cleaning station, along with blacktip sharks and jacks, various tiger encounters and an eagle ray. Great hammerhead cleaning activity at the second cleaning station!!” -- Cruise Director Arik Amzaleg

We’re just back from another unforgettable week at Cocos Island! The crossing was a bit choppy, our first day there we were rewarded with a great check out dive in Chatham Bay -- full of colorful fish, whitetip reef sharks and marble rays.

At Manuelita Outside and the channel, we encountered four tiger sharks on a single dive, plus Galapagos sharks, big blacktips, lots of hammerheads and a lone sea turtle. This was definitely one of the hotspots this week in terms of wildlife biodiversity, and also where we saw some of the largest hammerhead schools.

Dirty Rock gave us close encounters with hammerheads (both at the cleaning station, and schooling out in the blue!) as well as the absolutely enormous school of jacks. If you’ve never seen thousands upon thousands of these fish congregating in a larger-than-life mass, this is truly a highlight in and of itself.

The photographers and videographers in our group took some gorgeous photos and footage of the array of macro life that calls Cocos Island home. Shmulik Blum took this spectacular photo of an intricate jellyfish that was only about 2 inches in length.

Alcyone was pulsating with lots of fish activity, like the huge school of mullet snapper and another school of jacks. Dolphins hunted, darting in and out of the jacks, and out in the blue we came face to face with clouds of hammerheads. The schools kept getting larger and larger as the week went on!

Dos Amigos Pequeno was another favorite dive site! We had some fantastic hammerhead and Galapagos shark cleaning activity. These huge sharks made dozens of leisurely passes very close to our group.

Day 6 at Dirty Rock the there was a big school of hammerheads and some unevlievable jack activity. Our last dive there was full of life, with stellar visibility.

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   50 ft / 15 m
Water Temp.   75°F / 24°C
Weather
Climate  
sunny
rainy
Sea  
calm
choppy
Crossings
to Cocos Island  
calm
choppy
to Puntarenas  
calm
choppy

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