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© copyright by Sean Chinn @greatwhitesean

© copyright by Sean Chinn @greatwhitesean
© copyright by Sean Chinn @greatwhitesean
© copyright by Sean Chinn @greatwhitesean
© copyright by Sean Chinn @greatwhitesean
© copyright by Sean Chinn @greatwhitesean
“Cocos has been on my bucket list for years and did not disappoint! The diversity and amount of marine life exceeded my expectations. The shark action was spectacular; mating white tips, hundreds of hammerheads schooling and getting cleaned, Galapagos sharks schooling at Dirty Rock...Ship and crew were one of the best liveaboard experiences I've had. Highly recommended.” - Linda McKean


We saw hammerheads on practically every dive this expedition! What a week!
The star dive site was undoubtedly Manuelita, where we had close encounters with Galapagos sharks and cownose rays as well as frogfish, eagle rays, a whale shark and -- for the icing on top -- whitetip reef sharks mating for at least 5 minutes straight! Not to mention the countless hammerheads both individually at the cleaning station and in large schools out in the blue. We just never knew what kinds of surprises awaited when we jumped in at Manuelita. The suspense was simply incredible.

Lucky for us, one of our guests this voyage included the winner of 2019's #DiveWild contest Sean Chinn @greatwhitesean , who finally got to redeem his first place prize. He documented the journey with a gallery of incredible images that he’ll be posting on his Instagram page over the next days and weeks.

On one of our favorite dives at Dirty Rock we had close encounters with many hammerheads streaming into the cleaning station. When we moved with the current, we arrived at a spot behind the rock formation where we encountered at least 8 Glaapagos sharks circling the area. They weaved in and out of our group -- so close we had to hold very still so as not to let them run into us! Our cruise director Juan Manuel suspected that one of the females might be ovulating, which might explain this behavior. The sharks stayed for about 30 minutes, and eventually we had to finish the dive -- but the sharks remained there swimming around and around without us.

At Lobster Rock we succeeded in finding the endemic Cocos Island rosy-lipped batfish, and at Pajara we encountered two orange frogfish and a silvertip shark. Submerged Rock delivered at least 6 whitetip reef sharks swimming through at once, plus another 6 outside the arch and another 10 around the pinnacle trying to hunt alongside the jacks.

Alcyone had a lot of current most days, but when we were able to dive there we encountered big tunas hunting beside Galapagos sharks and blacktips. At the point we saw three massive octopuses, and a huge quantity of fish. Dolphins leaped and chased after the panga on the way back.

On our very last day, Cocos Island gave us an incredible sendoff with huge schools of hammerheads both at Dirty Rock and Manuelita, as well as a larger-than-life school of jacks. What a trip!

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   60 ft / 18 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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