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© copyright by Carlos de la Cruz

© copyright by Carlos de la Cruz
© copyright by Carlos de la Cruz
© copyright by Carlos de la Cruz
© copyright by Carlos de la Cruz
I had one of the best dives of my life in dirty rock. We saw dolphins for a full 15 min at the surface. Once in a lifetime experience!

-- Mariano Castro, Argo guest
Now for the trip highlights:
What an amazing expedition to Cocos Island!! The schooling hammerheads, the dolphins, the turtles, the Galapagos sharks, the eagle rays, the blacktips...the diving was just incredible everywhere we looked.

On one of our favorite dives at Dirty Rock, a pod of playful dolphins came to visit with us for a full 15-20 minutes! They were so incredibly friendly and came right up to us, studying the group and making joyful squeaking sounds. None of us will ever forget our dives here, which were packed with hammerheads and schools of at least 100 hammers (both at the rock and also out in the blue).

At Ulloa, we saw whitetip reef shark mating behavior as well as mobula and eagle rays. At Manuelita we had hammerheads streaming in and out of the cleaning stations for a solid 35 minutes. Then out in the blue we saw massive walls of hammers, ranging from 100-300+ individuals! We also found hammerheads along the sandy bottom at Manuelita Coral Garden. Photographers love when this happens, because the white sandy bottom acts like a giant reflector -- making the light amazing!

The enormous school of jacks was one of the highlights at Alcyone. We also enjoyed silky and Galapagos shark sightings there, plus tunas and blacktip sharks hunting at the rock and then hammerheads out in the blue.

There was a LOT of current at Big Dos Amigos, and we were able to see some silvertips and a mobula ray there. On afternoon dives at Pajara we saw frogfish, a sea horse and various mantis shrimp as well as moray eels, blennies, gobies and other macro life.

Perhaps Cocos Island saved the best for last, on our final dive at Manuelta Outside. The action at the first cleaning station was insane. It was just full of hammerheads the entire dive, coming in from all directions. What an incredible way to wrap up the week!

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   95 ft / 29 m
Water Temp.   79°F / 26°C
Weather
Climate  
sunny
rainy
Sea  
calm
choppy
Crossings
to Cocos Island  
calm
choppy
to Puntarenas  
calm
choppy

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