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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
"The diving was spectacular. Dirty rock, alcyone, and small dos amigos were the highlights. 1000's hammerheads, galapagos sharks, tigers, and a majestic whale shark. Stunning experience, great crew, great divers. Highly recommended..A phenomenal experience that exceeded all expectations. The Argo crew ran a safe and efficient operation, with all the desired flexibility. The crew were strongly focused on client service and delivering an amazing experience." -- Dan, diver on the Argo
Now for the trip highlights:
The diving was positively mind blowing this expedition, with countless hammerheads!! Alcyone was spectacular for schooling hammerheads, and we had some super close encounters with aggregations of hundreds of sharks there.

Meanwhile, Dirty Rock exploded with hammerheads everywhere -- both streaming into the cleaning stations one by one and in schools of 300-400+ individuals out in the blue!! At times there were over 1,000 big-eyed jacks at the main cleaning station, and silky sharks at the safety stop. Best of all, on the penultimate day of the trip we saw a whale shark that made three close passes!!

Wanting to see something completely unique to Cocos Island, we explored the dive site known as Ulloa (a.k.a.Lobster Rock). There we encountered two endemic Cocos rosy-lipped batfish and many marble rays. Diving Manuelita channel we saw silvertips and pregnant tiger sharks; and at Small Dos Amigos we encountered hammers plus about 20 Galapagos sharks on a single dive. On one dive there we had a solid half hour with roughly 100 hammerheads at the cleaning station, coming and going beside at least 10 or 12 Galpagos sharks swimming alongside them.

Punta Maria gave us a sighting of an extremely baby frogfish, and the swim-through at Submerged Rock was packed full of whitetip reef sharks. On afternoon dives at Pajara we saw smaller, but nonetheless fascinating creatures, like mantis shrimp and marble rays.

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   83 ft / 25 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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