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© copyright by Diego Mejias

© copyright by Diego Mejias
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© copyright by Diego Mejias
“An unforgettable experience! We saw whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, schools of hammerhead sharks in the cleaning stations... We were impressed by the island's biodiversity and its healthy reefs.” Anonymous Sea Hunter guest
Now for the trip highlights:
The best dive site this expedition was...surprise, surprise...Dirty Rock! As our cruise director Juan Manuel said, “Dirty Rock ROCKS!...the schooling hammerheads above us were so great in number it felt like we were hallucinating.” We saw an incredible quantity of hammerheads there, both streaming into the cleaning stations individually and also in huge schools out in the blue. We also enjoyed two close encounters with whale sharks at Dirty Rock, plus a manta ray and a pod of dolphins hunting jacks.

Another hotspot was Manuelita Outside, particularly at the third cleaning station. The hammerheads came in so close to us, and then slowed down almost to a stop while they allowed cleaner fish to remove parasites from their bodies.

Our dive guides noted many blacktip reef sharks this week, whose populations seem to be multiplying quickly at the island.

This expedition, one skiff consisted of a private charter while the other was full of scientists from Costa Rican conservation organization Mision Tiburon. They spent the week marking hammerheads and other shark species including blacktip reef sharks and silvertips. Then in the evenings, they gave fascinating presentations about conservation.

We were able to get a very unusual special permission from the national park to climb Manuelita Island, where we had unbelievable birds’ eye views of the bay, and found many nesting booby birds.

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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