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© copyright by William Ward

© copyright by Avi Klapfer
© copyright by Avi Klapfer
© copyright by Avi Klapfer
On our last day at Small Dos Amigos, we jumped into the water to find over 20 Galapagos sharks welcoming us to the cleaning station! They were gathered right where researchers left an acoustic tag receiver last month. The sharks swam to and fro, super close to us – an experience our divers will remember forever!
Now for the rest of the trip highlights:
The check out dive was full of color, with white tip reef sharks, marble rays and even some hammerheads. The dives around Manuelita were charged with hammers at the first cleaning station, with great visibility and several schools of fish. At Dirty Rock the cloud of curious jacks kept everyone in awe, and at times we saw the iconic schools of hammerheads overhead.

When it came to Galapagos shark action, Small Dos Amigos was undoubtedly the star of the trip (up to 8 at a time on several dives, and on the one dive mentioned above there were 20+!). Shark Fin Rock overflowed with schools of colorful fishes and many marble rays, often with crystal clear visibility. This was another favorite Cocos Island dive site. Manuelita Coral Garden thrived with life, with hammerheads that kept coming and coming – at times surrounding our divers as the sharks streamed into the cleaning stations to be cleansed of parasites. Viking Rock was very relaxing, and we took lots of pictures of lobsters and endemic fish. One of our guests, William Ward, got a fantastic photograph of the inside of a Commerson’s frogfish’s throat at Pajara Island. Submerged Rock we had many fish inside the swimthrough as well as whiteitp reef sharks. Passing through it was magical! Sometimes the visibility at Alycone exceeded 80ft, with hammerheads, jacks,marble rays and a tiger shark. Once we saw a school of 100+ hammerheads out in the blue that came in toward the group and dispersed only when it got super close to us! This was another unforgettable moment...made even sweeter off by dolphins playing at the surface.

The crossing back was calm, but rainy – and we enjoyed the downtime to rest and share photos and videos. Over the course of 7 days we succeeded in seeing hammerheads, Galapagos, silkies, blacktips, tiger sharks and dolphins in the middle of a school of jacks!

Dive Conditions
Visibility   50 ft / 15 m
Water Temp.   79°F / 26°C
to Cocos Island  
to Puntarenas  

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