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Availability 2014 & 2015

Diving Holidays to The Cocos Island: Sample Programme

 

 

 
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Liveaboard Diving accommodation at The Cocos Island

Accommodation is on Liveaboards. We currently offer our trips on the following licensed Liveaboard operations: SEAHUNTER, UNDERSEAHUNTER, ARGO, OKEANOS AGGRESSOR, WIND DANCER and DEEP BLUE.

The Undersea Hunter and the Sea Hunter


Due to its remote location Cocos Island is still a great sanctuary for marine mammals and big fish life. With water temperatures of 26ºC and 30m average visibility, this diving paradise is a must for the keen diver. However, it is difficult to reach and the success of any trip requires a very good standard of boat and a proficient crew. The Undersea Hunter and Sea Hunter offer excellent accommodation, very high levels of service and superb diving and safety facilities including Nitrox and Draeger rebreathers.

Photographers and video enthusiasts will be delighted with the resources available to them, including E6 processing and PAL/NTSC playback. The Undersea Hunter is 90ft long and provides accommodation for fourteen guests in seven en-suite cabins; two double bed cabins, two twin cabins and two twin/double cabins. The Sea Hunter is 115ft long and provides accommodation for eighteen guests in eight cabins; three double cabins, two triple cabins and three twin cabins. All cabins have en suite bathrooms. Both vessels are fully air conditioned and there is plenty of desalinated hot and cold water, a washing machine and dryer for client’s use as well as ice makers and a well stocked bar.

The Sea Hunter is 115 feet of live-aboard comfort and convenience. It is a dedicated modern dive cruiser that has been specifically built for long-range dive exp ed itions to destinations like Cocos Island and Malpelo. A former commercial dive support vessel, she was robustly built in1980 to serve the oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico . In 1994 we purchased Sea Hunter and through eight months of extensive renovation and refurbishing, turn ed the boat into the striking vessel she is today. A superbly comfortable, stable and spacious vessel with everything a serious diver/photographer could wish. She is now a rare hybrid that combines the large working platform and powerful machinery of a functional workboat, with the comfortable and functional interior of a modern luxury yacht.

The boat and her crew specialize in providing excellence in service, food, and underwater excitement. She has eight cabins for a total capacity of 18 passengers, all with private bath. Dive facilities are extremely well design ed with individual gear storage, private camera/strobe storage shelves including individual 110-volt AC power, and a private dryer for clients' towels and bathing suits. Her spacious layout and user friendliness has introduced divers, as well as underwater professionals (photographers & cinematographers) to an entirely new concept in live-aboard.

The Argo

 

The Undersea Hunter Group's new vessel ARGO left port under her new name and flag for the first time. From the moment of purchase in the Bahamas until her first official cruise to Cocos Island, ARGO underwent a complete rebuild and face-lift.
It took 2 years to achieve this enormous task, but everybody, who was in one or the other way involved in the project, is now very proud of the handiwork and finesse. New designs and materials were used and integrated into the largest vessel of the fleet.

The owners did not just want a true sea worthy vessel to leave on their regular route to and from Cocos Island. Instead, they redesigned the Argo to withstand even more challenging conditions to be able to sail the world's oceans for future film productions and scientific work into uncharted territory. One of the key factors to do so is, of course, a perfect vessel for this kind of use, combined with a special platform for the submersible DEEPSEE. ARGO is fully equipped for long distance cruising and a complete platform for diving and submersible work.

One of the design keys was to allow natural light to create a cosy atmosphere in the Salon and Dining area. Special shades are being used to help soften, or even block, strong sunlight, if we want to darken the interior. At night, warm spotlights make our customers feel as comfy as in their own living room. For the ultimate visual and audible sensation, they added a big flatscreen TV to the Salon with a home theatre style speaker system to enjoy a movie, or some music.


An onboard Restaurant "Chez de Raul", serves gastronomic delicacies served individually to customers. To add quality meals are served seated instead of the usual buffet style catering. And to all the hungry, diving-all-day passengers - don't worry, you will be served you as much food as you want, with the waiter happy to fill your plate as many times as you would like. The increased space in the cabins and bathrooms was built specifically with long term expeditions in mind in order to provide maximum comfort to all our customers, no matter if you join for a 10-day Cocos Island cruise, or a 6-months IMAX filming project.

 

Have you ever wondered what lies within the dark Abyss? For years, venturing into the deep was reserved for a few privileged scientists and military personnel. We at Undersea Hunter are bound to extend the list of these fortunate few by offering to the world of adventure travellers a journey deep into the submerged realm where few have gone before.

DeepSee is a custom built one-atmosphere submarine, capable of carrying one pilot and two passengers down to a depth of 1,500 feet (475 m). It is the first deep submersible designed and developed from its keel up with the ocean enthusiast and underwater explorer in mind and as a dedicated filmmaking observation vehicle.

Photo Ian Lauder

 

Dancer Fleet Wind Dancer

The renowned Dancer Liveaboard fleet have repositioned their outstanding Liveaboard from the Caribbean to Costa Rica. The Wind Dancer is the ideal type of vessel suited to cruise the long crossing from Costa Rica’s mainland to the remote Cocos Island. Cruising the scenic waters of Cocos Island, Wind Dancer is a 120-foot steel mono hull vessel that accommodates 22 Divers. Wind Dancer features 9 well appointed staterooms and 2 outstanding Master Suites, each air-conditioned and with ensuite facilities. The vessel features all the standard perks of the Dancer Fleet and has plenty of areas to relax and hang out in between dives.  When not diving, guests can gather at the wet bar on the Lido Deck, sunbathe or just relax on the covered and uncovered sun deck or cool off in the comfortable, air conditioned salon. Wind Dancer dives are made from 2 dive tenders, each capable of carrying 11 divers plus crew. The M/V Wind Dancer has custom built twenty five-foot fiberglass Privateer tenders. These extra wide ocean going tenders are equipped with twin engine, environmentally conscious, 90HP, four stroke Honda engines. Each tender is equipped with VHF radio, signalling device, first aid kit, oxygen equipment and a hull filled with foam floatation for safety. These unsinkable tenders are designed for optimal service and amenities featuring navigation lights, custom tank racks, equipment storage, splash guard, camera storage area, heavy duty boarding ladder, camera rinse bucket and a bimini top for protection from the sun.

Wind Dancer  – Technical Specifications

Port of Registry: St Vincent and the Grenadines
Built: Master Marine, Inc.
Construction: Steel
Type: Mono Hull
Length: 120 feet
Beam: 28 feet
Max Passengers: 22
Staterooms: 8 Deluxe Staterooms below deck, 1 Owner cabin and 2 Master Suites on main deck
Number of Crew: 11
Number of tenders: 2 (25 feet) tenders with outboard motors
Fuel Capacity: 22,000 gallons
Fresh Water Capacity: 7,000 gallons
Desalinator Production: 3200 gallons per day
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Range: 5,000 nautical miles
Navigation Aids: VHF, SSB, Radar, Echo Sounder, Auto pilot, GPS, Weather Fax
Oxygen On Board: Yes
Compressor: 2
Voltage: 110 volts
Air-conditioning: To all areas indoors
Digital camera rental : Digital Camera rental
Length of Charters: 7 and 10 nights itineraries
Number of dives per day: Up to 5

 

Okeanos Aggressor

Built to Lloyd’s Registry and American Bureau of Shipping Standards including International Load Line Certificate, and all appropriate licenses for crew. The Okeanos Aggressor is registered with a Costa Rican flag. The boat and her crew specialize in providing excellence in service, food, and underwater excitement. She has ten cabins for a total capacity of 22 passengers, all with private bath. Dive facilities are extremely well designed with individual gear storage, private camera/strobe storage shelves including individual 110-volt AC power, and a private dryer for clients' towels and bathing suits. Her spacious layout and user friendliness has introduced divers, as well as underwater professionals (photographers & cinematographers) to an entirely new concept in live-aboard.

Okeanos Aggressor – Technical Specifications


Length: 110 feet
Beam: 24 feet
Draft: 11 feet
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Range: 1,500 Nautical miles
Year Built: 1984
Year Refit: 2003
Builder: Codecessa Shipyard, Viareggio, Italy
Staterooms: Ten
Passengers: 22

Okeanos : Includes accommodations aboard the yacht, Diving, Compressed air tanks, weights & weight belts, Airport and/or Hotel transfers on day of charter, All meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine

Not included: Airfare (international and domestic), Insurance, Equipment rentals, Nitrox fills, Certification or specialty courses,Hotel stays/day rooms, Dinner on final evening, Crew gratuity.

Port/park fees and/or taxes (when applicable) • Eight nts charter $175 park fee, $26 departure tax. Ten nts charter$245 park fee, 26 departure tax

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Sample Schedule at the Cocos Island

Example of the 10 nights itinerary with 7 days diving. The longer trips offer more diving off Cocos Island.

Included in the price

Ground transportation San Jose to Puntarenas and return; 11-day / 10-night cruise with all meals and non-alcoholic drinks; divemaster service; Seven full days of action-packed diving with three to four dives per day (incl. tanks and weights).

 

 

Sample Itinerary

 

 

Arrival Day

 

You must arrive at least one day prior to the boat departure date. Upon arrival to San José , we can have transportation waiting for you for the cost of $10-20 or you can take a taxi to your hotel. There are always taxies available at the airport, even minivans for those of you who carry a lot of gear. We can also recommend and arrange accommodations for hotels in San José . The evening before boat departure, an Undersea Hunter representative will fax you to confirm your pick up time the next day. The evening is at your leisure. Air transport, airport transfers, hotel nights and meals before and after the cruise are not included in the charter.

 

 

Day 1

 

The following day, generally between 8 AM and 1 PM you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred by bus to Puntarenas where you will board the vessel. The drive takes about 2 1/2 hours, and gives you a chance to view the lush forest and rich farmland of the region.
Due to occasional low tides our boats may need to depart from the pier earlier in the day. Should this occur, you will be transferred by skiff to the vessel. When all passengers have arrived on board, the vessel will take a 32-36 hour cruise out to Cocos Island .

 

 

Day 2

 

A travel day. There will be time to arrange dive and camera gear as well as enjoy the Pacific and the sunshine. Also, the group of experienced divers provides plenty of stories to pass the time. There are videos and the experience of the Captain and crew to help you get excited for the diving...as if you need them. In addition, you may want to take this time to take one of our technical diving courses.

 

 

Days 3 - 8

 

Spent diving the pinnacles around the perimeter of Cocos Island . Divers usually average three dives per day at depths of 60-100 feet or more. This, of course, is what the whole trip is about.

 

 

Day 9

 

Make the last 3 dives before the cruise back to Costa Rica and reality!

 

 

Day 10

 

All day to discuss the diving and to compare your adventures!

 

 

Day 11

 

Arrival to Puntarenas. Immediately after breakfast you will be transported back to San Jose . We strongly recommend staying one more night on land, before flying out, in case of any unforeseen delays.

 

 

 

Optional tours

 

While you are here in Costa Rica it is certainly worth the extra time to visit other aspects of the country that truly make it a natural wonderland. Very active volcanoes, white water rafting, mountain biking, some of the most pristine jungles in the world, coffee plantations, horseback riding, visits to craft centres, and of course, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are among the activities and destinations available in the country.

     

 

Two dives in the morning ( 8 AM and 11 AM ), one in the afternoon ( 3 PM ) and a night dive at 6 PM .

After a dive briefing from our Divemasters on the Mothership, our guests board the two skiffs that each accommodate up to nine divers plus Divemaster, who always dive with the group and the Skiff Driver. After a short ride, each of the skiffs will reach a different dive site that is switch ed on the following dive allowing the two groups to dive the same areas but at different times of the day.

On the way to or from the divesites it is very common to find exciting snorkelling opportunities with Pacific Mantas, Bottlenose Dolphins or even a Bait Ball that will keep the adrenaline brewing all day long.

Between the dives, as the tanks are being refill ed there is time for Sea Kayaking or to go back on the skiffs for a photo tour or land excursions.

The dive skiffs on-board Sea Hunter and Undersea Hunter are an asset worth mentioning. At times when a rubber inflatable would be crippl ed in the wind-blown vastness of the Pacific, these large, heavy-duty fiberglass dive cruisers provide the stability and safety that is essential at Cocos Island . We put nine or fewer divers in each skiff and move them safely and efficiently to diverse dive sites around the island.

Each measuring twenty four feet in length and with over nine foot of beam, these boats are extremely stable in any sea conditions. Our skiffs are power ed by twin 90HP 4-cycle fumeless outboard motors. These modern engines provide the power and redundancy required to reach any of the remote dive sites within a safe radius of the mother ship. At the end of the dive, boarding is made via a solid and stable ladder.

These boats are equipped with integrated racks for scuba diving equipment, separate camera storage area, VHF radios, depth sounders and T-Roof, which offers shelter from the tropical elements to the crew and camera equipment. They further hold all the necessary safety equipment, oxygen first-aid kit, spare dive gear, and tools.

These extra large skiffs also serve as a dive platform throughout the duration of the trip. Personal dive gear is kept onboard the skiffs during the dive days. This eliminates the need to carry heavy scuba tanks back and forth and reduces wear and tear.

Several excursions on the island can be planned during our trips. Most popular is the visit to the isolated Ranger Station at Chatham Bay where pirates, whalers and yesteryear’s visitors left their ships names carves in stone on the numerous boulders along the beautiful sandy beach.

Other excellent options are walks to one of the beautiful waterfalls where, after a short hike through the impressive tropical jungle, you can take a treasured bath in one or several fresh water pools.

Also available, depending on weather, are guided tours of the trail linking Chatham and Wafer bays. This hike offers marvelous panorama of Cocos shores and a rare glimpse of the Island ’s dense rain forest. One of Cocos endemic birds, the Cocos Finch is a common and curios companion along this trail. So unaccustomed to human presence, they can almost be touched .

For the serous hikers among us, a long 8 hours trek to Cerro Yglesias summit, the highest peak in Cocos, can be plan ed with prior arrangement and the permission of the national park rangers. A visit to the main park ranger installation at Wafer Bay and its adjacent stream and forest can be arranged when sea conditions permit a safe beach landing.

In between dives ask our Dive-Masters to launch one of our stable Ocean Kayaks for your enjoyment. Paddling along the Cocos shore offers a fantastic and relaxing experience during which hidden waterfalls and countless nesting sea birds will reveal themselves.

A Dolphin Rebreather has no electronic parts and no controls to operate underwater except for the valve that opens the Nitrox gas supply to the circuit, that's it! Everything is preset at the surface as you plan each dive with the appropriate Nitrox mix and the proper gas flow rate for the maximum operating depth that you intend to dive.

This basically means that you have to prepare your equipment carefully prior to your dive and stick to your plans. The preparation of your rebreather is crucial. We like to compare its importance to the skydiver who folds his or her own parachute before a high altitude dive. The technical diver has to learn new skills and adopt a professional attitude in the safe practice of "rebreather" diving.

Sample Schedule Cocos & Malpelo

The sinister and forbidding Malpelo Island is located 314 miles (506 Kilometers) off the coast of Buenaventura, Colombia in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. A small Colombian Navy garrison has been in place since 1986 and ten years later Malpelo was recognized as a Colombian Fauna and Flora Sanctuary, with a marine protected area of six miles around the island.

It is the peak of a large submarine volcanic ridge that stretches for 150 miles, from northeast to southwest. The Malpelo ridge rises from depths of 13,123 feet (4000 meters) to reveal itself as the tiny, solitary rock of Malpelo.

Malpelo was once eight to ten times larger than its present size of eight 8 square kilometers. The rocky outpost, known to many as “la Roca” or the Rock, has three distinct peaks. The highest of which, “El Cerro de La Mona”, stands at 1233 feet above sea level (376 meters).

The maritime weather has eroded the island forming steep cliffs and sea caves along its threatening coastline. The north and south sides of the island are decorated by 11 smaller satellite rocks, each with its own appeal.

On July 12th 2006 the Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary was declared a Natural World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).The decision was made by an unanimous vote of the 21 member countries of the committee meeting in Lithuania. Malpelo and the Giant Panda Sanctuary in China received this prestigious title from among 100 proposals presented to the committee.

The submarine environment surrounding Malpelo is defined not only by its isolation but also by its location, which is highly influenced by several diverse marine currents. This phenomenon provides for a focus in the dispersion of marine fauna throughout the Indo Pacific and Western Pacific.

Malpelo is home to an important coral formation as well as a large variety and quantity of marine creatures. Of special interest is the hammerhead shark with its awe-inspiring schools reaching up to 300 hundred individuals. The two most outstanding phenomena in Malpelo are the huge number of cluster and free swimming moray eels and the enormous congregations of silky sharks who often mix with hammerheads to form colossal shark schools.

Other common sightings are tlephe white tip shark, Galapagos shark, giant schools of angel fish, Creole fish, jacks, tuna, and occasionally a sail fish, whale shark and even Humpback Whale.

Cocos & Malpelo Itinerary

Arrival Day You must arrive at least one day prior to the boat departure date. Upon arrival to San Josť , transfer to your pre booked hotel and accommodation- overnight in hotel. The evening before boat departure, an Undersea Hunter representative will fax you to confirm your pick up time the next day. The evening is at your leisure

Day 1 The following day, pick up from your hotel and transfer by bus to Puntarenas where you will board the vessel. The pick-up is usually fairly early for Malpelo trips. The drive takes about 2 1/2 hours, and gives you a chance to view the lush forest and rich farmland of the region.

Due to occasional low tides the boats may need to depart from the pier earlier in the day. Should this occur, you will be transferred by skiff to the vessel. When all passengers have arrived on board, the vessel will take an approximately 40 hour cruise out to Malpelo Island .

Day 2 A travel day. There will be time to arrange dive and camera gear as well as enjoy the Pacific and the sunshine. Also, the group of incredibly experienced divers provides plenty of stories to pass the time. There are videos and the experience of the Captain and crew to help you get excited for the diving...as if you need them. In addition, you may want to take this time to take one of their technical diving courses.

Days 3 to 5 Spent diving the sites around the perimeter of Malpelo Island . Divers usually average three dives per day at depths of 30-50 metres or more. This, of course, is what the whole trip is about.

Day 6 Make the last 3 dives before continuing towards Cocos Island .

Day 7 Another travel day, the crossing to Cocos takes about 36 hours.

Days 8 to10 Time to continue the diving, as you explore the pinnacles around the perimeter of Cocos Island . Divers usually average three dives per day at depths of 60-100 feet or more.

Day 11 Make the last 3 dives before the cruise back to Costa Rica and reality!

Day 12 All day to discuss the diving and to compare your adventures!

Day 13 Arrival to Puntarenas. Immediately after breakfast you will be transported back to San Jose . We strongly recommend staying one more night on land, before flying out, in case of any unforeseen delays.

Notes This itinerary can change slightly if the weather is not cooperative at Malpelo. Take note that water temperatures can be considerably colder at Malpelo than at Cocos.

Land Arrangements

While you are in Costa Rica it is certainly worth the extra time to visit other aspects of the country that truly make it a natural wonderland. Active volcanoes, white water rafting, mountain biking, pristine jungles, coffee plantations, horseback riding, visits to craft centres and of course some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are among the activities and destinations available in the country. We would be happy to arrange one day tours or longer trips to more remote areas at your request.

 
 
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Prices 2014 & 2015 Cocos Island
 
 

PRICES In United States Dollars excluding flights-

Itinerary/Duration
2014
2015
Seahunter / underseahunter 10 nights $ 5295 $ 5445
Seahunter / underseahunter 11 nights $ 5795 $ 5795
Seahunter / underseahunter 12 nights $ 6295 $ 6535
Argo 10 nights

$ 5945

$ 5945

Argo 12 nights

$ 6995

$ 6995

Okeanos 10 nights in quad $ 4735 $ 4735
Okeanos 10 nights in twin $ 5135 $ 5135
Wind Dancer 10 nights Deluxe

$ 4965

$ 4965

Wind Dancer 10 nights Master Suite

$ 5265

$ 5265

Wind Dancer 10 nights Owners $ 5965

$ 5965

PRICES INCLUDE accommodation on board in double/twin sharing cabin (1st category cabins, owners cabins and suites are extra) - full board during the cruise up to 4 dives per day (except during sailing days)- transfers to/from Puntarenas.

PRICES EXCLUDE International flights, 1 night in four star hotel at San Jose (1 night on arrival day). SUPPLEMENTS: National Park fee and fuel surcharge advised at time of booking.

FLIGHTS ON IATA MEMBERS AIRLINES CAN BE PROVIDED From any European, American, African and Middle East or Asian hubs.

Flight prices will be advised at the time of booking subject to available booking class, airport departure tax and fuel surcharge.

On arrival to San Jose you will be transferred to your chosen hotel for one night B&B. The following morning you will be collected for the 2.5 hour coach ride to the seaport of Puntarenas where you will board the boat. The passage across the Pacific to Cocos Island takes 32-36 hours during which you may see dolphins and whales. On the morning of the last day you will be transferred early morning from the vessel back to San Jose Airport for your return flight, or your chosen hotel if you are staying on in Costa Rica.

Enquiries: surf@diving-world.com

 

Availability 2014  

Sp: Discounted (please call or email for further information).

Dates

Duration

Vessel

Price US$

2014
APRIL
03 - 13 Apr Sp 10 nts Argo $5945
12 - 22 Apr 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
16 - 26 Apr 10 nts Argo $5945
19 - 29 Apr 10 nts Okeanos $5135
MAY
03 - 13 May 10 nts Okeanos $5135
18 - 28 May 10 nts Okeanos $5135
24 May - 03 Jun 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
26 May - 05 Jun 10 nts Argo $5945
30 May - 09 Jun 10 nts Seahunter $5295
JUNE
07 - 17 Jun 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
08 - 18 Jun 10 nts Argo $5945
21 Jun - 01 Jul 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
22 Jun - 02 Jul 10 nts Argo $5945
28 Jun - 08 Jul 10 nts Okeanos $5135
28 Jun - 08 Jul 10 nts Argo $5945
JULY
04 -14 Jul 10 nts Argo $5945
05 -15 Jul 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
08 - 18 Jul 10 nts Seahunter $5295
12 - 22 Jul 10 nts Okeanos $5135
19 - 29 Jul 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
21 - 31 Jul 10 nts Seahunter $5295
26 Jul - 05 Aug 10 nts Okeanos $5135
AUGUST
02 - 12 Aug 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
04 - 15 Aug 11 nts Seahunter $5795
09 - 19 Aug 10 nts Okeanos $5135
16 - 26 Aug 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
17 - 28 Aug 11 nts Seahunter $5795
23 Aug - 03 Sep 10 nts Okeanos $5135
26 Aug - 05 Sep 10 nts Argo $5945
30 Aug - 09 Sep 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
SEPTEMBER
06 - 16 Sep 10 nts Okeanos $5135
12 - 22 Sep 10 nts Seahunter $5295
23 Sep - 02 Oct 10 nts Seahunter $5295
OCTOBER
04 - 14 Oct 10 nts Okeanos $5135
05 - 15 Oct 10 nts Argo $5945
09 - 19 Oct 10 nts Seahunter $5295
11 - 21 Oct 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
18 - 28 Oct 10 nts Argo $5945
25 Oct - 04 Nov 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
NOVEMBER
08 - 18 Nov 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
15 - 25 Nov 10 nts Okeanos $5135
26 Nov - 06 Dec 10 nts Argo $5945
29 Nov - 09 Dec 10 nts Okeanos $4935
DECEMBER
06 - 16 Dec 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
09 - 19 Dec 10 nts Argo $5945
13 - 23 Dec 10 nts Seahunter $5295
14 - 24 Dec 10 nts Okeanos $5135
20 - 30 Dec 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
21 - 31 Dec 10 nts Argo $5945
27 Dec - 06 Jan 15 10 nts Okeanos $5135
2015
JANUARY 2015
03 - 13 Jan 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
14 - 24 Jan 10 nts Okeanos $5135
20 - 30 Jan 10 nts Seahunter $5445
24 Jan - 03 Feb 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
FEBRUARY 2015
02 - 12 Feb 10 nts Seahunter $5445
07 - 17 Feb 10 nts Okeanos $5135
25 Feb - 07 Mar 10 nts Okeanos $5135
MARCH 2015
09 - 19 Mar 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
20 - 30 Mar 10 nts Okeanos $5135
31 Mar - 10 Apr 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
APRIL 2015
08 - 18 Apr 10 nts Seahunter $5445
11 - 21 Apr 10 nts Okeanos $5135
21 Apr - 01 May 10 nts Seahunter $5445
22 Apr - 02 May 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
MAY 2015
04 - 14 May 10 nts Seahunter $5445
14 - 24 May 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
18 - 28 May 10 nts Seahunter $5445
25 May - 04 Jun 10 nts Okeanos $5135
30 May - 11 Jun 12 nts Seahunter $6535
JUNE 2015
06 - 16 Jun 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
13 - 23 Jun 10 nts Okeanos $5135
14 - 24 Jun 10 nts Seahunter $5445
20 - 30 Jun 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
27 Jun - 07 Jul 10 nts Okeanos $5135
JULY 2015
03 - 13 Jul 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
09 - 19 Jul 10 nts Seahunter $5445
11 - 21 Jul 10 nts Okeanos $5135
18 - 28 Jul 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
25 Jul - 04 Aug 10 nts Okeanos $5135
AUGUST 2015
01 - 08 Aug 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
05 - 15 Aug 10 nts Seahunter $5445
18 - 28 Aug 10 nts Seahunter $5445
29 Aug - 08 Sep 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
SEPTEMBER 2015
06 - 16 Sep 10 nts Okeanos $5135
09 - 19 Sep 10 nts Argo $5995
13 - 23 Sep 10 nts Seahunter $5445
19 - 29 Sep 10 nts Okeanos $5135
26 Sep - 06 Oct 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
27 Sep - 08 Oct 11 nts Seahunter $5985
OCTOBER 2015
03 - 13 Oct 10 nts Okeanos $5135
06 - 16 Oct 10 nts Argo $6095
14 - 24 Oct 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
25 Oct - 04 Nov 10 nts Okeanos $5135
NOVEMBER 2015
05 - 15 Nov 10 nts Seahunter $5445
06 - 16 Nov 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
17 - 27 Nov 10 nts Okeanos $5135
17 - 29 Nov 12 nts Seahunter $6535
28 Nov - 08 Dec 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
DECEMBER 2015
09 - 19 Dec 10 nts Okeanos $5135
14 - 24 Dec 10 nts Seahunter $5445
20 - 30 Dec 10 nts Wind Dancer $4965
26 Dec - 5 Jan 2016 10 nts Okeanos $5135
27 Dec - 6 Jan 2016 10 nts Seahunter $5445

Dates are Ex Puntarenas, check-in /check-out dates.

Arrivals  in Costa Rica must be 1 day prior to check-in.

Please email for our live list of numbers on board.

 

Please email us at surf@diving-world.com for exact numbers and sharing gender on board, or call + 44 20 74070019 for further information.

 

 

NAVIGATE TO:

OVERVIEW
 

Most desired diving for the serious diver; highest density of marine life especially hammerheads.

Destination for experienced divers.

Extend your stay in Costa Rica with lush tropical jungles, volcano tours and more.

 

 

CLIMATE:

Cocos Island experiences an equatorial oceanic climate with wet and dry seasons. The mean annual rainfall is 1998mm most of which falls between January and July. Rainfall is fairly uniformly spread through this period although March and April are the wettest months. The driest period is from September to November.


FLIGHTS:

Flights from the UK on Iberia, Continental or American Airlines. Flights from any other European or US cities are also available.

VISAS
 
Cocos Island is a territory of Costa Rica. Entry requirements are the same as visiting Costa Rica. Passport must have 6 months validity and a visa can be acquired upon arrival.

PRICES
Prices quoted in US Dollars and payable in US Dollars or any other currency subject to the exchange rate at the time of booking.

 

A few Dive sites...

Diving Cocos Island is a pure underwater spectacle. Consistent encounters include: hammerhead sharks, tuna, snappers, jacks, whitetip sharks, manta rays, marlins, wahoo, eagle and marble rays; and this is but the tip of the iceberg from beneath the waves. Cocos Island provides encounters with pelagic fish year round; but the largest congregation of big animals is during the months of June through September. During these months whale sharks are found more frequently, as well as whales and dolphins.

Details of all the dive sites can be seen in our worldwide brochure. Please order a brochure here or alternatively please see the dive sites section further down the page for a comprehensive breakdown of the sites.

Silverado
Depth 0 - 40 ft./ 10 - 12 m.
Marine life: Silvertips
Description:
Silverado is the only cleaning station for silvertip sharks around Cocos Island that we do currently know about

Bajo Alcyone
Depth: 9 0 - 120 ft./ 27 - 36 m.
Marine life:
Hammerheads, white tips, black tips, whale sharks, marble rays, eagle rays, mobula rays, manta rays, turtles, yellow fin tuna, silkies, sailfish, wahoos, dolphins
Description: This legendary seamount is probably one of the most incr ed ible dive sites in the world. No words can describe what you will see at Alcyone. Just come and witness it for yourself.

Submerged Rock
Depth: 20 - 110 ft./ 6 - 33 m.
Marine life: White tips, black tips, mobula rays, hammerheads, marble rays
Description: Swimming through this splendid arch ed hole, you will find colorful scenery creating unique photo opportunities at depths between 50 to 70 feet. This pinnacle serves as a nursery for white tip sharks, where one can always see pregnant females and tiny babies.

Bait Ball
Depth: 0 - 20 ft. / 0 - 6 m.
Marine life: Green jacks, yellowtail grunts, rainbow runner, silky sharks, blacktip sharks, dolphins and tunas
Description: This phenomenon occurs when the little bait fish, upon being hunt ed , seek protection by forming a furiously spinning silvery ball. This is an attempt of a small species to intimidate and confuse a pr ed ator. In a bait ball you can find different bait fish and different hunters. Sometimes the bait fish will be trapp ed between the surface and the hunters below. This is when the boobies and frigate birds will join the feast. These special events can happen anywhere and at anytime.

Shark Fin Rock
Depth: 40 - 130 ft./ 12 - 39 m.
Marine life: Marble rays, white tips, mobula rays, eagle rays, dolphins
Description: From the surface, this pyramidal rock looks exactly like its name, shark fin. This beautiful site hosts a huge school of thousands of bigeye jacks and is the home of an active colony of friendly marble rays. Because of the heavy surge often present on the spot, Shark Fin can only be safely div ed between 40 and 120 ft.

Bajo Dos Amigos
Depth: 90 - 130 ft. / 27 - 39 m.
Marine life: Hammerheads, mobula rays, manta rays, eagle rays, sailfish, wahoos, black coral
Description: Bajo Dos Amigos is a seamount shap ed like a king’s crown; this is the only place where black coral colonies can be watch ed at safe depths, between 100 and 130 feet. Definitely not an easy place to dive, due to the strong currents normally present on this site, we will only visit here during the dry season.

Small Dos Amigos
Depth: 60 - 120 ft.
18 - 36 m.
Marine life: Hammerheads, white tips, mobula rays, eagle rays, whale sharks, dolphins, silkies, dolphins
Description: The southernmost part of the island, Dos Amigos Pequeño, is not always accessible during the rainy season due to the rough surge around this expos ed site. When accessible it is well worth the visit because this is where the open sea current first reaches the island, bringing with it exciting surprises.

Big Dos Amigos
Depth: 60 - 120 ft. / 18 - 36 m.
Marine life: White tips, marble rays, hammerheads, mobula rays
Description: Dos Amigos Grande is the largest rock on the expos ed southern side of Cocos Island . A majestic arch going from 70 feet to a sandy bottom at 110 feet is the main attraction of this site. The arch is a wonderful shelter for a great number of lobsters, snappers and many colorful creatures. Bring your underwater lights as you would not want to miss any of this sites beautiful secrets.

Punta Maria
Depth: 80 - 120 ft./ 24 - 36 m.
Marine life: Hammerheads, white tips, silvertips, black tips, marble rays, octopus
Description: Punta Maria is a seamount that rises from a deep sandy area up to 90 feet on the main rock and with two pinnacles reaching up to 65 and 75 feet below the surface, which can only be visit ed when the current permits. It is a cleaning station for hammerheads and hosts large colonies of white tip sharks and marble rays.

Dirty Rock
Depth: 20 - 130 ft./ 6 - 39 m.
Marine life: Hammerheads, white tips, black tips, marble rays, eagle rays, mobula rays, jacks, turtles, dolphins, whale sharks
Description: Dirty Rock is one of the main reasons why divers keep coming back to Cocos. One of Cocos Island ’s most spectacular rock formations where vast amounts of very diverse creatures generate the most dynamic dives one can imagine.

Viking Rock
Depth: 50 - 130 ft.
15 - 39 m.
Marine life: Hammerheads, white tips, eagle rays, turtles
Description: This is a small helmet-shaped island on the northwest corner of Wafer Bay . A vertical wall leading to large step-like surfaces creates a variety of habitats where one can see both small creatures and large pelagic species.

Manuelita Outside
Depth: 60 - 130 ft.
18 - 39 m.
Marine life: Hammerheads, black tips, white tips, eagle rays, manta rays, yellow fin tunas, turtles, jacks
Description: Several cleaning stations are the main attraction of the ocean side of Manuelita. A gradually descending slope, it contains huge boulders where divers can easily hide to watch the hammerheads be approach ed by cleaner fish. Most of the action takes place between 60 and 130 feet.

Manuelita Inside
Depth: 20 - 70 ft.
6 - 21 m.
Marine life: White tips, marble rays, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles, black tips, garden eels
Description: Your first Cocos dive and one of our favorites is Manuelita Island inside, which faces the calm waters of Chatham Bay . This well-protect ed site receives little current or swells. These calm conditions support a beautiful shallow garden at depths ranging from 20 to 70 feet. It is a macro-photographers heaven.
Countless fish, eels, lobsters and many other critters are residents of the hard coral reef and the adjacent sand slope. Large fish are frequent visitors to this site, including hammerheads, black tip sharks, white tip sharks and numerous marble rays. At this spot, large schools of white tip sharks can be seen fe ed ing at dark. It is the best night dive spot.

Lobster Rock
Depth: 40 - 110 ft.
12 - 33 m.
Marine life: White tips, marble rays, manta rays, eagle rays, r ed lip batfish, frogfish, garden eels
Description: On this finger-like rock, divers can easily approach large white tips lying on the bottom in great numbers. In the deep sandy area surrounding it, the elusive rosy-lipp ed batfish can be found between 90 and 120


 
 
     
 
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