Costa Rica- Cocos Island

Cocos Island is an uninhabited island located in the Pacific Ocean near the shore of Costa Rica. Cocos Island was declared a Costa Rican National Park in 1978 and was named one of the top 10 scuba diving spots in the world and a “must do” according to diving experts.

Surrounded by deep waters with counter currents, Cocos Island is a scuba diving paradise for its populations of  sharks, rays, dolphins, fish balls and other large marine species. The unique climate and oceanic character give Cocos an ecological quality that is not shared by any of the other islands in this region of the world. The volcanic tunnels, caves and deeper waters surrounding the island are home to more than 30 species of coral, 60 species of crustaceans, 600 species of mollusks and over 300 species of fish. These include large populations of yellow fin tuna, giant mantas, sailfish and sharks, such as White tip reef shark  and Scalloped hammerhead sharks. The largest of all species of fish is also present, the whale shark. Other large marine animals include humpback whales, pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, and sea lions. There are also hawksbill turtles, green turtles and olive ridley turtles to be seen.

The largest schools of hammerhead sharks in the World are consistently reported there. Encounters with dozens if not hundreds of these and other large animals are nearly certain in every dive. Smaller and colorful species of fish are also abundant in one of the most extensive and rich reefs of the south eastern Pacific. Jacques Cousteau visited the island several times and in 1994 called it “the most beautiful island in the world”.

The only people allowed to live on Cocos Island are Costa Rican Park Rangers. Tourists and ship crew members are allowed ashore only with permission from island rangers and are not permitted to camp, stay overnight or collect anything from the island. This keeps the island undisturbed and almost untouched by humans.

This island is popular in pirate lore as well. It is said that over 300 expeditions have gone in search of treasure. Some incidents of small caches have been discovered leading many to believe the stories of vast pirate treasures to be valid.

The climate of the island is humid and tropical with an average annual temperature of 23.6 ºC (74.5 ºF).

Our trips to Cocos Island are for 10 days. It takes about 36 hours in each direction by boat to reach the island and then you will enjoy an amazing 7 day dive trip. We do 3 dives every day with an option to go on a night dive.  The luxurious liveaboard is accompanied by a smaller service boat where all the equipment is stored and provides a comfortable solution to dive at the numerous dive sites the island has to offer.

Accompanied by great food while sailing and diving in one of the locations in the world, this trip is truly every diver’s fantasy… We recommend you combine this trip with a few more days in order to see the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Sea Tel Aviv would be happy to provide you with all the information you’ll need in order to have the trip of a life time.

On all dives it is important to remember to protect the underwater environment. Keep buoyant, prevent lifting sand, hurting coral or fish and taking out anything from this unique habitat.

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