Located 500 km west of Costa Rica, this lush volcanic island shelters a high number of endemic species both above and below water, as well as incredible marine life - white tip reef sharks, schooling hammerheads, dolphins, mantas - just to name a few. Because it is so remote, we think that this dive trip is a once-in-a-lifetime experience... but the truth is, many visitors go back again and again!
The dive operator works closely with the Cocos Island National Park Department in their efforts to protect the island, the University of Costa Rica's Marine department, the NGO's Turtle Island Restoration Network, Crema, and Costa Rica por Siempre.
Who Is It For?
Accomplished divers ready to indulge in one of the most well-known marine life-watching experiences. Most sites are deep and have strong currents, attracting large pelagics. Cocos Island has fantastic topography with seamounts, arches, and caves. Would you want to do anything else besides diving? If so, try the sea kayaks, snorkeling, hikes on Cocos Island. And for a real thrill, reserve a spot aboard the DeepSee Submersible and plunge hundreds of meters below the surface - a truly unforgettable experience!
11-day/10-nights cruise with all meals, all non-alcoholic drinks, and beer
Underwater dive guide
Three dives per day with all nitrox fills, tanks (standard yoke), and weights
Seven full days of diving
The menu aboard offers a delicious combination of international and local cuisine. Meals are varied and well-balanced, with delicious snacks between dives. Food is abundant with plenty of fresh tropical fruits and salads and is served buffet-style.
What's not included?
Every passenger must pay an additional $490 (about ... EUR) per person for the Cocos Island National Park fee (National park fee: $70 (about ... EUR) per day / might be subject to change) and $100 (about ... EUR) per person for ground and marine transportation from San José to the pier and return
Rental equipment and diving courses
Tips for the crew
Flight tickets and overnight-stays at hotels in San Jose
Due to the possible increase in the cost of diesel, based on events in the past few years, the Undersea Hunter Group reserves the right to charge a $200 (about ... EUR) per person Fuel Surcharge - it is rare, in case it happens, we would let you know before departure, and it needs to be paid on board
Departure tax in Costa Rica: $29 (about ... EUR)
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park since 1978, Cocos Island is located in the Eastern Tropical Pacific - about 500 km southwest of Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica.
The island was formed during a volcanic upheaval about two-and-a-half million years ago. It is remote, 36 hours from the mainland, and well-preserved.
Sometimes called the 'Little Galapagos', it is among the Top 10 dive destinations in the world: schooling hammerheads, white tip reef sharks, dolphins, mantas and marbled rays, giant moray eels, sailfish, whale sharks occasionally. Large schools of jacks and tuna, silky sharks, silver tips, marlin, creole fish, green turtles, octopuses, and the exotic rosy-lipped batfish.
The terrestrial life at Cocos also exhibits a high number of endemic species.
Season: the diving is great all year long, but there are differences in the seasons
Dry Season (December to May): calmer sea but also a few less pelagics
Rainy Season (June to November): a peak time for hammerheads, mantas, and whale sharks
Visibility: around 30 meters (98 ft) in the dry season and 10 to 25 m (30 to 80 ft) in the rainy season
Water Temperature:26° to 29°C (79° to 84°F) with occasional thermoclines
Depth: deep dives mostly (18m+)
Open ocean dive destination which is not for beginners - you need at least 25 hours of diving under your belt, and have deep and night dive specialties.
As Cocos Island is 36 hours from the mainland, dive safety is even more crucial. Max depth is 35 meters and maximum dive time is 60 minutes.
Topography is diverse with walls, spectacular rock formations, arches, seamounts, pinnacles, swim throughs, coral gardens, slopes, and sandy bottoms.
3 dives per day after arriving to the island, and usually 3 night dives
Dive sites: Manuelita Coral Garden, Manuelita Outside, Viking Rock, Dirty Rock, Punta Maria, Big Dos Amigos, Small Dos Amigos, Bajo Dos Amigos, Shark Fin Rock, Bait Ball, Submerged Rock, Bajo Alcyone, Silverado, Lobster Rock
Dive operator in the area since 1990
Instruction in English and Spanish
Nitrox course available on request
Maximum 10 divers per instructor
Equipment Recommended: 3 to 5 mm wetsuit, dive computer, dive gloves, and nitrox. ScubaPro equipment can be rented on board.
A Safety Kit that includes an extra-large orange SMB, a powerful storm whistle, a special safety light and a Nautilus Lifeline is provided by the dive operator.
Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend DAN Europe that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: 36 hours away in San Jose
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How to Get There
You need to go to San José, the capital of Costa Rica, at least one day before the departure of the liveaboard. Ask us for some advice on where to stay.
The night before departure, an Undersea Hunter/Fiesta Tours representative will inform you at your hotel of your precise pick-up time (between 8am and 1pm) for transport to our dock and your awaiting vessel - the pick-up is from a set list of San José hotels.
You will be taken to Puntarenas, the seaport village where you will board the vessel. The drive takes around 3 hours, including a lunch stop - the price of this meal is not included.
At the end of your Cocos adventure, you will usually disembark the boat at 8 AM and be transferred back to your hotel in San José.
Bring sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent, a rash guard, and a sweater or lightweight jacket.