Cocos Island is often in the top five of experienced divers' bucket-list! Dives are action-filled with multiple shark species to look at, including white tip reef sharks, giant hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, but also dolphins, marble rays, manta rays, and 45 marine endemic species! Cocos Island dive sites have a fantastic topography with seamounts, arches, and caves.
The dive operator works closely with Mision Tiburon Costa Rica, a local NGO which mission is to promote the marine investigation and conservation of Shark and Ray Species in the country. Since 2010, the organization has been involved in educational activities with more than 3000 children from fishing communities.
Who is it for?
Divers experienced in currents with a minimum of a level 2 certification. Most sites are deep and with medium to strong currents - attracting big pelagics.
All meals and snacks, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner
Underwater dive guide
Up to 21 dives, tanks and weights
Transfer from /to San Jose
Cabin and deck towels, complimentary toiletries
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 $30 (about ... EUR) per person for the Chamber Fee
Rental equipment & Nitrox
Tips for the crew
Flight tickets and overnight-stays at hotels in San Jose
Fuel Surcharge is a possibility
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park since 1978, Cocos Island is located in the Eastern Tropical Pacific - about 500 km south west 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 shark occasionally. Large schools of jacks and tuna, silky sharks, silver tips, marlin, creole fish, green turtles, octopus, 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 pelagic
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, have deep- and night- dive specialties.
As Cocos Island is 36 hours from 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, sandy bottoms.
3 dives per day after arriving to the island, and usually 3 night dives
Dives 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 1998
Instruction in English and Spanish
Nitrox course available on request
Maximum 10 divers per instructor
Equipment Recommended: 3 to 5 mm wetsuit, and the usual dive equipment.
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.
Visas, flights, and more!
How to get there
You need to be in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica at least one day before the departure of the liveaboard.
In San Jose, the pick-up will take place at Park Inn by Radisson, some time between 7:30am and 2pm, depending on the time of the year.
You'll take a bus to Puntarenas, the seaport village where you will board the vessel. The drive to get there takes about 2 hours. Boarding will depend on the tide schedule.
At the end of your Cocos adventure, you will usually disembark the boat at 7:30 AM and be transferred back to your hotel in San Jose or to San Jose International Airport (SJO). Book flights after 12:30pm.
Bring sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent, rash guard, and a sweater or light-weight jacket