Cocos Island is located in the Pacific Ocean about 300 miles off the west coast of Costa Rica. It posses one of the most a unique endemism and biodiversity in the world that it has been be declared a World Heritage Site.
The land area of Cocos Island is 23.85 km, 7.6km. wide and 4.4Km. long. The marine protected area is 12 nautical miles around, and patrolled by guards known as Mar Viva, an organization that helps maintain and protect the fish outside of the Marine Park. They assist in preserving the huge variety of sharks sighted on the island, including: Hammerheads, Silky Sharks, White Tips, Silver Tips, Galapago Sharks and even whales are just some examples.
DIVING: Cocos Island is famous for among other things, as already mentioned, for its rich biodiversity. Diving on the island gifts divers with continual surprises where all kinds of encounters are possible! This can include: whale sharks, whales, dolphins, mantas, rays, hundreds of white tip sharks , humpback whales, turtles and of course hammers. The latter come in large schools thanks to the cleaning stations that are in the area.
The Divemaster will always provide a briefing explaining the conditions of each dive dive, but in general, gloves and long neoprene wetsuit is always recommended. All dives on the island are performed from zodiacs. Diving in Cocos Island is unique, in addition to the sightings, because they are only allowed 12 divers per dive.
EXPERTISE AND DIVING CONDITIONS: Diving on the Cocos Island requires an advanced level of expertise, with experience in drift diving and diving from a zodiac.The conditions of the currents and the depth of dives also make diving at Cocos Island an advanced location. It is not recommended for beginners.
The minimum temperature on the island is 22ºC, so it is recommendable 5mm suit with hood and gloves. Although the water in summer may be around 30°C, it is recommended to wear gloves and wetsuit for the currents, divers may often have to hold on to the rocks and volcanic matter. For this temperature, it would be advisable a suit of 3 mm.
Many of the dives performed in the island are deep, between 25 and 30 meters, It is highly recommended that all divers dive with Nitrox. If you are not Nitrox diver, Okeanos Aggressor I and II provides certifications during the voyage. SSI or SDI are the two choices of Nitrox offered on board. The cost for Nitrox fill is $150. Diving with Nitrox is not mandatory, but highly recommended.
DIVING SEASON: At Cocos Island, there is no one season better than another, but rather, depends on the water temperature and thermoclines.
The water temperature ranges from 29 degrees in the months of January, February, March and April, holding a minimum of about 22 degrees in the months of July, August, September and October.What makes exceptionally stable good snorkeling on the island is these thermoclines that maintain permanent schools of hammerheads throughout the year.
Bajo Alcyone: An underwater mountain, where schooling hammerheads are always present. Alcyone is one of the most exciting dive sites in Cocos Island not only because of the hammerheads, but because of the presence of also whale shark and manta rays.
Although most of the times its a dive with current, divers will descend on a rope that will make this site easier to get to the bottom.
Dos Amigos Grande & Dos Amigos Pequeño: These two islands are another dive site most appreciated by all divers who visit the island. Always a exciting dive with lots of pelagics and beautiful reef that if current helps, all divers can almost go around.
Grande, on the other side, its a dive with a magnificent arch, a dive through, specially beautiful and appreciated by photographers.
Bird Island, Chatham Bay: Southeast of Manuelita, this site offers a variety of marine life, including frog fish, lobsters, moray eels, rays, whitetip sharks and hammerhead sharks. There is even a cleaning station.
Dirty Rock: Another five star dive on the island. Hundreds of rays gather on this dive along with huge schools of carangids and hammerheads that can be seen out in the blue or by the cleaning stations. Dirty Rock is one of those dives you will always remember by its beautiful underwater scenery its abundant marine life.
Lone Stone or Shark Fin: As the name says. This is one of the most remote dives on the island, so it is also only dove in daylight hours. Hammerheads guaranteed!
Manuelita: Undoubtedly, one of the best dives on the island. Manuelita offers a variety of dives, one completely different from the other. The deep drift dives showcase a variety of hammerheads and shoals of carangids. Manuelita also offers hundreds of white tips hunting during the night dives being this, one of the most famous and safest night dives worldwide.
Special Sightings: Whale sharks, large groups of eagle rays, sailfish, shoals of whitetip sharks, false killer whales.
Viking Rock, Wafer Bay: This 300-foot rock starts at 20 feet and goes down to a bottom of sand at 110 feet. The southeast slope attracts large schools of hammerhead sharks.
PRICES AND CALENDAR
Okeanos Aggressor I
Jan 9, 2020 – Dec 29, 2020
||$5599 per person|
|Twin Cabin||$5399 per person|
||$5199 per person|
Mar 29, 2021 – Dec 28, 2021
||$5699 per person|
|Twin Cabin||$5499 per person|
||$5299 per person|
Okeanos Aggressor II
Feb 28, 2020 – Dec 28, 2020
||$5599 per person|
||$5899 per person|
||$6599 per person|
Jan 5, 2021 – Dec 26, 2021
||$5699 per person|
||$5999 per person|
||$6699 per person|
Special prices for groups, contact us for more info.
Our two host hotels are:
Holiday Inn Plaza Tempo
Next to Hospital Cima
At Autopista Próspero Fernandez
San Rafael de Escazú
Hotel Holiday Inn Express
From Forum II, 150 meters south, 50 west.
DEPARTURE CALENDARS 2020-2021
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Passport & Visa, Getting there: The two international airports in Costa Rica, are the Juan Santamaria in San Jose or Daniel Oduber in Liberia.The nearest airport to Puntarenas, where both ships are located is the Juan Santamaria, and is just 1.5 hours from the dock. Travel time is approximately 3 hours from Liberia. The only European airline that has direct flights is Iberia, offering daily service from Madrid to San Jose, and is a duration of about 11 hours on average.From the US, many airlines offer a wide flying to Costa Rica, both Liberia and San Jose.
It is recommended to spend the night in San Jose, before travel to Puntarenas, to avoid any issues with air travel. The hotels that we recommend is the Holiday Inn at the Plaza Tempo, and Hotel Indigo on Lindora road.The departure times of our vessels depends on the tides change, please always check when booking.
To travel to Costa Rica, you will need a passport with at least 6 months validity. Europeans, Americans and Canadians do not require a visa, but it is the responsibility of each traveler, to check your country’s regulations for entry into Costa Rica.
Taxes & Fees:
USD $490 Park Fee, (10 night charters), $350Park Fee (8 night charters), non-divers $350 (10 night charters) $250 (8 night charters), $30 Emergency Evacuation Plan, (both paid onboard), $29 airport departure tax paid at airport. All fees and taxes must be paid in cash.
Costarican residents and citizens $315(10 night charters) , $225 (8 night charters) , non divers $175 (10 night charters), $125 (8 night charters). Please note American Express is not widely accepted in Costa Rica.
Airport Departure Tax: Costa Rica has a departure tax payable at the airport for $29USD. This fee can be paid by credit card or cash.
COCOS ISLAND EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN: There is a new mandatory $30 charge for an “Emergency Evacuation Plan” that will be paid onboard the yacht. In the unlikely event that a diving accident or medical emergency occurs while 300+ miles from the mainland at Cocos Island, it is imperative that the injured party be transported to a medical care facility as quickly as possible. When medical evacuation is needed, this service (which is administered and operated by the Traveler Emergency Medical Services (Traveler EMS) subsidiary of Divers Alert Network utilizes pre-established and pre-authorized emergency evacuation protocols that have been created to facilitate the immediate dispatch of medical transport. Depending on the benefits under other policies held by the guest, their insurance carrier may or may not have logistics in place to deal specifically with Cocos Island – which could result in delayed response times for the medical evacuation and ultimate first responder care. This new program benefits every passenger aboard, not only the injured diver. Currently if the injured diver’s insurance plan fails to respond quickly enough with evacuation plans, the captain of the yacht would be obligated to terminate the cruise early and head back to port – thus impacting everyone’s travels. This new program minimizes this risk for all guests. DAN’s Traveler EMS “Emergency Evacuation Plan”only provides 1st responder care (if available) during transport and transport to a medical facility. It does NOT provide medical care. All divers visiting Cocos Island are required to have some form of diving accident insurance and are encouraged to purchase Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance as well. Your diving and travel insurance policy(s) provide you the financial protection for the actual medical care plus any further medical transport above and beyond returning you from the yacht to a local medical facility on the mainland.