Off the coast of Costa Rica is Cocos Island, a rich oasis of thick jungle and sheering waterfalls. Cocos Island, also nicknamed Isla del Coco, means “Island of Sharks”. Here you will find the famous waves of hammerheads swimming through the blue, also found are packs of whitetip reef sharks, and marbled stingrays. Occasionally you will even find whale sharks, and manta rays swimming around the surrounding pinnacles.
Cocos Island is one of the world’s best scuba diving destination for diving with big fish. There are at least 11 species of stony corals, but no true coral reefs are present. The underwater terrain consists of boulders, pinnacles and seamounts of sloping rocky substrate without a lot of colour. Diving in these waters mean deep, open ocean dives, with some possibilities of swells, strong currents and low visibility. The amazing marine life is attracted to these water conditions and is the big draw for diving in these waters, but these conditions make the diving appropriate only for the advanced skill level.
A typical dive at Cocos is to drop down to a depth of 80 to 100 feet and look for a shark cleaning station. These cleaning stations for the hammerhead sharks, here you will find King angelfish, butterfly fish and other small fish going to work cleaning the big sharks. Massive schools of pelagic fish are seen on every dive, schools of big-eyed jacks, barracuda, snappers and grunts. There is even the chance of seeing orcas, tiger sharks, dolphins, wahoo and sailfish!
Marine life highlights to see:
• Hammerhead sharks
• Long-finned big eyes
• Whitetip reef sharks
• Yellowfin tuna
• Humpback whales
• Sea turtles
• Manta rays
• Mobula rays
The Cocos Island Aggressor is a BRAND NEW custom built dive yacht whose maiden voyage is scheduled for January 14, 2023. She is a 124’ yacht, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. She is diesel powered, cruises at 10 knots and has 110-volt power on board. Comfortable accommodations for 22 guests includes 4 master staterooms located on the upper deck and and 7 deluxe staterooms with side by side twin beds located on the lower deck. Each stateroom features a private bathroom and shower, individual climate control, and a monitor with a media player.
The Cocos Island Aggressor has a spacious salon, large sun deck, chaise lounges, deck chairs, bar, and grill. There is ample storage space for your diving equipment in your personal locker. The yacht provide 80 cubic ft. tanks, weight belts and weights. All tanks have K-valves (American type) and DIN (European) valves.
Prices are per person and dependent on room selection, all taxes are already included.
Deluxe Stateroom: $6,099 USD
Master Stateroom: $6,499 USD
Prices do not include flights, additional hotel stays, gear rental, gratuities, park fees and travel insurance (highly recommended).
Dive insurance is required to travel with Scuba Getaway, travellers need to purchase this separately.
Nitrox Unlimited includes diving nitrox for all diving days and will be charged to the guest’s on board account $100 USD. There is a Cocos Island Park Fee (10 night charters): $490 USD plus 13% government tax and Cocos Island Emergency Evacuation Plan: $30 USD. Park fees and government tax may be paid in cash or by credit card. If paid by credit card, there is a 3% fee added to the above.