The Cocos Island Diving Adventure – Cocos Island, located 600 km (approx. 320 nautical miles) off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, is one of the most beautiful jewels in the Costa Rican National Park system. Of the principal islands of the Eastern Tropical Pacific (Cocos, Clipperton, Malpelo and Galapagos), it is the only one that receives sufficient rainfall to support a tropical rain forest. Since Cocos is an oceanic island, it has relatively few species, some having their origin as far away as the Indian Ocean. Escape to Cocos Island a lush, green uninhabited island resting 375 miles off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Rocky pinnacles surrounding Cocos are beacons for big animals and big action. Schooling hammerheads, countless white-tip sharks, mantas, tuna and even whale sharks call Cocos home. Weather permitting, Okeanos guests are shuttled ashore to hike through the jungles of Cocos and swim in her many waterfalls. Eight-day charters are Saturday to Sunday with five days of diving and ten-day trips are Tuesday to Friday with seven days of diving. The Okeanos sets off from the port town of Punteranas. Transfers from San Jose are provided on the day of departure. An overnight stay is required in San Jose prior to the charter.
Day 1 – Pick Up – (L,D)
Pick up from certain hotels and transfer everybody by bus to Puntarenas where you will board the vessel. The drive takes about 2 1/2 hours, and gives you a chance to view the lush forest and rich farmland of the region.
Due to occasional low tides our boats may need to depart from the pier earlier in the day. Should this occur, you will be transferred by skiff to the vessel. When all passengers have arrived on board, the vessel will take a 32-36 hour cruise out to Cocos Island.
Day 2 – Travel Day – (B,L,D)
There will be time to arrange dive and camera gear as well as enjoy the Pacific and the sunshine. Also, the group of incredibly experienced divers provides plenty of stories to pass the time. There are videos and the experience of the Captain and crew to help you get excited for the diving…as if you need them. In addition, you may want to take this time to take one of our technical diving courses.
Day 3 through 8 – (B,L,D)
Spent diving the pinnacles around the perimeter of Cocos Island. Divers usually average three dives per day at depths of 60-100 feet or more. This, of course, is what the whole trip is about.
Day 9 – (B,L,D)
Make the last 3 dives before the cruise back to Costa Rica and reality!
Day 10 – (B,L,D)
All day to discuss the diving and to compare your adventures!
Day 11 – Arrival to Puntarenas
Immediately after breakfast you will be transported back to San Jose. We strongly recommend staying one more night on land, before flying out, in case of any unforeseen delays.
Contact us for current pricing on this epic diving adventure. We can also extend a trip like this to include a land adventure!
- All Transfers Listed Unless Noted Otherwise
- All Hotels Listed
- All Tours Listed Unless Noted Otherwise
- Meals Indicated Daily as (B,L,D)
- All Transfer, Hotel, & Tour Taxes
- 24 Hour Trip Support
- Satisfaction Guarantee
- An Adventure of a Lifetime
NOTES: Baggage Limitations: Pack lightly since you will be dressing for warm tropical weather. Airlines have baggage limitations that can affect divers and photographers. Domestic airlines limit passengers to two pieces of check-in luggage. International flights also have a two piece limit and a limit of 70 lbs. per bag. You will be charged for any extra bags or overweight luggage. Some airlines do not allow extra bags or overweight luggage during certain times of the year. At Customs there are no limitations on the personal equipment such as diving, camera and video equipment as well as computers that are for personal use.
CLOTHING – While aboard, dress is very casual. Days are warm, bright and sunny. However, evenings can be cool and drizzly so we recommend packing a sweatshirt and windbreaker.
DRY CAMERA CASE – Depending on weather conditions, guests may tour Cocos Island. This is a “wet” landing by dinghy, so photographers should bring a waterproof case such as
a Pelican Case for their cameras. The land tour is at the Captain’s discretion.
DIVE GEAR SUGGESTIONS – We suggest you pack the following: mask, fins,snorkel, regulator with visible pressure gauge, depth gauge, dive computer, buoyancy compensator, and dive gloves.