Shark Diving at Cocos and Malpelo Islands
Located in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, 300 miles southwest of Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica, lies the famous Cocos Island Marine Park.
A rugged and incredibly beautiful island, this World Heritage Site is the crown jewel of Costa Rica's many National Parks.
Cocos Island has an irregular coastline, which makes estimation of land area more a matter of opinion than a surveyor's science,
but it is roughly five miles by two miles (8 x 3 kilometers).
11 days / 10 night cruise $4750
Includes: Ground transportation San Jose-Puntarenas and return
11-day / 10-night cruise with all meals and non-alcoholic drinks;
Divemaster service; Seven full days of action-packed diving with three to four dives per day (incl. tanks and weights).
Does not include: National Park Fee: Total $245
$35 per day, on a 10-night trip there are 7 diving days spent at the Cocos Island Marine Conservation Area.
Please note: the national park fees are subject to change
This is a ten day trip
Departing from Puntarenas.
The research vessel Undersea Hunter was built in Florida in 1968 for Perry Oceanographic and was used for twenty
years as a submarine support vessel. Working primarily in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, she completed hundreds of
research and photographic missions including the Deep Rover Project with Dr. Sylvia Earle. Undersea Hunter's closest
brush with fame - so far - was her participation as support vessel for the James Bond movie "License to Kill".
The island is often visited by some twelve species of migratory birds, including the Red-billed Tropic bird, Red-footed Booby,
Black Noddy and the great and magnificent Frigate birds. Endemic to the island are one crab species, two starfish, various
species of coralline fish, and two reptiles.
From December until May, the northern winds bring with them calm, cold water and clear skies. From May to November the
effects are the opposite, being influenced by the Equatorial countercurrent that brings warmer waters rich in plankton
and an abundance of rain.
Other common sites are the white tip shark, Galapagos shark, giant schools of angel fish, Creole fish,
jacks, tuna, and occasionally a sail fish, whale shark and even Humpback Whale. Algae, moss and lichens
cover the rugged cliffs of Malpelo which host the 2nd largest Masked Booby colony in the world, approximately twenty five thousand birds.