11 Days / 10 Nights
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, Guests are shuttled ashore to hike through the jungles of Cocos and swim in her many waterfalls.
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 from certain hotels and transfer everybody by bus to Puntarenas where you will board the vessel. The drive takes about 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: A travel day. 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.
Days 3 - 8 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 Make the last 3 dives before the cruise back to Costa Rica and reality!
Day 10 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.:
Enjoy nature and help the environment taking a green tour in Costa Rica.
$5,465 Costa Rican Summer
Double ocupancy $5.465 p/p
November 01, 2012 to April 30, 2013 & July 01 to August 31, 2013
Except Christmas, New Years & Easter Week
$5,345 Green Season
Double ocupancy $5.345 p/p
May 01 to October 21, 2013 & September 01 to October 31, 2013
Park fee at Coco Island not included
Schedule dates, please request them!
Minimum 2 passengers
Accommodation aboard the vessel.
Diving, 4 dives per day.
Guided dives, at least one divemaster per group.
Compressed air tanks, weights and weight belts
Hotel transfers on day of charter and at the end of it. San Jose /Puntarenas/San Jose or airport.
All meals and snacks and non alcoholic beverages
Local beer and wine
Coco Island National Park fee of $245 per trip, Night in San Jose .
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.
Gear to Bring With You
You will need the following gear: 3-5 mm (1/8" to 3/16") wetsuit, mask, fins, snorkel, regulator with visible pressure gauge, a mandatory dive computer, buoyancy compensator, depth gauge, dive gloves, weight belt (without weights), dive knife, dive light, and dive watch. It is recommended that you mark each piece of gear with waterproof paint or tape. We suggest you put all or most of the above items in a carry-on bag. There is ample storage space for your diving equipment, including your own personal locker.