Dive with manta rays, hammerheads, turtles, tuna and Whale sharks
Land excursions to magical jungle waterfalls
Near the beautiful and lush tropical island of Cocos, in the waters of Costa Rica, thrilling and breathtaking underwater adventures await. Go SCUBA diving with the Okeanos Aggressor I liveaboard for an experience packed with action and excitement!
The rocky islands and pinnacles that surround Cocos Island attract large numbers of pelagic marine animals, that school and cruise by for SCUBA divers to enjoy. The long, 342 miles, 36 hours journey from Puntarenas on mainland Costa Rica to the island will award you with some of the best Hammerhead shark encounters the ocean has to offer. Also Eagle rays, Devil rays, Sting rays and Mantas are a common sight, alongside White-tip sharks, Tuna, Jacks, Wahoos, turtles, giant schools of fish, a few types of frogfish and many other species. As well as occasional Whale sharks, dolphins and sailfish.
Cocos Island itself, an uninhabited, jungle covered island, also has some exciting land adventures to offer. The crew on your Okeanos Aggressor I liveaboard cruise will arrange excursions to visit magnificent waterfalls and hike through the green, luxuriant rain forest. So you can enjoy the different aspects of this unique area.
Your trip will depart from Puntarenas after a complimentary, 1.5 hour shuttle ride from San Jose. Pick-up will be from either Holiday Inn Escazu or Holiday Inn Express Forum, timed according to the tide schedule. Once on-board the Okeanos Aggressor I yacht will depart to Cocos Island. Diving starts on the 3rd day of the cruise with up to 4 dives per day for the next 6 days. (at this time, no night dives are offered).
Dive sites include - Alcyune, an underwater mount, peaking at 75 feet/22 meters. Here you'll be able to see schools of Hammerheads, Manta rays, occasional sailfish or Marlin and schools of Jacks and Grunts. Big Dos Amigos, a small island with a 45'/13m arch and a 60'/18m pinnacle. Big-eyed jacks, Rainbow runners, Yellow-tail snappers and lobsters are common here. Between the arch and the pinnacle, Hammerhead sharks like to congregate. Bird Island, Chatham Bay is located on the north-east side of Cocos, and features smaller and more colorfull life forms. Frogfish, eels, lobsters and rays accompanied by White-tip and Hammerhead sharks. Ubing Rock, Wafer Bay is a 300'/90m long submerged rock, ranging from 20'/6m down to 110'/33m with a sandy bottom that attracts schools of Hammerheads. Lone Stone in the south and Dirty Rock in the east of the island are great for watching Sting rays and sharks. And, Manuelita at the very north of Cocos Island offers a sheer wall dive, with large groups of White-tips, Creoles and Marble rays.
On the 9th and 10th days of the trip, the liveaboard vessel will make it's way back to Puntarenas. Check out is by 7 am on the 11th day and free shuttle rides back to the hotels or the airport in San Jose will be provided.
All meals and snacks
Beverages (soft drinks, water, juice, tea, coffee, local beer and wine)
Transfers from/to San Jose
Air filled tanks, weights and belts
Cocos Island park fee ($490 USD, $350 for non-divers, to be paid in cash on-board)
Emergency Evacuation Plan ($30 USD, to be paid in cash on-board)
13% local tax for on-board purchases (excluding park fees and evacuation fee)
Airport departure fee ($29 USD, to be paid at airport. Might be included in your flight ticket)
Nitrox (optional, $150 USD)
SCUBA or photography gear rental
Diving certifications and courses
End of trip DVD
On-board gift shop purchases
All guests are required to arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica one night before trip departure date. Spending the night at the Holiday Inn Escazu or the Holiday Inn Express Forum is recommended, since the complimentary ride to the ship will pick guests up at these locations. Pick-up times are set according to tide schedule and will be made known to you after booking your trip.
The Okeanos Aggressor I leaves to Cocos Island from Puntarenas Dock. If you wish to arrive by your own means, it is important you inform the Aggressor reservation office, also you'll need to reach the boat at least one hour prior to departure, at the following address - 50 metros Oeste de la “antigua municipalidad” de Puntarenas, Tapia azul, porton blanco. Or 50 meters West of the “old municipality” of Puntarenas, Blue wall, white gate. You can find it on Google maps under “Okeanos Dock / Muelle / Okeanos Aggressor” or on Waze as “Okeanos Aggressor Dock / Muelle”.
Check-out is at 7am on the last morning and complimentary shuttle rides back to the hotels in San Jose or to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose are available.
A $30 USD charge for Emergancy Evacuation Plan is mandatory, as well as proof of dive accident and injury insurance. Travel and baggage insurance are highly recommended.
All park fees and Emergency Evacuation Plan fees must be paid on-board in cash. Travelers checks are not accepted.
Diving certification number and passport number must be sent to the Aggressor online via the Guest Information System for obtaining proper permits before your arrival.
Motion-sickness/sea-sickness medication is recommended.
110V, US style power outlets are available on-board.
The Okeanos Aggressor I accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and traveler's checks. No personal checks.
Vaccination Advisory - guests traveling to Costa Rica from South America and Sub-Saharan Africa will need a Yellow Fever vaccine. For more information go to www.costarica-embassy.org.
For cancellations made: 121 days prior to departure, 20% of full price is forfeited; 120-91 days prior to departure, 40% of full price is forfeited; Cancellations made 90 days or less prior to departure are non refundable.