Hammerheads, Mantas, Whale sharks, turtles, Frogfish, Tuna and more
For amazing wild life encounters, SCUBA diving adventures and magnificent natural scenery, Cocos Island is a perfect travel destination. With a large variety of migratory and reef life forms under the water and wonderful rain forest birds and and views on land, this Okeanos Aggressor II dive- liveaboard trip is unforgettable!
The well known SCUBA diving destination Cocos Island is located 342 miles, a 36 hours boat journey, from Puntarenas on mainland Costa Rica. It is surrounded by rocky islands and pinnacles and is home for a huge variety of reef and pelagic aquatic species. Schooling hammerheads can be seen in many dive sites and different types of rays are everywhere in the area. Among them are other fascinating animals, such as Sea turtles, Jacks, Barracudas, Tuna, Frogfish, Red-lipped batfish and sometimes even dolphins, Whalesharks and Marlin.
Cocos Island is an uninhabited, jungle covered island. It has some stunning waterfalls, views and land adventures. As part of your Okeanos Aggressor II liveaboard cruise you will get the chance to enjoy excursions and hike to magnificent waterfalls through the lush, over grown jungle. A chance to experience the different aspects of this special area.
The liveaboard trips on-board the Okeanos Aggressor II depart to Cocos Island from Puntarenas, Costa Rica. You'll arrive at the dock on a complimentary, 1.5 hour shuttle-bus ride from San Jose. The shuttle pick-up times are scheduled according to the tides, and are available from either Holiday Inn Escazu or Holiday Inn Express Forum. Once you're aboard, the 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). 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 morning of the 11th day and free shuttle rides back to the hotels or the airport in San Jose will be provided.
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 colorful 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.
All meals + snacks
All drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic
Transfers to/from San Jose
weights, belts and filled tanks
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 tax ($29 USD, to be paid at airport. Might be included in flight tickets)
Nitrox ($150 USD)
On-board gift purchases
Rental equipment for diving or photography
Courses and certifications
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 rides 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 II 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 Emergency 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 all cancellations received: 4 months or more prior to departure, 20% of charter price will be forfeited; 4-3 months prior to departure, 40% of charter price will be forfeited; Cancellations made 3 months or less prior to departure will not receive any refund.