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Cocos Island fully justifies its place as one of the world's finest liveaboard destinations. This remote Pacific outpost is a magnet for sharks, most notably large schools of hammerheads.

Located 300 miles off the western coast of Costa Rica, the only way to dive Cocos Island is by liveaboard. A number of vessels offer 10 night itineraries throughout the year. From April to November, these waters are famous for encounters with vast schools of scalloped hammerheads. November to April brings calmer weather conditions and more excellent marine life encounters.

In addition to hammerheads, divers may encounter  silky, silvertip, Galapagos and white-tip sharks. Eagle and manta rays are also frequent visitors, along with occasional whale sharks.

The itinerary below is based on a 10-night trip on board the Okeanos Aggressor II (formerly Wind Dancer).

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to San Jose

    On arrival, transfer to your overnight hotel
  2. Days 2-12 : Transfer to Puntarenas and begin your Cocos liveaboard

    Cocos Island lies 300 miles offshore and the journey takes over 30 hours to reach from Costa Rica. Your ten day liveaboard will typically include six and a half days' diving at Cocos, making three or four dives a day from a spacious tender. 

    Divers can expect a superb array of shark species, manta rays, large schools of jacks, tuna and barracuda plus regular whale shark and dolphin encounters.

  3. Day 13: Disembark and return to San Jose in time for your return flight

  4. Day 14: Arrive UK

You should note: Due to the remote location, it is recommended that divers travel with effective surface markers, lights and whistles. Dive computers and suitable diving insurance are compulsory. The above itinerary is a sample only and your actual liveaboard itinerary may vary. Marine park fees and fuel surcharges apply. From price based on a twin share cabin. Single person supplements will apply for private cabins.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 14 days from £4,565 pp
  • Departures: View all departure dates
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 1 night in San José (BB)
    • 10 nights Cocos liveaboard
    • All meals on liveaboard
    • Transfers
  • Additional fees: USD490 pp

Availability

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Featured location:

Cocos Island

The remote Cocos Island Marine Park lies 540 kilometres off the coast of Costa Rica and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The volcanic pinnacles surrounding the island are beacons for large pelagics, and it is one of the best places to go shark diving.

  • Ideal for viewing: scalloped hammerhead shark, Galapagos shark, devil ray, bull shark, giant oceanic manta ray
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Shark diving, Hammerhead shark
This itinerary is available on the liveaboards shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

M/V Argo

This custom built working boat heads to the remote Cocos Island throughout the year and offers experienced divers plenty of luxury and the unique opportunity to get on board a submersible.

MV Sea Hunter

This modern, dedicated dive cruiser has been custom built for long-range expeditions to destinations like the world renowned Cocos Island. A superbly comfortable liveaboard with everything a serious diver could wish for.

MV Yemaya

This well equipped liveaboard sails to three of the most dynamic environments in the world, where encounters with sharks are common. Itineraries offer a mix of calm inshore reef diving, night dives and exhilarating drift dives.

Okeanos Aggressor

Operating throughout the year, the Okeanos Aggressor offers dedicated diving adventures to the remote Cocos Islands, where pelagic species abound. This luxury yacht offers excellent facilities for photographers.

Okeanos Aggressor II

The Okeanos Aggressor II operates eight and ten night itineraries throughout the year to the amazing Cocos Island, a trip of a lifetime for most. Day and night dives are operated from pangas.