Scuba Diving Vacations In Cocos Island

Diving around Cocos Island is an experience to put on the bucket list of scuba wishes. A spectacularly lush island lying 36 hours by boat to the southwest of Costa Rica, Cocos Island is a living example of oceanic volcanic eruptions giving a place of sanctuary to a huge array of species. In fact, this volcanic breakout in the midst of the Pacific Ocean is a favorite place of replenishment for creatures of the sea like large sharks, rays, whales and gigantic schools of fish. To experience it all, check out the scuba diving vacations Cocos Island has to offer.

A true representation that Mother Nature loves scuba divers, Cocos Island is a gift from the gods for those that enjoy seeing underwater life in action. The salt water world is decorated with underwater arches and valleys that are inhabited by huge schools of hammerhead or whitetip sharks, sometimes in schools numbering over 300. Swim a little further and you may witness two massive eagle rays in the interweaving dance of mating. 

Scuba diving in Costa Rica is a spectacular diving vacation, especially when involving Cocos. Where else can you dive at night and witness the beauty of hundreds of whitetip sharks darting around you as if in a choreographed dance routine? Or see the incredible power and diversity of species when viewing the devouring of a bait ball by Galapagos sharks, dolphins and the birds of the sea. This awe-inspiring region is considered to be one of the best diving locations in the world for a reason. It delivers incredible dive experiences time and again.

One of the best ways to experience diving in the waters surrounding Cocos Island National Park is to enjoy the trip via a liveaboard. Using the vast experience of locals combined with the ability to go to private dive spots makes Cocos liveaboard diving incredible. Not only with a liveaboard can you see pristine sea life, but you can also access areas of the uninhabited Cocos Island otherwise not seen by human. The four-mile-long, boat-only accessible tropical rainforest island is a magnificent showing of lush forests, equatorial birds, and vibrant butterflies.

Cocos Island is an underwater photographers dream. Beyond the stunning display of large pelagic fish like whitetip reef sharks, scalloped hammerheads, and grey reef sharks, you can also enjoy the viewings of thousands of other species. The lack of human inhabitants on Cocos Island supports a pollutant-free environment that supports manta rays, marbled rays, tuna and dolphins as well as pilot whales, false killer whales, marlin and sailfish. Sharing the ocean landscape are smaller creatures such as frogfishes, snowlflake moray eels, harlequin shrimp and rainbows of tropical fish.

Although Cocos is not necessarily for the beginner diver due to variations in water temperatures and unpredictable currents, Scuba Dive Asia has a wealth of experience customizing a trip to meet your wants and desires. So browse the scuba diving vacations Cocos Island has available and start planning your dive trip. Contact us now to learn how we are here to assist you with every aspect of your trip to make your Cocos diving vacation perfect.

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Visitors from North America, Europe and Australia do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica. Entry permit will be granted to visitors on arrival. Required is a valid return air ticket to a destination where the passenger has permission to enter, together with necessary visas for the onward journey to the next destination. Passports must be valid for six months from your date of arrival in the country.
Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken. Some French, German and Italian is also spoken.
GMT -6
The local currency is the Costa Rican Colón (CRC). US Dollars are also widely accepted. Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are all accepted; American Express slightly less so. Many banks will only process MasterCard for cash credits. Cash may be the only form of payment in smaller towns and rural areas but many places will take US Dollars, giving change in Colónes. ATMs are common throughout the cities and small towns. Although travelers can avoid additional exchange rate charges by taking traveller's cheques in US dollars, fewer and fewer businesses in Costa Rica are willing to accept them, and it is better to use the ATM.
The rainy season starts in May and finishes in November. June and July are the wettest months, particularly on the Caribbean side. The 'warm' dry season is December to May, though temperature differences between summer and winter are slight. March is the height of the dry season, and the humidity is lower at this time.
Reliable medical services are available. Standards of health and hygiene are among the best in Latin America, although public facilities may not come up to par with developed countries. You should always protect yourself against mosquitoes where possible. Check with your embassy or consulate, as well as with a knowledgeable doctor, for detailed information on current health issues.
The Costa Rica electricity supply is 110 volts AC, 60Hz. Two-pin plugs are standard.
Departure tax of US$28.

Where Is Cocos Island?

Water temperature
24 – 29 °C / 75 – 84 °F

20 – 40 meters / 66 – 130ft

3mm / 5mm

Best time to travel
Year round. For whales, sharks and rays in Ocotal best is between May and December

Recommended dive sites
Alcyone, Dirty Rock, Everest

Above water activities
Bird watching, visit National Parks, Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs, River rafting and surfing