Cocos Island

Cocos Island

upper-view-cocos-islandUninhabited, lush, wild, beautiful and untouched this island paradise is located 275 miles southeast of Costa Rica.  Accessible only by liveaboard dive boat, the rocky pinnacles surrounding Cocos Island are beacons for big animals and big action.  Divers visiting the region are treated to a hike through the pristine jungle and a swim under one of the slands many waterfalls.

Cocos Island presents the same diving challenges as any other Pacific, Indian or Red Sea diving location. Cocos, however, is not recommended for inexperienced divers because it is an open ocean destination that requires advanced open water diving skills. Most dives are at depths deeper than 60 feet/18 meters. At Cocos, currents and visibility can be entirely different in just a few hours.

A world Heritage Site, the island has only two bays with safe anchorages and sandy beaches: Chatham is located on the northeast side and Wafer Bay is on the northwest. Just off Cocos are a series of smaller basaltic rocks and islets.
dolphins-and-jacks-undersea-hunter-groupAmong Cocos Island’s many attributes is a startling degree of biodiversity. This Island’s world-renowned waters explode with life, including innumerable white tip reef sharks, schooling hammerhead sharks, dolphins, mantas and marbled rays, giant moray eels, sailfish, and of course the occasional whale shark. Other common encounters are large schools of jacks and tuna, silky sharks, silver tip sharks, marlin, Creole fish, green turtles and octopus.Cocos Island is also home to at least 27 endemic fish species including the exotic rosy-lipped batfish. The island is also home to some 25 species of moss, and 85 species of fungus. There are upwards of 87 bird species, including the famous Cocos Island cuckoo, finch and flycatcher. There are 362 species of insects, of which 64 are endemic. Two native reptiles are found only on the Island.

cocos-island-costa-rica-undersea-hunter-group2Beneath the waterfalls and in the rivers, are freshwater fish that mystify scientists by their very existence. Because of its remote location and abundance of fresh water, Cocos has, throughout history, been a favorite re-supply station for pirates, whalers and sailors.

Early visitors left pigs on the island as a self-perpetuating source of fresh meat. To this day feral pigs and deer abound.