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Cocos Island

Cocos Island is an uninhabited island that boasts unique flora and fauna, some found nowhere else on Earth, and its waters are home to some of the sharkiest waters in the world. Access is restricted to protect the island's ecosystem and only accessed liveaboard. This helps preserve its beauty for future generations.

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Located about 350 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, Isla del Coco boasts world-class diving in the only liveaboard destination in the country.

Diving conditions

There is no airport on the island. You will need to fly into SJO where you will be picked up the next morning to board. 

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Water temperatures range from 72 - 82F, 22 - 28C with cooler thermoclines. 3 - 5 mm wetsuit recommended.

Cocos Island Sample Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Meet at the pickup hotel and transfer to Puntarenas for departure to Cocos Island.
  • Days 2-3 - Arrive at Cocos Island and begin your diving exploration.
  • Days 4-9 - Eat, sleep, dive- repeat!
  • Days 9-10 - Return to Puntarenas for the journey back.
  • Day 11 - Check out and transfer to San Jose Airport or on to your next destination.


Cocos Aggressor

  • Length: 124 ft
  • Beam: 28.5 ft
  • Passengers: 22
  • Staterooms: 11
Okeanos II

  • Length: 120
  • Beam: 27
  • Passengers: 22
  • Staterooms: 11

When to travel to cocos island

Cocos Island has two seasons: rainy (June-Dec) and dry (Jan-May). Rainy season has warmer water, more nutrients, and attracts larger marine species, but also rougher seas. Dry season has calmer waters but cooler water temperatures and fewer large marine species. Diving is possible year-round with unique advantages and challenges in each season.

Best scuba diving in Cocos Island: 

Manuelita Coral Garden

A shallow reef dive with a colorful array of corals, reef fish, and small marine creatures.

Dos Amigos Grande

A large pinnacle dive site with a variety of marine life including hammerhead sharks, mantas, and occasional whale sharks.

Dirty Rock

A smaller rock formation with overhangs and swim-throughs, known for its abundant shark sightings, including hammerheads and Galapagos sharks.


A cleaning station for schooling hammerhead sharks and a variety of other pelagic species, often with strong currents.

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Best scuba diving in Cocos Island: 

Bajo Alcyone

A deep cleaning station dive site for hammerheads, with occasional sightings of tiger sharks and other pelagic species.

Punta Maria

A shallow reef dive site with impressive coral formations and an abundance of marine life, including rays, turtles, and reef sharks.

Submerged Rock 

A pinnacle dive site with strong currents and schooling hammerheads, as well as occasional sightings of other pelagic species.

Wafer Bay

A shallow bay dive site with an abundance of reef fish, rays, and small marine creatures.

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What's included in an Cocos Island liveaboard?

Included: your spot in a cabin, transfer to/from San Jose, Alcoholic Beverages, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, 20+ Dives Package, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Fuel Surcharge (200 USD per trip), National Park Fees (396-554 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Nitrox, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses, Snorkel Gear.

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NOT INCLUDED: International Airfare, Travel + Dive Insurance

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Our travel experts are ready to help make your next trip to Cocos Island a reality. Inquire below, call us at 407-815-2568, or email info@divetheamericas.com to get started!

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