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WIND DANCER – DIVE INSTRUCTORS LOG
24 –03th of Febrary
Air Temperature 85f
Average Water Temperaruture 76F/ 24C
Average Visibility 60ft / 20m
Wetsuits:3ml or 5mm (termoclines often)
Crew: Captain Mauricio, Chefs: Jairol and Esteban, Engineer Miguel, Steward , Giovany,Tender Skippers: Anibal and Jeyler, Dive Instructor Carlos Sanchez.
Guests; (Do not include last name) Jia,Lei,Tamas,Stephan,Kurt,Luc,Diderick,Peter,Frederic,Marino,James,Elizabeth,Alessandro,Miquel,Daniel,Jordi,Conor,Marguerite.
Tuesday-Dirty rock,Punta Maria,vikinga
Thursday-Big Dos Amigos, Manuelita
Friday-Dirty Rock,Punta Maria,Manuelita
After being picked up in their hotels, the guests made it to Puntarenas harbor at 2pm on Saturday, 24th of january. Upon boarding the Wind Dancer they were
welcome by the friendly crew and offered the special house cocktail. After providing some basic house rules and safety information, the cruise started. Once aboard the 342-mile journey to Cocos begins and was perfect. In the sunset we saw Dolphins, and the sailing summer day Fantastic and relaxing the guest reading book, games and look. The trip gives diver plenty of time to prepare their gear and their hearts for the magnificent creatures awaiting their arrival!
Chatham Bay Those who like smaller animals were happy as well, because they got to see lobsters and the usual reef fish being chased by the many Whitetip Sharks that live in the island. Some divers had the chance to do their botton swimming with a TWO very big TIGGER SHARK was Amazing experience .
Right before lunch the Isla Del Coco National Park Rangers came to give us an introduction to the park, providing us with the dive rules of the park and also explaining how they care for the island.
The two second dive of the day was in Manuelita we saw our first hammerhead shark,marble rays and a huge MANTA RAY came straight to us. It came nice and close and I was able to get some good video of it, but towards the left side where the Tiger shark awaited again and made himself visible a couple of times throughout the dive. The first of many Eagle Rays of the trip was also seen on day 1
The day started bright and early with a panga ride to Punta Maria, where we were welcome by a some Galapagos Shark followed by the sight that Cocos is famous for hammer head. We then turned around the pinnacle and struggled to focus our eyes on the sight of more than a thousand big eyed jacks, it was a huge school and such a spectacular sight. There were some hammerhead shark and a lot fish,tunas,and olso dolphins show up swimming among our guest and making all happy.
The third dive a visit to Alcyone this under water mountain we sow same hammerhead ,marble ray,and white tip sharks.
Afternoon dive is Viking Rock where we finished off with an easy peaceful dive, where we found flatfish, garden eels and lobsters in a coral covered area.
MANUELITA AGAIN THE BEST The divers were not expecting to see one, AMAZING DIVE!!!, to 2 TIGGER SHARKS gracefully gliding around us and some awesome photos and video were taken,The second dive was decided by the divers themselves, the first group went to Manuelita and saw the Tiger shark, Galapagos shark, Tuna, and Eagle RAYS.
The morning started early with a 7am dive in Dirty Rock with Hammerheads, Tunas and a big Turtle. The next two dives of the day were in Manuelita Deep where the Hammerheads and Tiger shark were doing their hunting without being bothered by our presence. The day finished off with an amazing night dive, where on top of the hundreds of hunting Whitetips.
The adventure of the day was on land, with a visit to the Wafer Bay Ranger station and a nice hike along the trail. The bride made of sea debris like buoys and confiscated fishing lines lead us to the fresh water river.
Back on board the divers relaxed watching the chef cook a barbecue on the deck while having an ice cold beer and sharing the memories of the trip thus far.
The sun is shining! At MANUELITA we all had a beautiful and amazing “good-BYE we sow PLENTY HAMMERHEAD SHARK and TIGGER SHARK …..
Thanks to all the guest for nice week dive.
Safe diving always....