WIND DANCER – DIVE INSTRUCTORS LOG
09 of March –17th of March
Air Temperature 85f
Average Water Temperature 80F/ 27C
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; Sisy, Rosmary, Philip, Clement, Flori, Ana, Patricia, Miguel, Javier, Daniel, Andrea, Paul Melanie, Diana, German, Marcel, Jose, Juan, Dianne, Elizabeth, Carlos, Ricardo.
Wednesday -Chatham bay, Manuelita
Thursday -Dirty rock, Punta Maria, vikinga
Friday-Alcyone, Roca Sumergida, Pajara
After being picked up in their hotels, the guests made it to Puntarenas harbor at 4pm on Monday, 09th of March. Upon boarding the Wind Dancer they were welcomed 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 guests read books, played games and enjoyed the scenery. The trip gives divers plenty of time to prepare their gear and their hearts for the magnificent creatures awaiting their arrival!
The Wind Dancer reached the mysterious Isla del Coco at 8.30am, just in time for a quick briefing before the check dive on the 12th of March.
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.
The second dive of the day was in Manuelita and simply stunning: the 3 types of sharks were spotted, as well as yellow fin tunas speeding by and a very big GALAPAGOS SHARK.
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.
After lunch we repeated Manuelita 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 WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS 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 welcomed by Galapagos Sharks followed by the sight that Cocos is famous for; hammerheads. 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. Dirty Rock, the world famous site was next and again the big fish were waiting. Hammerheads being cleaned by Angelfish by the buoy, schools of jacks forming above out heads and a beautiful safety stop with some Hammerheads right below us.
As always, after breakfast it was time for Alcyone. And it was AMAZING! Close encounters with some Hammerheads in numerous amounts and getting very close! Some divers had the chance to do their safety stop swimming with a very friendly WHALE SHARK was an amazing experience. The third dive was at Viking Rock where we finished off with an easy peaceful dive, where we found flatfish, garden eels and lobsters in a coral covered area.
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 sharks 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 bridge 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 dinner on the deck while having an ice-cold beer and sharing the memories of the trip thus far.
Thanks to all of our guests for a nice week diving!
Safe diving always....