Departure: April 6, 2016
Average Water Temperaruture: 30 C on surface, 24C bottom
Average Visibility: 20 m.
Crew: Cap Mauricio, Chef Jairol & Esteban, Engenier Miguel, Steward Jorge, Driver Heyler & Marvin. Dive Masters, Mauricio, Facundo & Andres. Night man Esteban.
We greeted our passengers at the dock in Puntarenas with a delicious cocktail prepared by bartender Jorge and began our 12-hour overnight crossing to Caño Island in the south pacific of Costa Rica. Prior to dinner, we give our guests the very important security briefing and general diving information.
Our first morning in the Island we start our check dive in a easy site called ‘El Ancla’, it is a calm place where everybody can check their gear and buoyancy to make sure everything is perfect. We were received by a big school of Golden Snappers and a couple of Sting Rays and White tip Sharks. It was a very nice and calm first dive. Our second dive was at ‘Barco Hundido’ where there were huge schools of Golden Snapper, Spotted Rose Snapper and lots of reef fish. The Stingrays were also around. We also saw a very nice Nurse Shark on the bottom. Third dive in ‘Shark Cave’ offered the chance to see a few White tips hanging out in the cave, as the name suggests. There were also lots of ref fish and beautiful corals to observe.
On the second day we visited the sites of ‘El Faro’ and ‘Cirujanos’. These spots had big schools of Jacks, Golden Snappers, Surgeonfish and Barracudas. We also always find White tip Sharks scattered around these sites. Half of Panga 1 got lucky and had the chance to see a big Bull Shark that occasionally roams the area.
On our third day we had a shot at a deep site outside the marine reserve called ‘Paraiso’ which has a variety of beautiful and colorful corals and schools of Jacks. There were some big Snappers and Amberjacks around. We decided to do the second and third dives at ‘Bajo del Diablo’, with the good fortune of finding a couple of huge Oceanic Mantas, which stuck around for the afternoon. We also had a huge school of Barracudas and a beautiful Green Sea Turtle. At 6:00pm we did our fist night dive at a site called ‘Marenco’ and we saw lots of macro life in the corals and reef fish al around.
Fourth day we take the opportunity to do a hike in the amazing Corcovado National Park in the mainland near Caño Island, cataloged as one of the most biologically intense places on the planet. We had the chance to see Howler, Spider and Whiteface Monkeys. There was a huge group of some 20 coatis really close to us. We also saw about 8 colorful Scarlett Macaws eating in the trees and we had an amazing view and photo opportunity. There is also incredible amount and variety of fauna and green vegetation in this Park. In the afternoon we did a couple of dives in ‘Shark Cave’ and ‘Barco Hundido’. We also had our second night dive.
On the fifth and sixth day we went back to the ‘Bajo del Diablo’ and ‘El Faro’ area which was the best during the week and offer a variety of dives around the sea mounts, the sites where full of life just like previous days. The giant Mantas stuck around for the week and we had the chance to see them in most dives, at times we had 2 or even 3 of them gliding around and playing with each other. We also had a couple of schools of up to 15 Mobula Rays in these sites. The dolphins were hanging around the area where the boat anchors like they normally do and one of our crew members went in the water and got the surprise of a lifetime, a small juvenile Whale shark was swimming with them and he managed to get a video and some shots of him!
We had weak, manageable currents during the whole week, some cold thermoclines with less visibility at times, but overall a great dive week with excellent dives and lots of life for us to enjoy.