Okeanos Aggressor II, Captains log:
Average Water Temperature: 27C
Average Visibility 60
Thermoclines between 19C - 22C
Crew: Cap Mauricio, Chef Jairol y Esteban, Engineer Miguel, Steward Jorge, Driver Jehyler & Marvin, Dive Master Anibal.
Passengers arrived at 11 am and after the main security briefing we started our sailing.
We had calm seas so crossing was pretty smooth.
At 6 am we were already on the island, and just after breakfast we did our first dive in Chatham Bay. Viz was excellent and since we did a shallow dive, water was also pretty warm for this La Nina time.
For Chatham we went to Manuelita deep and then shallow and the first schools of hammerheads were already there. Galapagos sharks, rays and tiger shark are always present in Manuelita.
Punta Maria and dirty rock were our next choices, and great ones by the way.
Galapagos sharks and a black tip shark were the first thing we saw as soon as we arrived.
The schooling sharks in Dirty rock were totally amazing and there were also the big yellow fin tunas crossing in front of us like torpedoes.
As soon as we started ascending, there we found the always-beautiful Whale Shark.
She was swimming so slow that we didn’t even had to fin very much to be next to her.
Totally amazing feeling to be swimming next to one of this beautiful sharks. Unforgettable for some of the divers that had never seen one.
Another highlight of the charter as usual in Cocos Island was the night dive. So many sharks swimming around us, it was really amazing.
Alcyone was again a great choice. Water was very cold, 19 Celsius but uncountable hammerheads. Viz on this dive was not that great.
Dos Amigos had a bit of a choppy sea and we decided to go back to Dirty Rock, which is one of everyone’s favorite dive sites, always.
On the last day and after we did our second night dive, we decided we were going to try and find the red lipped batfish since we had some photographers from an Asian magazine really interested in finding one.
Well, we got lucky and as soon as we descended, there it was!!!!!
Excellent diving week as usual in Cocos Island.
Tiger shark, Whale shark, Galapagos sharks, Black fin sharks, rays, dolphins…. you name it.
Looking forward having you onboard.
Okeanos Aggressor II crew.