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Okeanos Aggressor I Trip Report
July 09 -19 2019
(Photos by Mauricio Marín)
Average Water Temperature 75 F (27 Celsius)
Average Air temperature 80F (30 Celsius)
Starting this new trip we had onboard 15 divers super excited to start the crossing to Cocos Island.Around 4pm we started sailing through a flat and calm sea .
Arriving to the island we got breakfast and right after we were in the water for the first time this week . Chatham Bay was receiving us with a very good dive, tons of fish and white tips sharks were there with very good visibility, on top of everything.
Next, we dove Manuelita outside so our group went down and just at the beginning a huge pacific manta ray passes by and after , believe it or not a whale shark came swimming against current so slowly that all the divers on the spot got to see him . We all started to shoot as much as video and photos as we could, and we were able to get them, and if that wasn’t enough for the day , by the afternoon dive the tiger shark was waiting for us Manuelita Channel so the day was full of action just starting the week.
Second day Dirty rock was the spot to dive and on the briefing the plan was to wait a while on the cleaning station and then drift away trying to get the school and that’s what we got in the blue, lots of hammerheads without mentioning the eagle rays, marble rays and the huge school of jacks we also got to see.
Alcyone next morning is one of the diving sites that always has a lot to offer and it did not disappoint our guest on this trip. Bottle nose dolphin were playing close to the surface and on the bottom a big manta ray was crossing by with lots of jack fish on the background and mulet snappers at the end on the safety stop made the dive one the best so far and was just our third day only.
On the south side of the island we got to dive small dos amigos where we had one the the most challenging dives because the surface was choppy, however , underwater was very calm with no currents. This is definitely a shark dive because just starting the dive we got hammerheads, Galapagos , silky sharks , black tips and all in one place which was amazing , then we had tunas and some wahoos at the end of the dive.
Punta Maria is a dive that I have to mention because the underwater life at that pinnacle makes you feel that your are in a aquarium, so much variety of fish and rays moving around that everywhere you look there was something going on.
This week on Okeanos I and II were sharing days in the island and we were so happy about that so we went to the beach in Chatham bay along with the Ranger to play football , of course our guests were invited and some of them decided to go hiking to the top of the hill where the views are amazing!!
We had lots of fun with our guest so towards the end of the trip nobody wants to go home after 7days of good diving, great food and even better company.
Thanks to our guests : Yoshito, Daniel, Jean Francois, Malcolm, Joerg, Ingolf, Marcel, Antoine, Sylvain, Aurelie, Maxine, David, Dannielle, Marc and Meghan.
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