Aggressor II Captains Log
August 16-26, 2019
Water Temp 75-80F Visibility 50-60Ft Wetsuits 5mm, thermoclines often
Crew: Captain Carlos Sanchez, Chef Esteban and Jairol, Engineer Miguel, Steward Eduardo, Panga drivers Jorge and Jeyhler, Dive inst Carlos, Dive Master Luis Fallas, Photos and Video: Anibal.
Dives Site : Chatham Bay, Manuelita, Dirty Rock, Punta Maria, Isla Pajara, Viking Rock, Dos Amigos Pequeño, Alcyone, Manuelita GARDEN
On this trip we had Aggressors 300,000 traveler! Therefore, we started our trip with a special celebration, by 15: 00 we started sailing from Puntarenas to Cocos island. We were very lucky at the beginning because a humpback whale gave us a show at the beginning jumping out of the water majestically.
Once on the island, our guests were super excited to go for the first dive. Once we completed it, we moved to Manuelita deep. Well, it couldnt have started any better. We saw a small whale shark as soon as we descended and then it disappeared to return a few minutes later so plenty of great photos were taken!
Second day, Dirty rock and Punta Maria were our choices. We saw on both sites what Cocos is famous for, the big schools of hammerheads flying gracefully above our heads.
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 specular sight. Looking for the hammerheads we were surprised to get such a close up of dolphins starting to mate right there in front of our eyes, we were diving with them for more than 10 minutes, but they had other things to think about!
The Galapago sharks in Punta Maria were being cleaned really close to us also. The afternoon we thought we would take a relaxing macro dive at Viking rock and Pajara Island, excitement returned at Viking Rock where 2 huge Galapago sharks came really close and several hammerheads swam by.
Pajara Island also didnt disappoint us: A group of 8 hammerheads as we descended then eagle rays, marble rays, and all this action with little currents and temperatures around 27 Celsius, wow! Day three got even better; Alcyone was worth the high waves when we ascended to well over 100 hammerheads, unbelievable excitement. They came in close and slowly and the divers had some fantastic close ups of these magnificent sharks.
Also, on this time, we could see again a huge whale shark. Manuelita didnt disappoint us either. Immediately into the water, a group of mobula rays passed in front of the group and some awesome photos and video were taken, soon after a group of about 20 really big hammerheads meandered past us. The thermoclines are opening up some wicked encounters and the divers are so happy, its a high five after each and every dive so far
Day 5 and where do I begin!! The sun came today which was very welcome and first dive in Small Dos Amigos was breathtaking! Schooling hammerheads that just kept coming and coming, then when we were closed to the rocks, we had the chance to see more than 20 Galapagos shack moving around us. On our way back to the vessel, we stopped the panga to take a spectacular view of humpback whales on the surface, really close to the boat. Our last day it will always be remembered because a group of dolphins were swimming with us for long time in Manuelita island and it was the best farewell to an amazing and beautiful week in Cocos Island.
Thanks to all our divers:
David, Angelo, Cristiana, Maria, Roberta, Sergio, Fabrizio, Giorgio, Gianluca, Mirco, Antonie, Marie, Roberta, James, Sonia, Jean Marie, Michael, Jun, Junko, Edita, Ugnius this for an awesome week of laughter and spectacular diving!
COCOS ISLAND, COSTA RICA
Entry by Dive Master: Luis Fallas