Log Date: Saturday, Aug 01, 2015
Entry By: Dancer guest
Wind Dancer August 1-11, 2015
Our guest Lolita wanted to write her own report this time, so here we want to share it with you.
Arrived in San Jose Costa Rica and spent one night at the Hotel Indigo, good location , lovely hotel and good breakfast. On Saturday, we were picked up and driven to Puntarenas on the Pacific Coast, less than 2 hours away. We made one stop enroute for yummy smoothies. And by the way, the van had wifi so we were able to send off a last few messages before leaving civilization.
Upon arrival in Puntarenas, the crew was there to greet us and take our luggage. Easy! The crossing took almost 40 hours, longer than I expected, but the ocean was pretty smooth and time passed quickly as we set up our gear and got to know our fellow passengers. Total of 22 divers on our trip.
The sailing day was perfect! Once we started the crossing we saw a really big HUMPBACK WHALE and a fantastic sunset. The next day we saw plenty of dolphins’ it was amazing…
The Wind Dancer, now part of the Aggressor family, is very well appointed. Bathrobes and hairdryer in the cabins, a real espresso machine available 24 hours a day, warm dry towels after every dive, and hot chocolate after the night dive!
The food was excellent – fresh fruit after every dive, lots of salads, fruits, and vegetables with every meal, lots of variety. We had fish, pork, chicken, turkey, beef, etc. At breakfast, lots of choices, and you could always have eggs made to order as well. The bar was well stocked with beer and wine, as well as soft drinks, lemonade, iced tea, and Gatorade and a good selection of herbal teas too. And the desserts, WOW, the chef obviously has a pastry background.
First few days we had very little current and decent visibility however towards the end of the week, the current became a bit stronger. Of course current and cold water brings more big
We did all our dives out of 2 pangas – backward roll and down we went. Where there was current, we used the line to go down. Best dive sites were Alcyone, Dirty Rock and Dos Amigos Pequenos. But other dives had lots of surprises as well. Most diving is deep and everyone was on nitrox, highly recommended.
What did we see… zillions of white tipped reef sharks on every single dive, eagle rays, marble rays, one or two mantas, a devil ray, a few dolphins, a couple of sightings of Galapagos sharks and TIGER SHARKS… oh yes and several WHALE SHARKS… a baby and separately, a larger one, stayed with us long enough to get great photos. Did I mention the HAMMERHEADS… yes there were sightings on almost every dive. Only once or twice did we get the WALL of hammerheads that we had hoped for, however we did get enough encounters to satisfy everyone. Also notable were the copious schools of jacks, so thick, we could not see through them. And we did see humpbacks from the boat.
We did 3 night dives… when everyone aimed their lights together, the white tipped reef sharks would swarm under our lights, using them to hunt, dozens swarming over and around each other. Very exciting.
Shore excursions – we had 2 opportunities to go ashore. One afternoon we went to visit the ranger station to see what they do. Very interesting, they have built an entire small suspension bridge made out of fishing gear confiscated from illegal fishing. We also had the chance to jump into a clear fresh water creek, very refreshing. Also the ranger station had wifi, yay, so we were able to email home.
The other excursion was a 2 -3 hour hike from Wafer Bay on one side of the island, to Chatham Bay on the other side. Not exactly a stroll or leisurely hike, more like a scramble up a steep slope, not for the faint of heart but wow we were rewarded with amazing views from the top. Definitely worthwhile but take lots of water!
The crew was terrific. They went out of the way to ensure that everyone had a good dive and they spent a lot of time looking for animals to point out to us, just great. Carlos twice was able to locate Go Pros that people had dropped!
The panga drivers were great too, helping us on and off, testing our nitrox, setting up everything so we could just relax and dive. On board the crew was great at keeping good behavior , tidy, and replenishing whatever as needed.
All in all, it was a trip that we will remember for a long time. Cocos Island is not for beginner divers but definitely a trip that should be on every diver’s bucket list.
Thank you all guest for an amazing adventure!
Lolita Cofman,Jennifer,Pamela,Mark,Victor,Ian,Charles,Michelle,David, Loring, Graydon,Fiona, Bryson ,Richard,Abdel,Sandra,Kiyomi, Kazutoshi,Peter,Patrick,Lars and Irina.