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Scuba Diving in Cocos Islands

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Scuba diving is an activity that appeals anyone with a sense of adventure, a love of nature, and a desire to discover the world’s least explored part – the deep, blue ocean. And with many unique destinations and paradisaical dive sites around the world, featuring picture-perfect underwater scenery and amazing colorful marine life, a scuba diving holiday becomes an experience of a lifetime, attracting more and more adventure seekers from around the world.

One of the world’s most sought-after dive destinations we are going to introduce in today’s post is the picturesque Cocos Island, a lost world rising from the ocean depths, positioned some 360 miles southwest of Costa Rica. The island is one of Costa Rica’s National Parks, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the protection and sustainability of its flora and fauna and is a perfect choice for serious scuba divers only.

Cocos Islands

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The island boasts around 20 dive sites that include everything from shallow vertical walls, to drift diving to deep pinnacles down to over 40 meters and even more. Commonly seen inhabiting the area’s shimmering waters is a wealth of marine life, mostly pelagic (open-ocean): humpback whales, whale sharks, scalloped hammerheads, devil rays, jacks, white tip reef sharks, eagle rays, trevally, sailfish, snooks and rosy lipped batfish among many others. Cocos Island is where the eco-system has been largely untouched by humans, and it’s no wonder why scuba diving here is considered some of the best in the world.

Water temperatures at Cocos Island hover between 24-30°C, however sometimes temperatures can vary dramatically due to thermoclines, so it’s highly recommended to have a 5 mm full length wet suit, hood, gloves and boots with you.

The best time to dive at Cocos Island is from June to December, when there is much rainfall and you can see multitudes of hammerhead sharks, as well as manta rays and whale sharks. But if you prefer calmer seas, then December through May is what you need, with water visibility of over 30 meters.

Planning a diving holiday to Cocos Island is truly a great idea but merely hoping that you own enough money when you take a diving holiday may require an unplanned traveler to rely upon credit cards, which may carry extra fees if used overseas. To avoid this, make sure to get a savings account to save for your next diving vacation, which can make dreams of debt-free traveling a reality. Do not forget to watch for sales, and find the best time to head to one of the world’s most amazing diving locations to come face-to-face with fascinating ocean giants, indulge in scenic underwater photography and have fun to your heart’s content.

Remember that diving in Cocos Island is available throughout the whole year and is exceptionally safe!


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