Isla del Coco Travel Guide

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    Thar she blows !!!
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    Jacques wuz here....
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Isla del Coco Things to Do

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    by kenmerk Written Mar 11, 2013

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    Don't even need to get wet to enjoy the aquatic life, the mantas will swim right up to the boat here. This one was circling the boat just around happy hour....

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    by kenmerk Written Mar 10, 2013

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    Another great dive sites here is called Dirty Rock... Ive never seen the concentration of schooling jacks like I encountered here..... (Three different whirlpool of jacks all spinning up at once...) Just amazing....

    Jacks and jacks at Dirty rock...
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    by kenmerk Written Mar 10, 2013

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    Alcyone is probably the best overall dive site at Cocos. Here you can see most all the big pelagics: Schooing hammerheads, big schools of jacks, white tip reef sharks, even whale sharks are nice enough to stop by here. Jacques Cousteau visited here in 1987 and said it was one of the top dive sites in the world.

    Whale Shark at Alcyone... Hammerheads off in the Blue... Jacques wuz here.... Pile of resting White tips at Alcyone....
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Isla del Coco Nightlife

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    by kenmerk Written Mar 10, 2013

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    Manuelita is one of the best night dives in the world, and one of the few places where you can see not only swarming white tips, but also big sharks like Tigers and Galapagos up close. (I was snout to snout with this Tiger shark during one night dive there... range, maybe 1-2 meters...) One of the more exhillarating ways to spend your evening in Cocos..... :o))

    Snout to Snout with a Tiger shark by night... His big fat white belly right over my head... Swarming white tips at Manuelita....
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Isla del Coco Transportation

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    by kenmerk Written Mar 10, 2013

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    Be forewarned if you decide to make this trip, its a long way from the mainland. The crossing from Puntarenas to Cocos takes about 35 hrs, and most everyone on board (myself included) was pretty green around the gills by the time we reached the island.... (its more than worth it, but be sure to pack your sea sick meds before you head out....)

    Land Ho after the long crossing....
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Isla del Coco Warnings and Dangers

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    by kenmerk Written Mar 10, 2013

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    Take heed where you make land fall on Cocos, this island that was used at the basis for Isla Nublar from Jurrasic Park. And based, on my brief beachside observations, it looks like there still is a velociraptor or two milling about here...

    When Dinos ruled the island....
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