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Cocos Island (Costa Rica), Latin America

Cocos Island offers scuba diving holidays for the more experienced diver and those particularly looking for big fish and shark action. Located some 375 miles off the western coast of Costa Rica, Cocos Island offers exhilarating diving for the more experienced diver. The island itself is volcanic in origin and covered in dense jungle. Cocos Island has earned the title “world’s premier big-animal destination” and is a beacon for ocean giants like mantas, tuna, marlin, huge Mobula Rays and of course sharks.

This thrill seeker’s paradise is home to schooling Hammerheads, Galapagos, Silkey, Whitetipped and Silvertip Sharks. Whale Sharks and dolphins are also frequently sighted. Cocos Island diving is good year round but January to March brings the mantas and whale shark in plankton season. Also Hammerheads will arrive into more shallow water when the water is a couple of degrees cooler during this time. Visibility is best around April with up to 100 fee. By May and June the rainy season has started and a bit cooler but the water will still be around 26C (81F). This is when the schools of Hammerheads come to town with commonly seen Marble rays and sometimes Whale Shark and typically stay through to October, when they will be joined by Humpback whales and Orcas. November and December will see whale migrations. If it's whale sharks you particularly want travel during Feb, April, July and August. If it's big fish encounters you want - the waters around Cocos island are your trip of a lifetime!


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Best Time: Year round

Average Air temps: 24-26°C

Average Water temps: 26-29°C

Visibility: 30m (average)

Top Dive Sites: Cruise the best spots from the Aggressor liveaboard including Alycyone, Dirty Rock, Dos Amigos for Hammerheads, Bird Islands, Silverado - shark cleaning station, Lone Stone, Manuelita, Special Sightings and Ubing Rock.
Typical 10 day itinerary with 7 days diving.

Great Reasons to Dive in Cocos Islands

  • Cocos Islands National Park World Heritage UNESCO Site.
  • Big animals, big action!
  • Schooling hammerheads.
  • Countless white-tip sharks.
  • Mantas, tuna, sailfish, marlin, false killer whales & whale sharks in season.
  • The ususual Marble and Mobula rays.
  • Varied underwater landscapes - mountains, arches, pinnacles.



Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.

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