Cocos Island by yacht & submersible
Charting new experiences in an underwater paradise
Some 500km off the Costa Rican coast, the eastern Pacific’s only oceanic island of volcanic origin hosts one of the largest predator biomasses on the planet.
Here, nutrient rich, deep-ocean currents are forced towards the surface by the island’s slopes, bringing with them great aggregations of everything from whale sharks and hammerheads to giant manta rays and bottlenose dolphins. Over several multi-yacht trips, we’ve brought our clients right among the best of it all, going behind the scenes of conservation work and guiding submersibles to new sites.
Indeed, we’ve conducted the region’s most extensive seabed mapping programme, both identifying new dive sites for our clients and providing new information for university researchers. And, we’ve seen our clients get involved with vital conservation work, from children helping gather data on sharks to divers tagging whale sharks.
All media taken on Cookson Adventures trips
I am tempted by some of the expeditions Cookson has to Cocos Island – a 35-hour sail from Costa Rica, with some of the sharkiest waters on the planet, where he is involved in shark tagging projects
Whether learning directly from leading researchers, helping tag whale sharks with satellite trackers or having the whole family lend a hand in measuring juvenile hammerheads, you can get involved in vital conservation work through our special contacts. We’re also especially proud of our underwater mapping work, which has identified potential new dive sites and created a new data layer for scientists studying the island’s biosphere.
Submersibles are the ultimate platform for underwater adventure, allowing you to explore deeper, longer and in the company of friends, family and leading experts. Along with admiring the likes of tiger shark or marbled ray aggregations, that could be going down to 300m to look at never-explored-before features or taking in iconic sites like the Wall. Here, its ever-dark terrain of ledges and overhangs host specially adapted wildlife, from groupers to the elusive prickly shark. It’s all enhanced and directed by our world-first underwater mapping programme in this region.
With divemasters on our team and contacts with the pre-eminent authorities on Cocos diving, we can design the perfect diving programme for you. That could mean learning to scuba dive in this most special of locations or tackling some of its iconic spots. Perhaps it’s the strong currents of the Manuelita Channel where tiger sharks hunt from behind huge boulders or cleaning stations, home to everything from schooling jacks to Galápagos and whale shark.
Whether it’s trails to secluded beaches, spectacular island lookout points or walks to hidden rainforest waterfalls and natural pools, this jungled Eden promises plenty in the way of scenic hiking routes. And, pausing to enjoy a picnic on the beach, keep your eye out for over 90 species of bird that call this remote island home. Three of which are endemic – the Cocos cuckoo, the Cocos flycatcher and the Cocos finch.
While taking a tender, kayak or SUP around the island’s dramatic coastline is a simple pleasure, you might also want to explore further. Paddle through the crystal-clear waters surrounding Punta Maria, an underwater seamount and shark cleaning station that rises from the deep. Keep your eyes out for wildlife as you paddle.
With our global network of specialists, we can bring along those that will enhance your experience. That might be a top yogi to improve your breathwork for freediving. A marine biologist to augment your submersible dives. Or, a head of performance at a top sports institution to design a wellness programme alongside your trip. Wherever your interests lie, we’ll make it happen.
This untamed, jungle-clad island was the unofficial inspiration behind Jurassic Park, with waterfalls cascading from a fortress of mountains and no official inhabitants other than national park rangers. It’s a World Heritage jewel.
Surrounded by one of the world’s largest designated marine protected areas, its waters are considered the most shark populated on earth. Here, most of this remote island’s visitors live beneath the waves, like the scalloped hammerheads, sailfish and the world’s largest aggregations of the near-threatened silky sharks.
As such, it’s a pilgrimage for scuba divers, while submersibles offer the chance to go deeper and explore in comfort with researchers and your group alongside you. That could be admiring the Everest Seamount as hammerheads circle above, or heading down to 180m at Piedra 165 to discover an undercity alive with pelagic activity. Throughout, there’s plenty of opportunity for new discoveries. After all, the island has a rich history of buried treasure and pirate lore, chased after by the likes of legendary French explorer, Jacques Cousteau.