Escape to Cocos Island on a liveaboard scuba diving trip in Costa Rica! Cocos is a lush, green uninhabited island resting 342 miles off Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Rocky pinnacles surrounding Cocos are beacons for big animals and big action. Schooling hammerheads, countless white-tip sharks, mantas, tuna and even whale sharks call Cocos home.
Cocos Island National Park was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1997. Weather permitting, OKEANOS AGGRESSOR I® guests are shuttled ashore to hike through the jungles of Cocos and swim in her many waterfalls. All ten-day trips offer seven days of Costa Rica liveaboard scuba diving. The OKEANOS AGGRESSOR I® sets off from the port town of Puntarenas.
Getting There, Passports & Visa Documentation:
Cocos Island is located off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Guests fly to San Jose, Costa Rica for a two-hour air-conditioned bus ride to Puntarenas, which showcases some of Costa Rica's most beautiful views. The OKEANOS AGGRESSOR I® cruises approximately 36 hours to Cocos Island.
Most major airlines fly into San Jose, Costa Rica: American, Iberia, United, Delta, Lacsa, Taca. An overnight stay in San Jose is usually required prior to the trip due to airline schedules. Recommended hotels are the host hotels, Holiday Inn Escazu and Holiday Inn Express Forum (formerly Indigo Hotel) in San Jose where group transfers are provided from.
Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. US citizens require a passport that must be valid for 6 months from date of entry. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper visa to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement.
Guests will be met by a representative in uniform at our two host hotels, the Holiday Inn Escazu and Holiday Inn Express Forum (formerly Indigo Hotel) on the day of departure at a pre-set time for the group transfer. The pick-up and boarding time schedule is available in our "Know Before You Go" document and below in the "Departure Schedule" link. Boarding depends on the tide schedule. Immediately after boarding the liveaboard yacht departs for its crossing to Cocos Island to prepare for Costa Rica scuba diving Monday morning. After a full seven days of diving, the OKEANOS AGGRESSOR I® returns back to the dock in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Check-out is Tuesday morning at 7:30 am. Transportation is provided back to the host hotels or San Jose (SJO) airport from the yacht at the end of the charter. Book flights after 12:30 pm.
For guests making their own way to Puntarenas, Costa Rica to the Okeanos Aggressor I or II, here is the address:50 metros Oeste de la “antigua municipalidad” de Puntarenas, Tapia azul, porton blanco or 50 meters West of the “old municipality” of Puntarenas, Blue wall, white gate. You may also find it on Waze as “Okeanos Aggressor Dock / Muelle” and in Google Maps as “Okeanos Dock / Muelle / Okeanos Aggressor”.
COCOS ISLAND EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN
Emergency Evacuation Program Fee $30. When medical evacuation is needed, this fee establishes and funds pre-established and pre-authorized emergency evacuation protocols that have been created to facilitate the immediate dispatch of medical transport. Depending on the benefits under other policies held by the guest, their insurance carrier may or may not have logistics (services or funding) in place to deal specifically with Cocos Island - which could result in delayed response times for the medical evacuation and ultimate first responder care. This new program benefits every passenger aboard, not only the injured diver. Currently if the injured diver’s insurance plan fails to respond quickly enough with evacuation plans, the captain of the yacht would be obligated to terminate the cruise early and head back to port – thus impacting everyone’s travels. This new program minimizes this risk for all guests.
DAN’s Traveler EMS "Emergency Evacuation Plan"only provides 1st responder care (if available) during transport and transport to a medical facility. It does NOT provide medical care. All divers visiting Cocos Island are required to have some form of diving accident insurance and are encouraged to purchase Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance as well. Your diving and travel insurance policy(s) provide you the financial protection for the actual medical care plus any further medical transport above and beyond returning you from the yacht to a local medical facility on the mainland.
• Whale Sharks, Schooling Hammerhead Sharks, White-tip Sharks, Tuna, Manta Rays, Turtles and Giant Frogfish
• All dives from tenders
• Water temperature: 72 - 82F, 22 - 28C with cooler thermoclines
• 3 - 5 mm wetsuit recommended
• No night diving is currently offered at Cocos Island.
• 8-night charters: up to 17 dives
• 10-night charters: up to 24 dives