Okeanos Aggressor Trip Report
January 30 to February 9 - 2017
(Photos by Alberto Muñoz)
Average Water Temperature 80 F (25 Celsius)
Average Air temperature 75 F (24 Celsius)
This week I was a bit apprehensive as we were getting close to full moon and the moon sometimes brings strong current to the island, the crossing over to the island was very easy, there was only a tiny little piece at the end when the boat rocked and rolled some, but once on the island our guest were anxious to go in the water, so we did, we were having some big swells on Coco as a result of the strong winds in Costa Rica, so our fist dive supposed to be Chatham bay but the waves stirred Chatham up so visibility was not good I explained this to the ranger so they let us go to Manuelita, the shallow side of Manuelita was full of action and even do it was our check out dive we were not really into adjusting gear or anything like that cause as we entered the water hammerhead sharks came in close to the diver, then the white tip sharks, the marble rays and the tons of fish and much more, we were in the meca of the dives in Coco’s island we were in my favorite place Manuelita, what was special about this dive was the puffers mating, this is a rare thing to see and sometimes it gets very wild as the puffer bites the other in order to hold it in place, this goes on for hours I’ve gone in dives where I see this, get out of the water come back for another dive and they still attached…
Next day we made it over Dirty Rock and Punta Maria, this week we had very good divers and they were also very experienced so I was thinking even if we get strong currents our guest would managed it well, but to be honest we went thru the week with no problems, and the strong current were never here. So what happened in this second day on the island was amazing, one of the best days of diving this year, so we went Dirty Rock as we plunge in to the ocean and just getting there was this commotion these white tip sharks happened to be on a fight of some kind, but when we paid close attention it wasn’t a fight it was the mating ritual and probably they been doing it for a while cause what we got to see was the actual mating some like this you don’t see all the time, let me tell you in almost 30 years of diving this waters I have seen this maybe 8 to 10 times, if you come here and see this you need to understand that luck is on your side, my guest went crazy we all enjoyed it. Then in this same day we had, hundreds of hammerhead sharks, Tiger shark Dolphins and just as we were doing our safety stop these sharks dolphins and silky shark along with Galapagos sharks were hunting in these bait fish that have been trapped against the surface, the pour little fish had no chance as the sharks dolphins and yellow fin tunas were in the hunt and if all of this was not enough the birds were also diving in the Ocean to get the bait fish after a while there were no fish left and the action split up. Punta Maria, had Galapagos sharks marble rays and tons of fish, there was this cold water coming from the deep so all the fish wanted a shallow water closer to the surface to get warm.
The action was endless, the weather was good and we were able to make it all the way around the island,
The night dives were amazing with the white tips hunting and all the fish trying to escape and if you look carefully there lots of small little thing to see…….and this week as you came of out of the water the sky was covered with stars and moon, incredible sight
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Thanks to all of our guests; Albert, Alex, Bo, Carlos, Deborah, Fabienne, Hans, Herve, Jill And david, Leonid, Olivier, Randy, Richard, Robin, Todd, and Victor . For a great week of diving.