Captains Log by Carlos Sanchez:
Okeanos Aggressor II
DEC 1-11, 2018
This week we had a group from USA, Japan, Italy, UK, Spain & France… left port early in the morning and the group was excited to see what Cocos Island has to offer. Crossing to the island was very calm, sunny skies and flat seas, perfect opportunity for our guests to relax, set up their gear and rest for the exciting week to come.
After 36 hours crossing we arrived to Cocos Island at 23:00 just in time for our guests to have a good night sleep and get ready for their diving week. First day we dove Chatham bay for our check out dive, very nice with plenty of reef fish and one of the biggest marble rays I have ever seen. We dove for the second and third dive different sides of Manuelita Island and our guests got to see the first Hammerhead sharks and a couple of Galapagos.
Second day at the Island we dove Dirty Rock early in the morning and was one of the best dives of the week, schools of 50 to 60 hammerheads coming close to the rock gave our guests the chance to see what Cocos Island offers first hand. Second dive we dove Punta Maria which has a cleaning station for Galapagos Sharks and this time we got to see only two, but the pinnacles offered so much life that made it a great dive. Third dive we dove Viking rock, we got to see a turtle, couple of marble rays, eels and white tip sharks.
Third Day we dove Submerged rock for the first dive, this dive has a small arch which was full of blue stripped snappers and makes a beautiful swim-through and a great picture opportunity for our guests to take awesome pictures. After this beautiful dive we dove Alcyone, one of my favorite sites in the island where we got to see schools of 30 hammerheads as well as small groups coming close to the rocks for cleaning. Third dive we dove Pajara Island, this site has a beautiful hard coral area with reef life and no currents, which made it an excellent way to finish our day.
Fourth Day we dove Small dos Amigos where we got to see several Galapagos sharks and hammerheads coming really close to the cleaning station, second dive we decided to go back to Manuelita where we had little action but a big tiger shark cruised by peacefully close to the group and that made everybody happy as we spent the week trying to see them! Our guests decided to go for a walk to the island instead of the third dive where we got to explore beautiful sites that this island has to offer.
Fifth Day on the Island we dove Alcyone Again and we had small schools of hammerheads and tunas coming from the blue, second dive we dove Manuelita which also delivered some hammerhead action, jacks, white tips and a nice oceanic black tip cruising close to the divers. On the last Dive we dove Pajara Island which was very nice and relaxing, other guests decided to skip this dive to walk between bahia chatham and wafer.
Sixth day at the island we went back to small dos amigos and dirty rock, we had plenty of hammerheads on both and some Galapagos cruising close to the rock. At dirty rock the usual school of jacks at the pinnacle. For the third dive we dove the garden which is the shallow side of Manuelita Island, this dive had single hammerheads coming fluent to get cleaned, it is a beautiful dive.
Thanks to all our lovely guest for a fantastic week.