Sitting almost 350 miles offshore, the remote
Cocos Island National Park is a magnet for large numbers of
hammerhead sharks, huge rays and pods of dolphins. As a lone island
far from shore and surrounded by deep waters, Cocos Island is not
for the novice diver. Remote seamounts, deep cleaning stations and
strong currents make Cocos the most advanced diving in
But those intrepid divers who descend into the unerring blue of
the Pacific Ocean at Cocos will be well-rewarded. A fast descent is
followed by a quick search for a strategic viewing spot, and then,
hiding from the current, you can watch large schools of scalloped
hammerheads cruise majestically past.
In addition to being one of the best places in the world to dive
alongside hammerheads, Cocos Island's waters are also frequented by
tiger sharks, Galapagos sharks, white-tipped reef sharks, silky
sharks, the occasional whale shark and plenty of large manta rays
and marble rays. It may be the most advanced diving in Costa Rica,
but it's also the most epic.
If you don't recognise the name Islas Murcielago, you may be
familiar with their common English name, the Bat Islands. Located
in the north-west corner of the country, the Bat Islands jut out
into the Pacific Ocean from the Península de Santa Elena and are
blessed with varied and interesting marine fauna.
Eagle rays and white-tipped reef sharks are often spotted, while
there are also plenty of smaller critters to see too, including
harlequin shrimp, seahorses, morays and turtles. But if you're
looking for the more advanced diving in Costa Rica, then the area's
famous bull shark dive may be the place for you. The big bull
sharks show up every year to breed, and you can see three or four
eager males following the females around the dive site. Being
closer to shore, the visibility at the Bat Islands is not as good
as at Cocos, but the murkier water adds to the intrigue.
If you're interested in buddying up with the sharks in Costa
Rica, our team of dive travel experts can assist in creating a
customised itinerary to suit your plans. You can experience the
thrill of advanced diving in Costa Rica by staying on a luxurious
liveaboard in Cocos Island or at a high-end resort located in
Peninsula Papagayo, just south of the Bat Islands.