Reservations and bookings for the Cocos trips can be made online by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also phone our office at 619-299-8560 – 7 days a week- 9am-5pm Pacific Time Zone (Pacific Daylight Time during the summer).
Note: occasionally we are offshore out of cell phone range and may be unavailable, but there is a voice mail feature on our phone line. Please leave your message and we will return your call when we return to shore.
Deposit: For the Cocos Islands Expedition a $1000 deposit per person will hold your spot. The balance would be due 60 days prior to your departure date. We can arrange a payment schedule for you if you prefer.
Payment: We prefer a personal check , Cashier’s Check, or Money Order made out to San Diego Shark Diving and mailed to our office:
San Diego Shark Diving Expeditions, Inc.
6747 Friars Rd Ste 112
San Diego, CA 92108 USA
Payment can also be made using a credit card (Visa, Master card, American Express, or Discover Card). Many of our foreign white shark divers also like to make their payment via bank wire transfer. Please email or call us for the wire transfer details. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect against unforeseen situations.
If you cancel more than 90 days prior to your departure date, your deposit and any additional money you may have paid toward the balance of the trip price will be refunded, minus a $200 cancellation fee.
If you cancel 90 days or less prior to your departure date, your deposit and any additional money you may have paid toward the balance of the trip price will be refunded, minus a $300 cancellation fee, provided another person can be found to purchase your spot on the trip. If another diver cannot be found in time to purchase your spot on that Cocos trip, no refund of your deposit, nor of any money paid toward the balance of the Cocos trip price will be issued.
Cocos Island, Costa Rica offers probably the finest big animal diving on the planet. This, the largest uninhabited island in the world located 375 miles southwest of the mainland acts as a magnet for the marine life. The island waters are the perfect place for undersea life to flourish due to mans lack of presence, which draws marine life there like a super powerful magnet.For decades it was the hideout for pirates and adventurers. Rumor has it that Morgan the pirates booty is buried somewhere on the island. Cocos today is recognized as among the last truly wild places in nature. Less than 300 people a year visit this lush island which is home to numerous bird species, thick tropical vegetation and over 200 cascading waterfalls. It was declared a national park by the Costa Rican government in 1978.
Cocos is definitely not for the inexperienced diver, open ocean diving is the norm and strong currents are common. The 70-75° F water supports a tremendous variety of marine life. The reefs here are not covered with lush coral growth, they are of volcanic origin. Large congregations of schooling Hammerhead Sharks are routinely sighted here as well as Silky, Dusky, Manta, manta ray, Cocos, Costa Rica, Cocos Island, Galapagos, and even Oceanic White Tip Sharks! It’s not uncommon to see Mantas and Mobula Rays cruising in the currents. Whale Sharks frequent the plankton rich waters. Bottlenose Dolphins and Whales often visit the island. The area has been famous among tuna fisherman for its Volkswagen sized Yellowfin Tuna. Don’t be surprised if you see a Sailfish or a big Marlin sunning themselves near the surface as you do your safety stop at the end of the dive. Visibility often is over 100 ft., but can be restricted due to the plankton blooms that support the tremendous food chain.
The 90ft Undersea Hunter and the 112ft Sea Hunter are well suited for working the dive sites around Cocos Island. Both have a well thought out deck plan offering 14 & 18 lucky adventurers air conditioned comfort in double and triple cabins. Each cabin with a head/ hot shower and plenty of fresh water. The vessels carry plenty of water and can make hundreds of gals of desalinated water per day. They also feature personal dive gear lockers, stabilized surge protected 110v charging outlets for batteries and strobes. In between dives you can relax on the large. sundeck. The crew is well experienced and offers you attentive service while aboard the vessel.
Due to airline flight scheduling you should plan on spending at least one night in San José prior to the trip aboard the liveaboard. Costa Rica is a fabulous country and it would be a shame to miss out on many of the features of the country. You can white water raft on some of the best rivers in Central America, go fishing on either the Pacific or Caribbean coast or visit the rain forest a short drive from San José.
Price does not include air, airport transfers to & from San José, hotel, entry fees, or crew gratuities. Air with add-on fares from your home city can be arranged as well as hotel accommodations and optional excursions in Costa Rica.
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