Only accessible by liveaboard, Costa Rica’s Cocos Island offers the chance to go scuba diving with huge schools of hammerhead sharks, manta rays and even whales or dolphins.
Cocos Island in Costa Rica is most famous for its huge schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks. Also expect to see manta rays, and the occasional whale shark coming to feed in the nutrient-rich waters. Other sharks to look out for at Cocos Island include Galapagos sharks, silky sharks and if you are lucky, tiger sharks. The dive sites around the island consist of boulders, pinnacles and seamounts. Keep in mind that diving at Cocos Island can be quite challenging and is only appropriate for advanced divers. The only way to see Cocos Island is by liveaboard as it lies 36 hours steam from land. Cruises usually last for 8 to 10 days, and the best time to dive the area is from June to December.