New Year's at Cocos Island

Puntarenas Province, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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Dec 28, 2021 - Jan 7, 2022
Group size: 12 - 20
New Year's at Cocos Island
Puntarenas Province, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Blue Planet Scuba
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53 reviews

Dec 28, 2021 - Jan 7, 2022
Group size: 12 - 20

About this trip

Celebrate New Year's diving the world famous Cocos Island with Blue Planet Scuba! We'll be onboard the Okeanos Aggressor II for 10 nights and will make up to 24 dives in the Cocos Island National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for incredible big animal encounters. 

Cocos Island

Cocos is a lush, green uninhabited island resting 342 miles off Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Rocky pinnacles surrounding Cocos are beacons for big animals and big action. Schooling hammerheads, countless white-tip sharks, mantas, tuna and even whale sharks call Cocos home. 


“Isla del Coco”, also known as “Treasure Island”, is the only landmark of the vast submarine Cocos Range. The National Park protects the island's tropical forest plus its diverse marine ecosystems, mostly pelagic, but also the most diverse coral reefs of the entire Eastern Tropical Pacific. Thanks to its remote location and conservation efforts, this biologically highly diverse site constitutes some of the best conserved marine tropical waters. 


Natural population densities of large top predators - such as the endangered Scalloped Hammerhead Shark and the near-threatened Silky Shark and Galapagos Shark - indicate a near pristine conservation status. The oceanic island of volcanic origin is also a point of confluence of marine currents, making it a dispersal center of larvae of marine species from various parts of the Pacific Ocean. On land, you will find three endemic bird species, two endemic freshwater fish and two endemic reptile species. (UNESCO)

The Diving

Minimum dive certification/experience: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver with 50 dives, most of which should be ocean dives from a boat. PADI Enriched Air/Nitrox certification strongly recommended.


You can expect to see large pelagic species like hammerhead sharks, silkies, Galapagos, tiger sharks and maybe even whale sharks if we're lucky. Plus rays like eagle rays, mantas and mobulas, as well as turtles, dolphins and other marine mammals, huge schools of fish and so much more. If you can turn your eyes away from the action in the blue, you can see frogfish, batfish and other cryptic bottom dwellers.


Our itinerary includes 7 days of diving with up to four dives daily. No night diving will be offered and all diving will be done from tenders. Water temperatures range from 72 - 82F (22 - 28C) with cooler thermoclines. Most of the action is between 50-100 feet with visibility in the 80-100 feet range. The crossing to the island takes 36 hours with the return taking 28-32 hours. 


Due to the strenuous nature of the diving and currents, you must be an experienced diver for this trip. If you are interested in going but not sure if you have the experience necessary, just contact us and we can discuss options.

The Okeanos Aggressor II

The Okeanos Aggressor II is a 120’ yacht, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. She is diesel-powered, cruises at 10 knots and has 110-volt power on board. Comfortable accommodations for 22 guests include 9 deluxe staterooms with double bed lower and twin bed upper, 1 master deluxe stateroom with a queen bed, and 2 suites of which one has two twin beds and the other a king bed. Each stateroom features a private bathroom and shower, and storage space for your luggage.


The Okeanos Aggressor II has a spacious salon, covered and uncovered sun deck area, chaise lounges, deck chairs, bar, grill, and a complete photo center. There is a variety of nightly entertainment, including diving and fish identification presentations, movies, games and more. 


The menu onboard is varied and plentiful, with a variety of American feasts, barbecues and local cuisine. You will awaken to fresh fruits, hot entrees, cereals and juices. Lunches feature hot soups, homemade breads, salads and sandwiches and/or entrees. Dinners include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert. The beverage selection includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee, and a limited selection of local beer and wine, which are complimentary. 

Travel

Plan to fly into San Jose on Monday, December 27 and overnight in one of the two host hotels. We will be picked up early Tuesday morning and transferred to Puntarenas, where we will board the yacht. We will checkout at 7 AM on Friday, January 7 and transfer back to the San Jose airport or the host hotels. Please contact the shop before booking any flights or hotels.


Interested in extending your trip? We’re happy to help you plan land-based excursions in Costa Rica before and after the liveaboard.

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a $300 cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 10 nights accommodations
    Double occupancy sharing a Suite, Master or Deluxe stateroom
  • Up to 4 dives a day
    Over 7 days of the trip
  • All meals and beverages
  • Puntarenas transfers
    From San Jose to the vessel
  • Cocos Island park fee
    $490 USD + 13% tax (cash only)
  • Emergency Evacuation Fee
    $30 USD
  • San Jose hotel
    Night before the yacht departs
  • International flights
    Flights to Costa Rica
  • Enriched Air/Nitrox
    For Nitrox certified divers
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the boat's excellent crew

Available Packages

Deluxe Stateroom
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Double bed (lower) and twin bed (upper) bunk-style, private facilities, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels daily. 

$5699
Deposit: $1000
Master Stateroom
Sold Out

Queen bed, private facilities, monitor with media player, mirrored cabinet, full length mirror, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels daily.

$5999
Deposit: $1000
Suite
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A large luxurious suite featuring a king bed, picture window, bamboo wood flooring, a 42 inch flat screen monitor with media player, private minibar/refrigerator, granite side table for private in-cabin dining, wood paneling, upholstered headboard, large bathroom with travertine floors, and separate glass enclosures for toilet and showers. 

$6699
Deposit: $1000

Itinerary

Tuesday, December 28
Transfer from San Jose to Puntarenas and the Okeanos Aggressor II

You should plan to arrive in San Jose by Monday, December 27 and stay overnight at one of the two host hotels in San Jose. On Tuesday morning, we will be transferred to Puntarenas where we will board the yacht and depart for Cocos Island.

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Reviews

Yet another wonderful trip with Blue Planet! The group was diverse and welcoming- couples and singles, young and old, etc. Blue Planet was very informative about the COVID-19 entry protocols and provided assistance at each step. The lodging and the dive operator were superb- this is a hallmark of Blue Planet trips. I can’t imagine a more competent and enjoyable dive operator.
By Andy M for Escape to St Eustatius on 26 Jul, 2021
Thank you so much, Andy! We're so happy this trip finally happened and that you could join us for it. Can't wait until our next adventure!!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 26 Jul, 2021
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Blue Planet executed a wonderful trip. We travelled with Jeff and Anthony, who were excellent teachers and fun, kind people besides; stayed at Hotel Phocea and dove with Phocea dive shop, which were also great. Instruction was taken seriously and and difficulties people had were addressed promptly and compassionately. Can't wait to dive with Blue Planet again!
By Anya V for May Certification Weekend in Mexico on 11 Jun, 2021
Amazing diving albeit chilly at times as expected. Guides knew exactly where to go and were extremely adept at spotting wildlife. Service was wonderful and organization was impeccable. Definitely a successful bucket-list dive trip. We’d highly recommend it to any keen and experienced divers.
By Martin W for Explore the Galapagos on 27 Mar, 2021
Thank you so much for the review, Martin! We are so glad you enjoyed the trip and decided to check this one off your bucket-list with us. We hope to see you underwater again sometime soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
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An absolutely amazing archipelago like no other in the world, both top side and under water. Words and pictures will never do justice to this incredible bucket list destination. Heather and Jonas were fantastic leaders; caring, knowldegeable, always up beat, always thinking ahead, always putting the guests priorities ahead of their own...could not ask for more. Aggressor personnel were top notch. Overall an incredible experience from A to Z.
By David E for Explore the Galapagos on 23 Mar, 2021
We are so happy you enjoyed the trip, David! On top of all of the incredible marine life we were able to see, it was fantastic to learn more about the islands' volcanic origins from you. We feel incredibly lucky that you joined us! :-) We can't wait to dive with you again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
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This is my third Blue Planet trip, and I look forward to many more. Traveling during Covid involves changing restrictions and requirements- Blue Planet kept us updated and helped us manage our anxiety. The resort and dive operator were incredible. This is a regular feature of Blue Planet trips.
By Andy M for St Lucia! February 2021 on 01 Mar, 2021
Thank you, Andy! We're thrilled you enjoyed the trip despite the challenges getting there. We can't wait until our next trip together!!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 01 Mar, 2021
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