Cocos Island Shark Expedition

A Liveaboard Trip of a Lifetime

Cocos Island is consistently named one of the top 3 diving destinations in the world. This extremely remote island off the coast of Costa Rica is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and known as “the most beautiful island in the world” by Jacques CousteauHere, hundreds of hammerhead sharks gather at most dive sites around the island! On top of that, we’ll look out for manta rays, tiger sharks, white tip sharks, whale sharks, sailfish, and so much more. There’s almost too much to see at Cocos Island.

Cocos benefits from several deep ocean currents, which bring an abundance of food and pelagic animals to the area. Land-side is just as impressive with lush tropical forests and even lost Spanish gold, which has become part of the island’s pirate lore. Altogether, this makes for the perfect Dive Ninja expedition.

Join Dive Ninjas and Costa Rica’s top shark scientists, Marta Cambra Augusti for this Shark Conservation Ninjas Expedition. We are offering a special $500 discount and this trip will sell out quickly, so reserve your spot today. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or +1-973-619-9976 with any questions.

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The Ship

Join us on the Aggressor Okeanos II. This boat is 37 meters (120 ft) long and comfortably holds 22 divers plus 9 crew members. You will feel safe and stable while enjoying the boat amenities during our long ocean crossing. One of the staterooms with a private bathroom and air conditioning will be your home base for the trip. Other Okeanos II comforts include a sun deck, grill, satellite wifi, spacious dive deck, and camera spaces.

Special Expedition Features

Cocos Island, or Isla de Cocos in Spanish, is a once in a lifetime dive destination, and on top of that, we’ve invited one of Costa Rica’s top shark scientists, Marta Cambra Augusti along for the adventure. Her current research focuses on setting protocols for shark & ray tourism. She’s also advocating for research expansion to all of the Marine Protected Areas in Costa Rica. During this trip, Marta will teach us about her research through presentations and workshops so we can all learn more about the shark population inhabiting the waters around Cocos Island. She’ll also give us a virtual encounter via her BRUV’s (Baited Remote Underwater Videocameras).

The week will start with a Shark & Ray Conservation course taught by Marta and Dive Ninjas Jay Clue, sponsored by Project AWARE. This course is complimentary, and you will receive the certification card in the mail when you return from the trip. Project AWARE is doing important work for shark conservation, and part of the proceeds of this trip will be donated to support their efforts.

As part of the land portion of the trip, we’ll visit the island for a walk through the tropical forests and explore one of the many lovely waterfalls. During this walk, we’ll be on the lookout for incredible flora and fauna and have many photo opportunities.

Before the end of the trip, the Dive Ninja team will hold a game and raffle to help raise money for the Cocos Island Park Rangers. Donations help them continue their work in protecting the sharks and other animals that call the island home. You will get the chance to win cash and other prizes from Dive Ninjas and Aggressor Liveaboards.

Finally, the infamous Dive Ninjas Crap Photo contest will happen at the end of the week, so get ready for some craptastic prizes! Plus, Jay Clue will tune into his inner pirate for the talk about ‘Pirates & Buried Treasure of Cocos Island’ – so don’t forget your eye patches!

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What’s The Cost?

Right now we are offering a special $500 discount!

There are 3 different room options for 11 day/10 night trip:

  • 8 deluxe staterooms at  $5,295* USD per person
  • 1 master stateroom with a queen bed at $5,599 USD per person
  • 2 Premium suites at $6,299 USD, one with 2 twin beds, and one with a king bed

All prices are per person and on shared occupancy basis. If you are traveling solo, no problem! We will match you with another solo ninja guest of the same gender. Or if you prefer your own private room a single supplement upgrade is also available for an additional fee.

What’s Included

The trip price includes all diving & activities, AL80 tanks, weights, presentations, 10 nights accommodation on a shared basis, 4 delicious meals per day plus mid morning & mid afternoon snacks, juices, soft drinks, tea, coffee, local beers & wine, fresh towels in your stateroom as needed, as well as fresh towels on the dive deck for drying off between dives. Additionally Aggressor supplies every diver with a Marine Rescue GPS, a Dive Alert signaling device to use on the trip.

What’s Not Included

The price does not include flights, transfers from airport to/from host hotel in San Jose, port & park fee of $490 USD payable onboard (in cash),  Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Program Fee ($30 paid onboard), Unlimited Nitrox upgrade ($150 per person – optional, but highly recommended), rental equipment, Crew Gratuity (10%-15% of trip price is customary but is at your discretion), or credit card processing fees.

Flights & Pre-Trip Information

Our trip departs and returns from San Jose, Costa Rica, which makes airline travel easy with the San Jose International Airport (airport code SJO) close by. Travel arrangements MUST include a one-night stay-over in San Jose, Costa Rica because of airline scheduling and boat transfer schedules. The boat schedule is based on the tides, so it is imperative you arrive on time.

Recommended hotels for San Jose include Holiday Inn Escazu and Holiday Inn Express Forum, where group transfers are easily arranged. If you prefer to make your own way to the ship, please let us know, as we need to give the ship a 30-day advance notification.

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Watch: Discover Cocos

By Aggressor Adventures

Expedition Quick Facts:

Ship: Aggressor Okeanos II
Duration: 11 Days, 10 nights
Dates: August 5-15, 2023
Dive Days:  6 days, +/- 24 dives
Departing from: San Jose, Costa Rica
Nearest Airport: San Jose International (SJO)
Trip Cost: $5,295 – $6,299 USD
Min Deposit to Reserve: 25%

Watch: The Island of Sharks

By Behind The Mask