Shark Ninjas Cocos Island Expedition

Cocos Island, an extremely remote & lush island located 342 miles (550km) off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, is consistently named one of the top 3 diving destinations in the world. This heavily protected National Park & UNESCO World Heritage Site was called, “the most beautiful island in the world” by Jacques Cousteau. Let that sink in for a moment. The human famed for exploring the worlds oceans named this the most beautiful island on earth. Picture schools of hammerhead sharks numbering in the hundreds, parading by as if you had front row seats to a choreographed show. And no, not at just 1 dive site, but common at almost every site on the island. Now sprinkle in massive tiger sharks, white tip sharks, Galapagos Sharks, whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, eagle rays, yellowfin tuna, sailfish, gigantic schools of fish and the list goes one. This is Cocos Island.

Cocos, or Isla de Coco in Spanish, sits at a perfect meeting point of multiple deep ocean currents bringing plenty of food and huge pelagic animals to the island. This mixed with its unique lush tropical forests creates a unique ecological character that is not shared with any other eastern pacific islands – including the famed Galapagos Islands. Cocos is extremely unique both above and below the water. And to top it all off, the island is steeped in pirate lore, including $350 billion dollars worth of Spanish gold that is still buried on the island waiting to be discovered. Endless sharks and pelagic megafauna, lush forests, giant waterfalls, and stories of buried pirate treasure. Now that sounds like a proper ninja adventure.

Join Dive Ninjas as we team up with our friends at Girls That Scuba and Shark Scientist Marta Cambra Agustí on July 1-11, 2020 for a very special Shark Conservation Ninjas Expedition to this incredible island. This is a limited offer trip with 22 spaces available. Everyone is welcome to join, both male and female divers. We recommend that you act fast as this trip will sell out quick.  Scroll down for more details on the trip,  then register online now to secure your space.  Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or +1-973-619-9976 with any questions or to reserve your space today.

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The Ship

For this expedition we have chartered the Aggressor Okeanos II. She is 37 meters (120 ft) long, has a 9m (28ft) beam, and comfortably holds 22 divers and 9 crew. She was built for the long ocean crossings so Cocos so stability and comfort were a top priority. The Okeanos II features a spacious salon, covered and uncovered sun deck area, chaise lounges, deck chairs, bar, grill, satellite wifi, and a complete photo center. The dive deck is spacious and offers individual storage as well as a camera table. She holds 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 cabin features a private head and shower, air conditioning, and storage space for clothing and luggage.

Special Expedition Features

Cocos is one of those once in a lifetime, dream diving destinations so we want to make this trip extra special for you. We’ve invited one of Costa Rica’s top shark scientists, Marta Cambra Augusti. Her current research is centered on working with the Costa Rican government to create a set of protocols for shark & ray tourism and research to be put into place in all of the Marine Protected Areas in the country. We can’t think of a better way to explore an area than with one of the leading shark researchers actively working in Cocos Island. Marta will be giving presentations,  as well as holding workshops & discussions throughout the trip to teach us all about the sharks and rays that call this incredible island home. She’ll also be deploying BRUV’s (Baited Remote Underwater Videocameras) so we can get an exclusive look at what the sharks get up to when we aren’t in the water.

To kick off the week Marta and Dive Ninjas very own ocean warrior, Jay Clue, will run a free Shark & Ray Conservation course sponsored by Project AWARE. Everyone on board will receive a Project AWARE Shark & Ray Conservation Diver certification compliments of Dive Ninja Expeditions. Dive Ninjas will also be making a donation on your behalf to Project AWARE to help further their shark conservation efforts.

We’ll also take a trip on to the island to meet the park rangers working tirelessly to protect this unique area. Then take a walk through the lush tropical forests to go swimming in one of the islands beautiful waterfalls. While on land we’ll look out for some of the islands hundreds of endemic flora and fauna.

Back on the boat we’ll run a special game and raffle to help raise money to donate to the Cocos Island Park Rangers to help them in their fight to protect the sharks that call these beautiful waters home. This your chance to win cash and other great prizes from Dive Ninjas, Girls That Scuba, and Aggressor Liveaboards while helping out an incredibly great cause. We’ll also hold the infamous Dive Ninjas Crap Photo contest at the end of the week, so get ready for some craptastic prizes! Plus Jay Clue & Sarah will be giving a special ‘Pirates & Buried Treasure of Cocos Island’ talk during the trip – so don’t forget your eye patches!

Last but certainly not least, Dive Ninja Expeditions & Girls That Scuba will be donating a portion of your ticket price to help further the protection and research of the sharks & rays in this unique area.

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What’s The Cost?

For this 11 day/10 night trip we have 3 different room options. There are 8 deluxe staterooms at  $4,995* USD per person, 1 master stateroom with a queen bed at $5,195 USD per person, and 2 Premium suites at $5,895 USD (one with 2 twin bed, 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

This trip departs and returns from San Jose, Costa Rica located in the heart of Costa Rica. The nearest airport is San Jose International Airport (airport code SJO). Guests travel arrangements MUST include a one-night stay-over in San Jose, Costa Rica one day prior to the yachts departure on July 1st, 2020 to meet the transfer schedule to the ship from San Jose. The transfer schedule is based on the tides so it is very important you arrive on or before June 30th.

We recommend arriving a bit early to give you some time to relax and a little padding in case of any travel delays or luggage issues. Easy flights to San Jose can be found from many international airports in the US, Canada, and Europe as well as many other areas. Most major airlines fly into San Jose, Costa Rica: American, Iberia, United, Delta, Lacsa, Taca, and many more. An overnight stay in San Jose is required prior to the trip due to airline schedules. The recommended host hotels are Holiday Inn Escazu and Holiday Inn Express Forum in San Jose where group transfers are provided from. If you prefer to stay elsewhere or make your own way to the ship please let us know as we need to give the ship 30 day advance notification.

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Expedition Quick Facts:

Ship: Aggressor Okeanos II
Board: July 1, 2020
Disembark: July 11, 2020
Duration: 11 Days, 10 nights
Dive Days:  6 days, +/- 24 dives
Departing from: San Jose, Costa Rica
Nearest Airport: San Jose International (SJO)
Trip Cost: $4995.00 – $5995.00 USD
Min Deposit to Reserve: 25%

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