Scuba Diving in Cocos


“Pura Vida” (pure life) is a popular catchphrase and lifestyle choice for many Costa Ricans; symbolising their passion for an eco-friendly and “pure” way of life in synergetic connection with the country’s vast expanses of rainforest and natural beauty. The allure of this natural (in some cases wild) destination attracts travellers seeking adventure, and for divers, this takes the form of the isolated world heritage site: Cocos Island. About Cocos Island Cocos is a serious adventurer’s destination! A rugged, jungle covered, uninhabited island (except for a permanent ranger station), and supposed treasure trove for 17th century pirates and now a nationally protected haven for elusive hammerhead sharks, skulking tiger sharks, countless white-tips, majestic whales and dolphins, and other large pelagic fish. Location Located almost 500 kilometres South West of the Costa Rican coast, Cocos island covers almost 24 square kilometres and is comprised of the main island and the largest islet: ‘Manuelita’. Arriving and moving around Reaching Costa Rica does not present a problem for most international carriers, yet of the country’s two International airports, the largest (and most convenient) is located on the outskirts of the capital of San Jose (with a departure tax of US$26). It is considerably…

Dive with Hammerhead Sharks in Gordon Rocks – Galapagos

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Three rocks emerge from the water, they are part of an extinct volcanic crater and, together with the submerged pinnacles, gives this dive the shape of an open semi-circle. In the middle of it, an imposing pinnacle (El Pinaculo) emerges from the 32 meters depth bottom and creates funky washing machines. In front of it, between two of the exposed rocks, other three aligned pinnacles are set as the gate: the entrance to the dive spot. Gordon Rocks is probably the best diving site that you can reach from Santa Cruz, without the need of joining a liveaboard excursion. You can reach it within 45 minutes to 1 hour navigation from Puerto Ayora. La Lavadora (washing machine), the local name of this site, is considered one of the most challenging dives in Galapagos. When there is current, it totally deserves the recognition. Like most of other places around the world, it depends on the day, the hour, the moon and many other factors, so as you could dive Gordon without a breeze of current, most of the time you’ll have from moderate to intense current as well. This is why it is not recommended for beginner divers. Knowing ahead that the…

Scuba diving holidays of 2014

3 Scuba Diving Holidays you can’t miss in 2014

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Today we’re introducing three scuba diving holidays for 2014, three destinations that will leave you breathless, three experiences that you will remember for a life time. To celebrate what we believe was a great year for diving, we’ve put together the 8 most spectacular underwater picture of the year, you’re very welcome to send us your picture via the Facebook page. If you’re a passionate diver like we are, this article will enlighten your soul. Next year, 2014, you can choose between three, a soon more, great diving holidays. As usual, EDA’s holidays feature only the best diving destinations, the best diving sites and the best dive guides. The 2014 selected destinations are: Maldives – Liveaboard Diving Holiday South Africa – Sardine Run Indonesia – North Sulawesi Diving Maldives – Liveaboard Diving Holiday Maldives is the diver’s paradise: sunny days, flat sea and warm water. Top comfort for divers with the local boats called dhoni and the friendly local staff, diving in Maldives couldn’t be more relaxing and enjoyable. Underwater, Maldives are simply breathless: it’s one of the few places in the world where you can find a bit of everything. Great for big pelagic fish like sharks, whale sharks,…