Social Night – Venturing further afield : Cocos and Truk
January 10, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sometimes it’s nice to hear about some of the less visited destinations ad ones that should be out there on the ‘to do’ list.
Tony Exall of ‘Philippine Dive Holidays‘ will join us to talk about 2 trips he is organising – Truk (which needs no introduction) and Cocos Island.
The uninhabited Cocos Island lies in the eastern Pacific, around 340 miles south west of Costa Rica. A rugged, yet green and verdant island that is a National Park and was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1997. It’s only a small dot of land in the vast Pacific, measuring roughly five miles by two miles, but a beacon for larger ocean creatures and therefore for divers.
The island itself was formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago and consists of four mountain peaks, the highest of which is Cerro Iglesias, at 690m above sea level. This island is covered in thick forest and only the National Park Rangers are allowed to reside there. The island is surrounded by deep waters populated by Whale Sharks, Schooling Hammerhead Sharks, White-tip Sharks, Tuna, Manta Rays & three species of Turtle. Dolphins are often seen and the odd whale if you are lucky.
Due to the amount and diversity of marine life in its waters Cocos Island was named one of the best 10 scuba diving spots in the world by PADI and should be on any serious divers ‘To Do’ list.
The only way to visit the island for diving is by liveaboards, which operate year round. The rainier time from June to November has a greater amount of plankton in the water, attracting more pelagic species and the chance to see the big stuff!