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Travel Information - Cocos Island

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The island was formed during a volcanic upheaval about 2,5 million years ago. Its landmass is punctuated by four mountain peaks, the highest of which is Cerro Yglesisas, at 634 meters.

The island has two large bays that make safe boat harbours and sandy beaches. Just off Cocos are a series of smaller basaltic rocks and islets. The largest satellite is Isla Manuelita (formerly Nuez).

The history of Cocos Island is replete with true tales of pirates and explorers. The evidence is everywhere. It can be found in the archives of Spain and England as well as on Cocos itself. For four centuries, adventurers and sailors have left their mark carved in the numerous stones and boulders along the beach of Chatham Bay.

Among Cocos Island's many attributes is a startling degree of biodiversity. This Island's world-renowned waters explode with life; including innumerable white tip reef sharks, schooling hammerhead sharks, dolphins, mantas and marbled rays, giant moray eels, sailfish, and of course the occasional whale shark.

Other common encounters are large schools of jacks and tuna, silky sharks, silver tip sharks, marlin, Creole fish, green turtles and octopus. Cocos Island is also home to at least 27 endemic fish species including the exotic red-lipped batfish.


Time: Costa Rica and Cocos Island -6 GMT

Currency: Colones ($1 USD = ca. 529 c)

Language: Spanish, but English is widely spoken

Visa: All passengers must have a valid passport. Most EU citizens do not need a passport, but if in doubt we recommend checking with the Costa Rican consulate prior to departure.

Health: There is no malaria in Costa Rica and no vaccinations are necessary. Drinking water is safe in cities and resorts.

Recompression chamber: The nearest Recompression Chamber is in Panama City, more than two days sailing from Cocos.

Clothing & Traditions: We recommend casual and cool cotton attire while on board. Nights can be chilly and/or drizzly so bringing a sweater, light jacket or windbreaker is recommended. In San José dress is slightly more formal - long pants for men in the evening and a dress or pantsuit for women is appropriate.

Weather/ water temperature: Average water temperature is 26 C to 29 C.

Departure Tax: There is a departure tax of $26 USD (subject to change without notice)


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