Isla del Coco or Cocos is a tropical island of volcanic origin, geographically owned by Costa Rica and distant from it by almost 600 km. It is one of the largest Pacific uninhabited islands.
The unique, untouched nature, the rich underwater world, as well as the pirate past and the secrets associated with treasure hunting, encourage fans of extreme relaxation to visit this exotic island, discovering new interesting places.
What attracts the island of Cocos
The mountainous territory of the island is covered with virgin jungle forest, in which there are unique representatives of the tropical flora and fauna. Some of them are endemic, that is, they live only in this territory.
The island owes its name to the forest, which adjoins the very shore, consisting mainly of coconut palms. Several rivers flowing on Cocos form at least hundreds of picturesque waterfalls, the number of which doubles in the rainy season.
The small islands surrounding the uninhabited island are inhabited by 90 species of birds, and the sea depths are teeming with exotic fish and marine animals.
Cocos Island Waterfalls
A trip to Coconut involves diving into the depths of the ocean, as well as an excursion to the island – exploring local beauties, going over a suspension bridge, visiting a waterfall, swimming in the lake.
In addition to the pristine nature, interest in Coconut fuels the existence of a hypothesis about its use as a prototype when D. Defoe wrote “Robinson Crusoe”, R. Stevenson “Treasure Islands”, M. Crichton “Jurassic Park”. The basis for the existence of such versions is the history of the island.
Travel to Cocos Island
Coconut was discovered in the first half of the 16th century by the Spaniards, but was never populated. And after 100 years, the glory of a pirate island is assigned to Coconut. It was with him that legends connect the famous Pacific filibusters William Dampier, Benito Bonito and others, who allegedly hid their treasures on the island, which many then tried to find.
The most famous treasure hunter of coconut treasures is August Gissler, who spent 20 years searching, but never found anything but a few old Spanish coins. According to some reports, Coconut in search of treasures over the course of 200 years visited from 300 to 500 expeditions, the last of which attempted to find treasures not so long ago – in 1992.
Coconut Pirate Glory
In addition to treasure hunters, travels to Coconut were made by American President F. Roosevelt, several times who visited the island in the 30s of the XX century, as well as explorer Jacques Cousteau, who spoke of Cocos as the most beautiful island in the world.
Outdoor activities at Cocos
Despite the fact that about 1000 people come to Cocos annually, today it is still uninhabited. This is facilitated by the entry of the island and its 15-kilometer shelf zone into the World Heritage List and being under the protection of UNESCO. The main visitors to the island are divers.
Diving on Cocos Island
They sail on safari boats from the Costa Rican port of Puntarenos, overcoming for this several hundred kilometers in 36-40 hours. Especially for them on Cocos are equipped with special anchorage – Chatham and Woofer.
The development of the diving safari on Cocos is facilitated by the richness and uniqueness of the local marine fauna. A large number of pelagic fish are found here: manta ray, or as it is also called sea devil, marlin, hammer fish, reef and whale shark. Closer to the reefs, divers can meet moray eels, parrot fish, sailfish, lobster, octopus, eels, lobsters, schools of tuna and mackerel.
Diving and fishing on the island of Cocos
Of no less interest to divers are the volcanic bottom covered with huge algae, underwater caves and grottoes inhabited by mollusks, sponges, and other inhabitants of the water depths.
Despite the fact that good conditions for diving are presented on the island all year round, the main season falls on May-October. Scuba diving in the area of Cocos Island is possible to a depth of 130 feet, but most marine life can be found at a depth of 60 to 80 feet.
Water Activities on Cocos Island
Due to the insidiousness of coastal waters, rapidly changing course and their transparency, only experienced divers who have received the AOWD certificate, which gives the right to make not only daytime but also night dives, can go diving on Coconut.
Yachting in the area of the island of Cocos presents no less opportunities for recreation. A walk on a yacht will allow you to admire the steep, steep coast of the island from the sea, the cliffs and small islands surrounding it, see a sea lion, grinda, humpback whale, bottlenose dolphins, shark schools, schools of sardines, tuna and caranx.
Yachting on Cocos Island
Those who are fond of snorkeling will be able to swim in the coastal waters of the island with a snorkel and watch coral colonies, bright colorful fish, sea turtles.