Coco´s Island

  • Coco´s Island
     Coco´s Island

Costa Rica's province of Puntarenas also contains the famed Coco Island (Isla del Coco,) a remote tropical island located 480 km offshore that is protected as a national park. Considered “the most beautiful island in the world” by the famous oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, who visited here several times, Coco Island is the ideal destination for scuba divers and marine biologists, or simply if you appreciate the magnificence of nature. The island harbours almost 24 km2 of pristine natural wilderness on land, and nearly 200 km2 of protected marine ecosystem. More than 1,000 species of plants, animals and insects, many of which are endemic to the area, have been discovered at Coco Island. Lush vegetation, beautiful waterfalls, colonies of migratory birds, abundant marine life, and extraordinary land and seascapes are some of Coco’s exclusive attractions. A trip to Coco Island is perfect for avid scuba divers who wish to marvel at the teeming schools of manta rays, whale sharks, and hammerhead sharks that frequent Coco's beautiful waters. Diverse ecosystems and microclimates provide numerous ecological niches to allow a high endemism among plants, reptiles, spiders, birds, crustaceans, molluscs, and fish. The island’s contribution to scientific investigation of evolution and ecosystems is of great value to humanity, and it has been declared a World Heritage Site. Due to its status as a pristine national park, fishing and camping are prohibited. The independent non-profit foundation Friends of Coco Island (FAICO) are in charge of its care. Coco Island can only be reached by sea on a journey of about 36 hours that begins from the port of Puntarenas. Tours of 10 to 14 days are organized on live-aboard boats

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