Cocos Island National Park
Cocos Island is Costa Rica`s most important island treasure. Located around 350 miles off the continental Pacific coastline of Costa Rica, the island has been recognized as among the 8 best scuba diving spots in the world. This fantastic natural treasure has several bays ( Chatam, Wafer, Pittier ), own creeks and small rivers, waterfalls and cascades and the entirety of the island is covered by tropical rainforest, with some unique species of plants and 1 species of endemic bird, as well as plenty of migrant bird species that use the island as a resting point and passing spot. Cocos Island is an awesome scuba diving location. The area is famous for the abundance of the Large Hammerhead Sharks ( populations in over 100 – 200 hundred individuals ) as well as many othe sea creatures, fish and coral populations. One can visit the island in one of the mnay 7 – 10 packaged scuba expeditions that leave Puntarenas Harbour (Costa Rica`s largest Pacific port ). The trips include onboard living, all meals, gear, guides and all services need during the expedition. The land portion of the island is not that interesting and is pretty much unexplored, because of the steep geography, the few trails and the abrupt landscape, with steep cliffs, high mountains and deep valleys and gorges.