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15 Nights

Pelagic

From £4995

Cocos Islands & Monteverde Cloud Forest

Combining a 10 night diving cruise around the world famous Cocos Islands with a trip around the Arenal Volcano & Monteverde Cloud Forest will bring the very best of your adventures spirit.

Tour Price

  • From £4995
  • Single Supplement: £2785
  • Deposit: £2495

Additional Information

Cocos is a lush, green uninhabited island resting 342 miles off Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Rocky pinnacles surrounding Cocos are beacons for big animals and big action. Schooling hammerheads, countless white-tip sharks, mantas, tuna and even whale sharks call Cocos home.

The Arenal Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the Americas. From an observation point, you may feel the ground tremble and see the night sky explode with ash and lava in a natural display of fireworks; however don't be alarmed as this is a daily occurrence.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is located along the Cordillera de Tilarán within the Puntarenas and Alajuela provinces.

Map

Itinerary Overview

Are you ready? Let's start your adventure of a lifetime!

Flights depart Heathrow at 12:05 and arrive San Jose at 21:09. Via Newark arriving 15:30 and departing 17:55.

On arrival, you will be met by a member of our ground team who will transfer you to the Holiday Inn where you will spend the first night.

Transfer from San Jose to Puntarenas and boarding the Okeanos Aggressor.

On the first day of the charter a bus will pick you up at the Holiday Inn Escazu then Holiday Inn Express Forum and travels approximately 1 1/2 hours to meet the Okeanos Aggressor docked in Puntarenas.

Arrive to Cocos Island, diving begins

Travelling from Putarenas to the Cocos Islands can be a little challenging and it takes around 36 hours! Fear not, the diving is well worth it!

As the Aggressor crew says... time to eat, sleep & dive!

The primary attractions in Cocos are the large pelagics, i.e. hammerhead sharks, rays, mantas, turtles, and enormous schools of fish. Occasionally, there are sightings of whale sharks, marlin, and Bottle-Nosed. The bottom of the ocean floor at Cocos Island is volcanic rock. You can make up to 4 dives a day: night diving is currently not offered.

Time to reflect on the great diving and look forward to the next adventure.

The return journey to Puntarenas takes around 28 to 32 hours.

On arrival, departure from Puntarenas and transfer to the Hotel Tryp Sabana in San Jose. Day at leisure.

Early in the morning, the rep will be meet you at your San Jose Hotel in order to take you on your tour to Arenal Volcano & Tabacon Hot Springs. One of the most popular tours!

The Arenal Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the Americas. From an observation point, you may feel the ground tremble and see the night sky explode with ash and lava in a natural display of fireworks; however don't be alarmed as this is a daily occurrence. Next, you will visit the hot springs of the volcano, where you can relax in the soothing warm waters and be caressed by the cool night air while observing the stars and the incredible night sky above the volcano. At a convenient time after your arrival, you will be treated you to a splendid dinner. This is absolutely an evening you will not want to miss in Costa Rica!

Free Afternoon in Arenal Volcano

You may want to enjoy one of the many beautiful spa's or just relax by the pool to take in the beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano.

Please note: Exp. Tropicales will take the group to Arenal. This is not a private service and there may be more people on the tour. The idea is that when you arrive at Arenal, you can do the check in at the hotel and then have lunch at the same hotel, if rooms are not ready you can keep luggage in the hotel and take to the tour what you need for the hot springs.

At the end of the day, you will be transfered back to your hotel in Arenal.

Accommodation at Hotel Arenal Volcano Inn Hotel

Early in the Morning, after breakfast, get ready to take the Safari Float to the Peñas Blancas River.

Enjoy the sights and the sounds of the rainforest and experience its peacefulness as you quietly paddle the Peñas Blancas River. Monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles and numerous tropical birds await us! The professional bilingual guide will share with you educational and interesting explanations of the plants and animals we encounter on the float.

You will truly appreciate the wonders of Peñas Blancas River and the surrounding rainforest as you travel down the river without a motor. This way you will enjoy the journey quietly rowing and taking photos. Make sure to bring your camera and binoculars on this tour! This is half day tour specially designed for people with limited amount of time.

Accommodation at selected (Arenal Volcano Inn) Hotel

You will be crossing beautiful Arenal Lake to go to Monteverde Area via car after you cross Lake Arenal on a boat.

In the afternoon the transportation to Selvatura Park will meet the group and take you to the park, the Walkways are the best way to enjoy peacefully and safely of the virgin cloud forest canopy. Through the bridge system and over 1.6 miles of easy walking trails visitors can enjoy the marvels of the cloud forest and get the chance to see some of the world’s most amazing and beautiful flora and fauna. Your guide will show you and teach you incredible things in this area. Hummingbird Garden Tour Included.

Accommodations at Monteverde Hotel Cloud forest Lodge

Today you will enjoy a great day with the canopy tour in Selvatura.

You will head to the area where all the equipment is placed and guides will proceed to install harness and safety garments that you’ll need along the adventure passing then to the instructions area where safety talk will be taught the necessary techniques to fully enjoy this canopy experience; the adventure, well begging by climbing a spacious metal ladder, which takes you to the first platform, the pulley and the safety line will be secured and we’re ready to slide over the top of the trees. You will travel along six more cables of different heights and altitudes, before arriving to the “rappel” , were you will fall in to the vacuum helped by a 15 meter vertical rope, you will be helped and instructed by the guides. You go back to flying over the forest canopy, passing tree more cables which will lead to “Tarzan swing”, another of the exciting parts of the tour. After this you go for the second hike and take the last cable, the longest and highest, 600 meter long and 80 meter high.

Accommodation at San Jose Days Hotel

Breakfast and transfer to the airport.

Flight departs San Jose at 12:45 and arrives at Heathrow at 10:15. Via Newark arriving 20:02 and departing 22:05.

Available Experiences

Marcelina

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Mr Moss and Club on-board the Okeanos Aggressor

Mr Moss and Club went on a liveabord on Costa Rica.

Mr Moss and Club on-board the Okeanos Aggressor

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What Our Customers Have To Say

Reviews from our Clients, Journalists, Photo Pro's and our own Experts

Our reviews and blogs are an additional guide to evaluate of the holiday is exactley what you are looking for or not. Some love an Eco-Resort, some love air-con and a flat screen TV, we aim to ensure you get what you are looking for, at great value for money.

Liquid Resort Dumaguete

We have just returned from two weeks at Liquid in Dumagete, the resort was excellent in every respect our room was spacious had all the facilities we required and was kept spotlessly clean. The food was excellent and the bar/catering facilities very informal with attentive and friendly service. The diving was not the most testing we have done but was very enjoyable both from the boat or from the shore, the area is certainlky worth a visit if you want to see frog fish, they are everywhere all sizes and colours not sure we had a dive when we didnt see some. Apo island was well woth bthe long boat ride the corals among the best we have ever seen. The dive centre staff, the guiodes and the boat (and Jeep) crews were all knowledgeable friendly and looked after us very well (i still find it hard to stand back while someone else insists on sorting out my gear for me). ll in all a brilliant holiday and we will be retuning. Thje arrangements by Ultimate Diving from booking up to our return home were as usualm impecable with all our requirements being met and our expectations exceeded.

Nick & Jo C

Philippines Twin Centre

We have just returned from our diving holiday in the Philippines booked through Ultimate Diving. Gail, our contact at Ultimate was extremely helpful and patient, making sure we got the right holiday planned, making brilliant suggestions and answering all our never-ending questions (sorry Gail we just couldn’t believe we each had 46KG luggage allowance).

Dwyer K

Atlantis Dumaguete

We had a fantastic 11-night stay at Atlantis Dumaguete. The resort itself was very good – lovely food, almost all waiter-served with a different menu every day; beautiful gardens and a lovely beach; and a very good and extremely reasonable spa. The dive centre couldn’t do enough for me; they were happy to run local boat dives for a single diver, were very good a critter-spotting, and did all the carrying of equipment, and washed all my gear for me at the end of the holiday.

Roberts A

El Gouna Red Sea

El Gouna was excellent, lovely marinas surrounded by bars, cafes and restaurants with pavement seating, no lads culture with super diving. Excellent value for money The destination met my expectations Ground organisation went smoothly Captains Inn is the best low cost hotel I have stayed in for Egypt Dive centre was friendly and professional making the overall experience a wonderful holiday. A relaxed resort ideal for families, couples and those just wanting to dive with a noticeable reduction in bars thumping out music, live sport and stag/hen runs, let that stay in Sharm el sheikh, when it opens. An abundance of dive sites with the best reefs I have seen in a long time.

Robert F

Malapascua and Dumaguete

Our 2 centre diving holiday in the Philippines, organised by Marcelina Jesus from Ultimate Diving, was faultless and well thought out, it was only the local weather conditions, road infrastructures and our lack of speaking the local language that prevented it from being 100% for us. However the centres and Marcelina’s organisation were faultless. The things seen at the diving sites went beyond all Expectations of the diver with the dive guides pointing out small life which could easily have been missed by me.

Morgan R

Truk Master, BLR & Tokyo

Having used Ultimate Dive for many years I will never use another company. Attention to detail, accuracy, support and dedication are a few words to summarise. Marcelina is dedicated to the client and goes beyond what is expected to ensure a perfect experience.

Sandra & Kim

Cobalt Coast Resort

A comfortable, friendly hotel, and a first class dive team. The best organised boat-diving we’ve ever done. I would give the whole holiday a 9, brilliant!

Wilsher J

10 days on board the Okeanos Aggressor

If you’re looking for a tour operator who is efficient, knowledgeable and super organised, Marcelina , Ultimate Diving is the place to go! Pre-trip, nothing was too much trouble, and the trip itself? Amazing. Every little detail was taken care of, and of course, the diving was incredible.

Amy S

Truk Master and BLR

The diving. Well what can I say. For anyone who enjoys diving wrecks, I fail to see how this coud be beaten. Up to 4 dives per day, I did 30 dives John 32 out of a possible 34. Average depths 30 – 40 meters. The conditions made the diving very easy. No current, good viz, (though the sea itself was often quite milky) easy bouancy and good dive guides. All this made decompression almost a pleasure. Clarity of the water inside the wrecks was incredible and with the help of Dave our guide we penetrated deep into the wrecks including a number of enine rooms. John has become an engine room junkie. So I think you will have guessed that this was one of my best dive holidays ever.

Paul, M

10 days Shark Diving in South Africa & Mozambique

Greg and I had a great 10 days and felt that the holiday was extremely good value for money. The way that Scuba Addicts work with the two different venues really worked with the different diving and the last day also gave us the opportunity to see lists of wildlife such as hippos, giraffes, zebras, eagles, crocs and was a perfect end to the week. Everything worked very well, transfers etc. The hospitality from all the staff at all 3 venues was excellent and they went out of they’re way to keep us amused!!

Caroline, M

Enquire to find out more and personalise one of our selected itineraires, many of our itineraires are based on regular trips we offer our clients and give a good overview of what we can offer alongside our personalisation service. Speak to an expert to creat your perfect holiday including diving, experiences and stop-overs.

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