Cocos Island Photo Workshop July 2022


2022 Cocos Island Underwater Photo workshop

Take a trip with us on the Okeanos Aggressor I to one of the most amazing dive destinations around the globe, featuring whale sharks, schooling hammerheads, white-tips, tuna, manta rays, turtles and giant frogfish. With occasional dolphins, sailfish, eagle rays, false killer whales --- the list never ends!

July 20 - 30, 2022

Trip leader: Mark Strickland

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10 Nights for:

Quad Cabin - $5,399  per person

Twin Cabin - $5,499  per person

Twin/Double Deluxe Cabin - $5,799  per person


Why Join This Trip?

  • 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
  • FREE daily photo workshops 
  • One of the best big animal dive destinations
  • See whale sharks, schooling hammerheads, mantas, turtles, and much more
  • Spacious & photographer-friendly liveaboard: the Okeanos Aggressor I
  • Local beer and wine included 

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 Cocos Island


Trip Overview

Escape to Cocos Island on a liveaboard scuba diving trip in Costa Rica! 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 ten-day trip offers seven days of Costa Rica liveaboard scuba diving. 

To get a little insight as to what the trip is like, read the reports from our previous trips: 2015 trip and 2016 trip

Check Out This Great Video!

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Dive Overview

You'll be diving in water temperatures between 72-82 degrees. 

  • Alcyone - A 600’ long submerged mountain, the top of the mountain is 75’ from the surface. Schooling Hammerheads, Mantas and schooling fish. Possible Sailfish or Marlin.
  • Big Dos Amigos - This islet features a 45-foot-high arch and 60-foot pinnacle off the southeast side. Look for Rainbow Runners, Yellowtail Snapper, Bigeye Jacks and lobster. Hammerheads swim between the pinnacle and arch.
  • Bird Island, Chatham Bay - Dove from Chatham Bay, southeast of Manuelita, this site provides a variety of marine life including Frog Fish, lobsters, morays, rays, White Tip Sharks and Hammerheads. There is even a cleaning station.
  • Dirty Rock - A large island with schools of Marble Rays and Hammerheads.
  • Lone Stone - Schooling Marble Rays and Mobula Rays.
  • Manuelita - Lots of White Tips, Marble Rays, and schools of Creoles.
  • Special Sightings - Whale Sharks, mating Eagle Rays, Sail Fish, mating White Tip Sharks, False Killer Whales.
  • Ubing Rock, Wafer Bay - This 300’ rock begins at 20’ and drops to a 110’ sandy bottom. The southeast slope attracts schooling Hammerheads.

Cocos Island Okeanos Aggressor I dive map


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Okeanos Aggressor I boat



  • Accommodations aboard the yacht
  • All meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine
  • 3-4 dives per day
  • Daily photo workshops
  • A variety of nightly entertainment including diving, marine life identification presentations, movies, games and more
  • Compressed air tanks, weights & belts
  • Airport transfers




  • Airfare (international and domestic)
  • Equipment rentals
  • Nitrox (unlimited Nitrox is $150 for 10 night)
  • Certification or specialty courses
  • Hotel stays/day rooms
  • Dinner on the final evening
  • Crew gratuity
  • USD $490 Park Fee
  • $30 Emergency Evacuation Plan
  • All onboard sales/services have a 13% tax
  • Travel Insurance: click here to learn more about our preferred plan

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Workshops will be given daily on topics such as wide-angle underwater photography, ambient light shots, snorkeling with large animals, strobe exposure, and positions, avoiding backscatter and composition.


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Sample Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Meet in front of host hotel. Transfer to Puntarenas for boarding and departure for Cocos Island.
  • Day 2 - 3  - Arrive at Cocos Island, diving begins.
  • Day 4 - 9  - Eat, Sleep & Dive.
  • Day 9 -10 - Travel back to Puntarenas.
  • Day 11 - Check out at 7 am and transfer to San Jose Airport or host hotels

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Okeanos Aggressor I Okeanos Aggressor I dive deck

Okeanos Aggressor I Okeanos Aggressor I

About Okeanos Aggressor I

The Okeanos Aggressor I is a 110-foot yacht with a spacious dive deck. Comfortable accommodations for 22 guests include 9 double cabins and a quad cabin. Each cabin features a private head and shower, and storage space for your luggage. The Okeanos Aggressor has a spacious salon, 40 feet of sun deck, chaise lounges, deck chairs, bar, grill, and a complete photo center.



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Flight Information  

Many major airlines fly into San Jose, Costa Rica (airport code SJO). An overnight stay in San Jose is usually required prior to the trip due to airline schedules. Recommended hotel is the host hotel is Park Inn by Radisson in San Jose where group transfers are provided from.

Check-out is Saturday morning at 7:00 am. Transportation is provided back to the host hotel or San Jose (SJO) airport from the yacht at the end of the charter.  Book flights after 12:30 pm.

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Mark Strickland’s life-long interest in the sea has included over 10,000 dives and careers as a lifeguard, boat captain, and scuba instructor. His passion for underwater photography has led him to many top dive locales, including Virgin Islands, Australia, and Thailand, where he spent 17 years as Cruise Director on a series of liveaboards. Mark now resides in Ventura county, California.

An avid marine naturalist, Mark has discovered several nudibranch species. He is the co-author and principal photographer for Lonely Planet’s award-winning book, “Diving and Snorkeling Thailand”, and his work appears in many magazines, books and displays around the world. Currently, Mark leads several dive trips each year to his favorite destinations, while working on a career-spanning large-format pictorial book.

Read more about Mark here.



  • "What an amazing trip!  Mark made it for us, and I so much appreciate that. I can't thank him enough.  We really enjoyed meeting him and spending time with him, and learning from him. He is a wonderful instructor and his sessions were great. You can be assured that we will cross paths again on another workshop." - Greg Clifton, Fiji October 2018 photo workshop guest
  • "Thanks to Mark for a great trip. It was a lot of fun sharing the Naia and all the diving with him. His workshop presentations are incredible, I cannot believe the scope and depth he presents. He's really good at it, I’m impressed." - Phillip Colla, Fiji October 2018 photo workshop Guest
  • "Over many decades of diving, I've gone on a number of photo workshops on liveaboard trips, but none come close to the standard set by Mark Strickland! Every day we had an hour or more discussion about some aspect of underwater photography, including some specialized topics that helped a lot, plus an image review of three or four shots each diver had taken that day. Mark's critiques were always constructive and our photos got steadily better. Mark is also a great guy, fun to travel with, fun to dive with. He never minded being asked for help, either! All in all one of the best trips ever! And we for sure will go on another of his trips soon!" - Tom Baker
  • "I'm a better shooter as a result of Mark's instruction" - Mark Hatter
  • "Mark was patient, knowledgeable, organized, and friendly. He had a concern for all of us--travel-wise and photography-wise. He was one of the best." and "Mark and Adam made me a tremendous fan of Blue Water Travel and will absolutely guarantee that I will book another trip with them again. You guys more than rock." - Dr. Ray T.



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Payment Schedule  

Deposit: $500

Payment 2: $1,000, Due July 15, 2021 

Payment 3: $1,500, Due  October 15, 2021

Payment 4: Balance, Due April 15, 2022

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