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Green is good: the best eco focused superyacht adventures

Green is good: the best eco focused superyacht adventures

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Cocos Island

For shark encounters and dramatic landscapes

Where: Cocos Island, a remote speck in the Pacific Ocean, 300 nautical miles off the western coast of Costa Rica, is famous for being the filming location for Jurassic Park. “Arriving at Cocos Island is like stepping back in time to a lost world,” says Henry Cookson of Cookson Adventures, which organises bespoke expeditions for private clients. The interior is dramatic, with rainforest-covered volcanic peaks soaring into the mist and huge waterfalls cascading down on to sandy beaches.

It is a remote, two-day cruise from Costa Rica, but that’s what makes it so extraordinary – that and the fact that this is one of four tropical Pacific points where a wide variety of other marine life congregates. The focus is on helping to protect sharks by monitoring their movements, behavioural patterns and social connections. At least nine species can be seen here, including scalloped hammerheads, tiger, blacktip and whale sharks.

How: Cookson Adventures arranges a separate research vessel to accompany a client’s superyacht, with a team of marine researchers and scientists on board. This is one for passionate scuba divers; each day is spent at two or three dive sites, working alongside marine biologists in the water (which has challenging currents) and with submersibles.

Research involves counting, catching and tagging sharks with acoustic devices, and measuring them using lasers and collating footage from underwater cameras. Trips are between five and 10 days, and information obtained from tagging sharks here has enabled a better understanding of their migratory routes. “Cocos is critical to shark populations,” says Cookson. “Being able to participate in shark tagging research, especially with submersibles, is a spectacular opportunity.”

When: May to August is best for shark tagging, but this is a year-round diving destination.

All images courtesy of shutterstock.com

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