A tiny speck of green amid the endless Pacific, Isla del Coco looms large in the imagination of the adventurer: jagged mountains and tales of treasure, a pristine and isolated ecosystem filled with wildlife and some of the world's best diving. Remember the opening aerial shot of Jurassic Park, where the helicopter sweeps over the sea to a jungle-covered island? That was here.
As beautiful as the island may be, its terrestrial environs pale in comparison to what lies beneath. Named by PADI as one of the world’s top 10 dive spots, the surrounding waters of Isla del Coco harbor abundant pelagics, including one of the largest known schools of hammerhead sharks in the world.
Isla del Coco (aka Cocos Island) is around 500km southwest of the mainland in the middle of the eastern Pacific, making it Costa Rica's most remote destination.