A trip participant swims with a whale shark on a Cocos Island Dive Expedition.

Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) has announced new dates for their yearly live-aboard dive expeditions to Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica.

During early August 2020 and late November 2020, TIRN will take divers to experience one of the world’s premiere dive sites to view ocean wildlife, as well as the exclusive opportunity to participate in crucial sea turtle and shark migration research.

“Having the opportunity to travel to Coco Island was a life changing experience,” said Joanie Steinhaus, TIRN’s Gulf Program Director who joined the last expedition. “Everyone on the trip witnessed the long-term research on sharks to establish a migratory swimway for these amazing creatures. Diving three times per day and viewing marine life was exhilarating.”

Participants of Cocos Island Expeditions experience Cocos Island and its abundant marine wildlife on a 10-day expedition aboard the MV Argo, a comfortable and stylish live-aboard dive vessel.

In addition to viewing and photographing spectacular sharks, rare sea turtles and whales, participants will be able to assist with various levels of research depending on experience, diving among schooling hammerheads, several species of sea turtles, and schools of thousands of fish as they support conservation efforts directly at the site. Expeditions are led by Todd Steiner, TIRN’s executive director who has run expeditions for the past 20 years.

Currently, TIRN has five Cocos Island Expeditions scheduled for 2019-2020, and one is sold out. For more information on Cocos Island Expeditions and to book your trip, visit www.seaturtles.org/cocos.