Cocos Island, Costa Rica Expedition  

May 2 - 12, 2008

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Do your dreams include diving Cocos Island for some of the most amazing diving in the world? What if you could do it as a tax-deductible trip? Join us on our upcoming expedition, when we will journey to this World Heritage Site, so designated due to the prolific pelagic animals found in the surrounding waters, to gather material for the Imaging Foundation.

Expedition Goals

  • Collection and identification of High Definition video images
  • Collection and preparation of still images for the online database
  • Development and implementation of field protocols for instruction in the internship program

The expedition goals and leadership will give volunteers a unique and interesting perspective of this region.


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Expedition Description


Underwater: High adrenaline diving! The probable guest list includes hammerheads, mantas, dolphins, massive schools of jacks, Galapagos sharks, whale sharks, oceanic white tip sharks AND MORE!


Topside: This is the largest uninhabited island in the world. There are over 300 waterfalls, which may be seen as you circumnavigate the island. We will spend some time exploring the island and photographing the endemic animals. Did you know that Darwin studied the Cocos Finch along with the Galapagos birds?

Boat description and more information:

Expense and Tax Deduction Information

The Imaging Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation under the United States Internal Revenue Service. It is not a private foundation. U.S. tax deductible expenses may include:

  • Liveaboard costs including $245.00 National Park Fee and transportation fee to the boat.
    Standard Fee Discounted Fee *

Not Included in above:
  • Airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Pre and post liveaboard hotel
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • $75 yearly membership fee (one time yearly fee covers multiple expeditions)

At this time fuel surcharges have been discontinued, but this is subject to change at any moment.

Pre- and post-liveaboard expedition staging hotel

The Imaging Foundation’s staging area hotel is the Sleep Inn, San Jose, a short 15 minutes from the Santamaria International airport and close to tourist attractions to be enjoyed before or after the expedition. Besides very comfortable and ample rooms, this hotel offers complimentary transportation from and to the airport, buffet breakfast, a business center with free wireless Internet and a fitness center. It also boasts a classic restaurant open 24 hours a day. When booking your reservation, please inform us if you are staying extra nights in San Jose so we may extend your stay at the Sleep Inn. We reserve a block of rooms at the rate of $122.00 per night (single or double room) including accommodation tax.


$1000 deposit required to reserve a spot.

Payment Options are as Follows :

  1. Pay by phone (360-570-3453) using credit card : VISA, MC or AMEX - $1000.00 deposit. The remainder will be charged to the same credit card on a payment schedule with the balance due 90 days prior to the expedition.
  2. Pay by check, minimum $1000.00 deposit, to receive the cash discount*. The balance will be due on a set payment schedule. There will be a $25.00 late payment fee charged on all payments not made on time.
  3. Pay by wire transfer, $1000.00 minimum to be eligible for cash discount*, plus wire transfer fee ($15.00). Call or e-mail to obtain wiring instructions

Please send check payments, in US dollars, made out to:

Imaging Foundation

Send to:

Ana Martin
Imaging Foundation
908 East Bay Dr. NE, #E102
Olympia, WA 98506

Call or email us with any questions.


There are other related expenses such as crew tips and Costa Rica departure tax, some of which may be deductible for residents of the US and other countries. Participants must check with their tax advisors regarding deduction limits and other particulars. Please see the relevant IRS publication for more information.

All monies paid to Imaging Foundation are considered donations and, therefore, are not refundable. Trip insurance may be found at Divers Alert Network (DAN) and we strongly recommend it.

The Imaging Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to image based natural history education. Each project has a specific focus.

While no prior experience is required to become an Imaging Foundation volunteer, our volunteers need to be adaptable, energetic, and be willing to work as part of an expedition team. Volunteers become vital team members in the development of fresh, new, cutting edge classroom uploads. Employing the Internet and pod casting, Imaging Foundation teams are reaching kids in novel, innovative ways. Who taught you about the ocean? Isn’t it time you gave back? Join an Imaging Foundation expedition, make a difference and enjoy the best dive trip you have ever had.


Most foreign destinations require US citizens to carry a valid US passport. Please visit The Bureau of Consular Affairs website to check the trip destination requirements regarding passport and visa. If you are a non-US citizen please check the website of your country of citizenship regarding the trip destination requirements for entry. It is the responsibility of all passengers to obtain the appropriate visas for their expedition. If you have any questions please contact the Imaging Foundation.

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All book sales help to fund the IF Mission.

Study before you go, or read aboard the Undersea Hunter!

Diving & Snorkeling Guide to Cocos Island
(Lonely Planet Pisces Books) (Paperback)
by Lucy Agace
(Limited availability; Click on the small "Diving &" link to access this selection)

Lonely Planet Costa Rica
(Lonely Planet Costa Rica) (Paperback)
by Carolina Miranda, Paige Penland
Lonely Planet Costa Rica
(Lonely Planet Costa Rica) (Paperback)
by Rob Rachowiecki




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