Cocos Island: A Real Life ‘Treasure Island’

Cocos Island: A Real Life ‘Treasure Island’

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Location, Description and Biodiversity:

Isla del Coco: el tesoro lo tengo yo,-87.0748844,14z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x8fa4671ddf5de42f:0xe97b3fc4b72a131b!2sGolfo+Dulce!3b1!8m2!3d8.4691779!4d-83.2077645!3m4!1s0x8f92ef8b4dbc7faf:0x7d61387765c0870!8m2!3d5.5332999!4d-87.0667

History in general:

Cocos Island – History in detail

Articles by Costa Rican historians (in Spanish):

Articles in English:

The ‘Moffat’ article on Cap Beckett:

The ‘Examiner’ article on the California Society for Archaeological Investigations:

Sir Malcom Campbell’s expedition:


  1. @furyrage2011 on March 14, 2024 at 8:49 am

    Lots of people from Costa Rica in the comments, pura vida.

  2. @williamhouse754 on March 14, 2024 at 8:50 am


  3. @jackmanley1473 on March 14, 2024 at 8:51 am

    For movie buffs, Cocos Island is essentially where Jurassic Park places Isla Sorna.

  4. @robertpyrosthenes1092 on March 14, 2024 at 8:55 am

    You’d look great in a tricorn hat and eye patch. Arr!

  5. @Acidassassin420 on March 14, 2024 at 8:55 am

    After finding out this wasn’t about the keeling Islands all I have to say the keeling Islands also have an interesting tale, I think it would be worth of a video on its own

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  7. @andrew24601 on March 14, 2024 at 8:57 am

    I’d watch the shit out of a video about Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania

  8. @cpt_bill366 on March 14, 2024 at 8:58 am

    19:20 What is that monstrosity? My head hurts just looking at that. None of it makes any sense.

  9. @williamdaniels9728 on March 14, 2024 at 9:00 am

    So you’re saying there’s a chance!

  10. @Cameron-qc7yk on March 14, 2024 at 9:01 am

    Laugh tale

  11. @usernameisusername on March 14, 2024 at 9:02 am


  12. @fishinwidow35 on March 14, 2024 at 9:05 am

    Will Thompson was no pirate and his first mate’s name was James Alexander Forbes. Thompson went to Newfoundland and that is where he met Keeting.

  13. @bobfg3130 on March 14, 2024 at 9:06 am

    Now that’s a pirate’s treasure island story.

  14. @youtubejosephwm6699 on March 14, 2024 at 9:06 am

    I had a dream last night that you did a geographics video on Earth

  15. @robertwalker-smith2739 on March 14, 2024 at 9:07 am

    So this is Oak Island with a better climate.

  16. @ryanroberts1104 on March 14, 2024 at 9:09 am

    I can’t possibly think of a better long term investment than rum, tobacco, and women. I’m pretty sure that’s what all the investment bankers say.

  17. @pr0xZen on March 14, 2024 at 9:12 am

    Afaik GeoVision was late 90s early 09s junk-science. Think the Theranos of geo surveying, but post Sovjet era baltic budget. Would supposedly completely revolutionize geo- and oceanographic surveying, being extremely sensitive, taking 30 times less time, be stupidly cheap etc. Russians targeted Russian, Western’ South American and UAE oil companies, African mining corps etc.

    A shame really. Otherwise would certainly rattle off a Kickstarter to pay off that bill.

  18. @ronwilkins4632 on March 14, 2024 at 9:13 am

    Alliteration c word for rubbish was teezed

  19. @eb2564 on March 14, 2024 at 9:14 am

    Im gathering a crew. Who’s with m3?

  20. @Marc89000 on March 14, 2024 at 9:16 am

    Do they put errors in the bottom headlines on purpose?

  21. @bracelety on March 14, 2024 at 9:16 am

    Dr Livesey

  22. @melvinalonsopicadomendez4906 on March 14, 2024 at 9:18 am

    I went to cocos island in december 2019, stayed there for a month, i didn’t look for the treasure since i didn’t knew any details at that time, when i came back i started investigating what i could and now i have a theory of why the treasure hasn’t been found since when i was there i saw some funny things about the geography

  23. @mikecrase3047 on March 14, 2024 at 9:21 am

    Your sacrism and flippant attitude is refreshing

  24. @literallyanangrymoose7717 on March 14, 2024 at 9:23 am

    Lol Simon said booty.

  25. @paul_the_merciful on March 14, 2024 at 9:23 am

    Rrr Jim lad.. X marks the spot..

  26. @stanislavkostarnov2157 on March 14, 2024 at 9:24 am

    today, the Lima treasure (whilst it has much cash value)
    would be more interesting for its archeological significance
    it would be of great cultural significance to find such a hoard, especially given that it purportedly contains both early South American Catholic relics and objects repurposed from the Inca civilization… something we do not have enough of for the research of that period…

  27. @LumiMoonCh on March 14, 2024 at 9:24 am

    If the treasure is there then it should be left there. The legend is too great to see ended with someone hauling the treasure out.

  28. @ThankYouCityOfficial on March 14, 2024 at 9:24 am

    As someone who grew up in Launceston Tasmania, it was very odd to hear our local rag quoted in this video.

  29. @SJRPhotographics on March 14, 2024 at 9:24 am

    Lol I was expecting a doco about Keeling islands.

  30. @robertcarter9535 on March 14, 2024 at 9:25 am

    My question is even if you found any of this treasure would you actually be allowed to keep it or would it belong to the government of Costa Rica?

  31. @bjw4859 on March 14, 2024 at 9:27 am

    Arh, a burred pirate treasure story from Simon, I don’t really care they didn’t find it, it was still a fun ride.

  32. @3613jeremy on March 14, 2024 at 9:27 am

    It’s amazing how beautiful a place can be when humans don’t touch it

  33. @Q_QQ_Q on March 14, 2024 at 9:27 am

    How many channels do you have?

  34. @the_giant_wolf on March 14, 2024 at 9:28 am

    Cocos island is a little australian island it’s not a costa rican island

  35. @sschmidtevalue on March 14, 2024 at 9:28 am

    One of your fellow YouTube vloggers has said that "all great stories have pirates in them." Thanks for hosting several of them.

  36. @jasonplant5432 on March 14, 2024 at 9:28 am

    I heard about this island when I was 17 . I’m 45 now.
    Had a dream about of building my own submarine and investigating this place. Ah…
    The power of youthful imagination. Gonna go find it.
    I’m currently looking for a gold mine in New Mexico.

  37. @WaqarHasan-rc9rt on March 14, 2024 at 9:30 am

    I am seeing this video from Pakistan .

  38. @barbaralanders6049 on March 14, 2024 at 9:30 am

    So, the 60-million-dollar find in 1940 was just a hoax? (I tried to google it, but only found newspaper clippings from that year.)

    How about the 200-million-dollar find by the park rangers in 2015? Reportedly, they found "golden statues of the Virgin Mary, and other religious symbols". So, are these statues on display anywhere?

  39. @fortheloveofcreepsx132 on March 14, 2024 at 9:31 am

    I’m sorry, Phoebe, but I think Jacques Cousteau is dead!

  40. @arronsmith3682 on March 14, 2024 at 9:34 am

    I got excited thinking it was about the keeling Islands as I will be building a runway/air force base hopefully in the next year

  41. @kb9512 on March 14, 2024 at 9:35 am

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    “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 KJV

    “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36 KJV

    “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15 KJV

    “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:9-13 KJV

    “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:35-40 KJV

    “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:28-31 KJV

    “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
    Romans 10:9-13 KJV

    “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:5-6 KJV

    “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:13-20 KJV

  42. @AJ-lu3wx on March 14, 2024 at 9:36 am

    The park rangers must be the most unlucky bunch. All that time on the island and no booty.

  43. @sketchesofpayne on March 14, 2024 at 9:39 am

    19:13 WTF!? Is that a Space Shuttle mounted on a Saturn V connected with a truss structure to a pair of shuttle fuel tanks and SRBs, plus solar panels and four more giant fuel tanks? If the video editor is taking the piss, then that is hilarious. Otherwise the video editor needs to learn stop smoking crack while they’re buying stock footage.

  44. @denniskrust2137 on March 14, 2024 at 9:41 am

    Once I heard Surfshark says, "Yo, yo, yo," I lost interest in them.

  45. @MultiClittle on March 14, 2024 at 9:43 am

    I wonder if this island is what the game series Monkey Island is based off of. It’s surprisingly similar.

  46. @PeterCombs on March 14, 2024 at 9:44 am

    when the stories are better than what they were all trying to achieve.

  47. @jonntischnabel on March 14, 2024 at 9:45 am

    I’ve always been fascinated by the age of pirates 🙂👌

  48. @punkfan97 on March 14, 2024 at 9:46 am

    It’s best that this pristine environment is preserved

  49. @sammehlberg6664 on March 14, 2024 at 9:46 am

    The one piece is real!

  50. @newtagwhodis4535 on March 14, 2024 at 9:47 am

    Lol Simon really infuriated at all the booty research needed for this video 😂 bachelors delight?

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