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Dive Review of Argo (Undersea Hunter) in
Costa Rica/Cocos Island

Argo (Undersea Hunter), May, 2010,

by Gina Sanfilippo, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5564.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving California, Sea of Cortez, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Fiji, Tonga, Andaman Sea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Max. depth (since we were all on Nitrox); max. bottom time varied from 45-60 mins. depending on site.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The Argo has two areas and two rinse tanks dedicated to photo equipment. Divemasters and panga drivers are both helpful and careful when handling cameras.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I think most people have heard how spectacular Cocos Island diving is, so I won't belabor that point except to point out it is most definitely not a place for beginners. Or people who don't like sharks; I lost count of the number of sharks I saw on the first day.

I did want to give kudos to the crew of the Argo (part of the Undersea Hunter group, and their boats share crew members). They are the perfect blend of friendly, skilled, fun, and professional. The Argo itself is a very large boat with comfortable and very spacious quarters and common areas. It holds a max of about 16 divers who are then split into two groups for diving, each with its own divemaster and panga. The groups dive different locations so that it does not get crowded underwater.

Safety is a primary concern. All divers are given surface sausages and remote locator beacons to be used when necessary. Since most dives are deep (2-3 per day below 100 fsw), divers are encouraged to use Nitrox, and training is available on board during the 1.5 day trip to the islands for those who wish to get certified. The divemasters are there when you need help, but they do not "babysit" or get in the way of capable divers, so you never feel that they're always looking over your shoulder.

My next trip to Cocos will definitely be on an Undersea Hunter boat.
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