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

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Gina Sanfilippo, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5564
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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