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Dive Review of Okeanos Aggressor in
Costa Rica/Cocos Island

Okeanos Aggressor, Oct, 2005,

by Jason Pellegatto, Ma, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 2848.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Turks and Caicos, Galapagos, Bonaire, Cozumel, FL Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas currents
Water Temp 75 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Camera tables with plenty of space and compressed air. On the pangas, there was a nice protected area to hold the cameras. Not enough AC outlets for everyone on the boat who needed to charge batteries.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments You must stay 1 night prior to trip in Costa Rica. The recommended hotel in San Jose is clean and has a good open air restaurant. It's also convienient for the pick up, so you might as well stay where Aggressor recommends for the night. Getting to Cocos is a pain. 2 hours from the hotel to the dock, and then 40 hour sail to Cocos in rough water with large swells. Bring something for sea sickness. You will need it. The Okeanos Aggressor is in average condition. I was in the quad stateroom which had plenty of room and comfortable bunks. The bathroom is cramped and the toilet is in the shower so everything is always wet. There was no air circulation in the cabin and we usually left the door open to the hallway to try to get some fresh air. The food is buffet style. There is always plenty, and it's hot, but is definately not gourmet. More like chow time. There are no after dive snacks. Between meals, the only things served are bags of cheese doodles and chips. However, there is plenty of cold beer on tap and it's included, as long as your done diving for the day. The diving on this trip did not live up to the hype. The visibility was rather low, and the sharks kept a good distance so they were usually difficult to see. We did see hammerheads, but only in small numbers, not the huge schools that we wanted. Silverado is a great dive and we did se 4-5 silvertips very close. The night dives are held in the bay where the boat docks. Dozens of feeding white tips. Very cool. Millions of fish everywhere. Overall, much better than your standard Carribean type diving, but not what I had expected and hoped for. Perhaps a bad week? One thing that I don't like about the aggressor is that they provide a CD with pictures at the end of the week. This means that the divemasters are busier taking pictures than pointing things out to the divers. I missed many things that ended up on the picture disk. I'd rather have seen these things in the water. A plus about this boat is that the pangas have tank holders on them. Set your gear up once, and it stays on the panga all week which makes it easy. The pangas also have latters which makes getting out of the water easy.
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