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Dive Review of Okeanos Aggressor in
Costa Rica/Cocos Island

October, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jason Pellegatto, Ma, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 2848
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Turks and Caicos, Galapagos, Bonaire, Cozumel, FL Keys
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
3 stars    
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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