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Dive Review of SeaHunter in
Costa Rica/Cocos/Malpelo

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Laura Mosqueda, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 2674
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
California, Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, Indonesia, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
72   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes, 130 feet  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
SeaHunter is a fantastic boat with a fantastic captain (Chris), divemaster
(Toby) and crew! Fly to San Jose and the SeaHunter arranges transportation
to the port in Puntarenas (about a 2 and 1/2 hour drive). We went first to
Malpelo, a long (48 hour) boat ride from Puntarenas and had an easy
crossing but poor luck related to undersea life. We did see several mantas
and a few hammerheads but not what we were hoping for. Half-way through our
second dive day the divemaster (Toby) asked the group if we wanted to move
on to Cocos where he had reports of better underwater action. There was
unanimous support for this idea so we proceeded for another 36 hours and
arrived in Cocos for a spectacular week of diving: huge schools of
hammerheads, jacks, blue and gold snapper, tuna; encounters with black
tips, turtles, mantas; white tips everwhere.    Divers need to pay
attention as the diving is deep (often below 100 feet), the currents are
strong, and there is often significant surge and swells at shallower
depths.  The divemasters and panga drivers  are exceptionally
saftey-conscious while maintaining a reasonable expectation that each diver
is responsible for themselves. Excellent dive briefings, evening
presentations about the area and wildlife, great food, exciting diving,
superb crew all make for a spectacular trip. 
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