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Dive Review of SeaHunter in
Costa Rica/Cocos/Malpelo

SeaHunter, Aug, 2006,

by Laura Mosqueda, CA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 2674.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving California, Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, Indonesia, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas currents
Water Temp 72 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes, 130 feet
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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