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Dive Review of Sea Hunter in
Costa Rica/Cocos

July, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by DAVID SHEMTOV, LONDON, GB
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5602
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Micronesia, Maldives, Indonesia, Solomons, Red Sea, French
Polynesia, Hawaii, Carribbean,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
25   to 27    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with group, within reason.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Superb setup on dive deck and plenty of space inside with lots of power
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
This 12 night charter was my fourth to Cocos and the third one on this
boat.  Nevertheless, the decision to join this trip was made with some
trepidation given reports on El Nino conditions affecting sightings of
pelagics. Interestingly, our logbooks indicated similar water temperatures
as on other trips.  Perhaps the thermoclines were lower this time.  The
hammerheads were there, but a little deeper than we remembered.  

Most dives were outstanding.  I would rate one of them as being in my
lifetime top 10.  I spent at least 20 minutes in the company dolphins,
harrassing a school of jacks.  My tank was sucked dry on this one.  In
other memorable dives we rescued a turtle caught in fishing lines and a
whale shark made a brief appearance. There were a couple of the signature
'wallpaper' sightings with the schools of hammerheads overhead. We saw
eagle rays, galapagos, graytips and a manta or two.  We didn't encounter
the tiger sharks, though.

Boat facilities were excellent, as always.  My companion thought the food
was better this time.  The team, headed by Nelson, was great.   We felt
particularly fortunate to be with divemaster Mao (Mauricio) and boat driver
Pepe (Jose_.  After leading us on a great dive, Mao would corral us like an
expert dolphin and Pepe would pluck us out of the surface like an practiced
boobie. Yossi and Avi, you got to look after these two!

It is also worth noting that unlike previous trips, the fishing boats were
at least not visible on this one.  It may have to do with the fact that the
rangers had two operating boats this time - and were using them.  It's
about time.  Sadly, it appears they are too late for the silvertips.  We
saw them a couple of years ago at Silverado.  Alas, the divemasters told us
they haven't seen them since.

One point of concern is the number of boats that are now starting to
operate here.  For many years it was only 3 boats that would come here. On
many days on previous trips ours was the only boat around.  Now with the
Argo, Adventure, Wind Dancer and Yemaya there are seven.  Considering that
everyone wants to always dive on Dirty Rock or Alcyone (with Punta Maria
and Dos Amigos often inaccessible due to ocean conditions), the pressure on
the best dive sites is going to be tremendous.
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