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Dive Review of Seahunter in
Costa Rica/Cocos Island & Malpelo

Seahunter, Oct, 2006,

by Mel Butler, CA, United States . Report 2681.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cocos 1999 on Okeanos, most of South Pacific, and Caribbean, Socorro Islands, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 71 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive to 130 feet. Surface after one hour. Stay with the group because of strong currents.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 1 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Excellent tables and storage spaces with plenty of 120 outlets, camera towels, and air. Excellent help and support from crewmembers. Careful loading of equipment onto skiffs.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The ship is in excellent condition. Everything worked! Including all the multimedia video. Good assortment of video movies in order. Whole crew is outstanding, particulary the divemasters and skiff operators(great eye for finding you on surfacing in spite of drifting). Safety EPIRB transponders, whistles and flashlights furnished. The Captain dived most every dive with one or the other group. Half our group were on rebreathers in one skiff and the rest on Nitrox in the other skiff: easy re-entry into skiff. Three day dives and a night dive most nights on Cocos, no night dives on Malpelo. Usually rained some time of every day, but no problem. Cabins, all with bathrooms, are very nice.
Sailed 36 hours south to Malpelo, Colombia first. Dived 1 1/2 days, but sailed early to Cocos where the action was, which was 35 hours sailing north. Then, 35 hours Cocos back to Puntarenas.
Enjoyed a 300 foot dive on great 3-person submarine that travels on the stern of the Seahunter.
White tips, gallapagos, hammerhead sharks, marble rays, mobula rays, mantas, eels, giant schools of jacks, and of course, the red-lipped batfish! Contrary to most dive spots, there are more fish here now than in 1999!
Most dives are 80-110 ft. No decompression dives allowed. In summary, this was a perfect trip. One of the best in the world.

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