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Dive Review of UNDERSEA HUNTER/SEAHUNTER in
Costa Rica/COCOS ISLAND

UNDERSEA HUNTER/SEAHUNTER, Nov, 2008,

by TOM LOPATIN, NJ, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 4970.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving WORLDWIDE
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 72 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions NONE
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A 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 SEPARATE RINSE TANK, AMPLE TABLE SPACE , COMPRESSED AIR AND RECHARGING STATIONS.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 10 DAY TRIP ON THE SEAHUNTER, A FINE VESSEL, VERY WELL KEPT. EXCELLENT CREW, AND ATTITUDE. MEALS WERE BEST I'VE EVER HAD ON A LIVEABOARD. WEATHER WAS OVERCAST AND RAINING MOST OF THE TIME...DON'T PLAN ON GETTING A SUNTAN!

GREAT HAMMERHEAD ACTION! THE WHITE TIP SHARK NIGHT DIVE AT MANUELITA WAS SPECTACULAR! SLEEPING WHITE TIPS AND MOBULA RAYS SCATTERED ABOUT ON ALMOST EVERY DIVE. THIS WAS SUSTAINED DEEP DIVING, WHERE WE WOULD PLANT OURSELVES IN A "NOOK OR CRANNY" AND WAIT FOR THE SHOW TO BEGIN. 17 OF THE 23 DIVES WERE IN EXCESS OF 100 FSW. MAKE SURE YOU'RE NITROX CERTIFIED (OR PLAN TO TAKE THE COURSE ON THE BOAT DURING THE 36 HOUR CROSSING) OR RISK SURFACING ALONE. IF YOU'RE PRONE TO SEASICKNESS, BRING THE CORRECT MEDICATION...THE SEAS CAN "ROCK AND ROLL" PRETTY GOOD DURING THE CROSSINGS.

HAD SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES TO PHOTO THE ELUSIVE RED LIPPED BATFISH, IN 50 FSW.

THE MOST FASCINATING DIVE WAS "IN THE BLUE", AT ABOUT 30 FSW, WATCHING, FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES, BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN HUNTING CREVALLE JACKS. RATHER THAN DARTING IN AND SNATCHING ONE BEFORE IT COULD REACT, THE DOLPHIN WOULD "RUN DOWN" THE JACK, CHASING RIGHT BEHIND IT RELENTLESSLY FOR AS LONG AS A MINUTE, UNTIL THE JACK WAS SPENT, WHEN IT WOULD GOBBLE IT UP...REMINDED ME OF A CHEETAH CHASING DOWN A GAZELLE. WATCHED MULTIPLE HUNTS, ALL PLAYING OUT TO THE SAME UNFORTUNATE OUTCOME FOR THE JACK, REGARDLESS TO WHATEVER EVASIVE TACTICS THE JACK WOULD TRY, INCLUDING SWIMMING BACK INTO THE SCHOOL. THE DOLPHIN NEVER LOST ITS FOCUS ON THAT ONE POOR FISH UNTIL THE END. ONLY ONE LUCKY JACK EVADED DEATH BECAUSE, RIGHT TOWARDS THE END OF THE CHASE ANOTHER DOLPHIN CAME OUT OF NOWHERE TO TRY TO STEAL THE JACK FROM THE DOLPHIN HUNTING IT, CONFUSING THE ISSUE, AND THE JACK GOT TO LIVE ANOTHER DAY.
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