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Dive Review of Undersea Hunter in
Costa Rica/Cocos Island

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Ed Noga, Ohio, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 3901
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over, from Lake Erie to Micronesia, from the Caribbean to the
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
68   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Everyone was on nitrox, so we had depth limits. Most of the dives were 100
feet or less. They wanted you back in the boat with 400 lbs. We dived in
groups of six, always led by the divemaster. We all were provided with
transponders, whistles and safety sausages.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 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  
UH caters to photographers, with lots of room for all you equipment and
plenty of electrical connections. You dive off pangas, and the captains and
crew handle cameras very carefully. Fact is, the divers' interest with
getting pictures of hammerheads and feeding reef sharks became an obsession
for many. We'd do a dive at a spectacular site, and some people would whine
that the viz wasn't good enough for their pictures, making it a lousy dive.
I put my camera away halfway through the trip and just enjoyed the diving.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
Isla del Cocos via the Undersea Hunter is as good as advertised, 11 days at
sea to a fabulous site. We totally lucked out weatherwise, since often the
Pacific beats you up on the way to the island. We had flat water all the
way there and back again, and only a touch of rain while we were diving.
The hammerheads are the main attraction. It's different than in the
Galapagos, where schools of dozens of hammerheads cruise just beyond your
camera range. At Cocos they come to cleaning stations. The divers hide
behind rocks--usually at depths of 100-60 feet--holding their breath to
avoid bubbles, and photograph the big boys as they cruise by. Sometimes the
sharks come in groups of 5-7, but more often it was 2-3 sharks, big and
beautiful. Another special attraction was the night shark dives. Everyone
sticks together about six feet off the bottom (OK, more like 2 feet, but we
were told to be six feet), shining our lights down on the rocks. The
black-tipped reef sharks use the lights to hunt fish, and if they find
one--oh my! It's not completely natural, since the sharks are following the
lights, but it isn't a stupid shark feed. We did about four dives a day, a
couple at 100 feet. There's lots of other sea life, too, about everything
you'd want. The crew was outstanding, and the divemasters--Juan Miguel and
Edwar--excellent. The boat is quite comfortable, and the cabins really
spacious. We also got to visit the island, inhabited only by rangers and
volunteers who are trying to stop long-line fishermen from raiding the
waters of the marine park. We took a rugged hike to a waterfall where we
cooled off in the water. As we sailed home the boat stopped halfway back,
and most everyone jumped overboard to swim in the gorgeous, 10,000-feet
deep water. This isn't a cheap trip, by any means, but they don't get much
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