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Dive Review of Undersea Hunter in
Costa Rica/Cocos Island

June, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by David Welch, BC, CA (1 report, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Pre El Nino Dive Trip to Cocos Island: Great trip, limited prospects"
Report Number 8023 has 2 Helpful votes
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Vancouver Island; Red Sea, Bonaire, Cozumel, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We were asked to go no deeper than the DM, but once the DMs were able to
assess each diver's abilities, they merely guided... there were no
overbearing DMs on the crew.  That being said, I don't think there were any
dive sites where it would have been possible to exceed about 120'.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Value for $$
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3 stars   
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I took advantage of a sudden cancellation to take this trip, which had been
on my bucket list.  The bottom line is that this is a well-organized, safe,
friendly and very competent group of people running the liveaboard, and the
"back office" people appear to also have been very professional--
I had no complaints about the aspects of the operation that are under the
company's control-- you will be safe, enjoy your trip, have some very
enjoyable liveaboard diving.  This is as it should be, because this is an
expensive trip.  Divers ALSO need to recognize that this is an advanced
skills trip-- save this one for when your skills and experience are
appropriate, as divers are a very long way offshore and far from skilled
medical staff.

Although shark numbers are down by an estimated order of magnitude (1/10th
former abundance of 20 years ago),  Cocos Island is a marine protected
area/park and UNESCO World Heritage Site mainly because it is a gathering
ground for large schools of sharks.  So, even though the abundance of
sharks and other large pelagics has dropped everywhere, this is a
world-wide phenomenon driving by the rise of an affluent middle class in
China.  Lacking a time machine, the decline in sharks is affecting the
quality of the diving  ...
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