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Dive Review of Underseahunter in
Costa Rica/Cocos Island

Underseahunter, May, 2002,

by Willard Pascoe, Mo., USA . Report 247.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Kangaroo Island, Youngala Wreck and GBR, Texas Flower Gardens, Florida, Missouri springs and caves.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Diving within the safety limits of enriched air 32% and 36%
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Plenty of room with air for drying off your camara. Plenty of electrical outlets, A camara dedicated rince tank

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 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 Flat ocean on the trip to and from Cocos Island. The dive masters were great with predive instructions which can be very important with some of the strong currents in the area. Although most everyone comes to Cocos(myself included)to see big fish, I really enjoyed all of the smaller life that exist here. At one site as I leaned over a wall waiting for hammerheads to pass by, an octopus grabbed my preasure gauge that had been bumping its head. On another sight while again waiting for hammerheads I was constantly harrassed by several reef fish just dying to have their photos taken. Large schools of Jacks, Green Morays, Turtles, Mobula and Manta rays swimming together. On one dive, we were moments away from seeing a white tip give birth but ran out of air before the big event. And speaking of white tips, don't miss the night dives off Isla Manulita. The ocean becomes carpeted with them. It was incredible! And I should mention hammerheads on nearly every dive. One school numbered over 100.
I want to thank Dive master Victor Hugo who has a great sense of humour and Captain nelson Dias for such a well planned trip. Also thanks to all of the staff that make you feel like your at a 5 star hotel.
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