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Okeanos Aggressor II, Caño Island, Costa Rica

well, it’s sure not Cocos Island

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Dear Fellow Diver,

Beep, beep, beep...beep, beep, beep ... Sleeping in my lower bunk on the Okeanos Aggressor II off Caño Island, my brain cells gradually woke up to the constant chirp of a smoke alarm -- but where was it coming from? Stumbling into the hallway, there were already a couple of other dazed people looking around. We made our way up two flights of stairs to the muster station. Was I supposed to be wearing my life jacket? Expecting to be greeted by the Captain barking orders, I heard -- quiet. Only the hall smoke detectors would trigger an alarm in the Captain's quarters, not the individual cheap-looking cabin alarms. I opened the bridge door and yelled for the Captain. While he was on his way, another passenger came up with the malfunctioning culprit alarm in his hand, from a cabin whose residents didn't even know the chirping came from their room. All said and done, a third of the guests mustered in the correct spot, only two wore life jackets, a third mustered on the dive deck, and the other third slept right through it! Hmmm.

Okeanos Aggressor II uses rigid hull inflatable pangasMy April trip to Costa Rica started off well with an overnight at the Holiday Inn Express San Jose Forum. In the morning, after a good complimentary breakfast, the luggage truck and passenger bus arrived at 2:20 p.m. for our 60-mile drive to Puntarenas. After boarding the boat, we had a briefing, including what to do if the alarms went off (I thought everyone had paid attention), and I was shown to my downstairs cabin, pretty much the same as the others, with bunk beds, ensuite bathrooms, and a small closet with three drawers. Upstairs cabins were more luxurious, roomier -- and more expensive. Because the boat has a water maker, one would presume water would be fine for drinking, but no, it was only for brushing teeth and showering. Time to clean out the pipes, I guess....


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