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Dive Review of Argo in
Costa Rica/Cocos Islands

Argo: "Amazing diving off MV Argo at Cocos Islands", Aug, 2017,

by S M Williams, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 9944.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving SoCal, Hawaii, Mexico, Palau, Caymans, Roatan, Grenada, Dominica, Dominican Rep, St Maarten, Jamaica, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Texas, Florida, Guadalupe Island, Tobago, Indonesia, Belize, Socorros, Bonaire, Turks/Caicos, Red Sea, Philippines, Greece, Puerto Rico, Sipadan, Maldives, Fiji, Curacao, Saba
Closest Airport San Jose Getting There San Diego to Phoenix, Phoenix to San Jose, overnight in San Jose at a decent hotel, picked up by air-conditioned wifi bus to travel 1-2 hours (with lunch and a souvenir / fruit stop) to Puntarenas to board the Argo. Then 36 hour transit open seas to Cocos island. We had a relatively easy transit both ways. Only a few people got sick.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 77 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Open ocean diving in the blue around pinnacles etc. Currents. Observing hammerheads at cleaning stations. Group had to stay together and follow instructions to descend and ascend safely, but I never felt cheated. Once in at the safety stop site, folks with air could stay a little longer.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Each diver has a cubicle...inside the cubicle were two sockets you could use to charge your accessories. Blower air was supplied for quick drying a ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments MV Argo, the crown jewel of Cocos diving. Very well laid out, with large comfortable cabins and bathrooms, very organized dive deck with showers and camera spaces, lovely sun deck and shared recreational spaces. Each diver had a space (shared) to hang wetsuits near their dive spots, and an individual seat chest for storage, Tanks and gear were kept on the skiffs and filled there. Two hard hulled skiffs with ladders for diving (no bouncing around on zodiacs). The Argo carries the deep sea submersible (Deep See), its tender and three pilots. The food was amazing, the crew was extremely professional, affable and entertaining, and their sense of fun and camaraderie was palpable. Beer and sodas were included. Wine was available for purchase, but we also had two special meals where it was complimentary. IMPORTANT: No liquor for sale, but we were allowed to bring our own.

Each diver was given and taught how to use a safety package, which included a boat checked Nautilus radio and GPS an ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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