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Dive Review of Sea Hunter in
Costa Rica/Cocos Is

Sea Hunter: "Great Operation, Great Destination, Lousy Timing", Jul, 2015,

by John Sommerer, MD, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8344.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Alaska, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Galapagos, Maldives, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, Revillagigedos
Closest Airport SJO Getting There New direct flight from BWI on Southwest Airlines

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 79 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Official max depth 110. Some subjects were worth pushing your MOD a little. Recommend setting your pO2 limit to 1.5, rather than go with usual 1.4. Return to boat with reasonable amount of air (~400psi). Group must stay reasonably together.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There is limited space on the dive deck for camera setups. Our trip was ALL photographers, most with very large gear (up to a RED Epic that looked more like a DP ... 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 4 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
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Comments A somewhat difficult review to write, as this was a long-awaited trip where the wildlife was not what we hoped for. The trip report from the week before us was awesome, that from the trip following ours was also awesome, but ours was more "meh." Luck of the draw. We saw hammers, tigers, galapagos, and whitetips a-plenty, but except for the whitetips, not generally close up. Current was mostly low, temperatures were high, and the sharks were distant. The cleaning stations, populated by evermore desperate barber fish, were clearly evident, with the cleaners high in the water, but no business. I had previously read that if the temps were too high, the hammers in particular would be deep, but my observation was that they weren't particularly deep, they were just out in the blue. In fact, most ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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