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Dive Review of Sea Hunter in
Costa Rica/Cocos

Sea Hunter, Jul, 2010,

by DAVID SHEMTOV, LONDON, GB (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 5602.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Micronesia, Maldives, Indonesia, Solomons, Red Sea, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Carribbean,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 25 to 27 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 30 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with group, within reason.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Superb setup on dive deck and plenty of space inside with lots of power points

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This 12 night charter was my fourth to Cocos and the third one on this boat. Nevertheless, the decision to join this trip was made with some trepidation given reports on El Nino conditions affecting sightings of pelagics. Interestingly, our logbooks indicated similar water temperatures as on other trips. Perhaps the thermoclines were lower this time. The hammerheads were there, but a little deeper than we remembered.

Most dives were outstanding. I would rate one of them as being in my lifetime top 10. I spent at least 20 minutes in the company dolphins, harrassing a school of jacks. My tank was sucked dry on this one. In other memorable dives we rescued a turtle caught in fishing lines and a whale shark made a brief appearance. There were a couple of the signature 'wallpaper' sightings with the schools of hammerheads overhead. We saw eagle rays, galapagos, graytips and a manta or two. We didn't encounter the tiger sharks, though.

Boat facilities were excellent, as always. My companion thought the food was better this time. The team, headed by Nelson, was great. We felt particularly fortunate to be with divemaster Mao (Mauricio) and boat driver Pepe (Jose_. After leading us on a great dive, Mao would corral us like an expert dolphin and Pepe would pluck us out of the surface like an practiced boobie. Yossi and Avi, you got to look after these two!

It is also worth noting that unlike previous trips, the fishing boats were at least not visible on this one. It may have to do with the fact that the rangers had two operating boats this time - and were using them. It's about time. Sadly, it appears they are too late for the silvertips. We saw them a couple of years ago at Silverado. Alas, the divemasters told us they haven't seen them since.

One point of concern is the number of boats that are now starting to operate here. For many years it was only 3 boats that would come here. On many days on previous trips ours was the only boat around. Now with the Argo, Adventure, Wind Dancer and Yemaya there are seven. Considering that everyone wants to always dive on Dirty Rock or Alcyone (with Punta Maria and Dos Amigos often inaccessible due to ocean conditions), the pressure on the best dive sites is going to be tremendous.
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