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Dive Review of Sea Hunter in
Costa Rica/Cocos

Sea Hunter: "good", Apr, 2015,

by Edward Leibowitz, NJ, USA (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8210 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Ben Davison, Undercurrent sent an email about a 20% discount on the SEa Hunter, if you were able to travel between April 21-May 1. As I am retired, I was able to take advantage of the discount. Even with the discount, trip still ran around 6K. Jenny Colister of Reef n Rainforest did an excellent job in putting this trip together. The Sea Hunter is a luxurious boat. I also had my own cabin on the Sea Hunter at no extra cost. I prefer single room accommodations when traveling alone. However, all the guests and crew were very friendly and I got to know everybody on the boat. I was very much worried about going on this trip. Although, I've been diving for 34 years, I do not consider myself that good a diver. I usually take one dive vacation per year. My thoughts,from what I read previously about Cocos, was that you should be an excellent diver before attempting Cocos diving. However,all worked out very well. I'm 72 years old and was the oldest diver on this trip.I used a 5-4-3 wetsuit. I also had a 7-mil wetsuit with me which I never used on this trip.I preferred the dives where you descended and ascended with a downlines. Gloves are necessary to hold onto the rocks in strong current dives. My favorite site was Alcyone. I had my best air consumption at this site. One problem that bothered me was that I became very itchy after two days of diving and hoped I wasn't getting bent. Saw many white tip sharks (particularly on the two night dives) and two large Hammerheads. The dive guide told us on the first day not to point out white tips to him. Saw 1-2 eagle and marbled rays on most dives and an occasional turtle and blackjacks. Didn't see any Galapagos Sharks. Most dives were very deep and it is easy to get into deco mode even with EAN 32. You had to watch your computer very carefully. On some dives, I saw an underwater type heat screen which usually meant that you were going from warmer water to colder water. Had smooth crossings going to and from Cocos.It was a great trip and I had a good time. All in all, I enjoyed Scuba Diving at Cocos. I also spent one day on a guided trip through the rain forest. I went zip-lining in the rain forest. I visited downtown San Jose. Nothing particularly interesting there. Stayed at Hampton Inn the day I arrived in San Jose and also the day I got off the Sea Hunter.
Websites Sea Hunter   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Yap, Truk, Bonaire, Cayman , Fiji, Australia, Saba, Tortola, Andros, Dominica, St. Eustatius, North Carolina, St Croix
Closest Airport San Jose Getting There Flew United from Newark, NJ to San Jose

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 70-78°F / 21-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression diving.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Not an underwater photographer.
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