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Dive Review of Undersea Hunter in
Costa Rica/ARGO Liveaboard

Undersea Hunter, Nov, 2013,

by Don Bellew, AZ, US ( 2 reports). Report 7339.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Capitalism has reached Cocos Island. There is now a $35 per person per day head tax while diving without so much as a T-shirt.
The ARGO is the transport vessel for a deep submersible research vessel that is available to divers for a ride down to 300 meters! At a mere $900 a person! Not worth it except for bragging rights. The submersible dictates where the ARGO would anchor. The boat crew would not move the boat once it was anchored so no diving was offered at the west side of the island. The ARGO is plush with large staterooms and the "Concierge" goes out of his way to keep everyone satisfied
Pius (pronounced pyoos) was the only downer on the trip except for the rain. His arrogance was basically a "My Boat--My way" or don"t dive. Management was informed of this by several of the guests. They said to mention this when booking your next trip and they would be sure he wasn't on our boat. So somebody else gets this jerk.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Third trip to Cocos Island, Argo, Palau Aggressor, Kona Aggressor, Belize, Bonaire, Florida Keys, Truth & Concepcion (CA) BVI,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 72-78°F / 22-26°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 25-45 Ft/ 8-14 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Divemaster (Pius) insisted eight divers in his group follow him closely throughout the dive, often against the current. Advised management of his tyrannical attitude upon returning home
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rainy conditions diminished light and color. Lots of white tip sharks but limited hammerheads and tigers. The country's 1997 ban on fishing within 12 miles of the island has generated an abundance of fish.
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