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Dive Review of Undersea Hunter/Argo in
Costa Rica/Cocos Island

Undersea Hunter/Argo, Apr, 2013,

by Steven Rosenfeld, CA, US ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6973.

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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 I went on the vessel Argo which is the largest of the 3 vessels that are operated by the Undersea Hunter group. This vessel costs a little bit more but is well worth it. The Argo is 130' and has 8 staterooms. Each stateroom has its own restroom. These were the largest stateroom I have seen on a dive boat. There was plenty of room to store gear, and each room had a large desk and tv for playing cd's (bring your own).

The food was excellant, it was served buffet style. Beer and soft drinks were included in the price. Special requests were handled with a smile.

The vessel would stayed anchored inside a calm area. The routine was breakfast at 7am, 8am dive, 11 am dive, lunch at 1 pm, dive at 3 pm. dinner at 7 pm. Two night dives were offered during the week. We also went ashore one afternoon to visit the ranger station. The actual diving was done from 2 fiberglass boats that have tank racks, seats and a boarding ladder. The run to a dive site was between 5-20 minutes. Tanks stayed on the fiberglass boats and were filled after each dive. The boats had 2 large outboard motors. I saw how important it was to have two engines. Another dive operators boat broke down with divers in the water and had to call us for help. Due to the currents all dives are driff dives and the boats follow the divers and pick them up at the end of the dive. Safety equipment was issued to each diver, including gps locators (at no extra cost).

Also on board the vessel was a "Deep Submersible". It is a once in a life time opportunity to go where few have gone before. The Sub takes 2 passengers and a pilot to either 300' or 1000'. The way it is designed you can see 360 degrees. It has deep sea lights and a video camera. It is an expensive add on but well worth it.

About the diving. What can you say, its Cocos Island. Like they say if you don't like the conditions wait 5 minutes. We had a excellant week seeing hammerhead sharks, galapagos sharks, manta rays, white tip sharks, frog fish, red lip bat fish, turtles, jacks by the hundreds and 2 whale sharks.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Hawaii, California, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 78-70°F / 26-21°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-100 Ft/ 12-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions You dive in a group of 8 with a divemaster. All diving is done on Nitrox due to the depths of the dives.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A 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 They have 2 large storage areas on the dive deck for storing and working on your cameras. There are also plenty of charging stations. There are 2 very large fresh water tanks for the cameras after the dive. [None]
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