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Dive Review of Undersea Hunter in
Costa Rica/Cocos Island

Undersea Hunter: "Pre El Nino Dive Trip to Cocos Island: Great trip, limited prospects", Jun, 2014,

by David Welch, BC, CA ( 1 report with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8023 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Vancouver Island; Red Sea, Bonaire, Cozumel, Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We were asked to go no deeper than the DM, but once the DMs were able to assess each diver's abilities, they merely guided... there were no overbearing DMs on the crew. That being said, I don't think there were any dive sites where it would have been possible to exceed about 120'.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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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 I took advantage of a sudden cancellation to take this trip, which had been on my bucket list. The bottom line is that this is a well-organized, safe, friendly and very competent group of people running the liveaboard, and the "back office" people appear to also have been very professional-- I had no complaints about the aspects of the operation that are under the company's control-- you will be safe, enjoy your trip, have some very enjoyable liveaboard diving. This is as it should be, because this is an expensive trip. Divers ALSO need to recognize that this is an advanced skills trip-- save this one for when your skills and experience are appropriate, as divers are a very long way offshore and far from skilled medical staff.

Although shark numbers are down by an estimated order of magnitude (1/10th former abundance of 20 years ago), Cocos Island is a marine protected area/park and UNESCO World Heritage Site mainly because it is a gathering ground for large schools of sharks. So, even though the abundance of sharks and other large pelagics has dropped everywhere, this is a world-wide phenomenon driving by the rise of an affluent middle class in China. Lacking a time machine, the decline in sharks is affecting the quality of the diving ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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