OKEANOS AGGRESSOR II I 14 - 24 APR 2020 I COCOS ISLAND I COSTA RICA

OKEANOS AGGRESSOR II I 14 - 24 APR 2020 I COCOS ISLAND I COSTA RICA
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This vessel prides itself on service and amenities. Cabins are wood paneled, spectacular dining with ocean views. A spacious lounge, sun decks, lounge chairs. Bar, grill and mouthwatering cuisine.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 10 Nights, 21 Dives
  • Languages spoken - English. Spanish.
  • The waters surrounding Cocos Island are a playground for hammerheads, eagle rays, and whales.
  • Cocos Island’s unadulterated marine beauty has been rated one of the top 10 best places to scuba dive in the world.
  • Up to four action packed dives each day along with spectacular dusk dives.
  • Night dives are not allowed
  • Soft drinks, iced tea, beer and wine are complimentary.
  • Large diving platform and 2 warm freshwater showers.
  • Large partially covered sun deck with chaise lounges and deck chairs, bar service and CD/stereo player.

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from platform with zodiac support
  • Battery Charging Station. Warm-Water Showers. Fish Id And Diving Books. Spacious Dive Deck.
  • Din/Int Adapters. Nitrox ($). Rental Equipment ($).
  • Air-Conditioning. Lounge/TV Area. Movies. Library
  • Snorkeling. Land Excursions
  • Buffet.Vegetarian Food .The onboard menu features a variety of American fare and local cuisine
  • Alcohol - wine and beer are complimentary on board
  • Payments on board - Visa Mastercard Cash 
  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets. Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit. Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed). First Aid Kits
  • Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon
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OUR BOAT

Headed for distant Costa Rica Pacific Islands, the liveaboard Okeanos Aggressor II (formerly known as Wind Dancer), with its spacious and comfortable accommodation is a liveaboard that supplies Divers with a 10-night or 8-night dive package.  The liveaboard Okeanos Aggressor II was fitted for diving in 2010. You’ll find everything you need onboard to prepare for the dives of a lifetime and an experienced crew who will anticipate your every need. The diving crew speaks both Spanish and English.

OUR CABINS

The liveaboard Okeanos Aggressor II boasts 11 cabins to accommodate 22 guests. The Deluxe Staterooms include Lower Double beds and a Single Upper Bunk. The Master Stateroom on this liveaboard has a queen bed, while the spacious Owner Staterooms feature two single beds or a King size double bed, wood-paneling and a table for in-cabin dining. All rooms include private en-suite bathrooms, closets, port or picture window, individual climate control, hair dryer and media player, linen and fresh towels.

AMENITIES

Between dives on this liveaboard, enjoy the spacious Lounge as well as Sun Decks with loungers and chairs. A Cocktail Bar and Grill round out the on board, common amenities. The Saloon also features computers which can be used to review your latest images. Memories of diving on this Cocos liveaboard, whether recorded or not, will stay with you forever since it is a truly unique destination.

FOOD ON BOARD

Hot entrees, fruit and cereals are served for breakfast. Lunch is buffet-style and consists of soups, salads and sandwiches. Dinners are Chef prepared and served each evening as table side service and include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert. Once onboard, please speak to the Chef about any special needs. Certain special dietary and beverage requests may not be available due to the remote nature of this location. As with all the Aggressor Fleet, soft drinks and alcohol are complimentary whilst onboard. Of course, biscuits are served as a snack between major meals. There is no dress code on the liveaboard Okeanos Aggressor II so guests can relax in their own idea of comfort. 

DIVING WITH US

Welcome to a liveaboard dive world filled with brilliant coral and amazing large marine animals. These uninhabited islands are home to some of the largest schools of large fish, Sharks, Rays and Whales on Earth. Mixed with the allure of jungle adventures, the unique diving in warm waters with amazing visibility will top your all-time list of best-ever dives. Surround yourself in schools of Hammerheads, White-tipped Sharks, Mantas, Bull Sharks or even Whale Sharks that school in the aquamarine waters of Cocos Island, Caños Island and Bat Island. 

All Divers are issued with personal satellite tracking devices to help minimize the risk of lost personnel at this remote spot. Photographers will appreciate the charging stations, camera table and camera rinse tank on the Dive Deck.

DELUXE STATEROOM - LOWER DECK - #3 - 10

Deluxe Staterooms are cabins # 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 on the deck plan. They have a double bed (lower) and twin bed (upper) bunk-style, private facilities, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels daily.

  • Size: 10 m²
  • Beds: 1 Bunk (double lower, single upper)
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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OWNERS SUITE - KING SIZE BED - UPPER DECK - #11

The owners suite 2 cabin # 11 on the deck plan is a great cabin to spend time between dives, highly recommended. A large luxurious suite featuring a king bed, picture window, bamboo wood flooring, a 42 inch flat screen monitor with media player, private minibar/refrigerator, granite side table for private in-cabin dining, wood paneling, upholstered headboard, large bathroom with travertine floors, and separate glass enclosures for toilet and showers.

  • Size: 24 m²
  • Beds: 1 King
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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MASTER STATEROOM - MAIN DECK #1

The master stateroom cabin, # 1 on the deck plan has a queen bed, private facilities, monitor with media player, mirrored cabinet, full length mirror, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels daily. A perfect cabin to rest between dives.

  • Size: 11 m²
  • Beds: 1 Queen
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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OWNERS SUITE - UPPER DECK, TWIN BEDS - #2

The owners suite cabin on the deckplan Suite (#2), is a great cabin to rest between dives. A large luxurious suite featuring 2 twin beds (fixed), picture window, bamboo wood flooring, a 42 inch flat screen monitor with media player, private minibar/refrigerator, granite side table for private in-cabin dining, wood paneling, upholstered headboard, large bathroom with travertine floors, and separate glass enclosures for toilet and showers.

  • Size: 23 m²
  • Beds: 2 Twin
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Caldera Harbour Puntarenas and ends in Caldera Harbour Puntarenas
  • The closest airport is Juan Santamaria Intl (SJO)
  • Guests travel arrangements must include a one-night stay-over in San Jose, Costa Rica one day prior to the yachts departure
  • Transfer from the Holiday Inn Escazu or Holiday Inn Express to Caldera Harbour Puntarenas harbor is included in your trip fare

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Hotel pickup time will be early in the morning.
  • Check in on the boat is late in the morning.
  • The boat departs Caldera Harbour Puntarenas early in the afternoon on the same day
  • Accepted payment methods on board: VISA, Mastercard, Cash 
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board
  • Towels and soap are included

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Caldera Harbour Puntarenas in the evening on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 07:00 on the last day.
  • Transfer to the airport is offered.
  • Please book your flight departure for after 12:30 to allow for enough time and delays
  • Transfer to the two host hotels is offered around 09:30 
  • The crew will transport you to one of the host hotels, the San Jose airport, or, if you are not departing until the late afternoon you may take advantage of the jungle crocodile safari or canopy tour.

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • Guests needs to arrive the day before the charter start date and overnight in San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • It is highly recommended to stay at one of the host hotels:
  • HOLIDAY INN Express Forum – Address: San Jose Forum Costa Rica Del centro empresarial Forum 2 150 mts sur y 50 mts oeste Telephone: +506 22052 100
  • HOLIDAY INN Escazu, Al lado del hospital CIMA, Plaza Tempo Tel: +506 25065052
  • If you are not staying at one of these hotels, you will need to make your own way to one of these hotels prior to the pick up times
  • There are dedicated pick up times from the host hotels.
  • You will receive these together with the booking confirmation
  • If you plan to make your own way to Puntarenas, where the Aggressor docks, it is imperative the Reservations Center has been notified of your plans
  • You may board the boat one hour prior to the departure from Puntarenas

GENERAL INFORMATION 

  • 21 Dives
  • Advanced Open Water required
  • You should be very comfortable in drift diving with strong current
  • Beginner divers may consider Cocos Island diving slightly difficult due to its ruggedness and currents. This trip is not recommended to new divers or handicapped divers.
  • Escape to Cocos Island a lush, green uninhabited island resting 342 miles off Costa Rica's Pacific coast.
  • Rocky pinnacles surrounding Cocos are beacons for big animals and big action.
  • Schooling hammerheads, countless white-tip sharks, mantas, tuna and even whale sharks call Cocos home.
  • Cocos Island National Park was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1997.
  • The primary attractions in Cocos are the large pelagics, i.e. hammerhead sharks, rays, mantas, turtles, and enormous schools of fish. Occasionally, there are sightings of whale sharks, marlin, and Bottle-Nosed dolphin.
  • Situated in the Golden Triangle, 342 miles (550 km) off the mainland of Costa Rica, the converging nutrient-rich currents from nearby deep water attract multitudes of pelagic action to Cocos.
  • Once considered a destination for hardcore divers, Cocos now attracts all sorts of scuba divers from all over the world, lured by its remote beauty and seas teeming with life.
  • The bottom of the ocean floor at Cocos Island is volcanic rock. Most of the action is between 50 - 100 feet with visibility in the 80 - 100 feet range.
  •  All dives from tenders.

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour.
  • During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.
  • Approximately a 36-hour cruise to the Cocos island. Recommended precautions for motion sickness.
  • Please Note: This is a sample itinerary and nº of dives, dive sites, etc. may be subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforseeable factors

DAY 2 - 8

  • Enjoy your full board,10 nights diving trip.
  • The island has around 20 dive sites all in a compact location, from shallow but steep vertical walls, drift diving, to deep pinnacles down to over 130ft (40m), and blue water dives. All sites are close to the island and one another, making Cocos an ideal liveaboard diver's playground.
  • While on board you may pick a buddy of your choice or dive with a crewmember There is a divemaster on each panga for every single dive.
  • All diving should be within the limits and standards of the training agency that certified you.
  • All dives should be planned with no decompression dives.
  • Night diving is not allowed
  • Weather permitting, Okeanos Aggressor guests are shuttled ashore to hike through the jungles of Cocos and swim in her many waterfalls.

DAY 9

  • Last day of diving
  • Travel back to Puntarenas
  • Time to relax with other divers and crew

DAY 10

  • Travel back to Puntarenas.
  • Time to review photos, fill log-books and have a drink with your new friends.
  • Arrive in Port in the late afternoon.
  • Free time

DAY 11

  • 7:00 am Check-out
  • Transfer to airport/ hotels.

Dive sites

  • Bajo Alcyone - is unparalleled as the place to see hammerhead sharks. Find a crevice to wedge into and the hammerheads will gently glide into the picture until they fill your entire field of vision.
  • Dirty Rock - this site is the most popular spot for diving at Cocos Island due to the sheer volume of hammerhead sharks and the incredible bio-mass of fish that congregate here.
  • Dos Amigos Grande - This site, being the larger of the 'Two Friends', is dominated by a magnificent arch in its southwest corner. The swim through is so large your whole dive group can fit through comfortably.
  • Dos Amigos Pequeña - Dropping into the strong surge on the west side and descending down onto the barren volcanic slopes at this remote spot, you can be forgiven for thinking that this site will not deserve a mention among the elite of the Cocos Island sites.
  • Everest - An undoubted highlight of your Costa Rica trip, or indeed your entire diving career, could be a truly unforgettable deep dive in a submersible craft. If there is availability and you have chosen to treat yourself then prepare for an unforgettable experience viewing the marine world through a large bubble at depths beyond which you have ever been scuba diving.
  • Manuelita Deep - The deeper west side is one of the prime spots to dive with hammerhead sharks.
  • Manuelita Garden - Manuelita Island is a submerged mountain forming an islet to the north of Cocos Island, just out of Chatham Bay.
  • Punta Maria - is an underwater mountain lying about a third of a mile (500m) off the southwest coast of Cocos Island.

INCLUDED

  • Full board, Soft drinks, iced tea, beer and wine included
  • Dive guides
  • Weight belt
  • Transfer pick-up at the two host hotels in San Jose for transfer to Puntarenas
  • HOLIDAY INN Express Forum (formerly Indigo Hotel)
  • HOLIDAY INN Escazu

NOT INCLUDED

  • Mandatory emergency Evacuation Programme Fee: 30 USD (per trip)
  • Cocos Island Park fee: 490 USD  (diver) / 350 USD ( non diver)  
  • Full scuba set: USD 260 (per trip)
  • Diving computer: 90 USD
  • Nitrox: USD 150 (per trip)
  • PADI Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox): USD 150 (per course)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended 10% value of the trip)

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have.
After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • 30 % non refundable
  • Between 120 days and 90 days before trip = 70 % refundable
  • Less than 90 days before trip = no refund

In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc.
  • The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavor to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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