SEA HUNTER I COCOS ISLAND I COSTA RICA

SEA HUNTER I COCOS ISLAND I COSTA RICA
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See the Cocos Island from the vessel's own submarine! Fine cuisine is served and you can relax at the bar or in your incredible stateroom. Spacious dive deck. Nitrox and Re-Breather friendly



HIGHLIGHTS

  • Languages spoken - English. Spanish.
  • 20 dive sites, vertical walls, drift diving, pinnacles, blue water dives
  • Reef sharks, schooling hammerheads, dolphins, mantas
  • Marbled rays, giant moray eels, sailfish, whale sharks
  • Trimix, nitrox and rebreather service
  • Free Nitrox
  • Featuring the 'DeepSee' submarine trips - journey into the deep
  • All dives supported by a dive master
  • Spacious dive deck fully equipped for serious divers and underwater photographers
  • Shore excursions - fresh water pools, river swimming, pirate history, steamy jungle
  • Global diving support vessels for commercial film production

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from platform and two heavy duty fiberglass dive tenders & one rigid bottom inflatable
  • Battery Charging Station. Warm-Water Showers. Fish Id And Diving Books. Spacious Dive Deck.
  • Din/Int Adapters. Rental Equipment ($)
  • Air-Conditioning. Lounge/TV Area. US Power Sockets. Board. Games. Movies.
  • Snorkeling. Kayaking.
  • Buffet. Vegetarian Food. Soft drinks and snacks are included.
  • Alcohol - wine and beer on board can be purchased.
  • Bring your own alcohol.
  • Payments on board - Visa. Mastercard. Amex. Cash

FOR YOUR SAFETY

  • Fire Alarm.
  • Fire Extinguisher.
  • Life Jackets.
  • Life Rafts.
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit.
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed).
  • Vhf Radio.
  • Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon.
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ABOUT THE SEA HUNTER

A former commercial diving support boat, the 119-foot (36m) liveaboard Sea Hunter is superbly equipped to deliver Dive Safari Adventurers safely and in a stable manner to spectacular dive sites (thanks to zero-speed stabilizers). Completely refitted in 1994 for recreational diving, the Sea Hunter is the perfect way to access the best diving in the Cocos with 14 experienced crew members that speak English and Spanish.

OUR CABINS

The classic and comfortable rooms accommodate 20 Guests. The 10 rooms are available in the following options: 5 cabins on the Lower Deck are Twin Staterooms with Twin beds, 3 Staterooms on this deck are Double Staterooms with a Queen bed and Upper Twin Bunk. On the Upper Deck, is Suite 9 which features a Queen-size bed, desk, satellite internet connection, has large ocean view windows and is carpeted throughout. The Cabin also has a luxurious, granite bathroom. Finally, the Owner’s Cabin has a queen-size bed, a spacious floor plan, large windows for the beautiful ocean view, flat screen TV & DVD player, a satellite phone an 110v power sockets for charging equipment. All staterooms are equipped with air-conditioning, hanging lockers, carpeted floors, either a porthole or a picture window and private bathrooms with hot water showers.

AMENITIES

The roomy air conditioned Lounge has comfy seating and a range of activities including a library, fish ID books, computer for down loading the latest underwater photos, TV/DVD entertainment system for listening to your favorite music or watching movies and nightly entertainment. Hang out on the Sundeck and soak up the rays or watch beautiful sunsets, this 1000 square foot area is truly multi-use. The Chefs use this area for sumptuous BBQs with dancing under the stars. Its large open area has actually been designed specifically for landing a helicopter during special expeditions. For more active guests, go on a land adventure, or go kayaking, fishing or snorkeling.

FOOD ON BOARD

Guests will enjoy three filling meals a day. Each is served as a buffet and includes both Costa Rican and Western delights. Some of the more common items include fresh tropical fruit, salads, locally-sourced seafood, chicken, beef and more. Snacks are served between meals to keep energy levels high. Should you get thirsty, two refrigerators in the common area are constantly stocked with soft drinks and local beer. Most dining takes place in the cozy Dining Room. 4-person booths line the room, close enough for conversation to take place between tables.

Occasionally, dinner will be served on the Sun Deck under the stars. The crew has also been known to throw barbecue parties on the open-air bridge. All meals, soft drinks and snacks are included. Wine can be purchased and guests are encouraged to bring their own favorite brand of alcohol. Enjoy!

DIVING WITH US

The steel hulled liveaboard Sea Hunter, is a dive liveaboard pioneer vessel in the Cocos Isands, and takes guests on a dive safari 300 miles (550 km) off the mainland of Costa Rica, where the converging nutrient-rich currents attracts a multitude of large Pelagics. Shark Heaven - Divers will see huge groups of Sharks, Mantas and Eagle Rays swirling around in search of the iconic cleaning stations. Undersea Hunter fleet features the 'DeepSee Submersible' in their boats, it is a custom-built one-atmosphere submarine, capable of carrying a pilot and two passengers to a depth of 1,500 feet (450 meters). She is a flexible, capable and masterfully designed vehicle that can agilely operate throughout her range in comfort and safety.

DEEPSEE SUBMERSIBLE

You may also be able to experience an incredible dive in the DeepSee Submersible that is housed on board the sister ship MV Argo. Argo must be positioned at Cocos Island at the same time as your cruise. DeepSee accommodates 2 passengers and 1 crew and usually makes two dives per day, the dives are normally at 80 metres and 305 metres (1000 feet). Spacious and practical and built for long distance trips, MV Sea Hunter could not be better prepared for the incredible liveaboard dive adventures that Cocos Island has to offer.

SUITE-#9 - UPPER DECK

This bright and airy double cabin is located on the upper deck with a large window and a queen size bed. Shelves, drawers and hanging hooks, a desk and chair and a luxury bathroom with granite surfaces. It is equipped with 110-volt outlets suitable for your electronic equipment. The room has large windows and is carpeted throughout and contains a satellite telephone for international calls. In this cabin it is possible on request to add a extra bunk bed if for example a family is traveling together (like parents and one child old enough to go on trip) and they all prefer to stay together in the same cabin.

  • Size: 10 m²
  • Beds: 1 Queen
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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DOUBLE QUEEN BED & UPPER BUNK CABIN - LOWER DECK - #4, 7 & 8

With one queen size bed and an optional upper twin-size bed, these cabins are located on the lower deck and have portholes and private bathrooms with hot water showers. These rooms are carpeted throughout and provide ample storage space with personal hanging lockers, shelves, drawers and hanging hooks and are equipped with 110-volt outlets suitable for your electronic equipment. In this cabins it is possible on request to add a extra bunk bed if for example a family is traveling together (like parents and one child old enough to go on trip) and they all prefer to stay together in the same cabin.

  • Size: 8 m²
  • Beds: 1 Queen + 1 Bunk
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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TWIN BED CABIN -LOWER DECK - #2 & 5

Twin bed cabins are located on the lower deck and have two single beds, portholes and private bathrooms with hot water showers. These rooms are carpeted throughout and provide ample storage space with personal hanging lockers, shelves, drawers and hanging hooks and are equipped with 110-volt outlets suitable for your electronic equipment.

  • Size: 8 m²
  • Beds: 2 Twin
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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BUNK BED CABIN - LOWER DECK - #1, 3 & 6

Bunk bed cabins are located on the lower deck and have two single beds, portholes and private bathrooms with hot water showers. These rooms are carpeted throughout and provide ample storage space with personal hanging lockers, shelves, drawers and hanging hooks and are equipped with 110-volt outlets suitable for your electronic equipment.

  • Size: 7 m²
  • Beds: 2 Bunk
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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OWNER'S CABIN - UPPER DECK

This bright and airy double cabin is located on the upper deck with a large window and a one queen size bed. This room is carpeted throughout and features a luxury bathroom with granite surfaces, ample storage space and a desk and chair. It is equipped with 110-volt outlets suitable for your electronic equipment, a satellite telephone for international calls, a satellite connection to send and receive e-mails and a flat screen TV with DVD player.

  • Size: 10 m²
  • Beds: 1 Queen
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Muelle Privado Galmar/Puntarenas and ends in Muelle Privado Galmar/Puntarenas
  • The closest airport is Juan Santamaria Intl (SJO)

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Hotel pickup time is between 08:00 and 13:00 from the following San Jose hotels: Grano de Oro, Park Inn, Costa Rica Marriott, Hampton Inn and Suites.
  • Transfer to the departure port from San Jose takes around 3h
  • The boat departs Muelle Privado Galmar/Puntarenas at around 16:00 on the same day
  • You must arrive at least one day prior to the boat departure date.
  • Upon arrival at San José Airport, take a taxi to your hotel
  • Accepted payment methods on board: Cash, VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, USD
  • 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 Muelle Privado Galmar/Puntarenas in the evening on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 08:00 on the last day, followed by transfer to the airport where you will arrive around 10:30.
  • Please reserve plenty of time in case of delays

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • The drive from San Jose to Puntarenas takes about 2 1/2 hours
  • In the week before your departure you will be contacted and informed about the exact transfer times
  • The vessel will take a 32-36h cruise out to Cocos Island
  • Cocos Island National Park Department is temporarily not allowing night dives at the island for safety reasons.
  • A couple of other restrictions include snorkeling and kayaking

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Approx. 20 – 21 dives
  • 50+ dives recommended
  • Advanced Open Water.
  • Situated in the Hammerhead Triangle (Galapagos, Cocos, Malpelo), 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.
  • Schools of hundreds of Hammerhead sharks, dolphins, mantas and marbled rays, giant moray eels, sailfish, and of course the occasional whale shark, jacks, tuna, silky sharks, silver tip sharks, marlin, Creole fish, green turtles and octopus. Explore ocean pinnacles boulders and seamounts which rise up from the deep practically exploding with sea life.
  • The terrestrial life at Cocos also exhibits a high number of endemic species. 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.
  • Because of its heavy currents and surges,Cocos Island is recommended for advanced divers only Rebreather is also supported.
  • DeepSee submersible available

ITINERARY DESCRIPTION

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.
  • When all passengers have arrived on board, the vessel will take a 32-36 hour cruise out to Cocos Island.

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

  • There will be time to arrange dive and camera gear as well as enjoy the Pacific and the sunshine.
  • There are videos and the experience of the Captain and crew to help you get excited for the diving.
  • In addition, you may want to take this time to take one of our diving courses.

DAY 3 - 8

  • Spend time diving the pinnacles around the perimeter of Cocos Island. Divers usually average three dives per day at depths of 60-100ft (18-30m) or more. This, of course, is what the whole trip is about.
  • Night dives are not allowed
  • DeepSee submersible available on board. It is a highly technical one-of-a-kind submersible. We cannot guarantee that it will be available for all days or dives reserved.
  • Begin with a short "training" session on the mothership. The extreme depths that you will be able to explore are a serious undertaking. Surface to sub communication between the two vessels is maintained throughout the dive. During the dive, the control skiff is constantly monitoring, guiding, assisting and following the submersible, employing its high tech tracking and communication equipment throughout the duration of expedition.
  • You are welcome to bring your own still and video cameras onboard with you during your adventure. The underwater world of the national park has become famous due to the degree of biodiversity. This Island’s world-renowned waters explode with life: innumerable white tip reef sharks, schooling hammerhead sharks, dolphins, mantas and marbled rays, giant moray eels, sailfish, and of course the occasional whale shark. Other common encounters are large schools of jacks and tuna, silky sharks, silver tip sharks, marlin, Creole fish, green turtles and octopus. Its position as the first point of contact with the northern equatorial counter-current, and the myriad interactions between the island and the surrounding marine ecosystem, make the area an ideal laboratory for the study of biological processes.
  • Cocos Island is also home to at least 27 endemic fish species including the exotic rosy-lipped batfish. The terrestrial life at Cocos also exhibits a high number of endemic species. Here are found some 70 of the 235 identified vascular plant species in the world, some 25 species of moss, 27 species of liverwort and 85 species of fungus. The Isla del Coco is a large uprising of volcanic seamounts covered with untamed and uninhabited tropical rainforest

Dive sites

Bajo Alcyone hundreds of hammerhead sharks and large fish action. Descending the submerged mountain spot manta and mobula rays swirling into the cleaning stations and legions of hammerhead sharks on all sides

Dirty Rock is made up of volcanic boulders and rock pinnacles rising just above the waves and separated by a sheltered 100m channel 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 is dominated by a magnificent arch in its southwest corner. The swim through is so large that a whole dive group can fit through comfortably.

Manuelita Deep on Manuelita Island north of Chatham Bay. The deeper west side is one of the prime spots to dive with hammerhead sharks. Manuelita Garden on Manuelita Island is a coral garden, otherwise known as Manuelita Inside, located on the protected east side of the island and is likely to be the first site welcoming you to Cocos.

Punta Maria is an underwater mountain made up of a large crown at 25m surrounded by deeper sloping walls, and a couple of pinnacles rising to 20m to the north. Punta Maria can only be visited when the current permits. It has a cleaning station for hammerheads as well as galapagos sharks.

DAY 9

  • Make the last 3 dives before the cruise back to Costa Rica and reality
  • Dinner on board
  • Time to spend with group and crew

DAY 10

  • All day to discuss the diving and to compare your adventures
  • Relax with the beauty surrounding you

DAY 11

  • Arrival to Puntarenas
  • Immediately after breakfast you will be transported back to San Jose

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including Soft drinks and snacks
  • Dive guides
  • Nitrox

NOT INCLUDED

  • National park fees 490 USD
  • Transfer to/from the airport (round-trip) 100 USD
  • DeepSee Submersible single dive maximum depth of 260 feet (80 meters)
  • DeepSee Submersible single dive maximum depth of 1,000 feet (305 meters)
  • DeepSee Submersible full day charter price (2 DIVES)
  • Ground transportation San Jose - Puntarenas and return from a set list of San Jose hotels (Grano de Oro, Park Inn, Costa Rica Marriott, Hampton Inn and Suites)
  • Dive computer: 17 USD (per day) / 95 USD ( 7 days) / 14 USD (additional day)
  • Flaslight torch: 7 USD (1 day) / 40 USD (7 days) / 6 USD (additional day)
  • 15 liters tanks: 12 USD (per day) / 84 USD (7 days)
  • PADI Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox): 200 USD (per course)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Beer and Wine
  • Rebreather Oxygen Fills

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:

  • 1% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 365 days prior to arrival
  • 10% will be charged if you cancel between 365 and 180 days prior to arrival
  • 30% will be charged if you cancel between 180 and 60 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 60 days prior to arrival

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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