Undersea Hunter Group - Sailing to Cocos, Costa Rica
Sea Hunter - Sea Hunter combines the large platform, functionality and powerful machinery of a workboat with the comfortable and relaxed interior of a modern yacht. She is 115 feet of flexible capacity and convenience, a dedicated dive cruiser with a global reach, specifically designed and built for long-range expeditions to destinations like Cocos and Malpalo islands. Sea Hunter has 10 guest cabins with private baths, furnishing live-aboard comfort for up to 20 passengers. This spacious boat is everything that a serious diver or photographer could wish for - individual gear storage, private camera/strobe storage shelves with 110 & 220-volt AC power, zero-speed stabilizers and even a private washer & dryer for client's towels and bathing suits. Her roominess and user-friendliness has introduced adventure divers, as well as professional photographers and cinematographers, to an entirely new level of live-aboard facility.
Argo - Argo is a very intentional blend of work ship and luxury yacht. She was totally redesigned and refitted in 2008, to pamper up to 16 discriminating passengers in 8 spacious, well-appointed staterooms. A 130-foot vessel (40 meters) with full global reach, the Argo was also conceived to serve as the ultimate platform for a deep-diving submersible as well as for remote operating vehicle deployment (R.O.V.). She offers heavy lift capabilities, stability and ample deck space for any chore imaginable. Extended, multi-task cruises are her specialty and of course she is mothership to the remarkable DeepSee submersible.
Undersea Hunter - With her 90-foot length, she is the smallest of the fleet. But don't be fooled by her size: Undersea Hunter is a classic boat, offering intimacy and charm. She is particularly well-suited for film or research projects and ideal for hosting individual or small group charters. She actually boasts a larger working deck than her bigger sisters Sea Hunter and Argo, due to smaller interior common areas. But she is by no means lacking in comfort, as her seven guest cabins offer equal or even superior space to those of our larger vessel, the Sea Hunter.
Cocos Island -- Located in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, 300 miles southwest of Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica, lies the renowned Cocos Island Marine Park. A rugged yet incredibly verdant island, this World Heritage Site is the spectacularly beautiful crown jewel of Costa Rica's many National Parks. In 1994 after several return visits to the island, Jacques Cousteau pronounced Cocos, "The most beautiful island in the world." Cocos Island was formed during a volcanic upheaval about two-and-a-half million years ago and is composed of basaltic rock, labradorite and andesite lava flows. Its landmass is punctuated by four mountain peaks, the highest of which is Cerro Iglesias, at 2,080 feet or 634 meters above the sea. The island has an irregular coastline, which makes precise estimation of its land area more a matter of opinion than a surveyor's science, but it is roughly five miles by two miles (8 x 3 kilometers). There are only two bays with safe anchorages and sandy beaches: Chatham is located on the northeast side and Wafer Bay is on the northwest. Just off Cocos are a series of smaller basaltic rocks and islets. The largest satellite is Isla Manuelita (formerly Nuez). Thanks to the breathtaking marine life in its waters, Cocos Island was named one of the ten best scuba diving spots in the world by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and a "must do" according to diving experts.
Cocos Dive Conditions -- Cocos Island presents the same diving challenges as any other Pacific, Indian or Red Sea diving location. Cocos, however, is not recommended for inexperienced divers because it is an open ocean destination that requires advanced open water diving skills. Please note that the minimum required level of certification to dive at Cocos is Open Water with the additional Specialties of Deep & Night Diver. We also recommend having a minimum of 25 hours of diving experience. Most of the action is at 60-90 feet (18-27 meters), and most dives are between 60-130 feet (18-40 meters). The safety limit is set at 130 feet (40 meters) and a dive computer is necessary. Visibility averages 60-100feet (18-30m). Average water temperature is 79 F to 84 F, although it can be a few degrees lower under the occasional thermocline. At Cocos currents and visibility can be entirely different in just a few hours. The dive guide will always be the final authority as to whether a passenger can do any specific dive.