Argo is a very intentional blend of work ship and luxury steel yacht, 39 meters long, 8 meters wide with full global reach, cruising at 10 - 11 knots per hour. It was totally redesigned and refitted in 2008, conceived to serve as the ultimate platform for a deep-diving submersible as well as for remote operating vehicle deployment (R.O.V.).
Argo 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 our remarkable DeepSee submersible.
On the main deck, there is the spacious main salon with comfortable seating a variety of nightly entertainment available onboard, including slide shows, DVDs, games and more. Please feel free to bring along your own favorites. The small refrigerator is constantly replenished. It contains soft drinks, beer and ice for your pleasure. Something to munch on is always within reach.
The menu aboard offers a delicious combination of American and local Costa Rican cuisine. Meals are varied, abundant and well balanced. There is fresh tropical fruit, salads, fish, chicken, beef, and much more. Everything is prepared in a variety of ways by one of our accomplished chefs.
On the upper deck, the bow offers a spacious area for guests to stroll and feel the ocean breezes. And there is another salon on this deck with comfortable seating, a library that provides a relaxed and private ambiance, a TV, VCR, DVD and personal computer where you can view and edit your video and digital photography.
The sun deck area is for your recreation. Please feel free to use it for relaxed outdoor reading, catching some rays or watching the sunsets. Here our chefs put on their sumptuous BBQs. It's even even perfect for dancing under the stars.
Argo's accessories consist of all standard diving gear including scuba, Nitrox, rebreather facilities and zero-speed stabilizers. Three, powerful, 24-foot skiffs serve as tender-boats, which perform submersible tracking duties, shepherding of divers to remote sites, ship-to-shore transfers and any other conceivable recreational or support related activities. All of our skiffs are powered by fumeless 4-cycle, 115 HP twin-outboard motors that can bring you rapidly to any dive site within an extended, safe radius of the mothership. They are further equipped with VHF radios, depth sounders and portable GPS. A T-Roof and rigid bow cover is also mounted on these vessels for your comfort.
The DEEP SEE SUBMERSIBLE onboard 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. The SUBMERSIBLE can perform two dives each day, one in the morning and another scheduled for the afternoon, each dive can take two passengers for this "once in a life time experience". There are two options: dive to 80 meters, or 305 meters, both can purchased onboard or in advance.
Argo has 9 comfortable guest staterooms, it can accommodate up to 18 guests per trip:
All cabins have air conditioning climate controls, ensuite bathroom, shelves, drawers and hanging hooks, a desk and chair,110-volt outlets, a satellite telephone for international calls, a flat screen TV with DVD player.
1 Owners Cabin :
Located on the upper deck, comes with a queen size double bed, large cabin space and lots of seaview windows.
2 Upper Double Suites :
Located on the upper deck, comes with a queen size double bed, large cabin space and lots of seaview windows.
3 Deluxe Twin Cabins :
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with two twin beds side by side, portholes.
3 Deluxe Double Cabins :
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with a queen size double bed, portholes.
Generally 3 dives per day + at least 3 night dives per trip.
No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.
All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.
Supports all types of totally closed-circuit rebreathers (CCR)
Offer Tri-mix support with helium and other Tec dive support
- Nitrox：Available with additional charge
- 15L Tanks：Available with additional charge
- REBREATHER Dive：Available with additional charge
- Technical Dive：Available with additional cost
- SUBMERSIBLE Dive：Available with additional cost
- Dive Equipment Rental：Available with additional charge
- Dive insurance：Divers travel aboard must have valid dive insurance
- Wi-Fi Internet ：Not available at the moment
- Laundry Service：Not available at the moment
- Massage Service：Not available at the moment
- Payment on board：By cash (USD) or credit card
- Crew Number：14, include 2 dive guides
General Dive Information for Cocos Island
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, the minimum required level of certification to dive at Cocos is Open Water and we strongly recommend having at least the Specialties of Deep & Night Diver. We also recommend having a minimum of 35 dives 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 60-100ft/18-30m. Average water temperature is 79 F to 84 F (26 C to 29 C), although it can be a few degrees lower under the occasional thermocline.
Sample Itinerary - 11D/10N
You must arrive at least one day prior to the boat departure date.
Upon arrival to San José, we can have transportation waiting for you (please contact us for a quote) or you can take a taxi to your hotel. There are always taxis available at the airport, even minivans for those of you who carry a lot of gear. We can also recommend and arrange accommodations for hotels in San José.
Please note that air transport, airport transfers, hotel nights and meals before and after the cruise are not included in the charter.
The following day, generally between 8 AM and 1 PM we pick up from certain hotels and transfer everybody by bus to Puntarenas where you will board the vessel. The drive takes about 2 1/2 hours, and gives you a chance to view the lush forest and rich farmland of the region.
Due to occasional low tides our boats may need to depart from the pier earlier in the day. Should this occur, you will be transferred by skiff to the vessel. When all passengers have arrived on board, the vessel will take a 32-36 hour cruise out to Cocos Island.
A travel day. There will be time to arrange dive and camera gear as well as enjoy the Pacific and the sunshine. Also, the group of incredibly experienced divers provides plenty of stories to pass the time. There are videos and the experience of the Captain and crew to help you get excited for the diving...as if you need them. In addition, you may want to take this time to take one of our diving courses.
Days 3 - 8
Spent diving the pinnacles around the perimeter of Cocos Island. Divers usually average three dives per day at depths of 60-100 feet (18-30 meters) or more. This, of course, is what the whole trip is about. It will also be possible to do at least three night dives during the trip.
Between dives or when time permits, guests are welcome use the sea kayaks, go for a swim, snorkel around the boat, or just chill-out and watch movies.
Make the last 3 dives before the cruise back to Costa Rica and reality!
All day to discuss the diving and to compare your adventures!
Arrival to Puntarenas. Immediately after breakfast you will be transported back to San Jose. We strongly recommend staying one more night on land, before flying out, in case of any unforeseen delays.
DeepSee is a highly technical one-of-a-kind submersible.
It is subject to an extensive daily checkup routine, governed by the ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) protocols. Considering the subs complexity, we cannot guarantee that it will be available for all days or dives reserved. In the unfortunate event that Deep See is not available for your dive, we will provide a full refund of the pre-booked payment. No further compensation will be offered in such an event.
The DeepSee submersible is scheduled to be onboard certain trips throughout the year. The cost of DeepSee dives are additional.
While you are here in Costa Rica it is certainly worth the extra time to visit other aspects of the country that truly make it a natural wonderland. Very active volcanoes, white water rafting, mountain biking, some of the most pristine jungles in the world, coffee plantations, horseback riding, visits to craft centers, and of course, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are among the activities and destinations available in the country. We would be happy to arrange one day tours or longer trips to more remote areas at the client´s request. Recommended Costa Rican companies will operate these tours.
|Facilities||Nitrox support, Tech Friendly, Camera station, Water Toys, Rebreathe Friendly|
|Languages spoken||English, Spanish|
Schedules & routes
|Date||Duration||Destination||Departure - Arrival||Price|
|29/12/2017 to 08/01/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $5,295.00||Detail|
|11/01/2018 to 21/01/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $5,295.00||Detail|
|06/02/2018 to 16/02/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $5,295.00||Detail|
|19/02/2018 to 02/03/2018||11 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $5,795.00||Detail|
|24/03/2018 to 03/04/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $5,645.00||Detail|
|10/04/2018 to 20/04/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $6,295.00||Detail|
|23/04/2018 to 07/05/2018||14 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $6,295.00||Detail|
|09/05/2018 to 19/05/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $6,295.00||Detail|
|22/05/2018 to 01/06/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $6,295.00||Detail|
|04/06/2018 to 14/06/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $6,295.00||Detail|
|17/06/2018 to 27/06/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $6,295.00||Detail|
|30/06/2018 to 10/07/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $6,295.00||Detail|
|14/07/2018 to 24/07/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $7,495.00||Detail|
|27/07/2018 to 06/08/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $6,295.00||Detail|
|09/08/2018 to 19/08/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $6,295.00||Detail|
|22/08/2018 to 01/09/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $6,295.00||Detail|
|04/09/2018 to 14/09/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $6,295.00||Detail|
|17/09/2018 to 27/09/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $6,295.00||Detail|
|30/09/2018 to 10/10/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $6,295.00||Detail|
|12/10/2018 to 22/10/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $6,295.00||Detail|
|29/10/2018 to 08/11/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $5,295.00||Detail|
|12/11/2018 to 22/11/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $5,295.00||Detail|
|25/11/2018 to 05/12/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $5,295.00||Detail|
|07/12/2018 to 17/12/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $5,295.00||Detail|
|20/12/2018 to 30/12/2018||10 nights||Cocos Island||San Jose - San Jose||From $5,295.00||Detail|
Prices & conditions
|Cocos Island||10 nights||Double Twin||From $5,295.00|
|Cocos Island||11 nights||Double Twin||From $5,795.00|
|Cocos Island||14 nights||Double Twin||From $6,295.00|
- Air tanks & weights & weight belts
- Daily housekeeping service
- Land transfer on arrival/depature date
- Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
- All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
- Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
- Dive guide service
- Nitrox fills
- Dinner on final evening
- Boat accident insurance
- Domestic flights
- Dive courses on board
- Crew gratuity
- Dive equipment rentals
- Dive insurance
- Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
- Fuel surcharge
- Larger tank (15 L)
- Marine park fees/Port fees
Period : Liveaboards trips is possible year round. August to September are the most popular months. And June to July are said to hold the promise of both calm seas and a good chance to see the big creatures.
Visa's : Most nationalities are allowed to stay in Costa Rica for either 30 or 90 days without a visa. However, please contact the embassy or consulate nearest you for more information.
Climat : Tropical moist climate all year round – Wet from July to October, Dry from November through May.
Water : Average temperature is 25°C - 27°C/77F - 80F, although it can be a few degrees lower under the occasional thermocline.
Clothing : Casual and cool cotton attire while on board. Nights can be chilly and/or drizzly so bringing a sweater, light jacket or windbreaker is recommended.
Plugs : Electrical Plug Type A & B (American Standard), 120V @ 60Hz
Flights : Guest can fly to Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO) which is located close to the cities Alajuela, Heredia and the capital San José.
- Connecting the airport with cities such as: Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Atlanta, Phoenix, Orlando, Chicago, Newark, Toronto, Montreal, Madrid, Frankfurt, Mexico City, Bogotá, Medellín, Caracas, Lima, Guayaquil, Quito and all Central America.
- There is a USD 32 exit fee at the Juan Santamaría Airport. This must be paid in cash.
Currency : Local currency is Costa Rican Colón (CRC), other currencies can be easily changed at banks. ATM's are available and Credit Cards are widely accepted. Liveaboards prefer on-board payments in USD.