ARGO is the most luxurious diving liveaboard operating in Coco with a full global reach. She is the ultimate experience for all kinds of diving, to explore the Cocos depths. This is the last boat in the Sea Hunter Fleet, just perfect with the Deepsee while adding to normal cruise to let you explore the depth from 100m to 300m.

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Description

Boat

The Argo is a 39 Metre (129ft) steel dive yacht, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. She is specialized in diving and research expeditions and has a platform with operating vehicle deployment for a deep-diving submersible, the Deep Sea Sub. She was totally redesigned and refitted in 2008 and now has Zero Speed Stabilizers that dramatically reduce roll motion while anchored. She is twin diesel-powered and can cruise at 10 knots and has 110/220 volt power on board.

The Argo sleeps up to 16 guests in privacy and comfort.

The main deck has a beautiful and huge air conditioned lounge-dining area with a TV/DVD and an assortment of movies, CDs, games and books.

Upper deck has an air conditioned study-salon with TV/DVD/VCR and computer.

And for those who enjoy the sun there are two sun decks with chaise longues and BBQ.

The dive deck is spacious and well equipped with personal gear lockers and an in-place fill station, a camera table and storage with electrical sockets, a low pressure air hose and freshwater showers.


Cabin

The Argo has 8 comfortable staterooms.

All cabins have private head with shower, shelves, drawers, desk, individual AC, satellite phone and a hand painted artwork by Carlos Hiller .

Lower deck

  • 3 Double Staterooms (no 3, 5 & 6): Queensize bed, porthole.

  • 3 Twin Staterooms (no 1, 2 & 4): Two single beds, porthole.

Upper deck

  • 2 Double Staterooms (no 7 & 8): Queensize bed, port window.

  • Owner Staterooms : Queensize bed, port window.( Available only on charter boat)


Diving

  • 3 dives per day including night dive.

  • Weights, weight belts and 80 cu. ft. (12L) aluminium tanks with standard yoke valves are included.

  • All dives are guided by professionals and from three (24ft) tender boats.

  • Cocos is not recommended for inexperienced divers. The minimum required level of certification is Open Water with Deep Diver & Night Diver Specialties (or equivalent) and a minimum of 25 hours of diving experience.

  • Deep Sea Sub can perform two dives each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The aquanauts begin with a short training session on the mothership, and the sub pilot and one or two passengers then board the submarine to enjoy the dive.


Other information

  • Nitrox available: Included.
  • Rebreather Facilities: Rate on request and must be booked in advance.
  • Deep Sea Sub Dives: Rate on request and it is recommended to book it in advance.
  • 100cu.ft. (15L) tanks available : Pre booking is required.
  • Rental Dive Equipment Available: A full line of Scubapro rental gear is available aboard, rate on request and must be booked in advance.
  • Dive Insurance:Mandatory.
  • Travel Insurance: Recommended.
  • Wi-Fi Internet Available:No.
  • Payment on board: By cash only: USD.
  • Crew gratuities : Not included, an average is 5 to 10% of your cruise price depending upon your satisfaction.
  • Deck Machinery: Crane: 15 ton, Telescopic marine crane w/50 ft. reach Stern A-Frame: 10 long tons, 5 X 1000 lb.

Itineraries

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."

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).

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. 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.

Upon Arrival

Upon arrival in San Jose, you may take a taxi to your hotel. There are always taxis available at the airport and minivans for those of you who have a lot of gear. We can also arrange for your airport pickup as well as for accommodations at several fine hotels in San Jose. The night before departure, an Undersea Hunter/Fiesta Tours representative will inform you at your hotel of your precise pickup time for transport to our dock and your awaiting vessel. Please note that we only pick up from a set list of San Jose hotels to go down to the vessels. The evenings on shore are at your leisure. Hotel nights and meals before and after the cruise are not included in the charter.

Transfers to and from the Vessel

Please note that we only pick up from a set list of San Jose hotels to go down to the vessels. On the day of departure to Cocos, generally between 8 AM and 1 PM, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred by Fiesta Tours to Puntarenas, the seaport village where you will board the vessel. The drive takes about 3 hours, including a stop on the way for a snack or lunch. The price of this meal is not included in your trip package. The ride will give you an opportunity to view some of the lush tropical forests and rich farmlands of the region. At the end of your Cocos adventure, you will disembark the boat at 8 AM and be transferred back to your hotel in San Jose.

More

Destinations Cocos Island
Facilities Rebreather / Trimix support
Languages spoken English, Spanish

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
22/10/2017 to 01/11/2017 10 nights Cocos Island San Jose - San Jose From $6,295.00 Detail
04/11/2017 to 14/11/2017 10 nights Cocos Island San Jose - San Jose From $5,295.00 Detail
20/11/2017 to 30/11/2017 10 nights Cocos Island San Jose - San Jose From $5,295.00 Detail
03/12/2017 to 13/12/2017 10 nights Cocos Island San Jose - San Jose From $5,295.00 Detail
16/12/2017 to 26/12/2017 10 nights Cocos Island San Jose - San Jose From $5,295.00 Detail
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

Destination Duration Cabin Price
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

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • 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

Not included

  • 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

Useful information

Cocos Island

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.

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