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Sea Hunter

Cocos liveaboard

A former commercial diving support vessel built to serve the oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico, the 36m M/V Sea Hunter is a superbly stable, comfortable and spacious liveaboard, perfect for the 300 mile journey from Costa Rica to the incredible Cocos Islands, home to huge groups of schooling white tip reef sharks, schooling hammerhead, dolphins, manta rays, sailfish and much more.

As part of the Undersea Hunter fleet, you can expect a high levels of service from the experienced crew and dive guides, making the M/V Sea Hunter an ideal choice to experience the unforgettable diving of the Cocos Islands.

To find out more about this area, visit our Cocos page.

Getting there
For all trips to dive Cocos Island you will need to fly into San Jose, in Costa Rica. There are many airlines servicing this route from the UK including direct flights with British Airways, which takes approximately 11 hours.

You will need to take one night’s accommodation in San Jose prior to joining the liveaboard next day, which we can assist with booking for you.

From San Jose, you will be collected by the Sea Hunter private bus and transferred to Punteranus, which takes approximately 2.5hrs. Punteranus is where the liveaboards are berthed and there you will embark, ready for your 30hr overnight sea crossing to Cocos island.

Guide price: 10 nights from GBP £4090pp* 

Includes: 10 night accommodation in an en-suite twin share cabin with all meals, including non-alcoholic drinks, divemaster service, seven full days of action-packed diving with three dives per day (incl. nitrox fills, tanks and weights) and ground transportation San Jose – Puntarenas and return

Package excludes: international flights, National Park Fee of $490 ($70 per day, on a 10-night trip there are 7 diving days spent at the Cocos Island Marine Conservation Area): please note: the national park fees are subject to change, rebreather service & tanks (divers need to bring their own rebreathers), snack or lunch during the transfer from San Jose.

*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin/double share accommodation. Please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.

*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.

Quick Guide: M/V Sea Hunter

  • 36m length
  • Max 20 passengers
  • 10 spacious stateroom cabins
  • Recommended diver level: Minimum Open Water with Deep Diver Specialty.  The Sea Hunter also recommend a minimum of 25 hours of diving experience.

 

Accommodation & Facilities

Accommodation and Facilities
The Sea Hunter has 10 spacious en-suite cabins spread over 2 decks all with private en-suite bathrooms.  There are 8 twin/double bed cabins which have porthole windows and plenty of storage space.  2 of these cabins have twin beds and 2 have bunk beds, and the remaining 4 cabins have a double bed with a single top bunk bed. The 2 suites are located on the upper deck and have large sea view windows, queen sized beds, flat screen TV with DVD and plenty of storage space.

There is a large air-conditioned lounge located on the main deck with comfortable seating, flat-screen TV and DVD player, games, library and well-stocked fridge. There is also a spacious sun deck with sun loungers and deck-chairs which is the perfect place to relax with a good book between dives or enjoy a barbeque and a cold drink whilst enjoying the panoramic views.

Meals are served in the dining area located on the main deck and are a combination of local Costa Rican, American and international cuisine.  Snacks are served throughout the day and tea/coffee and soft drinks are complimentary during your stay on board.

The large dive deck is located at the rear of the main deck and has individual gear storage and personal camera lockers for each diver, camera table and charging points, fresh water rinse tanks and showers.  Diving is from one of the three 24ft tenders which take up to 9 divers to different sites allowing for uncrowded and incredible diving. There is no need to load and unload your scuba equipment for each dive as your gear stays on the tender throughout the trip.

Please note: as of April 2018 the Cocos Island National Park Department does not allow night dives, snorkelling and kayaking at the island for safety reasons.

Itineraries

Itinerary Cocos Island, including Dos Amigos, Manuelita, Bajo Alcyone, Dirty Rock, Punta Maria, shore visits can be arranged

Day 1
Pick up from your overnight hotel is generally between 8AM and 1PM and you are then transferred by bus to Puntarenas where you will board the vessel. The drive takes about 2.5 hours, and gives you a chance to view the lush forest and rich farmland of the region.

Due to occasional low tides the 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.

Day 2
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.

Day 9
Make the last 3 dives before the cruise back to Costa Rica and reality!

Day 10
All day to discuss the diving and to compare your adventures!

Day 11
Arrival to Puntarenas. Immediately after breakfast you will be transported back to San Jose.

Ready for your next adventure?

Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

Combs Tannery
Tannery Road
Combs
Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14 2EN
United Kingdom

Office hours: Mondays to Fridays 09.00am - 5.00pm
Tel: 01449 257150 / 01473 921888
Email: info@greatescapesdiving.com

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