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“Very Professional” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cocos Island

Cocos Island
Costa Rica
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Ranked #157 of 346 Attractions in Costa Rica
Type: Islands, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving
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Muscat, Masqat, Oman
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“Very Professional”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

We did a liveaboard with Sea Hunter to Cocos island early Dec.

We booked 2 years in advance with a group from Thailand ... basically chartered the boat.

The services and support before our arrival has been great ... providing us info from recommended hotels in Costa Rica, visa information, land travel and even other tours. They have been superb.

Our group stayed at one hotel where they picked us up late morning the day we depart. The land travel from San Jose to Puntarenas pier is about 1.5hrs. However, they break up the journey with a lunch stop and provide some historical information of Costa Rica and places along the way.

Upon boarding the boat ... the dive director gave a very nice and informal introduction to the boat and crew and about the trip.

All the staff were very professional, helpful, friendly ... throughout the whole 10days trip. They always there when you needed something and always have a smile on their face. I have been to many liveaboards and I have to say the service and professionalism of this crew is definitely up there amongst the very best. This makes the trip much more pleasant and enjoyable.

The boat itself was decent but not one of the top range of liveaboards we have experienced. However, the room and bathroom, all in working order and kept clean and tidy all throughout the trip. The saloon is equipped with tv and media system which contains countless movies/series ... to help occupy the travel time from the pier to Cocos island.

The diving deck is well organised and spacious and dive operation was again well planned/organised and professional.

We really did have a great trip and the trip was made special by the crew (of course diving was awesome as expected).

Visited December 2014
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“Wind Dancer--Horrible Boat, Great Crew”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

My husband and I spent 10 days diving Cocos Island aboard the Wind Dancer in July 2014. This boat is tired, uncomfortable and in need of serious refurbishing. Our cabin reminded me of summer cabins when I was kid--cramped with absolutely no headroom for the double bed (there's a twin bunk above it in the cabins) and terribly old and dysfunctional linens. Don't expect fresh food for entrees and you'll be in heaven if you're a fan of deep-fried and over-salted offerings on a daily basis. Just the kind of food several of our motion-sickness shipmates didn't need for the 32-hour ride to the island. More tired deck chairs await you outside, mostly with sagging middles. Then there's the old, tired, musty carpets throughout plus the ripped/duct-taped couch in the main salon. On the plus side, the crew was very congenial, helpful and customer-service-oriented; they were the best part!

Visited July 2014
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“Diving Cocos Island with the Wind Dancer”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

After spending a night at the Holiday Inn, Escazu, myself and the other 20 divers were transported by bus to Puntarenas to board the Wind Dancer. It was about a 2 hour ride. We then set out for the 30+ hour crossing to Cocos Island. The Wind Dancer is a bit of a clunky boat with small double occupancy cabins below deck. I was fortunate to be assigned the "owner's cabin" that had a small queen bed but not a lot of floor space and oddly no window or port hole. It got a bit claustrophobic.

The dining area was could get a bit squeezed at meal time especially when the meal was buffet--breakfast and lunch. Most dinners were served. There was a good variety of food and plenty of it. The kitchen crew did a good job of not over-cooking the food. Even the beef was served medium rare.

On the dive deck, we had our lockers that were plenty large to hold fins and other stuff. There are 3 fresh water showers on the rear dive platform. The boat provides a decent camera table that got a bit crowded due to all the large wide-angle camera rigs. There is an outside battery charging station that tended to get either wet from the rain or cluttered with divers' miscellaneous stuff. There is also a battery charging station by the dining are that worked OK but at times was a place of congestion and tangled cables.

The divers were assigned to 2 dive groups and each group assigned to a panga. Dive gear was left on the panga where tank fills occurred.The dive sites and dive schedule was dictated by the Cocos Island park rangers. As a result, there was not the flexibilty to dive the better sites plus we were limited to just 2 night dives.

The boat did a good job of scheduling the 2 pangas for either dive times or different dive sites to avoid congestion underwater. with a back-roll, the water entries were usually negative due to the surface conditions and proximity to the rockiness of the dive site.

The water temperatures were a bit elevated (77-80 F), and as result, the shark action was not as good as hoped. We did encounter hammerheads on most dives and some Galapagos sharks but not in large numbers. The trip highlight was an encounter with a very large tiger shark at Dirty Rock dive site. It was a monster. Also, the night dive with the frenzy of hunting white-tip sharks was a trip. We had several encounters with large schools of jacks. Disappointedly, no encounters with manta rays or whale sharks.

After a brief hike on the island in Chatham Bay, we headed back to port. The trip back to Puntarenas was about 36 hours with decent sea conditions.


In summary, the Wind Dancer is an adequate boat with a very friendly and competent crew. On this trip, the dive conditions were not ideal resulting in marine life encounters that were a bit less than expected or hoped for.


UW Photography Comments: With several large camera rigs set up for wide angle, the camera table could get quite congested. Rearranging gear to find space was a fairly common exercise. The crew did a good job of handling camera gear on/off the dive pangas.

Visited October 2014
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“Great place for a dive trip - recommend Undersea Hunter Group”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Have just done a 10 day live aboard Argo, diving many a site around Cocos Island.

It's a wonderfully preserved natural habitat for many large marine life - sharks everywhere!

Undersea Hunter were terrific, I heard that the Argo is the limo of the sea, and that's correct

Visited October 2014
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“Awesome Liveaboard - Undersea Hunter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I went on the M/V Argo with Undersea Hunter in September 2014 to Cocos Island and had a fantastic experience. The boat is very nice with large cabins/bathrooms, excellent gear space, and nice common areas. They use skiffs to transport you to and from the dive sites, which is so much more comfortable/stable than inflatable zodiacs. The crew was professional and polite. The diving was simply amazing and the island itself is stunning. I also went to 1000' on the DeepSee submersible, which was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Overall it was an incredible trip and I hope I have the chance to go again some day. Very highly recommended.

Visited September 2014
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