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Jun-Dec

Cocos Island

UD Rating – 4 Star

MV Sea Hunter

Offers a stable and bobust trips to the islands.

Join this spacious vessel for a journey around the Cocos Islands. You can expect a fairly rough ride to the islands but once there you can enjoy a trip full of adventure. The diving is very remote and untouched.

M/V Sea Hunter is a stable and robust vessel previously used to serve the oil industry in Mexico. The redesigned boat combines powerful and functional machinery of a workboat with the comfort and modern interior of a liveaboard. She is a 36 metre boat built for long range expeditions to destinations like the Cocos Islands on 10 day itineraries. The 10 double cabins have en-suite bathrooms, drawers, shelves, circular porthole and air conditioning units offering space and comfort for 20 guests per charter. The 12 crew members aboard are friendly and experienced and will help with any questions or queries you may have.

The dining room has 5 booths allowing 4 guests to be sat in each making it a cozy and enjoyable area to enjoy the range of American and local cuisine that is served up every day. The large lounge has tables, chairs and long padded seating areas for you to relax, doze or catch up with your fellow guests. There is a variety of nightly entertainment including slide shows, DVD’s and games which also takes place in the lounge area. The study area has comfortable seating and a library that provides guests with a relaxed and private ambience and a personal computer is located here to allow you to view and edit your videos and photos.

The dive deck is large and well-designed offering individual gear storage, large cubbyhole with electric outlets and protected areas for cameras and lights. The huge extended dive platform is often used as a swim deck or launching platform for the kayaks between dives, it is also a popular gathering place for sightings of large fish including shark activity. The sun deck is furnished with loungers, tables and chairs and is the perfect place to catch some sun rays or watch the sunset. The chefs use this area to host their BBQ’s along with dancing under the stars; the large open area was actually designed specifically for landing a helicopter. The DeepSee is a custom built submarine carrying 1 pilot and 2 passengers to 450 metres offering a unique experience at dives sites like The Wall and Everest.

Double & Twin Cabins

There is space for 20 guests aboard the Sea Hunter. All the cabins have heads and showers. The cabins are furnished with drawers and shelves as well as having circular portholes.

  • Bed
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Storage
  • Air conditioning

Owners Suite

Double Cabin with one queen size bed. The room has large windows, is carpeted throughout, contains a satellite telephone for international calls and a flat screen TV with DVD player.

  • Shelves, drawers and hanging hooks
  • Desk and chair
  • Luxury bathroom with granite surfaces

Suite

Double Cabin with one queen size bed. This cabin includes: Shelves, drawers and hanging hooks, a desk and chair and a luxury bathroom with granite surfaces. It is equipped with 110-volt outlets suitable for your electronic equipment. The room has large windows, is carpeted throughout, contains a satellite telephone for international calls, a satellite connection to send and receive e-mails and a flat screen TV with DVD player.

  • Luxury Bathroom
  • Air Conditioning
  • TV/DVD

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Water Temperature

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This beautiful island with its breathtaking marine life, including large pelagics, guarantees an unforgettable trip.

The Cocos Island Marine Park, a world heritage site, is a crown jewel of Costa Rica and was pronounced “the most beautiful island in the world”. Spend a full 6 days diving the pinnacles around the perimeter of the Cocos Island with divers usually averaging three dives per day at depths of 18 to 30 metres. Countless fish, eels, lobsters and many other critters are residents of the hard coral reef and adjacent sand slope of Manuelita Coral Garden while the elusive rosy-lipped batfish can be found at Lobster Rock. The phenomenon of the 'bait ball' can also be observed when little bait fish seek protection by forming a spinning ball.

The Sea Hunter was purchased in 1994 then eight months of extensive redesign and renovation was undertaken which turned the boat into the striking vessel she is today. She has 10 guest cabins with private baths, furnishing live-aboard comfort for up to 20 passengers. 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.

Vessel Details

Year Built Re-designed in 1995
Guest Number 20
Length & Beam 36 metres long and a 8.1 metres beam
Speed 10
Engines Twin GM 16V92/1400 total HP
Generators GMS6-71 75 KW, John Deere 65 KW and 5KW
Number of Cabins 10 double cabins all with en-suites
Navigation & Communication Systems 3 magellan GPS/ furuno 48 and 36 mile radars/ 2 recording fathometers/ 2 VHF radios/ 3 handheld VHF radios/ ICOM SSB radiotelephone/ SEA 222 SSB radiotelephone/ multi-system televisions and VCR/ CD stereo and slide projector/ SAT-COM telephone & data link system/ radio direction finder SIMRAD TAYIO TD-1550
Salon & Dining Area Separate dining area and salon
Entertainment Slide shows, TV/DVD, videos and games
Single Supplement 50% on Standard Cabins and 100% on Suites
Air Compressors 2 x mako 18.7 cfm electric
NITROX Available aboard to Nitrox qualified divers free of charge
Equipment Rental Equipment rental available aboard - see price list below
Medical Oxygen & First Aid Oxygen system and Medic First Aid Kit
Dive Deck Dive deck with personal gear lockers
Regulator USD9.00
BC USD9.00
Wetsuit USD9.00
Dive Computer USD15.00
Dive Light USD6.00
Please Note: All diving equipment rental prices listed above are based on per person per day and are payable aboard the boat

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Bajo Alcyone

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Bajo Alcyone is the place to see the Hammerheads amongst other pelagic. The abundancy of resident sea life makes this site one of the island’s signature dives. Mantas, Whitetip Sharks, Whale Sharks, Silky, Blacktip Sharks, and hundreds of schooling Hammerheads are everywhere. And underwater plateau, discovered by Cousteau when he visited Cocos Island, is home to a variety of sharks.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 25m

Dirty Rock

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Located near Wafer Bay, Dirty Rock is an impressive and exciting dive. Noted as one of our guests’ favourites, here you will come up close and personal with Whale Sharks that often cruise around this site.

Dirty Rock is perhaps best known for the hundreds of Marble Rays and huge schools of Jacks that can be seen here. A swim through one of the schools is definitely worth the trip!

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 39m

Big Dos Amigos

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Dos Amigos Grande is better known for its huge arch, a swim through so big that an entire diving group can move through it at the same time, Marble Rays swimming among divers, Eagle Rays feeding or mating, and schooling Hammerheads are typical scenarios at this memorable dive site.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18m

Los Amigos Pequena

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Los Amigos Pequena is another fantastic dive, where you can see Manta Rays, big Silkys and Galapagos Sharks. Huge Yellow Fin Tuner are often seen swimming out in the deep blue.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18m

Isla Manuelita

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Manuelita is awesome, offering a variety of diving experiences all at the same location! In the shallow area, you can see hundreds of Whitetip Sharks during the night dives. Cleaning stations allow divers to come face-to-face with schools of Hammerheads. Schools of Snappers and Jacks are everywhere and in the deeper area, hiding places abound for divers waiting to watch all the action. A magical dive, day or night!

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18m

Punta Maria

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Punta Maria is a seamount that rises from a deep sandy area up to 90 feet on the main rock and with two pinnacles reaching up to 65 and 75 feet below the surface, which can only be visited when the current permits. It is a cleaning station for hammerheads and hosts large colonies of white tip sharks and marble rays.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 27m

Viking Rock

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Viking Rock is a fantastic dive site where you can see Hammerheads, White tips, Eagle Rays, Turtles. This is a small helmet-shaped island on the northwest corner of Wafer Bay. A vertical wall leading to large step-like surfaces creates a variety of habitats where one can see both small creatures and large pelagic species.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 39m

Silverado

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Among Cocos Island’s many attributes is a startling degree of biodiversity. This Island’s world-renowned waters explode with life; including innumerable white tip reef sharks, schooling hammerhead sharks, dolphins, mantas and marbled rays, giant moray eels, sailfish, and of course the occasional whale shark. Other common encounters are large schools of jacks and tuna, silky sharks, frogfish, silver tip sharks, marlin, Creole fish, green turtles and octopus.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18m

Submerged Rock

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Underwater, this rock plunges down both sharply and gradually. It is broken up with large ledges, some with sandy bottoms, and an outer pinnacle. The colourful, prolific fish life gives relief to the harsh contours of the reef. Sometimes the fish gather in such numbers that they momentarily blot out the sun.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18m

Bait Ball

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

This phenomenon occurs when the little bait fish, upon being hunted, seek protection by forming a furiously spinning silvery ball. This is an attempt of a small species to intimidate and confuse a predator. In a bait ball you can find different bait fish and different hunters. Sometimes the bait fish will be trapped between the surface and the hunters below. This is when the boobies and frigate birds will join the feast. These special events can happen anywhere and at anytime.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 6m

Shark Fin Rock

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

From the surface, this pyramidal rock looks exactly like its name, shark fin. This beautiful site hosts a huge school of thousands of bigeye jacks and is the home of an active colony of friendly marble rays. Because of the heavy surge often present on the spot, Shark Fin can only be safely dived between 40 and 120 ft.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 39m

Lobster Rock

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

On this finger-like rock, divers can easily approach large white tips lying on the bottom in great numbers. In the deep sandy area surrounding it, the elusive rosy-lipped batfish can be found between 90 and 120 feet.

Marine Life: White tips, marble rays, manta rays, eagle rays, red lip batfish, frogfish, garden eels

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 33m

Manuelita

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Manuelita dive site has a boulder formation where you will find hammerhead sharks along with other marine life including lots of White Tips, Marble Rays and schools of Creoles. A great day and night dive. Known as the dive site that never sleeps!

  • Min Dives: 10
  • Dive Type: Deep Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30

Little Dos Amigos

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Known for being a hammerhead cleaning station. Located south-east of Cocos Island, below Big Dos Amigos dive site. The visibility is 20m. This dive site often suprises divers as the open sea current first reaches the island at this point bringing in a wide variety of marine life.

  • Min Dives: 10
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Bajo Dos Amigos

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Bajo Dos Amigos is a seamount shaped like a king's crown; this is the only place where black coral colonies can be watched at safe depths, between 100 and 130 feet. Definitely not an easy place to dive, due to the strong currents normally present on this site, we will only visit here during the dry season.

Marine life: Hammerheads, mobula rays, manta rays, eagle rays, sailfish, wahoos, black coral

  • Min Dives: 10
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 39m
Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
23 Dec 2018
2 Jan 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 3883
23 Dec 2018
2 Jan 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 3883
23 Dec 2018
2 Jan 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 3883
14 Feb 2019
24 Feb 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 3406
14 Feb 2019
24 Feb 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 3883
14 Feb 2019
24 Feb 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 3883
14 Feb 2019
24 Feb 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 3883
27 Feb 2019
9 Mar 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 3406
27 Feb 2019
9 Mar 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 3883
27 Feb 2019
9 Mar 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 3406
12 Mar 2019
22 Mar 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 3406
12 Mar 2019
22 Mar 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 3406
12 Mar 2019
22 Mar 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 3406
25 Mar 2019
4 Apr 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 3883
25 Mar 2019
4 Apr 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 3406
25 Mar 2019
4 Apr 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 3883
7 Apr 2019
17 Apr 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 2673

Trips between February - April 2019

February-April marks the height of baitball season at Cocos Island. This phenomenon is one of the many reasons divers come to Cocos Island again and again. Although these action-packed hunting frenzies form randomly, they are statistically much more likely to occur from Jan-April than at other times of the year.

7 Apr 2019
17 Apr 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 2673

Trips between February - April 2019

February-April marks the height of baitball season at Cocos Island. This phenomenon is one of the many reasons divers come to Cocos Island again and again. Although these action-packed hunting frenzies form randomly, they are statistically much more likely to occur from Jan-April than at other times of the year.

7 Apr 2019
17 Apr 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 2673

Trips between February - April 2019

February-April marks the height of baitball season at Cocos Island. This phenomenon is one of the many reasons divers come to Cocos Island again and again. Although these action-packed hunting frenzies form randomly, they are statistically much more likely to occur from Jan-April than at other times of the year.

20 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 3150

Trips between February - April 2019

February-April marks the height of baitball season at Cocos Island. This phenomenon is one of the many reasons divers come to Cocos Island again and again. Although these action-packed hunting frenzies form randomly, they are statistically much more likely to occur from Jan-April than at other times of the year.

20 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 2673

Trips between February - April 2019

February-April marks the height of baitball season at Cocos Island. This phenomenon is one of the many reasons divers come to Cocos Island again and again. Although these action-packed hunting frenzies form randomly, they are statistically much more likely to occur from Jan-April than at other times of the year.

20 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 3150

Trips between February - April 2019

February-April marks the height of baitball season at Cocos Island. This phenomenon is one of the many reasons divers come to Cocos Island again and again. Although these action-packed hunting frenzies form randomly, they are statistically much more likely to occur from Jan-April than at other times of the year.

3 May 2019
14 May 2019
11 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 4396
3 May 2019
14 May 2019
11 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 4396
3 May 2019
14 May 2019
11 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 4396
17 May 2019
27 May 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 4140
17 May 2019
27 May 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 4140
17 May 2019
27 May 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 4140
30 May 2019
9 Jun 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 4140
30 May 2019
9 Jun 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 4140
30 May 2019
9 Jun 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 4140
11 Jun 2019
23 Jun 2019
12 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 4946
11 Jun 2019
23 Jun 2019
12 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 4946
11 Jun 2019
23 Jun 2019
12 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 4946
25 Jun 2019
5 Jul 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 4140
25 Jun 2019
5 Jul 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 4140
25 Jun 2019
5 Jul 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 4140
8 Jul 2019
19 Jul 2019
11 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 4543
8 Jul 2019
19 Jul 2019
11 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 4543
8 Jul 2019
19 Jul 2019
11 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 4543
21 Jul 2019
1 Aug 2019
11 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 4543
21 Jul 2019
1 Aug 2019
11 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 4543
21 Jul 2019
1 Aug 2019
11 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 4543
4 Aug 2019
14 Aug 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 4140
4 Aug 2019
14 Aug 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 4140
4 Aug 2019
14 Aug 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 4140
17 Aug 2019
27 Aug 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 4140
17 Aug 2019
27 Aug 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 4140
17 Aug 2019
27 Aug 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 4140
30 Aug 2019
9 Sep 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 4616
30 Aug 2019
9 Sep 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 4616
30 Aug 2019
9 Sep 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 4616
12 Sep 2019
22 Sep 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 4140
12 Sep 2019
22 Sep 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 4140
12 Sep 2019
22 Sep 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 4140
25 Sep 2019
5 Oct 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 4616
25 Sep 2019
5 Oct 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 4616
25 Sep 2019
5 Oct 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 4616
8 Oct 2019
18 Oct 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 4140
8 Oct 2019
18 Oct 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 4616
8 Oct 2019
18 Oct 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 4616
22 Oct 2019
2 Nov 2019
11 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 3810
22 Oct 2019
2 Nov 2019
11 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 3810
22 Oct 2019
2 Nov 2019
11 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 3810
5 Nov 2019
15 Nov 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 3406
5 Nov 2019
15 Nov 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 3406
5 Nov 2019
15 Nov 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 3406
19 Nov 2019
29 Nov 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 3406
19 Nov 2019
29 Nov 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 3406
19 Nov 2019
29 Nov 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 3406
1 Dec 2019
11 Dec 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 3406
1 Dec 2019
11 Dec 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 3883
1 Dec 2019
11 Dec 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 3883
13 Dec 2019
23 Dec 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Owners Suite 3406
13 Dec 2019
23 Dec 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Suite 3883
13 Dec 2019
23 Dec 2019
10 Nights Cocos Islands 10 Days Double & Twin Cabins 3406