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Argo

The only liveaboard offering a unique virtual tour experience.

Argo is a 39 metre boat built for long range expeditions to the Cocos Islands for 10 day itineraries departing from Puntarenas. She is the mother ship of the DeepSee offering a unique virtual tour experience.

Argo is a robust vessel previously used for remote operating vehicle deployment all over the world. The redesigned boat combines powerful and functional machinery of a workboat with the comfort and modern interior of a liveaboard. She is a 39 metre boat built for long range expeditions to the Cocos Islands on 10 day itineraries departing from Puntarenas. She is the mother ship of the DeepSee which is a custom built submarine carrying 1 pilot and 2 passengers to 450 metres offering a unique experience to dive sites like The Wall and Everest.

The 8 double cabins have en-suite bathrooms, drawers, shelves, circular porthole and air conditioning units offering space and comfort for 16 guests per charter. The dining area has plenty of space to seat all guests to enjoy the range of American and local cuisine that is served up every day. The 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 sun deck is furnished with loungers, tables and chairs and is the perfect place to catch some sun rays, watch the sunset or attend the chefs BBQ’s along with dancing under the stars. The dive deck is well-designed offering individual gear storage, electric outlets and protected areas for cameras and lights. The extended dive platform is used as a launching platform for the DeepSee and a popular gathering place for sightings of large fish including shark activity. All dives are done from 3 dive skiffs that take you to the most remote dive sites. The 14 crew members aboard are friendly and experienced and will help with any questions or queries you may have.

Double Cabin

The Argo has cabins for 18 guests. The cabins have heads, showers and individual air conditioning controls. There are also drawers, shelves and circular portholes in the cabins.

  • Double bed
  • Individual air conditioning controls
  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Some rooms have televisions

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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 MV Argo is a very intentional blend of work ship and luxury yacht. She was totally redesigned and refitted in 2008, to pamper up to 18 lucky passengers in 9 spacious, well-appointed staterooms. Fourteen well-seasoned crew look after the ship, the projects and the guest’s every need.

Vessel Details

Year Builtl 2008
Guest Number 16
Length & Beam 39 metres long and a 8 metre beam
Speed 10 Knots
Engines CAT D398TA, 634KW 850 HP, 1225rpm
Generators 2 x CAT 3304 PCNA, 75KW & 65KW 2018 VAC, 3 phase generators and 1 portable generator
Number of Cabins 8 double cabins all with en-suites
Navigation & Communication Systems 3 GPS, 2 48 mile radars, 2 recording fathometers radio direction finder, auto pilot, VHF radio, SSB radio, multi-system televisions, CD stereo and multimedia desktop computer starlit phone
Salon & Dining Area Separate dining area and lounge
Entertainment Slide shows, TV/DVD, videos and games
Single supplement 90%
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
Medical Oxigen & First Aid Kit Oxygen system and Medic First Aid Kit
Dive Deck Dive deck with personal gear storage, electric outlets and protected areas for cameras and lights
Regulator USD9
BCD USD9
Westsuit USD9
Dive Computer USD15
Dive Light USD6
Please Note All diving equipment rental prices listed above are based on per person per day and are payable aboard before your departure

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Our reviews and blogs are an additional guide to evaluate of the holiday is exactley what you are looking for or not. Some love an Eco-Resort, some love air-con and a flat screen TV, we aim to ensure you get what you are looking for, at great value for money.

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
Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
25 Nov 2018
5 Dec 2018
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £4,707
7 Dec 2018
17 Dec 2018
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £4,707
20 Dec 2018
30 Dec 2018
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £4,707
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20 Feb 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £4,707
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13 Apr 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £5,596
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13 Apr 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £5,596
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9 May 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £6,129
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23 May 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £5,596
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5 Jun 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £5,596
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10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £5,596
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1 Jul 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £5,596
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14 Jul 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £5,596
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27 Jul 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £5,596
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10 Aug 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £5,596
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23 Aug 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £5,596
26 Aug 2019
5 Sep 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £5,596
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18 Sep 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £5,596
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28 Oct 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £5,596
1 Nov 2019
11 Nov 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £4,707
14 Nov 2019
25 Nov 2019
11 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £6,129
27 Nov 2019
7 Dec 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £4,707
10 Dec 2019
20 Dec 2019
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £4,707
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2 Jan 2020
10 Nights Argo Cocos Islands 10 Days Double Cabin £4,707