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DIVING BY LIVEABOARD IN COSTA RICA

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Diving via liveaboard around Costa Rica’s Pacific coast can be a hugely rewarding experience, particularly amongst the huge underwater rock formations of the country’s protected marine reserves. Mantas, turtles and spotted reef sharks are regular liveaboard attractions, if you manage to see them through the huge shoals of fish that surround you on every dive. Many liveaboards venture a little further to the Cocos Islands where divers regularly encounter schooling Hammerheads, Whalesharks and even Whales. The Cocos Islands can only be reached with a liveaboard.


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Okeanos Aggressor I

The Okeanos Aggressor I liveaboard is a 33m yacht, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. She is diesel-powered, cruises at 10 knots and has 110-volt power on board. Comfortable accommodations for 22 guests in 9 double cabins and a quad cabin. Each cabin features a private head and shower, and storage space for your luggage. She has a spacious salon, 13 meters of sun deck, chaise lounges, deck chairs, bar, grill, and a complete photo center. The onboard video format is both NTSC and PAL.


Accommodation

All staterooms are air-conditioned and fitted with private toilets, showers and sinks. Breakfast (cooked to order), buffet lunch and an elegant chef prepared meal at dinner with table side service are served in addition to fresh mid morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are complimentary while onboard. The yacht is equipped with hairdryers in each stateroom. Linens are changed mid-week and fresh towels are placed in each stateroom as needed. Filled tanks, weights and weight belts are included.


Communications

Email is available through the satellite system. There is a charge for incoming and outgoing email. Private calls may be made from the liveaboard. When diving at Cocos Island, there is a cell tower with intermittent reception. There is no coverage in the Bat Islands or Caño Island.


Food

The menu onboard both yachts is varied and plentiful, with a variety of American feasts, barbecues and local cuisine. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise the US office as soon as possible so the liveaboard crew can adequately prepare to meet your needs. You will wake up to fresh fruits, hot entrees, cereals and juices. Lunches are buffet-style, featuring hot soups, homemade breads, salads and sandwiches and/or entrees. Dinners are chef prepared and served each evening and include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert. Once arrived, please speak to the chef about any special needs. Certain special dietary and beverage requests may not be available due to the remote nature of this location.


Drink

The Aggressor’s selection includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee, and a limited selection of local beer and wine, which are complimentary. Due to the high duty charged on liquor, we suggest you bring your special brand from the U.S/International. Due to local regulations; the bar will be closed while the boat is in port. Drinking and diving do not mix. Once you consume alcohol, you become a snorkeler until the next day.


Diving

The crew of this liveaboard, with their unique combination of talents offers the ultimate service. While on board you may pick a buddy of your choice or dive with a crew member. There is ample storage space for your diving equipment in your personal locker. The Okeanos Aggressor yachts provide 80 cubic ft. tanks, weight belts and weights. All tanks have K-valves (American type), no DIN (European) valves. There are a limited number of 100 cu ft/13-liter tanks available. With advanced notice, these can be rented from another operation. The cost is $90 and must be rented in advance due to availability.

Diving amenities include Nitrox (unlimited Nitrox is $150 for 10 night charters).

The panga (tender boat) is 22 feet in length. There is ample space for camera equipment and the panga driver/deck hand will handle it with care. Getting you in and out of the water from the panga is easy. Once you've surfaced and you’re preparing to get back in the panga, a crew member will assist and help take your tank. There is a divemaster on each panga for every single dive. You hand him your weight belt, and the rest is easy. All diving should be within the limits and standards of the training agency that certified you. All dives should be planned with no decompression.

NOTE: Guests will be provided free of charge a GPS locator that operates through satellite in case of an emergency, it sends an SMS to the Okeanos local office with coordinate and to the rescue coordination center with a web link to your location.

We suggest you pack the following: mask, fins, snorkel, regulator with visible pressure gauge, depth gauge, dive computer, buoyancy compensator, and gloves. Strongly recommended: Spare mask, a diving watch, underwater light, safety sausage, whistle, mirror and/or other safety devices. Dive computers are mandatory. Each piece of gear should be marked with waterproof paint or tape. Due to the thermoclines and upwelling, we recommend a 3mm wetsuit as a minimum. Most divers use a 5mm wetsuit with booties and a hood.

Important!

All divers visiting Caño Island and Guanacaste and The Bat Islands are required to have diving accident insurance and are encouraged to purchase Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance as well.

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Okeanos Aggressor II

The Okeanos Aggressor II liveaboard is a 120’ yacht, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. She is diesel-powered, cruises at 10 knots and has 110-volt power on board. Comfortable accommodations for 22 guests include 9 deluxe staterooms with double bed lower and twin bed upper, 1 master deluxe stateroom with a queen bed, and 2 suites of which one has two twin beds and the other a king bed. Each cabin features a private head and shower, and storage space for your luggage. She has a spacious salon, covered and uncovered sun deck area, chaise lounges, deck chairs, bar, grill, and a complete photo center. The onboard video format is both NTSC and PAL. Both liveaboards have a safe onboard to store valuables such as passports,cash, credit cards or anything else you would like to store. The liveaboard is not responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen items. We highly recommend extreme caution and care be taken if you plan to travel onboard with electronic equipment. 7This equipment should always be stowed after use to avoid the risk of damage.


Accommodation
All staterooms are air-conditioned and fitted with private toilets, showers and sinks. Breakfast (cooked to order), buffet lunch and an elegant chef prepared meal at dinner with table side service are served in addition to fresh mid morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are complimentary while onboard. The yacht is equipped with hairdryers in each stateroom. Linens are changed mid-week and fresh towels are placed in each stateroom as needed. Filled tanks, weights and weight belts are included.


Communications
Email is available onboard through the satellite system. There is a charge for incoming and outgoing email. Private calls may be made from the liveaboard. When diving at Cocos Island, there is a cell tower with intermittent reception. There is no coverage in the Bat Islands or Caño Island.


Food
The menu on both yachts is varied and plentiful, with a variety of American feasts, barbecues and local cuisine. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise the US office as soon as possible so the yacht can adequately prepare to meet your needs. You will wake up to fresh fruits, hot entrees, cereals and juices. Lunches are buffet-style, featuring hot soups, homemade breads, salads and sandwiches and/or entrees. Dinners are chef prepared and served each evening and include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert. Once you have arrived, please speak to the chef about any special needs. Certain special dietary and beverage requests may not be available due to the remote nature of this location.


Drink

The liveaboard has a selection includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee, and a limited selection of local beer and wine, all of which are free of charge. Due to the high duty charged on liquor in Costa Rica, we suggest you bring your special brand from the U.S/International. Due to local regulations; the bar will be closed while the boat is in port. Drinking and diving do not mix. Once you consume alcohol, you become a snorkeler until the next day.


Diving

The crew, with their unique combination of talents, offers the ultimate service. While on board you may pick a buddy of your choice or dive with a crew member. There is ample storage space for your diving equipment in your personal locker. The yachts provide 80 cubic ft. tanks, weight belts and weights. All tanks have K-valves (American type), no DIN (European) valves. There are a limited number of 100 cu ft/13-liter tanks available. With advanced notice, these can be rented from another liveaboard. The cost is $90 and must be rented in advance due to availability.

Diving amenities include Nitrox (unlimited Nitrox is $150 for 10 night charters).
The panga (tender boat) is 22 feet in length. There is plenty of space for camera equipment and the  driver/deck hand will handle everything with care. Getting in and out of the water from the panga is also extremely easy. Once you've finished diving and you’re ready to get back into the panga, a crew member will assist you by taking your tank. We have a dive guide on the panga for every dive.

Important: Guests will be provided free of charge a GPS locator that operates through satellite in case of an emergency, it sends an SMS to the local office Aggressor with coordinate and to the rescue coordination center with a web link to your location.

We suggest you pack the following: mask, fins, snorkel, regulator with visible pressure gauge, depth gauge, dive computer, buoyancy compensator, and gloves. Strongly recommended: Spare mask, a diving watch, dive light, safety sausage, whistle, Dive Alert, mirror and/or other safety devices. Dive computers are mandatory. Each piece of gear should be marked with waterproof paint or tape. Due to the thermoclines and upwelling, we recommend a 3mm wetsuit as a minimum. Most divers use a 5mm wetsuit with booties and a hood.
Important!

All divers visiting Caño Island and Guanacaste and The Bat Islands are required to have diving accident insurance and are encouraged to purchase Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance as well.


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Argo

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 discriminating passengers in 9 spacious, well-appointed staterooms. A 130-foot vessel (40 meters) with full global reach, the Argo was also conceived to serve as the ultimate platform for a deep-diving submersible as well as for remote operating vehicle deployment (R.O.V.). She offers heavy lift capabilities, stability and ample deck space for any chore imaginable. Extended, multi-task cruises are her specialty and of course she is mothership to our remarkable DeepSee submersible.

Fourteen well-seasoned crew look after the ship, the projects and the guest’s every need. A comfortable and stylish lounge, dining area and sun deck comprise the social areas. The ambience is completed with original, undersea themed artwork throughout. The well-equipped galley enables the ship's chefs to prepare fresh, international level, four-star cuisine for meal times or at the "drop of a hat".

On board accessories consist of all standard diving gear including scuba, Nitrox, rebreather facilities and zero-speed stabilizers. Three, powerful, 24-foot skiffs serve as tender-boats, which perform submersible tracking duties, shepherding of divers to remote sites, ship-to-shore transfers and any other conceivable recreational or support related activities. All of our skiffs are powered by fumeless 4-cycle, 115 HP twin-outboard motors that can bring you rapidly to any dive site within an extended, safe radius of the mothership. They are further equipped with VHF radios, depth sounders and portable GPS. A T-Roof and rigid bow cover is also mounted on these vessels for your comfort.

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