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Carrying up to 18 divers in incredibly spacious, luxurious surroundings, MV Argo is bright & inviting and provides that famous Undersea Hunter Fleet safety, stability & workhorse power.

 A word from Dom :  "Unquestionably one of the finest expedition boats in the world. Everything is first-class - comfort, space, stability, crew and diving. Plus, she's the home of the DeepSee submersible. The entire Undersea Hunter Group gets a huge thumbs up from us here at Dive Advice, with the Argo, flagship of the fleet, being as good as it gets."..... Dominick Macan


ON BOARD ARGO


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ACCOMMODATION ... AMENITIES ... DIVING ... WHAT'S INCLUDED


  •  CABIN TYPES
    3 upper deck DOUBLE / TWIN cabins

    with queen bed (+ optional twin bunk) & picture windows
    3 lower deck TWIN cabins
    2 twin beds & portholes 
    3 lower deck DOUBLE / TWIN cabins
    queen bed (+ optional twin bunk) & portholes
    All cabins have private bathroom, individual AC controls, a flat screen TV/DVD player  & individually themed artwork.

  • DIVING
    all diving is done from skiffs

    12  liter aluminium tanks (15 liter for rent)  .... standard yoke (INT)
    (DIN adaptor available by advance request)
     nitrox & rebreather friendly
    scuba rental gear available (request in advance)
    water temperature: 79 F to 84 F (26 C to 29 C)
    Advanced Open Water Diver certification & minimum of 25 hrs diving experience


  • TECHNICAL DIVING  SUPPORT

    full rebreather support

    tri-mix support with helium
    an assortment of bail-out & rebreather cylinders
    support for all types of totally closed-circuit rebreathers (CCR)
    (EG Biomarine & Buddy Inspiration units with Sofnolime CO₂)
    scrubber material & high-pressure oxygen


  • WHAT'S INCLUDED

    accomodation, meals and non-alcoholic beverages

    3 to 4 dives per day
    tanks and weights
    nitrox fills
    transfers from & to a hotel in San Jose


  • WHAT'S EXTRA

    international airfares

    alcoholic beverages
    National Park Fee + possible fuel surcharge
    rebreather service & tanks  (divers need to bring their own rebreathers)
    scuba rental gear & 15 liter tanks
     DeepSee submersible (on-board certain trips) 
    satellite phone calls


RUGGED & ROBUST FOR SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION


The Argo is a rock-solid open-water vessel (130 feet / 40 meters) with full global reach which was conceived to serve as platform for a deep-diving submersible.  Argo offers all the technical support required for film and research expeditions, and extended, multi-task cruises are her specialty, but she transitions smoothly into her role of luxury dive yacht when not doing exotic film & research work.


UPSCALE & ELEGANT FOR YOUR PLEASURE


The partially covered top sun deck with lounge chairs provides down-time options for both sun lovers and the more cautious amongst you !  When conditions permit, this is also where al-fresco dining is found.  Just below,on the upper deck (bridge deck)  you'll find 3 of the large & exceptionally lovely cabins as well as a comfortable salon complete with sofas, desks, computer and entertainment system ... and yet another sun deck.  You'll never be short of places to escape to during your non-diving hours.

The elegant main lounge and formal dining area is located one level down on the main deck. Also on this deck, at the stern of the vessel, is the enormous dive deck  ... while the bow of the boat is designed specifically for observation of animal migration & antics. The remainder of the cabins are located on the lower deck and 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 ... and outdoor dining can be arranged when conditions permit.

Between dives or when time permits, guests are welcome use the sea kayaks, go for a swim, snorkel around the boat. On the way to or from the planned dive sites it is very common for the skiff drivers to seek out the best spots for memorable surface experiences ... to watch dolphins, mantas, whales, a promising bait-ball or just cruse up to some of the islands most beautiful attractions, which are only reachable by small skiff.

And, you'll have a satellite telephone for international calls, a satellite connection to send and receive e-mails.


HOME OF THE DEEPSEE SUBMERSIBLE


The incredible, the fabulous, the one-of-a-kind DeepSee submersible is most frequently teamed with this vessel. See DeepSee for all the information you need about "going for a ride" into the abyss.

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DECK PLAN & TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS


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DECK PLAN

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SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 129 ft / 39 m
Beam: 26 ft / 8 m
Draft: 12.5 ft / 3.8 m
Displacement: 205 tons
Construction: Steel
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Maximum Speed: 11 knots
Range: 4000 Nautical Miles
Endurance: 20 days
Tenders: Dive support: 3 x Privateer 24 ft. (with twin 115 HP outboards)
Fuel Tank: 15.000 gallons US
Water Tank: 11.000 gallons US

Miscellaneous: DEEP SEE SUBMERSIBLE: 3 Person, one atmosphere, 1500 ft rated submersible, ABS approved and certified with Schilling Orion manipulator/robotic arm.

MACHINERY

Generators: 2 CAT 3304 PCNA (75kw and 65kw) 208 VAC, 3 Phase generators 1 portable generator 5kw
Bow Thruster: 360 bow thruster ( Perkins T6 240 HP )
Engines: CAT D398TA; 634 kW (850 hp) @ 1225 rpm
Hydraulic Power Pak: GM 12-71 ( 350HP )
Crane: 15 ton,
Telescopic marine crane w/50 ft. reach
Stern A-Frame: 10 long tons, 5 X 1000 lb.
Hydraulic winches
Anchor winch 5000 lb.
Pull winch with 800 ft. 7/8 cable
Scuba Compressors: LP 280 Nitrox Membrane System 2 Bauer HP Compressors H13-E3
Scuba Tanks: 30 tanks 80 cu.ft. Aluminum 100 cu.ft. Steel tanks (Advanced Reservations Required)
Technical Diving: Full oxygen, nitrox and rebreather service, passengers must bring their own rebreathers.

NAVIGATION

3 GPS (Global Positioning Systems
2 Radars (48 mile)
2 recording fathometers
Radio Direction Finder
SIMRAD Auto pilot

COMMUNICATIONS

2 VHF radios
3 handheld VHF radios, SSB radio (SEA 222)
Multi-system televisions,
Multimedia Desktop Computer Starlit phone

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

2 x 25-person life rafts.
Complete boat, crew and passenger safety gear
Firefighting system throughout vessel
Extensive first aid kit
20 personal diver locator systems


ITINERARY


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Your diving at Cocos Island will include as many of the sites below as time and weather permit.

Manuelita:  Whitetips, marble rays, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles, black tips, garden eels
Manuelita Outsite: Hammerheads, black tips, white tips, eagle rays, manta rays, yellow fin tunas, turtles, jacks, and whale sharks.
Viking Rock: Hammerheads, white tips, eagle rays, turtles
Dirty Rock: Hammerheads, white tips, black tips, marble rays, eagle rays, mobula rays, jacks, turtles, dolphins, and whale sharks
Punta Maria: Hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, whitetip reef sharks, blacktip sharks, marble rays, octopus, and eels
Big Dos Amigos: White tips, marble rays, hammerheads, mobula rays
Bait Ball: Green jacks, yellowtail grunts, rainbow runner, silky sharks, blacktip sharks, dolphins and tunas
Bajo Dos Amigos: Hammerheads, mobula rays, manta rays, eagle rays, sailfish, wahoos, black coral
Bajo Alcyone: Hammerheads, white tips, black tips, whale sharks, marble rays, eagle rays, mobula rays, manta rays, turtles, yellow fin tuna, silkies, sailfish, wahoos, dolphins
Lobster Rock: White tips, marble rays, manta rays, eagle rays, red lip batfish, frogfish, garden eels

 

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YOUR CRUISE LOGISTICS


Costa Rica has two international airports but we recommend that you fly to San José (SJO).  Upon arrival in San Jose, take a taxi to your hotel. There are always taxis available at the airport and minivans for those of you who have a lot of gear. The night before departure, an Undersea Hunter representative will let you know your precise pickup time (generally between 8 AM and 1 PM) for transport to the dock.  The drive to Puntarenas, where you will board, takes about 3 hours, including a stop on the way for a snack or lunch. The price of this meal is not included in your trip package. After boarding, the vessel will take 32-36 hours to reach Cocos Island.

Generally, there are two dives scheduled for the morning, 8 AM and 11 AM and another dive after lunch, around 2.30 PM. This schedule can vary depending on events, circumstances and opportunities that may present themselves.

At the end of your Cocos adventure, you will usually disembark the boat at 8 AM and be transferred back to a hotel in San Jose. The transfer takes approximately 2 hours.

 


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