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Cocos Island
Aug 26- Sep 7, 2015
OFD Host: Kathy Gagliardo
Operator: Undersea Hunter

 

Experience Level: Advanced

Recommended Training: Nitrox and Drift

The Diving

Cocos Island, Costa Rica is known as one of the best big animal dive sites in the world. The diving around this remote, pristine island is simply outrageous. One of the most outstanding phenomena in Cocos are  the enormous congregations of silky sharks who often mix with hammerheads to form colossal shark schools. It is also common to encounter whitetips, manta rays, eagle rays, yellowfin tuna, and possibly whale sharks. Among Cocos Island’s many attributes is a startling degree of biodiversity. The island’s waters explode with life: countless whitetip sharks, schooling hammerheads, mantas, jacks, silvertips, Galapagos sharks, dolphin, and sometimes sailfish. Cocos is also home to 27 endemic fish species including the exotic red-lipped batfish. Cocos Island is an important rookery for several species of ocean birds including the red-footed booby, black noddy, great and magnificent frigate birds. This island is unlike any other place in the world and must be visited to be believed!
 

Accommodations

Argo is a very intentional blend of work ship and luxury yacht. She was totally redesigned and refitted in 2008, to pamper up to 16 discriminating passengers in 8 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.

 

Inclusions: 

  • 10 days/9 nights aboard Argo
  • Roundtrip ground transfer San Jose-Puntarenas
  • Marine park fees ($245/per person)
  • All meals & non-alcoholic drinks on board
  • 2 night hotel stay in San Jose
  • Nitrox
  • Ocean First Divers Escort

 Not Included:  

  • Meals in San Jose
  • Roundtrip airport transfers from SJC to Grano de Oro hotel
  • Crew gratuities
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Departure tax $28 USD/person
  • Roundtrip airfare Denver - San Jose
  • Additional taxes and/or surcharges imposed by the airlines or governments.
  • Any unforeseen cost at the time of booking. 

 

 


price and payment

$7,095
(Per person based on double occupancy)

Payment Schedule
Deposit 1:

$1000 to reserve space

Deposit 2:

$2,000 due 11/15/14

Deposit 3: $2,000 due 3/15/15
 Balance: due 6/1/15

Payments per person based on double occupancy.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS : Passport valid for at least 6 months past return date

Changes, cancellations, and refunds

A minimum of $100 per person will be charged for cancellation once deposit has been made.

If you make changes to the reservation it may result in additional fee. Cancellation 180 days or more prior to departure a refund will be given based on reselling your space less any penalties by the vendors. Cancellation 179 days or less prior to departure, the original deposit will be forfeited as well as any penalties from the vendors. Cancellation 119 days or less prior to departure, or if you are a no-show, no refunds will be given.

A passport is required for travel to destinations outside of the U.S.

**Dive sites may vary due to weather conditions and logistics. 
*Prices are per person and subject to change due to any unforeseen cost at time of booking or any additional taxes or surcharges imposed by the airlines, vendors, or government.

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