OKEANOS AGGRESSOR I 07 - 17 MAR 2020 I COCOS ISLAND I COSTA RICA

OKEANOS AGGRESSOR I 07 - 17 MAR 2020 I COCOS ISLAND I COSTA RICA
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Refurbished in 2014, this vessel has outstanding service. Her main salon has entertainment systems, a library, satellite phone, computer and photo editing. The bar and sundeck with loungers make her a diver’s dream



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 10 Nights, 23 Dives
  • Languages spoken - English. Spanish.
  • Schooling hammerheads of Cocos Island Whales of Caños Island Bull sharks at Bat Island - pelagic heaven
  • Dives taken from pangas (dinghy)
  • Non divers/ Snorkellers welcome
  • Free soft drinks and alcohol whilst onboard.
  • Hike through island jungles
  • Swim in spectacular rivers
  • Photographic professional onboard & good photography facilities
  • Personal EPIRBs for diving.

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from Zodiac
  • Battery Charging Station. Warm-Water Showers. Fish Id And Diving Books. Spacious Dive Deck.
  • Din/Int Adapters Nitrox ($) Rental Equipment ($)
  • Air-conditioned Saloon with TV, video player, music system, movie library, books, magazines and satellite telephone - Computer, internet, photo and video editing facilities
  • Food - Dedicated Restaurant and Bar Buffet, table side evening meal service. American food and BBQ's. Certain special dietary and beverage requests may not be available due to the remote nature of this location but speak to the Chef who will try and assist.
  • Alcohol - free on board
  • Payments on board - Visa. Mastercard. Cash.
  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher.
  • Life Jackets. Life Rafts.
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit. Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed.) First Aid Kits.
  • Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon.
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OUR BOAT 

The liveaboard Okeanos Aggressor was refurbished in 2014 with every detail designed to make your Dive Adventure unforgettable. When not exploring the hidden corners of the exotic islands, the goal of the Okeanos Aggressor I liveaboard is to provide outstanding service and onboard pleasures. 2 motorised dive tenders - Dive Deck with toilet, camera table and rinse tank

OUR CABINS

Divers have a choice of 3 types of cabins on board, liveaboard Okeanos Aggressor I has 10 cabins, all with private en-suite bathrooms. There are 9 Deluxe cabins. 3 Deluxe cabins are located on the Upper Deck and 2 on the Lower Deck, these liveaboard cabins each have a Double bed and a Single Top Bunk bed (for twin share). 4 Deluxe cabins with Twin bunk beds are also located on the Lower Deck. A Quad cabin (with two Double beds, each with a Single Top Bunk bed) is located in the bow of the Lower Deck. 

AMENITIES

Main Deck with air-conditioned Saloon with TV, video player, music system, movie library, books, magazines and satellite telephone - Computer, internet, photo and video editing facilities - Dedicated Restaurant and Bar - Sundeck and shaded area with sun chairs. The ship has a central safe for storing any valuables.

FOOD ON BOARD

The menu onboard 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 fruit, 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 as table side service and include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert. Once onboard, 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. As with all the Aggressor Fleet, soft drinks and alcohol are complimentary whilst onboard.

DIVING WITH US

Make your escape to the hottest dive spots in the Pacific aboard the liveaboard Okeanos Aggressor I, from the Hammerheads of Cocos Island, the Whales of Caños Island, and the Bull Sharks at Bat Island. Enjoy the best diving experience with Aggressor's unique liveaboard Staff. The Captain has been on the boat well longer than he can remember and is leading the crew to make sure you have an absolutely joyful experience. The liveaboard Okeanos Aggressor is famous amongst Divers for its comfortable rooms and great services. 

Cocos Island, located 342 miles off Costa Rica’s coast, is one of the most sought after diving destination in the world. The towering pinnacles of Cocos lure big animals and the thrill they bring. Surround yourself in schools of Hammerheads, White-tipped Sharks, Mantas or even Whale Sharks as they all hail from the hometown of Cocos Island.

Costa Rica Pacific Islands marine beauty has been rated one of the top best places to scuba dive in the world. Scuba diving with the liveaboard Okeanos Aggressor offers up to four action packed dives each day along with spectacular dusk dives. No night dives are allowed. The liveaboard offers you jungle tours or private swim at a spectacular waterfall.

QUAD STATEROOM - LOWER DECK #2

Quad stateroom with two lower full-sized beds and two upper single beds (bunk-style), port hole, private head and shower, individual climate control, and monitor with media player. Hair dryer, Linen and towels.

  • Size: 9 m²
  • Beds: 2 Bunk (full size lower, single upper)
  • Max occupancy: 4
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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DELUXE STATEROOM - LOWER DECK - DOUBLE BED AND BUNK BED #7 & 8

Staterooms #7-11 have a lower double bed and single upper bed (bunk-style). All cabins have, air-conditioning, tv and dvd player, portholes, private en-suite bathroom with hot water shower and hand basin, hairdryer, towels and soap, bedding, cabinet, shelves and mirror, reading lamp, safe box, fire extinguisher and life jackets, usa round 2-pin 110v electricity.

  • Size: 6 m²
  • Beds: 1 Bunk (double lower, single upper)
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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DELUXE STATEROOM - BUNK BEDS - LOWER DECK #3 - 6

Staterooms #3-6 have 2 single beds (bunk-style). (photo shows double and single) All cabins have, air-conditioning, tv and dvd player, portholes, private en-suite bathroom with hot water shower and hand basin, hairdryer, towels and soap, bedding, cabinet, shelves and mirror, reading lamp, fire extinguisher and life jackets, usa round 2-pin 110v electricity.

  • Size: 9 m²
  • Beds: 1 Bunk
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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DELUXE STATEROOM- UPPER DECK - # 9-11

Staterooms #9-11 have a lower double bed and single upper bed (bunk-style). All cabins have, air-conditioning, tv and dvd player, windows, private en-suite bathroom with hot water shower and hand basin, hairdryer, towels and soap, bedding, cabinet, shelves and mirror, reading lamp, fire extinguisher and life jackets, usa round 2-pin 110v electricity.

  • Size: 6 m²
  • Beds: 1 Double + 1 Bunk
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Caldera Harbour Puntarenas and ends in Caldera Harbour Puntarenas
  • The closest airport is Juan Santamaria Intl (SJO)
  • Guests travel arrangements must include a one-night stay-over in San Jose, Costa Rica one day prior to the yachts departure

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Hotel pickup time is in the morning from the Holiday Inn Escazu or Holiday Inn Express to Caldera Harbour Puntarenas harbor and is included in your trip fare
  • Check in on the boat is late in the morning.
  • The boat departs Caldera Harbour Puntarenas early in the afternoon on the same day
  • The vessel is equipped with US power sockets
  • Accepted payment methods on board: VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board
  • Towels and soap are included 

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Caldera Harbour Puntarenas in the evening on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 07:00 on the last day.
  • Transfer to the airport is offered.
  • Please book your flight departure for after 12:30 to allow for enough time and delays
  • Transfer to one of the host hotels is offered

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • Guests are to arrive the day before the charter start date and overnight in San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • It is highly recommended to stay at one of the host hotels (The Holiday Inn Escazu or Holiday Inn Express Forum)
  • HOLIDAY INN Express Forum – Address: San Jose Forum Costa Rica Del centro empresarial Forum 2 150 mts sur y 50 mts oeste Telephone: +506 22052 100
  • HOLIDAY INN Escazu, Al lado del hospital CIMA, Plaza Tempo Tel: +506 25065052
  • If you are not staying at one of these hotels, you will need to make your own way to one of these hotels prior to the pick up times
  • There are dedicated pick up times from the host hotels. You will receive these together with the booking confirmation
  • If you plan to make your own way to Puntarenas, where the Aggressor docks, it is imperative the Reservations Center has been notified of your plans
  • Cocos Island National Park Department is temporarily not allowing night dives at the island for safety reasons.
  • A couple of other restrictions include snorkeling and kayaking

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 21 dives
  • Level required: Advanced Open Water
  • You should be very comfortable in drift diving with strong current.
  • Escape to Cocos Island a lush, green uninhabited island resting 342 miles off Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Rocky pinnacles surrounding Cocos are beacons for big animals and big action. Schooling hammerheads, countless white-tip sharks, mantas, tuna and even whale sharks call Cocos home. Cocos Island National Park was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1997.
  • Weather permitting, Okeanos Aggressor I™ guests are shuttled ashore to hike through the jungles of Cocos and swim in her many waterfalls. Situated in the Golden Triangle, 342 miles (550 km) off the mainland of Costa Rica, the converging nutrient-rich currents from nearby deep water attract multitudes of pelagic action to Cocos.
  • Once considered a destination for hardcore divers, Cocos now attracts all sorts of scuba divers from all over the world, lured by its remote beauty and seas teeming with life.
  • Whale Sharks, Schooling Hammerhead Sharks, White-tip Sharks, Tuna, Manta Rays, Turtles and Giant Frogfish
  • All dives from tenders.

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour.
  • During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.
  • The approximate 36- hour cruise to the island, and return cruise 28 - 32 hours, can be uncomfortable to some. We recommend taking precautions for motion sickness.

DAY 2 - 8

  • You have 7 days of diving with approx 3 dives per day
  • There is a divemaster on each panga for every single dive.
  • All dives should be planned with no decompression.
  • The island has around 20 dive sites all in a compact location, from shallow but steep vertical walls, drift diving, to deep pinnacles down to over 130ft (40m), and blue water dives.
  • All sites are close to the island and one another, making Cocos an ideal liveaboard diver's playground.
  • The primary attractions in Cocos are the large pelagics, i.e. hammerhead sharks, rays, mantas, turtles, and enormous schools of fish.
  • Occasionally, there are sightings of whale sharks, marlin, and Bottle-Nosed dolphin.
  • The bottom of the ocean floor at Cocos Island is volcanic rock. Most of the action is between 50 - 100 feet with visibility in the 80 - 100 feet range.
  • All diving is from pangas. 
  • Night diving is not allowed
  • Beginner divers may consider Cocos Island diving slightly difficult due to its ruggedness and currents.
  • This trip is not recommended to new divers or handicapped divers..

DAY 9

  • Last day of diving
  • Travel back to Puntarenas

DAY 10

  • Travel back to Puntarenas
  • Time to review photos taken, fill log books and have a drink with your new friends
  • Free time to visit the area

Dive sites

  • Bajo Alcyone - is unparalleled as the place to see hammerhead sharks. Find a crevice to wedge into and the hammerheads will gently glide into the picture until they fill your entire field of vision.
  • Dirty Rock - this site is the most popular spot for diving at Cocos Island due to the sheer volume of hammerhead sharks and the incredible bio-mass of fish that congregate here.
  • Dos Amigos Grande - This site, being the larger of the 'Two Friends', is dominated by a magnificent arch in its southwest corner. The swim through is so large your whole dive group can fit through comfortably.
  • Dos Amigos Pequeña - Dropping into the strong surge on the west side and descending down onto the barren volcanic slopes at this remote spot, you can be forgiven for thinking that this site will not deserve a mention among the elite of the Cocos Island sites.
  • Everest - An undoubted highlight of your Costa Rica trip, could be a truly unforgettable deep dive in a submersible craft. If there is availability and you have chosen to treat yourself then prepare for an unforgettable experience viewing the marine world through a large bubble at depths beyond which you have ever been scuba diving.
  • Manuelita Deep - The deeper west side is one of the prime spots to dive with hammerhead sharks.
  • Manuelita Garden - Manuelita Island is a submerged mountain forming an islet to the north of Cocos Island, just out of Chatham Bay.
  • Punta Maria - is an underwater mountain lying about a third of a mile (500m) off the southwest coast of Cocos Island.
  • Please Note: This is a sample itinerary and nº of dives, dive sites, etc. may be subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforseeable factors

INCLUDED

  • Full board, soft drinks and alcohol (local beer and wine) are complimentary whilst onboard
  • Dive guides
  • Weight belt
  • Transfer pick-up at the two host hotels in San Jose for transfer to Puntarenas HOLIDAY INN Express Forum (formerly Indigo Hotel) HOLIDAY INN Escazu)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Cocos Island park fee - Diver: 490 USD / Non diver: 350 USD
  • Emergency evacuation program fee: 30 USD
  • Full scuba set: 260 USD per trip
  • Dive computer: 90 USD per trip
  • Nitrox: USD 150 (per trip)
  • PADI Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox): USD 150 (per course)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have.
After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • 30 % is non-refundable
  • Between 120 days and 90 days before the trip = 70 % is refundable
  • 90 days before departure = no refund

In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc.
  • The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavor to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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