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The Argo is 40 metre boat which blends a work ship with a luxury yacht. Extended, multi task cruises are her speciality and she is the mothership for our remarkable Deep See submersible. She has 9 spacious and well appointed staterooms with flatscreen TV’s. DVD players and individually controlled airconditioning and can accommodate 18 passengers. A comfortable and stylish lounge and dining area offering a combination of American and Costa Rican cuisine and a sun deck which is perfect to catch the sun and enjoy our BBQ’s. Each of our vessels has hard fiber skiffs which are custom built and have space to secure your tank and can fit 10 divers plus dive guide and driver.  Each skiff also has a metal ladder and rooftop. Although this vessel maybe more expensive, its popularity amongst repeat divers as well as professional photographers, professional film crews and conservation organisations ensures you receive a far superior diving experience.  We also offer a submersible experience (at an extra charge) to all our passengers.

 SPECIFICATIONS

SAMPLE ITINERARY

SCHEDULES 2015

SCHEDULES 2016

DIVE SITES

ARGO SPECIFICATIONS

Deck plan of Argo Liveaboard showing sun deck, upper deck, lower deck and main deck

ARGO 360 TOUR

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Length:  129 ft / 39 m

Beam:  26 ft / 8 m

Draft:  12.5 ft / 3.8 m

Displacement:  205 tons

Construction:  steel

Engines:   CAT D398TA; 634 kW (850 hp) @ 1225 rpm

Hydraulic Power Pak: GM 12-71 ( 350HP )

Cruising Speed:  10 knots

Maximum Speed:  11 knots

Range:  4,000 nautical miles

Endurance:  20 days

Tenders: Dive support: 3 x Privateer 24 ft. (with twin 115 HP outboards)

Generators: 2 CAT 3304 PCNA (75kw and 65kw) 208 VAC, 3 Phase generators 1 portable generator 5kw

Fuel Tank: 15.000 gallons US

Water Tank: 11.000 gallons US

ONBOARD SAFETY

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

All divers are provided with a nautilus lifeline gps, and a safety kit including sausage, whistle and torch.

DIVE FACILITIES

30 tanks 80 cu.ft. Aluminum 100 cu.ft. Steel tanks (Advanced Reservations Required)

Full oxygen, nitrox included and rebreather service, passengers must bring their own rebreathers.

ELECTRONICS

NAVIGATION: 3 GPS (Global Positioning Systems)

2 Radars (48 mile)

2 recording fathometers

Radio Direction Finder

SIMRAD Auto pilot

COMMUNICATION: 2 VHF radios

3 handheld VHF radios

SSB radio (SEA 222)

Multi-system televisions

CD stereo and DVD player

Multimedia Desktop Computer Starlit phone

MISCELLANEOUS

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

DECK MACHINERY: 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.

Guest Accommodations: For 16 guests in 8 double cabins. All guest cabins have heads, showers, and individual AC controls.

Crew Accommodations: 14 crew in 7 crew cabins.

 

COCOS ISLANDS

Day 1 - Upon arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica, you will need to take a taxi to your hotel. There are plenty of taxies available, even big cars for those of you who carry a lot of gear. The same evening, our representative will fax you to confirm your pick up time, the next day. Evening at your leisure.

 

Day 2 - You will be picked up before noon at your hotel and transferred by bus to Puntarenas, a seaport village where the Argo boards its passengers. That afternoon, you will begin the cruise to Cocos Island.

 

Day 3 - All day of travel. There will be ample time to arrange dive and camera gear. The cruise gives you an opportunity to get acquainted with the other divers.

 

Days 4 to 9 - Spent diving the pinnacles around the perimeter of Cocos Island. Divers usually Average three dives per day at depths of 60-100' or more. Water temperature of approximately 78-82F (27-30C). It will also be possible to do at least three night dives during the trip.

 

Day 10 - Make the last 3 dives before the cruise back to Costa Rica and reality!

 

Day 11 - All day to discuss the diving and to compare your adventures!

 

Day 12 - Arrival in Puntarenas. Immediately after breakfast you will be transported back to San Jose. Upon arrival in San Jose we recommend that you spend an additional hotel night prior to departing the country.

 

 Diving Schedule

 

 Our goal is to introduce you to varied and exciting dives. Generally, we have two dives scheduled for the morning, 8 AM and 11 AM and another dive after lunch, around 2.30 PM. During the trip it will also be possible to do at least three night dives. This schedule can vary depending on events, circumstances and opportunities that may present themselves. Our motto is never turn your back on a magnificent bait-ball, which can appear at almost anytime. Once a thorough briefing from our dive-masters has been given onboard the mothership, our guests jump onto their respective skiffs and zip out to the chosen sites. Each support boat accommodates up to nine divers plus driver and dive-master, who always dives with the group. After a short ride, each of the skiffs will reach a different dive site that is alternated on the following dive, allowing the two groups to dive the same areas but at different times of the day. On the way to or from the planned dive sites it is very common for our 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. Between dives or when time permits, guests are welcome use the sea kayaks, go for a swim, snorkel around the boat, or just chill-out and watch movies. Schedules and Rates

 

  NATIONAL PARK FEE  Per person 11 day / 10 night USD 245

 

TRANSPORTATION  (from San Jose to the pier and return) USD 100

 

Boat full charter 10 days x 16 people USD 72,567

 

 INCLUDED

•The individual price does include:

•Accommodation on board

•All meals

•All non alcoholic drinks and beer

•Divemaster service

•Three dives per day with all nitrox fills, tanks and weights.

•Seven full days of action packed diving.

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From To Location Comments Duration Rate
11.02.2015 21.02.2015 Cocos Islands Special Price - Sea Turtle and Shark Research Expedition - contact for more information 10 days $6,095
24.02.2015 06.03.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
09.03.2015 19.03.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
23.03.2015 31.03.2015 Special Expedition 7 days
04.04.2015 14.04.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
17.04.2015 27.04.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
01.05.2015 11.05.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
14.05.2015 24.05.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
27.05.2015 06.06.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
09.06.2015 19.06.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
22.06.2015 02.07.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
05.07.2015 15.07.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
17.07.2015 29.07.2015 Cocos Islands Sea Turtle and Shark Research Expedition - contact for more information 12 days $7,295
31.07.2015 10.08.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
14.08.2015 24.08.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
27.08.2015 06.09.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
11.09.2015 21.09.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
23.09.2015 03.10.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
06.10.2015 16.10.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
20.10.2015 30.10.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
01.11.2015 11.11.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
14.11.2015 24.11.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
10.12.2015 20.12.2015 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
23.12.2015 02.01.2016 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,095
--------- -------- -------- Boat full charter x 16 people 10 days $76,041

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

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From To Location Duration Rate
05.01.2016 15.01.2016 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,295
19.01.2016 29.01.2016 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,295
31.01.2016 10.02.2016 Cocos Islands 10 days $6,295
--------- -------- Boat full charter x 16 people 10 days $76,041

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

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COCOS ISLANDS DIVE SITES

COCOS ISLANDS DIVE SITE INFORMATION

A distinctive and remote diving location, Cocos Island is for the serious diver! Cocos Island has retained its pristine appearance both above and below the ocean's surface. Cocos is a very lush, rugged tropical island that is preserved as one of Costa Rica's National Parks. It is a long voyage to the island, but one that serious divers are happy to make. The experiences one will have on this trip are sure to spice up any logbook. Once aboard the ARGO, the cruise to Cocos Island takes 30-34 hours and culminates with breathtaking views of numerous waterfalls. Diving here is just short of unbelievable. In the waters of Cocos Island, you will dive with white tips and hammerhead sharks, marbled stingrays approaching 6' in diameter, manta rays up to 12' across, giant moray eels and an occasional whale shark! Additionally, you will see Moorish idols, large schools of jacks and tuna, creole fish, lobsters, octopus and other various reef life. Silky sharks, silver tips, sailfish, marlin, and green turtles are also in the area. The key word in describing Cocos Island diving is ACTION! ! ! If you are looking for adventure, it's here! Conditions around Cocos are varied. The one constant factor at Cocos is change. Currents are at times strong and unusually changeable. Diving could become strenuous, but not more than any experienced diver could handle. Visibility averages 80-100' with occasional extremes of 40 and 120'. With this in mind, be prepared for some of the best diving of your life. Visibility averages 80-100’ with occasional extremes of 40

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