Okeanus Aggressor II

Okeanus Aggressor II liveaboard takes divers to Cocos Island in Costa Rica, one of the best places in the world for diving with hammerhead sharks and other pelagic marine life. Part of the Aggressor Group, the boat is both functional and comfortable.

Overview

Okeanus Aggressor II liveaboard takes divers to Cocos Island in Costa Rica, one of the best places in the world for diving with hammerhead sharks and other pelagic marine life. Part of the Aggressor Group, the boat is both functional and comfortable.

Features

Okeanos Aggressor II is a great ocean-going vessel, ideal for the long journey to Cocos Island. She offers 10-night cruises to Cocos Island, with 7 full days diving.

Okeanos Aggressor II also offers diving at Caño Island, a marine reserve located off the coast of Costa Rica off the Osa Peninsula, as well as the province of Guanacaste and the Bat islands in the northwest region of Costa Rica.

Eight day/7-night dive trips to the Caño Island marine reserve include 6 days of diving (3 dives per day) between January to May.

Eight Day/7-night trips to Guanacaste and the Bat Islands, located in a protected Marine Park inside the Guanacaste conservation area include 6 days of diving (up to 4 dives per day) between May and November.

The 35m (100ft) vessel has 11 comfortable twin or double cabins for up to 22 guests. Each cabin has individual air-conditioning, private bath with shower.

Meals are served in the large air-conditioned salon. Expect a mixture of international and South American cuisine. A small library and Video/DVD station is available for all guests. The bar is a great meeting point to share the stories of the day. A large, half shaded sundeck allows you to relax between dives.

On board electronics and safety equipment are of the latest technical standards.

Accommodation

The 35m (100ft) vessel has 11 comfortable twin or double cabins for up to 22 guests. Each cabin has individual air-conditioning, private bath with shower.

Master Stateroom (#1)

Queen bed, private facilities, porthole view, TV/VCR, mirrored cabinet, full length mirror, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries, and fresh towels daily.

Deluxe Stateroom (#3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

Double bed (lower) and twin bed (upper) bunk-style, private facilities, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels daily.

Owners Suite (#2)

A large luxurious suite featuring 2 twin beds (fixed), bamboo flooring, a 42-inch flat screen monitor with DVD, private minibar/refrigerator, granite side table for private in-cabin dining, wood panelling, upholstered headboard, large bathroom and separate glass enclosures for toilet and showers.

Owners Suite (#11)

A large luxurious suite featuring a king bed, bamboo flooring, a 42-inch flat screen monitor with DVD, private minibar/refrigerator, granite side table for private in-cabin dining, wood panelling, upholstered headboard, large bathroom and separate glass enclosures for toilet and showers.

Location

Okeanus Aggressor II liveaboard departs from Puntarenas on the west coast of Costa Rica, reached by car from the capital San Jose in about three hours.

The crossing to Cocos Island takes about 32-25 hours. Because of the long journey, extended 10-night excursions are offered, with 7 full dive days, making the trip worthwhile. All divers must arrive in San Jose at least one day ahead of cruise start. It is also recommended to have one night after cruise end. Pick-ups are done only from four host hotels in San Jose.

What to expect

Diving

The dive deck is very large, each diver has their own suit up space. A large camera table is also provided, with charging stations and separate rinse tanks for cameras keep your photo gear safe. Nitrox is available. Hire gear is available but has to be pre-booked.

Diving Cocos Island you should be comfortable diving in stronger currents and open water conditions with thermoclines. Four dives are offered per day over seven dive days. All diving is done from two dive tenders and divers are split into smaller groups that dive different sites.

Dive Sites

Cocos Island is one of the few remaining dive locations where you can still expect to see large pelagic marine life. The island is essentially a huge mountain starting thousands of metres below the surface and breaking the surface as an impressive Island with steep cliffs and little island groups.

The biggest attractions are huge schools of hammerhead sharks. Most dives are done close to surrounding rocks and islands. The cleaning stations in these areas attract schools of hammerhead sharks. On almost every dive you will encounter huge schools of fish, mostly Jacks and barracudas and large fish such as silky, silver lace and grey-sharks, mantas and mobula rays. Whale sharks and dolphins are not uncommon and can be spotted on almost all routes. Turtles, moray eels and lobsters are everywhere. With a little luck, you may encounter chasing sailfish or whales.

Staying Connected

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

We think…

If you love diving with large pelagic marine life, diving Cocos Island is one of the best dive locations in the world. Okeanos Aggressor II is a comfortable choice for visiting this region. The destination is not suitable for beginners.

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