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MV Sea Hunter

MV Sea Hunter is a 36 metre Cocos Island liveaboard specifically designed for long range expeditions and, in keeping with the rest of the Undersea Hunter Fleet, she is a former commercial dive support vehicle. The fleet are the original pioneers of scuba diving in Cocos.

Length: 36 metres / 119 foot
Beam: 8 metres / 27 foot
Cruise: 10 knots
Divers: 20
Enriched air nitrox is available here
Cocos Island liveaboard: The MV Sea Hunter

Extensively renovated, she is now a very comfortable steel hull liveaboard with all the facilities that could be asked of a discerning diver or underwater photographer. Once the boat is moored, 4 stabilisers are lowered into the water from fixed outriggers, making the boat amazingly stable with hardly any rocking motion; ideal for passengers that suffer from motion sickness.

There are 10 cabins sleeping 20 guests in twin and double bed air-conditioned suites and cabins all with hot water en-suite bathroom facilities. The liveaboard provides a free laundry service to guests throughout the trip.

A large air conditioned lounge is where the full range of entertainment facilities are enjoyed, as well as a study with with general books, fish ID books, a computer, TV and an extra DVD player. There is also a dedicated air-conditioned restaurant and a sundeck for soaking up the equatorial rays.

Dive facilities include free nitrox on trips, individual storage spaces, personal camera/strobe storage shelves with AC power points and a private dryer for towels and bathing suits. The boat is also equipped to service rebreathers and technical divers, and all dives are made from spacious and covered fibreglass skiffs, fitted with twin engines for added safety. Being a remote destination, everyone is issued with a personal diver locator, clipped to their BCD, to reduce the possibility of becoming lost.

You may also be able to experience an incredible dive in the DeepSee Submersible that is housed on board the sister ship MV Argo. Argo must be positioned at Cocos Island at the same time as your cruise. Spacious and practical and built for long distance trips, MV Sea Hunter could not be better prepared for the incredible liveaboard dive adventures that Cocos Island has to offer.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...
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May 2016
Dep: 19 May Ret: 29 May Cocos Island US$ 5,645
June 2016
Dep: 1 Jun Ret: 11 Jun Cocos Island US$ 5,645
July 2016
Dep: 11 Jul Ret: 22 Jul Cocos Isand US$ 6,095
Dep: 25 Jul Ret: 4 Aug Cocos Island US$ 5,645
August 2016
Dep: 7 Aug Ret: 17 Aug Cocos Island US$ 5,645
September 2016
Dep: 28 Sep Ret: 8 Oct Cocos Island US$ 5,645
October 2016
Dep: 25 Oct Ret: 4 Nov Cocos Island US$ 5,645
November 2016
Dep: 7 Nov Ret: 17 Nov Cocos Island US$ 5,645
Dep: 22 Nov Ret: 2 Dec Cocos Island US$ 5,645
December 2016
Dep: 4 Dec Ret: 14 Dec Cocos Island US$ 5,645
Dep: 16 Dec Ret: 26 Dec Cocos Island US$ 5,645
Dep: 31 Dec Ret: 10 Jan Cocos Island US$ 5,645
February 2017
Dep: 21 Feb Ret: 3 Mar Cocos Island US$ 5,545
March 2017
Dep: 6 Mar Ret: 16 Mar Cocos Island US$ 5,545
Dep: 19 Mar Ret: 29 Mar Cocos Island US$ 5,545
April 2017
Dep: 1 Apr Ret: 11 Apr Cocos Island US$ 5,545
Dep: 14 Apr Ret: 24 Apr Cocos Island US$ 5,545
Dep: 27 Apr Ret: 7 May Cocos Island US$ 5,545
June 2017
Dep: 19 Jun Ret: 29 Jun Cocos Island US$ 5,545
July 2017
Dep: 2 Jul Ret: 12 Jul Cocos Island US$ 5,545
September 2017
Dep: 19 Sep Ret: 29 Sep Cocos Island US$ 5,545
October 2017
Dep: 15 Oct Ret: 25 Oct Cocos Island US$ 5,545
November 2017
Dep: 26 Nov Ret: 6 Dec Cocos Island US$ 5,545
December 2017
Dep: 9 Dec Ret: 19 Dec Cocos Island US$ 5,545
Dep: 21 Dec Ret: 31 Dec Cocos Island US$ 5,545

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More Trip Details...

Notes: Cocos is a popular destination with limited liveaboard spaces. We recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Departure times from Puntarenas vary according to the tides, between 10:00 and 16:00 hrs. You will be informed of your pick-up time from San Jose.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max number of divers per DM is 10), tanks, weights, weightbelt, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, return land transfer from San Jose to Puntarenas, personal diver locator (EPIRB).

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 30 per day for BCD, Reg & wetsuit), diving insurance, departure tax (US$ 29), Cocos Island National Park fee (US$ 490) to be paid in advance, US$ 30 charge for an Emergency Evacuation Plan (mandatory), possible fuel surcharge. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, torches, dive computer, dive insurance. DeepSee submersible dives (subject to availability, depth range from 100 to 300m, prices range from US$ 1,450 to US$ 1,850). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: MV Sea Hunter departs from Puntarenas. Guests fly into Costa Rica and overnight in San Jose. You will be transferred from your hotel in San Jose to Puntarenas, provided you stay in a recommended hotel. For more information see our Costa Rica travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be on the third last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: None.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 100% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 16 guests and receive 2 extra spaces free of charge.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): 10 nights - US$ 8,072, 11 nights US$ 8,065, 12 nights - US$ 8,060, 13 nights - US$ 7,981. The above prices assume 18 guests. For prices for larger groups (up to 20 guests) please check with us.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
MV Sea Hunter has 8 Standard cabins and 2 Deluxe suites, all with private en-suite bathrooms. The Deluxe suites are on the upper deck with seaview windows. One has a queen size bed and the other has a queen size bed and a single top bunk bed. All standard cabins are located on the lower deck and have portholes. Two standard cabins have twin beds and two have bunk beds. 4 of the cabins have a double bed and a single top bunk bed.

All the cabins have:
  • Personal-control air-conditioning
  • Bathroom with hot water shower and hand basin
  • Bedding, toiletries and towels
  • Private large screen TV & DVD player (Suites only)
  • Portholes (lower deck), windows (upper deck)
  • Reading lights
  • Cabinet, shelves and mirror
  • Fire warning system and fire extinguisher
  • USA-flat pin 110-220V electricity
  • Space for luggage
No. of bathrooms / showers - 11 / 12 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 9 comprise:
  • 2 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • 2 Stewardesses
  • Engineer
  • 2 Deck Hands
Complimentary nitrox - 42m² Dive deck with rinse tanks, hot water showers and personal storage bins - Camera storage area and recharge points for each guest - Sea kayaks - Main deck 25m² air-conditioned saloon with TV, video player, music system, movie library, books, magazines, satellite telephone and bathroom - Study room with computer, CD burner, e-mail facility, photo and video editing facilities - 35m² Dedicated air-conditioned restaurant with Espresso machine and icemaker - Free laundry service - Sundeck and shaded area with sun chairs, matresses and barbeque stand - Water dispenser

All scuba diving at Cocos Island is made from the 2 x 8m fibreglass dive tenders. The tenders have 115 HP twin engines and are built for 10 divers. They each have roof shades, camera storage areas, emergency oxygen, radios, first aid kits, rugged exit ladders, and deck lights to aid night diving. Customers scuba equipment stays on the tenders at all times, so there is no need to move your gear after each dive.

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
Meals on board the Sea Hunter are all served buffet-style in the dining room on the main deck at tables seating 4 diners each. You can expect the menu to include international cuisine as well as local Costa Rican and central American specialties. Snacks are available throughout the day and are included in the price, as is a complimentary beer after the last dive.

The meals begin with lunch on the first day of the cruise. It is important that you provide advance notice of your dietary requirements. Once the boat leaves port for the long crossing to Cocos island, there are no supermarkets.

  • International and local cuisine is served with the occasional BBQ.
  • Air-conditioned restaurant with buffet-style meals and waitress service.
  • Meals consist of breakfast, lunch and dinner with snacks in-between.
  • Snacks consist of biscuits, candy bars, ice creams, fruit and bread/toast.
  • Coffee, tea, drinking water, soft drinks and a beer after your last dive are provided free of charge.
  • Wine can be purchased onboard.
  • All dietary requirements including Halal and vegetarian can be catered for - please send advanced notice.
  • Catering begins with dinner at check-in.

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 1980, restored in 2010
  • Size - 36m x 8.1m
  • Weight - 250 gross tonnes
  • Top speed - 11 knots
  • Cruising speed - 10 knots
  • 2 x 700 HP GM engines
  • 75 & 65 KW Generators
  • 2 x Mako scuba tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox membrane system
  • 12 litre aluminium tanks with Int. valves (15 litre tanks available on advanced rental)
  • Electricity 110 & 220V 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 56,800 litres
  • Fresh watermaker - 6,800 litres per day
  • Fuel capacity - 75,700 litres

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 2 x life rafts
  • 2 x 115 HP Twin-engine dive tenders
  • VHF Icom full band radio, SSB radio telephone & 3 handheld radios
  • Radio Direction finder SIMRAD TAYIO TD-1550
  • 36 & 48 Mile Furuno radars
  • 2 Magellan & 1 Furuno GPS
  • 2 Depth sounders
  • 22 Mini personal diver locators
  • Mini B300 ILS EPIRB
  • Autopilot
  • SAT-COM telephone, datalink system and email
  • Searchlight, horn & life rings
  • MFA box and trained staff
  • Defibrillator
  • Emergency oxygen - 6,800 litres, plus extra large tanks
  • Fire extinguishers and life jackets
  • Customer dive insurance is NOT provided - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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