Restored in 2010, this steel mono-hulled motor yacht accommodates up to 22 divers in 11 cabins all of which are air-conditioned and feature private en-suite bathrooms. The upper deck suites are quite spacious, with large seaview windows and individual-controlled air-conditioning.
Guests normally dive 3 or 4 times a day and nitrox is available. All divers are issued with personal satellite tracking devices to help minimise the risk of lost personnel at this remote spot. Photographers will appreciate the charging stations, camera table and camera rinse tank on the dive deck. The saloon also features computers which can be used to review your latest images. Memories of diving on this Cocos liveaboard, whether recorded or not, will stay with you forever since it is a truly unique destination.
To help pass the time during the crossings, you can enjoy the entertainment facilities in the air-conditioned saloon including a TV with DVDs, games and a library including general reading as well as marine-related books. You will also enjoy chef-prepared meals on Wind Dancer, with your days dining starting with breakfast cooked to order.
All drinks are complimentary on this diving cruise. Cocos Island may be a challenge to get to but you will not want for comfort when there are little touches like bathrobes, toiletries and hair-dryers, allowing you to complement awesome scuba experiences with a little bit of pampering.
Save big $$$ on extra special group discounts in 2016: January, February, March and April. Find out more about the Wind Dancer 2016 group specials. Offer expires: 1 Apr 2016
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, local wine and beer, land excursions, transfers to the boat from some hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), tanks, weights and weightbelt.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 260), dive computer, scuba insurance, Cocos Island National Park fee (US$ 490), departure tax (US$ 29), US$ 30 charge for an Emergency Evacuation Plan. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available) (US$ 150), torches. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Wind Dancer departs from Puntarenas. Guests fly into San Jose and are transferred from either Holiday Inn or Indigo Hotel in San Jose Escazu by the operator to Puntarenas. Guests will require one hotel night in San Jose, Costa Rica prior to boarding. For more information see our Costa Rica travel information section.
Note: Departure times vary according to the tides. You will be informed in advance of your pick-up time and the charter departure time. The last dive of the trip will be at around 12.00pm on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: US$ 200 off the published price.
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 65% of the normal published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 10 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge. Whole boat charter equivalent to pay for 20 guests and receive 2 extra spaces free of charge.
Special group deal for 2016 trips starting January, February, March and April: Pay for 6 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge PLUS US$ 800 off the published price per person!
Wind Dancer has a total of 11 cabins, all with private en-suite bathrooms: 8 Deluxe cabins, 1 Master suite and 2 Owner’s suites. There are 8 Deluxe cabins with bunks which have a double lower bunk, all on the lower deck. The Master suite on the main deck has a queen bed and is equipped with a TV/ VCR, as well as a porthole.
The 2 Owner’s suites are situated on the upper deck. They each have sea view windows, a 42” flat screen monitor and DVD player, refrigerator, separate shower cubicle, table and chairs; one suite has a king bed, the other has twin beds.
All the cabins have:
Air-conditioning (individual controlled for Suites and Owner's Cabin)
Private en-suite bathroom with hot water shower and hand basin
Hairdryer, bathrobe, towels and toiletries
Suites have windows, cabins on lower deck have a porthole
TV and movie player (Owner's suites and Master suite only)
2 x Motorised dive tenders - Dive deck with toilet and 3 hot water showers - Camera table, battery charging stations and separate rinse tank - Main deck 48m˛ air-conditioned saloon with restaurant and bar - TV, video player and music system - Satellite phone, computer with email (rental use) - Photo and video editing facilities - Board games - Library with movies, magazines, general and fish ID books - Sundeck and shaded area with sun chairs - Ship Shape Boutique - Water dispenser
Meals are enjoyed in the saloon/dining area. Lunch is served buffet-style and dinner features table-side service. The menu includes a mix of international cuisine and local specialties with a Costa Rican flavour. In addition to meals, mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks are served to ensure you are well-fed between meals and dives. All drinks including alcohol are included in the liveaboard cruise price.
International and local Costa Rican cuisine is served.
Air-conditioned dining in saloon with both buffet and table served meals.
Meals consist of breakfast, lunch and dinner with biscuit snacks in-between.
Coffee, tea, drinking water, soft drinks, spirits, beer and wine are provided free of charge.
All dietary requirements, including Halal and vegetarian, can be catered for - please send advanced notice.
Catering begins with lunch on your first day after check-in.
Breakfast samples: eggs to order, cereals, bacon/sausage, sliced cheese, croissants/toast, fresh fruit, yoghurt, apple strudel, fruit juice, tea & coffee.
Lunch/dinner samples: pork with apple sauce, sea bass, tortillas, pasta, pizza, burgers, final night barbeque.
"Wind Dancer, Cocos has small cabins relative to other liveaboards. Great personable service. Excellent cuisine and great diving." - Peter Kubica, Canada ...
"This trip has surpassed my expectations. Probably the best, most organized trip I have ever been on. Staff was extremely friendly and accomodating. We were treated like royalty. Our wishes were their quest. All details were paid attention to. Safety was their number one concern. The diving was beyond words. It is definitely worth every penny and worth travelling the distance. BTW, the food was out of this world. Cant wait to go back." - Nahlia Lorenzi, USA ...