Liquid Diving Adventures

Argo

Argo

$5945 USD / 10 nights



Construction: Steel hull, refurbished 2008
Length: 40 meters / 130 feet
Beam: 8 meters / 26 feet
Draft: 3.8 meters / 12.5 feet
Cruise: 11 knots
Fuel Capacity: 15,000 gallons
Fresh Water: 11,000 gallons
Engine: CAT D398TA 850 HP
Generators: 2 x CAT 3304 PCNA 75 kW & 65 kW
Nitrox Free
Tech and/or Rebreathers Supported

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The Argo is a 40-meter steel hull work ship-designed, luxury yacht. The ship was totally redesigned and refurbished in 2008, and now accommodates 18 passengers in 9 staterooms. Designed for its destinations, the remote Cocos Island, the ship has full global reach. The ship was also designed to serve as an ocean platform for a deep-diving submersible as well as for remote operating vehicle (R.O.V.) platform. The ship features heavy lift capabilities, excellent stability and ample deck space for any imaginable challenge. Extended cruises are her specialty and she is mothership to the DeepSee submersible.
Each of the 9 staterooms features an ensuite bathroom with shower and individual climate control. Meals are served buffet-style and include fresh, gourmet international cuisine to be enjoyed in the dining area. The lounge and sun deck are furnished with comfortable seating for relaxation after diving. Onboard diving amenities include dive gear, nitrox, rebreathers, and three dive tenders managed by a professional 14-person staff.
Because of the remote location, Cocos Island can only be reached by liveaboard and the unspoiled beauty makes it one of the top 10 places to dive in the world. The waters surrounding Cocos Island are a playground for large pelagics including hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, and whales.
The Argo offers nitrox and supports technical diving and rebreathers.
Text and photographs courtesy of the Undersea Hunter fleet.

Dive Conditions

Costa Rica- Diving seasons in Costa Rica can be split into rainy season (May to November) and dry season (December to April). Each season brings its own advantages. Depending on the area, visibility usually ranges from 15-30 metres/50-100 feet. June through September generally brings the best visibility. Costa Rica has a tropical and subtropical climate and has a year-round diving season. The water temperature from January to March hovers around 27°C/80F and around 28°C/82F from July to September.
Cocos Island - Don't expect colorful reefs and white sandy beaches. Coco's Island is a volcanic island emerging from the ocean, with steep walls, huge submerged rocks, and a few hard corals. Above water, the land is mountainous with rainforests and the climate is humid and tropical.
Belonging to Costa Rica, Cocos Island is the mecca for divers looking for big animals, open ocean, and advanced diving. Sharks are the main attraction. Cocos is not a place with pretty corals or reefs. It is a gorgeous, uninhabited island, approximately 5 x 2 miles (8 x 3 km) in size. The bottom is a sloping rocky substrate without a lot of colors.
What divers do experience is amazing marine life - prolific shark populations including reef whitetip and scalloped hammerheads, plus a chance of many other species. There is also great schooling fish action, and a good chance of seeing true pelagics like wahoo, tuna, and even billfish. If you are comfortable with deep (100ft) nitrox diving in open oceans, and the possibility of swell, strong currents and low vis, Cocos island can be the apex dive trip of your dive career. It is not a place for non-divers or novice divers. Advanced certification and experience are recommended.
Water temperatures at Cocos Island in June/July is usually 81F degrees at all depths. It stays from 80-82F during the summer. The water can get much colder, down in the lower 70s in the winter. Thermoclines are common, and deep down can get into the 60s. Visibility in June through July is usually 50-70ft. Visibility can be variable but 30-50ft is normal, with even better visibility from January through May.