EXPEDITION COCOS 2020

Expedition Cocos 2020 2018-08-03T23:17:00+00:00

 

EXPEDITION COCOS ISLANDS

March 10-20th 2020

Contact us for pricing Info@LiquidProductions.com

 

 

Cocos Islands – Deep CCR Trimix Expedition  

This is a one of a kind trip! This is an EXCLUSIVE  EXPEDITION to be the first to explore deep sites in the Cocos Islands. Undersea Hunter has never before allowed trimix CCR diving so this is an exciting opportunity for us to be the first divers to do it!  We are looking for experienced divers who are team players and most of all safe to come along.  This trip is for rebreather divers only.  There is so much to see in Cocos from schools of hundreds of Hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, white tips, manta rays, giant schools of tuna and jacks, turtles, octopus, silky sharks, marlin, and so much more.

Our trip will begin by flying to San Joes Costa Rica where we will spend one night before getting picked up and transported to the coastal village of Puntarenas to board ARGO. The drive will take about 2.5 hours through the lush mountain countryside. Once we arrive we’ll board ARGO which is a 130 foot long live aboard with everything a diver could need. We’ll then travel about 300 miles (32-36 hours) to the Cocos Islands where we will dive for 7 days! Not only is Cocos full of live underwater but above the surface it’s pristine tropical islands is one of Costa Rica’s National parks full of waterfalls and scenic walks.

 

Expedition Diving

I expect every diver to come prepared by doing deep work up dives in advance before this trip and making sure all of your gear is in good working order. We will be remote and there is little room for error. This is going to be an exciting adventure where we will dive on sites no diver has been. Cocos can have strong currents at times, visibility ranges from 80-120 feet and water temp 78-83f.  Guess what….the submersible will also do some dives with us lighting the way and even able to tow us if needed. It should also make for exciting photographic opportunities! There will be 18 divers max on 2 zodiacs. We will aim for 2 longer dives a day since we are doing deep trimix dives. Conservatism will be paramount but hey we are there to dive right so spending more time underwater will be fun! There is no chamber aboard, if there is an issue the closest chamber is back on mainland which would require the entire boat to turn around so it’s important that everyone know the risks and be safe. We expect to dive between 40-80+ meters (130- 260+ft) using a pre-mixed trimix for diluent. Our runtimes can vary and that’s something we can discuss as a team. This will be a great adventure, it’s always exciting to be the first to do something unique and possibly even see marine life not usually seen on shallower areas! On that note don’t worry, we’ll still visit the popular sites that Cocos is known for but this will be a unique itinerary that no one else is doing.  

 

Trip Includes

  • Ground Transportation from San Jose to Puntarenas and return
  • 11 day / 10 nights on live aboard ARGOS
  • Cabin based on double occupancy
  • All Meals on ship including beer
  • 7 full days of diving
  • All trimix fills & O2 fills included 
  • All CCR tanks and full bailout bottles & weights
  • Unlimited sorb
  • National Park fee included ($490 included)

Not Included  

  • Flight to San Jose Costa Rica
  • 2 hotel nights (one before the trip and one after in San Jose)
  • Tips & departure tax ($29 as of 2017)
  • Any fuel surcharges due to the increase of the cost of oil before 2020

Optional – Book a ride on the DeepSee Submerible

DeepSee is a highly technical one-of-a-kind submersible. It’s a custom built one atmosphere submarine that is capable of carrying a pilot and 2 passengers to over 1500ft / 457 meters. The view from DeepSee’s acrylic sphere is unparralled with a 360 degree view! How cool is that! It actually appears as if it’s not there and the sense of total freedom. It’s been designed for modern day ocean exploration in mind. We have the opportunity to do a dive which is such a rare opportunity! It’s available to book ahead of time or on the trip but it’s highly suggested to book ahead of time for scheduling.  There are two pricing options for it:  See the video here https://vimeo.com/12520722

Option 1 : Dive to a max depth of 260ft / 80 meters $1450.

Option 2 : Dive to a max depth of 1000 feet / 305 meters $1850

 

Itinerary

March 9th – Fly into San Jose (SJO)  – Check into hotel & make sure all gear arrives safely

March 10 – 8am transfer by bus to Puntarenas (2.5 hour trip) Then board ship. Then we will start the 32 hour crossing to Cocos.

March 11- Travel day, set up rebreathers, cameras, relax and enjoy the sunshine,

March 12-18th – DIVE & EXPLORE!!!! 

March 19th – Relax, enjoy the trip back across the Pacific.

March 20th – Arrive in Puntarenas, disembark after breakfast and be transported back to San Jose. We strongly recommend you stay one more night before flying out.

March 21st – Fly home!

 

 For more information on the boat and Cocos Islands visit https://www.underseahunter.com/

Contact Becky Schott for more information Becky@LiquidProductions.com  / 610-364-7850

To Reserve your spot a non-refundable deposit is required : Contact us for pricing. 

Dive Insurance (DAN) is Mandatory.  The boat will not let you on if you do not have it. 

 

 

PS: Oh I almost forgot, a special Liquid Productions Expedition T-shirt is also included!