Scuba Travel Holiday Details | TRP 41675

Holiday Reference: TRP 41675

Holiday information

  • Dive super shark mecca Cocos
  • Experienced Undersea Hunter fleet
  • Spacious, stable liveaboard for 20 dives
  • Free recreational nitrox
  • Your package is based on a twin share cabin (full board including soft drinks)
  • All trips are fully guided with 12lt tank, weights and free nitrox. The Cocos Marine Park fees $490 must be prepaid and added to your holiday before travel.
  • During the trip an excursion will be made to the island
  • Transfers in San Jose are included from approved hotels
  • This holiday excludes international flights to San Jose Costa Rica (SJO). Please ask your consultant for competitive quote. On board there is a mandatory search & recovery charge $35, along with additional drinks, kit hire, souvenirs and tipping. Transfer in San Jose are included from approved hotels.
  • Please ask for a quote to overnight at one of the approved hotels, with which the boat work
  • Since it is customary to tip crew members, many people ask the boat operators what tip amount is appropriate. This is a very personal decision, as tips are your way of expressing satisfaction. Generally the tip is given to the captain who distributes it equally amongst the crew. Please note that we do not dictate or include tips.
  • To pay on board are additional drinks, kit hire, souvenirs

Liveaboard Details

Think of a liveaboard to Cocos and you will probably think of the Undersea Hunter fleet. Sea Hunter is a part of this outstanding fleet and a luxurious a choice as you would expect from this pedigree name. This sturdy steel hulled vessel makes ligh ...

Think of a liveaboard to Cocos and you will probably think of the Undersea Hunter fleet. Sea Hunter is a part of this outstanding fleet and a luxurious a choice as you would expect from this pedigree name. This sturdy steel hulled vessel makes light work of the long sail out to Cocos. And the diving is well worth the journey when you get there. Jump from the custom built dive skiffs into a pelagic filled wonderland. Experience the rush of diving with vast numbers of hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, white tips, manta and eagle rays. Nothing quite compares to Cocos or the attentive and welcoming service you will receive on board Sea Hunter.

Sea Hunter sleeps a total of 20 guests and was completely remodelled in 2011 to create 2 double suites on the upper deck with private TV. The remaining cabins are twin or double beds and all are en suite. Cabins have plenty of storage and AC to keep you cool. The main deck is where the real action takes place though. Here you will find the massive dive deck, with a dedicated area for camera charging and set ups. The lounge is spacious as is the sun deck upstairs, where you will also find the BBQ - perfect at the end of a cruise to celebrate the trip of a lifetime! The crew work tirelessly throughout the boat to ensure your experience on board is as perfect as it could be, from the 5 star dining to the warm towels on the dive deck.

The diving is what draws people to Cocos and it will not disappoint. Most diving is done from one of the 3 tender vessels. 2 of these are heavy bottomed and purposefully designed to carry everyone's dive kit without crowding. There are never more than 9 divers in each vessel. Let the experienced skiff hands drop you in exactly the right place each and every time! Nitrox is free of charge too on board so you can really maximise your time at depth playing with hammerheads, rays and Galapagos sharks to name but a few of the sights. Dive through endless schools of jacks and snapper or just float as the whole scene unfolds before your eyes.

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Itinerary Details

Snorkelling with humpback whales is a mind blowing experience and in Silverbanks you can get closer than ever to these beautiful creatures in warm water

Whale Discovery Description

Snorkelling with humpback whales is a mind blowing experience - and there are only a handful of locations worldwide where you can do this. Silver Banks is one of the most famous (and warmest) locations in which humpbacks congregate each spring (Jan - May). And now with our liveaboard holiday, you too can experience the breath taking feeling of watching several tons of whale move gracefully through the water only a few metres from your eyes. As unique moments to treasure go, you will be hard pressed to find an aquatic experience that tops a liveaboard holiday dedicated to snorkelling with humpbacks in Silver Banks.

The aim of the Whale Discovery is to spend as much time as possible in Silver Banks and you can expect around 4 1/2 days taking in the majestic sights here. Silver Banks is almost equidistant from Turks & Caicos and the Dominican Republic and a magnet for humpback whales between mid January to March. The males venture here to compete for female attention and mating opportunities. The females use the shallows as a winter birthing ground and spend a few weeks here to prepare their calves for the long open water journey they will make next to their feeding ground in the north Atlantic. There are 2 main types of encounter. Stay on the boat for magnificent views of the males tail lobbing, spy hopping and slapping the water. Watch in wonder as they lift their enormous bodies clean out of the water! Or jump on one of the twice daily rib rides. These will take you closer to the action and snorkelling, you can literately come eye to eye with a humpback.

The beauty of the Whale Discovery is that you don't need to be a diver to enjoy this trip! The area of Silver Banks is a protected area and entry is strictly controlled. No scuba is permitted and the best encounters are always when you have quietly approached snorkelling. Given the time you will spend in the water you will be thankful of the gorgeous warm water temperatures. Photographers and videographers are in for a treat too as the photo opportunities come thick and fast. The blue water will enable you to get better shots than you could dream of. The Whale Discovery is unlike any other liveaboard holiday and an inspirational experience you will treasure forever.

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Your holiday details

Save £400 Sea Hunter is taking a short break from her usual trips to Cocos Island to make some special expeditions to Silver Bank in 2020. After landing in Puerto Plata you will be taken to the boat and the adventure begins. You have 7 nights on board on a full board basis (twin bunk cabin) - cabin upgrades available. Full board includes water, tea, coffee, soft drinks and some local wine and beer. This is a snorkelling only trip with several chances through the day to get in the water with the humpbacks. Excluded are the departure tax, fuel surcharge $50 additional kit hire and any onboard souvenirs. The $450 sanctuary and port fee must be paid prior to travel and will be added to your booking in sterling. Please let us know if you would like to prebook any courses on board or have any dietary requirements.

This holiday excludes international flights to Puerto Plata POP. We are able to add flights with a wide range of airlines, including regional departures. Depending on the airline schedule, you may require an overnight hotel en route. Please ask your consultant for a competitive quote for any flight option. Do not book any flights until your boat space is confirmed by Scuba Travel. Do be aware that if your flight routes through the USA you must have an ESTA prior to travel.

* prices are subject to change according to availability at the time of booking


 

Your Personal Information


Please DO NOT book any connecting flights, insurance, or additional parts to this holiday as your trip is subject to availability and will NOT be confirmed until you have spoken with our operators. If you have any requests beyond our normal itineraries please note them in the comments and we will discuss these with you when we call to arrange your holiday.

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