All guest cabins are located on the lowest of the 4 decks. All cabin include shelves, drawers and hanging hooks, a desk and chair, a luxury, private bathroom with granite counters equipped with 110-volt outlets suitable for your electronic equipment. Each cabin on Argo is a distinctly themed room, with hand painted artwork by Carlos Hiller. All rooms have their own thermostat to control the air-conditioning and are carpeted throughout with a circular porthole. There is a satellite telephone for international calls, a satellite connection to send and receive e-mails and a flat-screen TV with DVD player.
Cabins 1 and 2 are double cabins, each with two twin size beds. These cabins are significantly larger than other twin or double cabins and it has additional storage space for divers with exceptionally large amounts of gear. These cabins are hammerhead themed.
Cabin 3 has a whale theme, and is another double cabin, with one queen size bed.
Cabin 4, a sailfish themed cabin is a twin cabin, with two twin size beds.
Cabins 5 and 6, which are dolphin themed and turtle themed cabins, are both double cabins, with one queen size bed.
The menu aboard offers a delicious combination of American and local Costa Rican cuisine. Meals are varied, abundant and well balanced. There is fresh tropical fruit, salads, fish, chicken, beef, and much more. Everything is prepared in a variety of ways by an accomplished chef. The guests continually praise the chefs’ capacity to consistently turn out delectable meals at sea. Special dietary needs or requests are welcome, and they will do their best to accommodate. Bottle of wine is available for onboard purchase, but hard liquor is not available on board. Guests are welcome to bring their own, which should be purchased prior to boarding.
There is a variety of nightly entertainment available onboard, including slideshows, DVDs, games and more. There is a small refrigerator that contains soft drinks, beer and ice and is constantly replenished. Something to munch on is always within reach. You’ll find the ship’s Main Deck is spacious, with comfortable seating, and is a vibrant social area. The sun deck area is also a great space for recreation. Use it for relaxed outdoor reading, catching some rays or watching the sunsets. Here the chefs put on their sumptuous BBQs. It’s even perfect for dancing under the stars. Jewelry, hats, tee-shirts, DVD’s and mugs etc are available for purchase in the onboard boutique.
The Argo is equipped with a complete line of rentable ScubaPro dive gear: BCDs, regulators, wetsuits, masks, fins, snorkels, and Aladin Nitrox dive computers. 80 cu.ft. Aluminum tanks are available for use, as well as 100 cu.ft. Steel tanks, although advanced reservations are required for steel tanks. Rebreathers are supported on the Argo; they can supply you with tanks, scrubber material and any further assistance you need, and can provide you with the costs of these items. However, rebreathers are not available for rent.
Diving is done from three, powerful, 24-foot skiffs that serve as tender – boats. These boats shepherd divers to remote sites, do ship-to-shore transfers and any other conceivable recreational or support related activities. All of the skiffs are powered by fumeless 4-cycle, 115 HP twin-outboard motors and are equipped with VHF radios, depth sounders and portable GPS. A T-Roof and rigid bow cover is also mounted on these vessels for your comfort.
Most of the action is at 60-90 feet /18-27 meters, and most dives are between 60-130 feet/18-40 meters. The safety limit is set at 130 feet / 40 meters and a dive computer is necessary. Visibility averages 60-100ft/18-30m. You will be diving in water about 78-83°F (26 – 29°C), although it can be a few degrees lower under the occasional thermocline. Please note: Malpelo can have significantly cooler temperatures. Weights, and air or Nitrox filled tanks are supplied. Note that tanks are standard yoke (INT), not DIN. Be sure to notify us in advance if you need an adaptor. There is ample storage space for your diving equipment, including your own personal locker. For topside, it is recommended to wear casual and cool cotton attire while on board. Nights can be chilly and/or drizzly. A sweater, light jacket or windbreaker should be sufficient on a cool evening.
What you’ll see diving here:
Among Cocos Island’s many attributes is a startling degree of biodiversity. This Island’s world-renowned waters explode with life, including innumerable white tip reef sharks, schooling hammerhead sharks, dolphins, mantas and marbled rays, giant moray eels, sailfish, and of course the occasional whale shark. Other common encounters are large schools of jacks and tuna, silky sharks, silvertip sharks, marlin, Creole fish, green turtles and octopus. Diving here is challenging and action-packed.
Malpelo Island is home to an important coral formation as well as a large variety and quantity of marine creatures. Of special interest are hammerhead sharks with awe-inspiring schools of 300 individuals commonly encountered. The two most outstanding phenomena in Malpelo are the huge numbers of free swimming and cluster moray eels along with the colossal congregations of silky sharks that often join with hammerheads to form enormous mixed schools. Extraordinarily, Malpelo is one of the few places that a diver may chance upon the elusive Small Tooth Sand Tiger, which is also known as the Spotted Ragged-tooth shark (Odontaspis ferox).
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