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Latin America - Liveaboards


Central and South America offers a wonderful variety of spectacular scuba diving and diving holiday options. Visit the mystical Blue Hole in Belize and the 185 mile long reef second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Austalia. Experience Whale Shark encounters off Utila in the Honduras or dive with the Giant Mantas and Hammerheads off Cocos Islands. The perfect locations for a world class dive holiday.

To get the best out of diving in Latin America we offer a range of Aggressor liveaboard boats. Providing the highest standards of service, equipment and comfort, you can enjoy carefully planned itineraries. All the yachts are built and powered for comfort, safety and stability with air-conditioned ensuite single and double cabins and luxury facilities including hot tubs, satellite linked media centres and computers. Diving schedules ensure you visit the best diving in each destination with time to explore the cultural sights in the programme.


Cocos Island Aggressor - Cocos Island (Costa Rica), Latin America

Our recommened Cocos Islands luxury liveaboard is the Okeanos Aggressor, a 110ft steel liveaboard escorting 22 divers in comfort and style, offering access to the lush, green uninhabited islands resting 300 miles off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Rocky pinnacles surrounding the island are beacons for big animals and big action: 

Location
The Okeanos Aggressor docks in Puntarenas. 

Accommodation 
A 110 ft steel hull yacht built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. Comfortable accommodation for 22 passengers. Nine deluxe staterooms, each with a double and single berths, private toilet and shower, port light and TV/DVD. One Quad cabin with private toilet and shower, port light and TV/DVD.

Facilities
Air-conditioned salon with entertainment centre, full service galley, separate dining room, partially covered sun deck with wet bar and deck chairs. Onboard safety equipment including defibrillator and D.A.N. oxygen system. Photo lab.

Diving
Roomy dive deck with personal gear lockers. Two large dive skiffs for diving and shore excursions. Air/nitrox fills. Anticipate seeing Schooling hammerheads, countless white-tip sharks, mantas, tuna and even whale sharks are seen in season plus a huge variety of 30 species of coral, 60 species of crustaceans, 600 species of mollusks and over 300 species of fish! Cocos Island National Park was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

San Jose (1 night), Liveaboard (8 nights) Sample Itinerary:

Fri Depart UK for San Jose, Costa Rica. Transfer by local taxi to the Marriott Courtyard Hotel for overnight.

Sat Transfer to the western coast port town port of Puntarenas. The scenic two-hour air-conditioned bus ride showcases some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful views. Once aboard the Okeanos Aggressor, the 300 mile journey to Cocos begins. Dolphins and whales often escort the Aggressor on the voyage, which takes approximately 30 hours. The trip gives divers plenty of time to prepare their gear and their hearts for the magnificent creatures awaiting their arrival!

Sun Day at sea en-route to Cocos Island.

Mon-Fri Enjoy five days of diving is around Cocos Island. Throughout the week, you will dive from roomy dive tenders. Most dive sites have mild currents. Between dives, the chef will treat you to scrumptious local and international cuisine. If conditions permit, guests are shuttled to the island for a land hike and swim in one of the lush island’s many waterfalls.

Sat Day at sea en-route to Puntarenas.

Sun Checkout time is 07:30 hrs. After arriving back on the mainland, the crew will transfer you back to San Jose Airport for return flight to the UK.

Itinerary may vary due to weather conditions and yacht location.


A 10 night Liveaboard including 7 days of diving is also available. Details on request.
 

Prices (9 nights) from:  Low   High 
Okeanos Aggressor  £2960 £3210
     

Note. Costa Rica park fee US$245, US$30 emergency evacuation fee pay locally onboard and airport departure tax US$28 payable on departure - all payable in cash only. A non-refundable deposit of 35% is required at the time of booking. Final balance due 15 weeks prior to departure. Fees are subject to change and will be advised at time of booking.

 

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Fact File

Diving Conditions

House Reef Shore Diving Boat Diving Liveaboard Wreck Diving Tech Diving

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

Best Time: Year round

Average Air temps: 24-26°C

Average Water temps: 26-29°C

Visibility: 30m (average)

Top Dive Sites: Cruise the best spots from the Aggressor liveaboard including Alycyone, Dirty Rock, Dos Amigos for Hammerheads, Bird Islands, Silverado - shark cleaning station, Lone Stone, Manuelita, Special Sightings and Ubing Rock.
Typical 10 day itinerary with 7 days diving.

Great Reasons to Dive in Cocos Islands

  • Cocos Islands National Park World Heritage UNESCO Site.
  • Big animals, big action!
  • Schooling hammerheads.
  • Countless white-tip sharks.
  • Mantas, tuna, sailfish, marlin, false killer whales & whale sharks in season.
  • The ususual Marble and Mobula rays.
  • Varied underwater landscapes - mountains, arches, pinnacles.

 

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.