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Sea Hunter

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Fabulous Sea Hunter has served Cocos since 1995 & is now ALSO serving as the mother ship for spring Silver Bank humpback whale trips.  She's 115 feet & takes up to 20 guests in 10 cabins.

A word from Dom :  "Sea Hunter, known for her Cocos Island adventures, is one of the finest dive liveaboards anywhere. We rave about this vessel again & again. She is now working from January to April at the Silver Bank in the Dominican Republic, providing guests with marvelous, magical humpback whale trips which I can't recommend highly enough !"  ...  Dominick Macan


ON BOARD SEA HUNTER

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    • 2 upper deck DOUBLE/TWIN cabins
      queen bed & twin upper berth, desk, TV/DVD player & picture windows
      5 lower deck TWIN cabins
      3  with bunk style twin beds & 2 with adjacent twin beds + portholes
      3 lower deck DOUBLE/TWIN cabins
      queen bed with twin bed above & portholes

      All cabins offer a private bathroom, air-conditioning and storage space.

    • whale watching & water access is from two 25′ (7.5m) long fiberglass boats
      each tender takes a maximum of 10 people
      each has a hard-top sun protector
      a dive ladder makes boarding easy after in-water encounter
      water temperature ranges from 72F -80F (22C-26C).
      non-divers are welcome

    • accomodation, meals & snacks
      non-alcoholic beverages
      a limited selection of beer & wine
      4 1/2 days of in-water experience
      (approximately 9 tender excursions)

    • international airfares
      transfers to & from the airport
      alcoholic beverages (spirits)
      Tourist Card, Sanctuary fee & fuel surcharge
      final night's dinner ashore


    DIVINELY DESIGNED FOR DIVING, PHOTOGRAPHY & EASE OF LIVING

    The top deck (bridge deck) features 2 large suites as well as a 1000 square-foot sun deck which doubles as an exterior dining room.  You can make yourself at home reading in a lounge chair or catching some rays, or get your mouth watering while the chefs use this area to prepare sumptuous BBQs.  The bow section of the Sea Hunter offers a spacious area for passengers to hang out, watch the dramatic sunsets.

    On the main deck, you'll find a cozy study with comfy seating, a library ... plus TV, VCR, DVD and a personal computer to allow divers to view and edit their video and digital photography.  Mid-ship on this deck is the warm and welcoming formal dining room and adjacent to that an enormous, bright and airy lounge. There is also a variety of nightly entertainment available aboard. This includes slide shows, DVDs, videos, games and more.  Please feel free to bring along your own favorites. The refrigerator is constantly refreshed and brimming with soft drinks, beer and ice for your pleasure and something to munch on is always within reach.

    At the stern end of the main deck is the well-designed dive deck with fantastic camera storage area and super-sized swim platform ... and even a private dryer for your towels and swim suits.

    The three daily meals are a delicious international mix with a local flair.  Breakfast (cooked to order), hearty buffet lunch and dinners are served daily in addition to fresh mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks.  Beverages (including beer and wine) are complimentary while onboard.  If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us as soon as possible.  Vegetarian and vegan meals are not a problem with prior notice. 

    LAYOUT & SPECS

    Deck & cabin layout ... yacht specifications ... equipment & safety features  .... open
     

    DECK PLAN

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    SPECIFICATIONS

    Length: 115 ft / 36 m
    Beam: 26 ft / 8.1 m
    Draft: 8 ft / 2.5 m
    Displacement: 250 tons
    Construction: welded steel with teak work deck
    Engines: twin GM 16V92 / 1200 total hp
    Cruising Speed: 9.5 knots
    Maximum Speed: 10 knots
    Range: 3,500 nautical miles
    Endurance: 30 days (limited by food supply)
    Tenders: Two 24 ft heavy duty fiberglass dive boats
    17 ft rigid bottom inflatable
    Portable Generators: GM 6-71 75kw John Deere 105kw Portable Generator 5kw
    Available Voltage: 110/220 VAC 60 Hz 3-phase 208 VAC 12 VDC
    Fuel Tank: 20,000 US gallons (78 tons)
    Water Tank: 15,000 gallons (60 tons) 1,800 gallons/day water maker

    Safety: Two 25 person life-rafts.
    Complete boat, crew and passenger safety gear.
    Firefighting system throughout vessel.
    Extensive first aid kit.

    Diving Amenities: 20 personal diver locator systems.
    Scuba Compressors: 2 HP compressors
    1 nitrox generator
    Scuba Tanks: 30 aluminum 80 cu/ft tanks
    2640 cu/ft high-pressure storage bank
    Technical Diving: Full oxygen, nitrox and rebreather service.
    Guests must bring their own rebreathers.

    Electronics:
    3 GPS (Global Positioning Systems)
    2 Radars (48 and 32 mile)
    2 recording fathometers
    Radio Direction Finder SIMRAD
    Auto pilot
    2 VHF radios
    3 handheld VHF radios,
    SSB radio (SEA 222)
    Multi-system televisions, CD stereo and DVD player.
    Multimedia
    Desktop Computer
    Starlit Telephone

    Miscellaneous:
    12-ton deck mounted crane (55-ft reach).
    33 ft by 24 ft (10.3m by 7.4 m) work deck space.
    44 ft by 24-ft sundeck (1000 sq. ft.) and lounge chairs.
    Fully equipped workshop with arc welding and oxy-acetylene cutting equipment/supplies

    20 personal dive gear boxes, 20 personal camera lockers with stabilized and surge protected 110v outlets.
    Air conditioning throughout the vessel

    Sea Hunter Humpbacks

    ITINERARY

    Sample itinerary for your silver banks, Dominican Republic, swim with humpbacks odyssey ...

      This itinerary is subject to change based on weather, sea condition and local government regulation    .... open
     

    Saturday

    5pm Guests board vessel at Ocean World Marina, Cofresi, Dominican Republic; cabin assignments
    6pm – 7pm Vessel Safety and Operations orientation; required paperwork.
    7pm – ? Group introductions, dinner
    11pm Vessel departs Ocean World Marina

    Sunday

    9am (approx.) Vessel arrives on the Silver Bank, moors
    9am – 12am  Tender preparations; snorkeling and humpback whale orientations
    12pm – 1pm Lunch
    1pm – 5:30pm  Whale excursion in tenders
    5:45pm – 7pm Sundowner celebration
    7pm – 8:30pm Dinner
    8:30pm – ? Evening activity (discussion, lecture, slideshow, etc.)

    Monday – Thursday
    7am Breakfast
    8:30am – 11:30am Whale excursion in tenders
    Noon Lunch
    1:30pm – 5:30pm Whale excursion in tenders
    5:45pm – 7pm Sundowner celebration
    7pm – 8:30pm Dinner
    8:30pm – ? Evening activity (discussion, lecture, slideshow, etc.)

    Friday
    7am Breakfast
    7:30am Vessel departs Silver Bank anchorage
    4:30pm (approx.) Vessel arrives Ocean World Marina
    6 pm – ? Optional video/photo presentation of the week’s events.
    Dinner ashore (not included in weekly rate)

    Saturday
    7am Continental Breakfast
    8am Guests disembark vessel

    READ ABOUT DIVING WITH WHALES


    TRAVEL & CRUISE LOGISTICS


    Port of Embarkation: Cofresi, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

    Sea Hunter docks at Ocean World Marina in the Cofresi beach area, a few miles west of Puerto Plata.  The closest international airport is Gregorio Luperon International Airport (airport code POP) with direct flights from Miami, New York, Charlotte and Boston as well as several European cities. It's about 30 minutes by taxi, costing around $45-50 USD.  The M/V Sea Hunter departs each Saturday evening during the ten week winter season. The season runs from late January until early April. Guests board the vessel each Saturday at 5:00pm. It’s a good idea to arrive on the island at least a day or so before departure. 

    CARIBBEAN KNOW-BEFORE-YOU-GO

     


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