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MV Argo

The Argo liveaboard was built in 1985 and has created deep roots in the diving industry in Costa Rica over the last 35 years. It was refurbished in 2008 with modern features to become a luxury liveaboard. This liveaboard has a length of 39meters/129ft and a beamwidth of 7meters/26ft. The MV Argo has a cruising speed of 10 knots and it reaches it by using a CAT D398TA – 634 KW (850HP) @ 1225rpm engine. It will take you all around the pristine waters of Costa Rica.

A proper review of
MV Argo Liveaboard

The Overall Review

We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and divers about MV Argo Liveaboard.
In summary, this is what divers think:

The MV Argo
MV ARGO liveaboard
4.1
Good liveaboard

5 reasons to dive

  • Many divers said going down with the submersible submarine was a once in a lifetime experience
  • A couple of divers noted that got to see hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, marble rays, tiger and silvertip sharks
  • People were with the diligent and professional way the staff and crew conducted themselves
  • Divers said the weather was always great and they got to do 4-5 dives a day
  • Some people said they had the privilege of having two excellent chefs onboard

1 reasons NOT to dive

  • A couple of divers said these dive sites are more suitable for experienced divers because of the depths of each dive

Key facts

Year (re)built: 2008
Max divers 18
Internet No
Nitrox Yes (free)
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

Prices

The avarage price for diving with this liveaboard is
$403$
per day.

We've calculated this price based on a 7 day stay.
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    Boby Taylor

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    PADI Instructor

    Torben is the Editor of Divein and a true water lover. 

Highlights

  • Dive itineraries will last between 10-11nights
  • Nitrox courses and dive gear are available
  • Beverages are included with your meal plans
  • There are nine air-conditioned cabins
  • Cabins have large flat-screen TVs, media players, storage cupboards, and email facilities
  • You can go on underwater excursions on a submersible submarine
  • All the cabins have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold showers
  • The crew is professional and takes care of the needs of the guests
  • There are two chefs onboard this liveaboard
  • The dive deck is equipped with a camera station
  • Salon area include soft sofas, TV, library and indoor dining
  • Sun deck area
  • Barbeque area
  • There are showers located on the dive deck
  • Itineraries will take you to Muelle Privado Galmar, Muelle Privado Galmar, and Cocos Islands

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Description and details

Diving on the MV Argo in Costa Rica 

MV Argo liveaboard

The MV Argo is a stunning liveaboard with a rich history in the Costa Rica region. These waters are filled with large pelagic life, fish species and coral reef systems. There is a submersible on-board that will make sure you get to experience the underwater scenery uniquely. Moreover, the Argo is only one of five liveaboards that have the distinction of traveling to the Cocos Island Marine National Park. There are 15 crew members on the MV Argo that will cater to all your needs while traveling on the liveaboard.

Interior and entertainment areas

There are nine stateroom cabins on the MV Argo that have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold showers. All of the cabins are spaciously designed and comes with windows or portholes that offer outlooks of the ocean. There are ample storage cupboards and desks available in these staterooms for your personal belongings and individual climate control features. You will also a personal satellite phone, big screen TV and email facilities.

The salon/lounge is the meeting grounds for guests when out of the water and comes with air-conditioning. There are large screen TV and media players for watching movies and playing music. What’s more, there is also a personal computer where you can edit your photos or look through the marine life collections. You will also find comfortable sofas with a mini-library if you want to catch up on some reading.

Deck Areas

The sun deck is also a hot-spot for guests between dives. This area has sun loungers with soft padding that are ideal for sunbathing or for an afternoon slumber. Moreover, at night you can sit under the gazillion stars and contemplate the happenings of the day.

Dive deck on the MV Argo

The dive deck is large enough for divers to move freely without bumping into one another. The crew and dive staff are always available to give you a helping hand with gear and getting in and out of the water. Some of the amenities on the dive deck include rebreathers, Nitrox and dive gear. To get you to some of the dive sites the MV Argo has three dive tenders. There is also a camera and charging stations for your equipment.

Deep-sea Submersible Submarine 

As an optional upgrade to your liveaboard package, you can include submarine trips on your diving trip. This fascinating extra is what sets the MV Argo apart from the rest of the liveaboards in the area and some would say the world. This submersible submarine can reach depths of 450meters/1500ft and will expose you to an underwater world only seen by a select few. You will have a 360-degree field of vision and this is the ideal way to move around in the ocean.

Food on the MV Argo

The chefs should be commended on their efforts in the kitchen daily. You can expect three main meals each day served in a buffet style. The meals will be a mix of Italian, International, and Costa Rican cuisines. There are also various snacks served throughout the day as well as soft drinks, coffee, tea, and drinking water. There are also alcoholic beverages at an added charge.

Itinerary

This fantastic liveaboard will take you all around the Costa Rican dive sites. Diving itineraries will last between 10-11 nights. The submersible also offers a unique way of exploring the underwater world. Dive destination will include Muelle Privado Galmar, Muelle Privado Galmar, and Cocos Islands.

The MV Argo
MV ARGO liveaboard
4.1
Good liveaboard
Boat features
  • Laundry Service
  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • BBQ Area

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