Big Animal Encounters in Socorro -- WAITLIST
April 13-22, 2019
9 nights onboard the M/V Valentina + 3-4 dives per day + all meals
Join Blue Planet for some incredible big animal encounters in Socorro, the “Mexican Galapagos.” These islands draw sharks, mantas, whales and pelagic fish in large numbers, promising a memorable week of diving from the M/V Valentina liveaboard.
The Revillagigedos Archipelago, more commonly called Socorro, is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean approximately 250 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, at the tip of the Baja peninsula. These islands have been compared to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador or Cocos Island in Costa Rica because of the big animal encounters they provide…like up-close and personal encounters with the Giant Pacific manta ray, which can grow to 22 feet from wingtip to wingtip.
There are plenty of sharks — hammerhead schools, white tips, silver tips, silkies, duskies, Galapagos and occasionally tigers. Divers have encountered up to 7 species of sharks on a single dive! We may even get lucky and see whale sharks.
Add to the mix extremely large tuna, wahoo, thick schools of jacks and many other big critters along with endemic tropicals found nowhere else in the world, and you have the best big animal diving on earth!
As the diving here is usually deeper and more challenging, each diver must have a minimum of Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent) and at least 50 dives. Enriched air/Nitrox certification strongly recommended.
The M/V Valentina
The 125 ft long M/V Valentina will be our home base for this incredible trip. It has 10 air-conditioned cabins, each with an en-suite bathroom. The dining room offers excellent cuisine with a variety of Mexican, European and Asian dishes, and also an open bar with a choice of various soft drinks, tea, coffee and draft beer. Relax between dives on the large, partially covered sun deck, or enjoy the stars at night while floating in the middle of the ocean.
You should plan to fly in to San Jose del Cabo on or before April 13. We will check in to the boat between 3:00-6:00 PM. You can fly back any time after noon on April 22 — we will disembark after breakfast.
Double occupancy in a double or twin cabin ($3680 per person) with a private bathroom, air conditioning and personal entertainment system.
In addition to nine nights accommodation on the boat, the package includes:
- 3-4 dives per day
- all meals and beverages
- roundtrip airport transfers
- taxes and service charges
This does NOT include:
- Chamber support fee ($15)
- Nitrox ($120)
- rental equipment
- onboard purchases
Want to take a class ahead of the trip or on the boat? These are some great options:
- Enriched Air/Nitrox specialty
- Underwater Digital Photography specialty
- Deep Diver specialty
- Underwater Naturalist specialty