March 16-23, 2019
7 nights + 10 Boat Dives + Shore Diving
Join us in one of the Caribbean’s best keep secrets! Dominica is absolutely stunning both above water and below: green rainforest-covered mountains drop down to gorgeous pristine reefs. Between the diving, whale watching, hiking and other topside adventures, this is one trip you won’t forget.
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
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May 4-8, 2019
4 nights + 9 Dives
Escape the cold and join Blue Planet for a long weekend of diving in Cozumel! One of the most popular dive destinations in the Caribbean, Cozumel offers big reefs, warm water, great viz and a guaranteed good time. With up to 9 dives offered, you’ll be able to get the most diving possible out of your vacation!
May 25-June 1, 2019
7 nights + 9 boat dives + unlimited shore diving + truck rental (and free Nitrox!)
Join Blue Planet for another week of world-class diving in Bonaire. Part of the ABC (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) islands off the coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean, Bonaire is an oasis for divers. The island has been a Marine Protected Area since 1979 and is teeming with life. And the best part is that almost all of the dive sites are accessible from shore!
June 16-23, 2019
7 nights + 10 boat dives + island excursions
Join Blue Planet for a week of world-class diving in Tobago. Just north of Venezuela and south of Grenada, this modest island is home to just over 50,000 people. But its small size belies its reputation for big diving. With hard and soft corals, macro critters and pelagics, there’s something for everyone. Plus hiking, paddling, nesting sea turtles and more topside adventures!
June 28-July 2, 2019
4 nights + 6 Boat dives + shore dives just hours from DC
Join Blue Planet on Florida’s Palm Beach and Singer Island for world class diving. Just a 2.5 hour flight from DC, you can fly down Friday and be back in town by Tuesday and still get up to 14 boat and shore dives in!
July 5-7, 2019
3 days of 2-tank boat dives
Join Blue Planet for a long weekend of world-class wreck diving off the coast of North Carolina. Swirling schools of silvery fish and docile sand tiger sharks await you. We’ll be diving from Morehead City, which is conveniently located and has access to wrecks famous for sand tiger sightings.
July 20-27, 2019
7 nights + 11 boat dives + shore diving + coral restoration
Join Blue Planet for another week of world-class diving in St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. St. Croix’s rich culture and history, along with its beautiful beaches and exciting recreational activities, create an experience unlike any other in the Caribbean. Whether you are newly certified or an advanced diver, diving is easy, accessible and offers an array of experiences for everyone. Dive a wreck, wall, pier and reef all in one day! We’ll also be offering coral restoration training and dives for any citizen scientists on the trip.
August 17-24, 2019
7 nights + up to 27 dives
Join Blue Planet for the best diving in Hawaii! The Big Island’s volcanic underwater topography is a diver’s wonderland. Lava tubes, bommies, arches and huge craters like “Au Au Crater,” create a spectacular backdrop for Hawaii’s many indigenous species of Butterfly fish. Photographers will delight in the many subjects like Spanish Dancers, turtles, mantas and frogfish.
August 31-September 7, 2019
7 nights + 10 boat dives
Join Blue Planet for another week of world-class diving in Roatan, the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands. Situated on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef — the second largest barrier reef in the world, Roatan is known for beautiful, accessible diving perfect for all skill-levels. We’ll be staying in the West End, walking distance from the dive shop and great restaurants. This is the perfect end-of-summer getaway!
We’re still confirming the final details on this trip. Click here to join the waitlist and we’ll notify you as soon as it’s ready to book!