Dive the Sea of Cortez With This Amazing Value Liveaboard!
Why we love it
The Sea of Cortez is one of the best places to dive in Mexico. In this World Heritage Site, you'll get to see friendly sea lions, some schooling Mobula rays, some whale sharks, huge schools of sardines, and even some hammerhead sharks!
This excellent-value liveaboard offers several itineraries going to La Paz, and sometimes to Cabo Pulmo too. We love its friendly team, the comfortable shared spaces onboard, and the cabins all located on the main deck!
The liveaboard regularly invites onboard scientists working to protect manta rays and other pelagic species.
Who is it for?
For divers of all levels who want to experience the rich marine life of the Sea of Cortez with few tourists. Non-divers are also welcome.
5 or 6 nights cruise, in a twin or double shared accommodation basis with en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning.
Up to 16 dives on the 5-nights itinerary, and 20 dives on the 6-nights itinerary. Two dives on the last morning. it is recommended to stay one extra night in La Paz in a hotel after the cruise if you want to do all the dives.
All meals (Western, Mexican, and Asian Cuisine, served in buffet style), with vegetarian options too.
Water, local beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea, and a glass of wine at dinner
One hike on Espiritu Santo Island
National park fees: $5 (about ... EUR) per day
between La Paz (LAP) airport and the marina on the day of check-in
between the liveaboard and hotels in La Paz on the day of check-out
between hotels in La Paz and La Paz airport (LAP) the day after the check-out.
What's not included?
Fuel surcharge $10 (about ... EUR) per night
No dinner on the first night - eat before checking-in.
Nitrox: $20 (about ... EUR) a day
Equipment rental: $30 (about ... EUR) a day for the full set
Tips for the crew
Off La Paz, the dive sites are famous for their whale sharks sightings, some Mobula rays passing by in big groups - including on night dives, its playful sea lions, and its huge schools of pelagic fish (jacks, tuna, sardines)!
Dolphins and hammerhead sharks are also sighted.
There are plenty of critters to observe: nudibranchs, crabs, shrimp, snails, and more.
Further South, in Cabo Pulmo, the marine reserve has been labeled as a “Hope Spot” by Mission Blue, Dr. Sylvia Earle’s NGO. It is home to the oldest of only three coral reefs on the west coast of North America.
It's also frequent to see there some bull sharks on a wreck dive in Cabo Pulmo.
Season: year round, with an abundance of species between July and November
Currents: little to medium
Visibility:15 to 30 m (50 to 98 ft)
Water Temperature:22° to 28°C (72° to 82°F) June to November. 16° to 22°C (61° to 72°F) December to May
Depth: shallow and deep dives
You will dive all along your trip, even on the last day
Some of the sites you may visit (depending on the itinerary) are La Paz Bay, Swanee Reef, Fang Ming, San Francisquito, Los Islotes, La Reina, Punta Lobos, El Bajo, and some sites in Cabo Pulmo.
Dive operator in the area since 2000
Boat renovated in 2013
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Nitrox course available on board with an additional fee
Maximum 6 divers per guide
Equipment Recommended: a 3 to 5 mm wetsuit, a hood, and the usual dive equipment
Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend DAN Europe which has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: La Paz, Mexico
Visas, flights, and more!
How to get there
The trip starts on the first day in La Paz, where guests must check-in between 19:00 and 23:00. The liveaboard will be in La Paz Malecon, on the dock in front of hotel La Perla.
International flights to La Paz, (LAP), Mexico.
On the last day, you'll disembark the ship around 16:00 at Marina Palmira, La Paz.
Spend one night in La Paz before flying as there will be two dives on the last day.
Bring reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, a rash guard, a sweater or light-weight jacket, and some walking shoes.