Sea of Cortez Liveaboard

August 7 -August 14, 2021

Overview

The Sea of Cortez is an interesting place. We started diving here many years ago when giant mantas were common and multiple schools of hammerhead sharks would swirl around El Bajo. Commercial fishermen hit the place really hard in the 1990’s before the government of Mexico enacted exclusionary zones and marine protected area. Our beautiful sea has come back to life but it is different than before. Whale sharks are still resident seasonally off La Paz. The sea lions at Los Islotes were never impacted. Humpback whales still show up every winter. And the huge schools of panamic fish are as abundant as ever before. We are seeing hammerhead sharks at El Bajo and Los Animas and mantas at La Reyna. We finally figured out where the humboldt squid are and it’s quite a trek to get there! We discovered the stunning number of whale sharks at Bahia de Los Angeles in the northern sea of Cortez.

Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez the aquarium of the world. Expect to see a lot of fish. A LOT of fish! Whale sharks in season. California sea lions. Giant manta rays at one particular site. A variety of shark species possibly including hammerheads (noting that the Sea of Cortez is nowhere near as sharkie as Socorro), several shipwrecks, garden eels and diving cormorant birds.

Fly into Cabo on a Saturday and meet at, See Creatures, Dive Center and board a luxury coach transfer to La Paz at 7pm to board the boat. The boat will depart early Sunday morning to start diving and visit our old favourites including Los Islotes, El Bajo, Fang Ming, Suwammee Reef and wreck of the Salvatierra, La Reyna and the sharks of Las Animas. You will return to La Paz the following Saturday to disembark at 8:30am. There is an easy transfer to SJD in time for an afternoon flight home OR head into Cabo for more adventures!!

What is included?

  • * 8 days/ 7 nights/6 days of diving 
  • * Taxes
  • * Meals while on boat,
  • * transfers on arrival to the hotel, if arrive with group
  • * trip brochure and packet,
  • * trip shirt, and travel leader.

Can I use a rebreather?

The Nautilus Explorer is a rebreather friendly vessel. They have sorb and oxygen on-hand (ok, we need to tell them when you book so we can make sure it is on-board). So, yes you may use your rebreather.

Special Oceanic Ventures Connoisseur Club Benefit

  • * Complimentary Warm-Up dive, 8:00am on August 7
  • * Complimentary photo workshop afternoon August 7

Other activities that can be arranged… 

Shopping in town, zip lining, parasailing, City and cultural tours, horseback riding and more

What is not included?

Airfare to/from Cabo San Lucas, Nitrox, port fee ($65, cash paid on-board), Park Fee (None at this time), Boutique, Bar tab, Lunch & dinner, Rentals, sorb and rebreather gasses, Taxi fares to/from town, Airport tax Additional land tours, Other activities, Diving equipment system, Trip insurance and shopping, hotels in Cabo the day before or after arrivals. Tips for local dive staff or tour staff,

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COVID Information

The traveler must be free from COVID before departure. A Covid test is required before departure (with in 5 days prior) and a test is required to return to the United States. These requirements are subject to change

The Fine Print…

Please see the Terms & Conditions page for a listing of our travel policies. All prices are subject to change until booked and ticketed. All moneys are due in full on deposit even if not paid in full and some penalties may ably for cancellations based on the operators policies and group penalties.  As with most small island properties and vessels, cancellations are more of an issue so they have limited ability to fill unused spaces.  We highly recommend trip insurance to help avoid any unnecessary problems.  No refunds for missed flights or changes in plans. Trip insurance and diving insurance can be found at http://oceanicventures.com/travel-insurance/.  Both Dive Assure/DAN and Travel Guard have a family plan.  Diving Accident and Medical Insurance is required. Vessel and OVI travel releases are required.  Please plan to bring a copy of your logbook, c-card, and diving insurance.  

Passport must have a minimum of 6 months validity prior to passport expiration.  No refunds for missed flights or boats.

Note: All guests spaces are reserved upon deposit.  But unless a minimum number of guest sign up for the trip by the deadline dates, an Oceanic Ventures trip leader will not be attending.

Adventure Date

August 7-14 2021

Airfare

Airfare is not included in this trip. Your desitnation is Cabo San Lucas

There is a departure flight on August 14 in the evening or you may want to depart on August 15. We can help you plan this part of the trip.

Transit Arrangements

We can assist you with transit hotels if needed.

Fare

All per person double discounted for cash and Club membership. Except the single cabin which is for one person. First booked, first choice.

  • * $2,625 pp/Club/cash ($2,695 full rate) Stateroom
  • * $3,150 pp/Club/cash ($3,195 full rate) Superior Suite
  • * $3,675 pp/Club/cash ($3,695 full rate) Premium Suite
  • * $3,282 pp/Club/cash ($3,295 full rate) Single Stateroom
  • * $2,310 pp/Club/cash ($2,395 full rate) Triple Stateroom (it is best if you put together your own group – the space can be/is Coed)

Deposit & Final Payment

  • * $1,500 plus trip insurance
  • * Final payment due – May 1, 2021
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Travel Notes

  • * An Oceanic Ventures Application/Travel Release is required at time of booking
  • * A boat Release is required by the final payment date
  • * We cannot guarantee a roommate unless you are booking together with someone, so plan on a single supplement
  • * As with most small liveaboard operations, cancellations are more of an issue so they have limited ability to fill unused spaces. We always recommend trip insurance to help avoid any unnecessary problems. There are no refunds for missed flights or changes in plans. Travel Insurance (ie: comprehensive accident, medical, baggage and trip cancellation and interruption insurance) purchased at the time their reservation is made, may help protect guests from financial disappointment if they are prevented from making their scheduled trip due to illness or family illness, or in the event that unforeseen circumstances prevent the airline or yacht from making its scheduled trip.
  • * The United States is requiring a COVID test prior to re-entering the country. The boat will handle getting everyone COVID tested prior to boarding your return flight.
  • * Passport must have a minimum of 6 months validity prior to passport expiration
  • * We require diving accident insurance. For your convenience below are links to Dive Assure . Both organizations offer Travel Insurance and Dive Accident Insurance and be purchased via our web site at https://oceanicventures.com/travel-insurance/.  Both Dive Assure and Travel Guard have a family plan. Dive Assure is diving insurance and also has a travel insurance option.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend travel insurance to help cover you for unknown events that may occur. We also recommend that you have coverage to help you in the event you need to leave for weather or other emergencies.