SEA OF CORTEZ / EXPLORE BAJA

September and October

Sea of Cortez - Explore Baja

SEA OF CORTEZ / EXPLORE BAJA
September and October

13 Days / 12 Nights / 11 Days of Diving

Each day you will awake to a fantastic sunrise amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world with cear skies, deep blue seas, and terrain only millions of years could create. Enjoy three to four dives daily as we move from island to island. Dive on untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life. The north is a macro photographer's dream with nudibranchs, colorful blennies, dancing jawfish, and sea horses. Encounter large and small whale species, snorkel with whale sharks, see jumping mobula rays, dive with playful sea lion colonies and see countless eels, octopus, fish, and jumping mobula rays.

The bio-diversity between the northern and southern Sea of Cortez is incredible and diving the entire Baja is spectacular! The sea life we witness on the surface from the boat, dingys or snorkling is fantastic.

We can see dolphins, sea lions, pilot whales, humpback whale, fin whales, blue whales, sperm whales, orcas and flying mobula rays. We also have incredible birds including blue and brown footed boobie birds, cormorants, frigate birds and the endemic yellow footed gulls.

In the south we dive the national park in Loreto and guests can spend a nice evening walking and dining in Loreto. We do a night dive with mobula rays and dive wrecks Fang Ming and Salvaterra.

If you wish to hike the remote islands during surface intervals, there is always a dingy available to take you to shore. We also have kayaks to take a serene cruise around the islands. Between activities get spoiled with amazing meals and the best crew in the industry.


ITINERARY

Our Explore Baja destination truly is an exploration. The below itinerary is a guideline only as, truly, anything can happen and flexibility will help you to enjoy this adventure to its fullest. We always want to be open-minded so that we can take advantage of what nature brings our way!

Puerto Penasco to San Jose del Cabo

Day 1 – Board the boat at 5pm. Depart from Puerto Penasco around 6pm.

Day 2 – 105-mile crossing to Puerto Refugio in Angel de la Guarda Island. Check-out dive at Lolo's Cove. Great macro dive at La Vela and La Muela. Sunset cruise at a sea lion colony.

Day 3 - Bahía de los Angeles. Morning dive at El Pescador and Paraíso. Lunch and then snorkeling with the whale sharks. Depending on timing and conditions, sunset hike at La Gringa or just relax after heavy swimming with the whale sharks.

Day 4 - Morning dive at Punta Don Juan or Elias Point and then whale watching on the "Canal de Ballenas" heading south to Sal Si Puedes. 3pm dive at Lavadero followed by a great night dive at the same location. Lavadero is located at Las Animas Island in the chain of San Lorenzo - Las Animas - Sal Si Puedes.

Day 5 - San Pedro Martir Island. Enjoy 1 or 2 days of fabulous diving with sea lions, incredible black coral fields, and some of the best macro of the Midriff Islands (3-4 dives).

Day 6 - If staying at San Pedro Martir, we do 3 dives. If not, day 6 will be at San Ildelfonso Island where we will do 4 dives. Don't miss the Green Moray City!

Day 7 - Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto, visiting Coronado Island: macro and sea lions. We do 3 dives and then a nice evening with dinner in Loreto.

Day 8 - Danzante Island, part of Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto. Dive at Submarino, Silouette, and the artificial wreck, C-54 Agustin Melgar. Afternoon hike at Honeymoon Beach.

Day 9 - Las Animas, near San José Island. Great dives on the east and north pinnacles and afternoon diving at San Dieguito for a 3pm dive followed by a night dive.

Day 10 - Los Islotes, in the northern part of Espiritu Santo Island. Dive with the friendliest sea lion colony in the Sea of Cortez. Depending on weather and ocean conditions (visibility and current), we hope to dive "El Bajo", known for big schools of hammerheads. At night we will do the spectacular mobula night dive!

Day 11 - Dive at La Reyna – a great spot for sea lions, school of barracuda, and occasionally oceanic manta rays.

Day 12 - Last day at San Lorenzo Channel, diving the Fan Ming wreck, Salvaterra wreck, and Suani Reef.

Day 13 - Arrival to San José del Cabo, disembark 8:30am.

San Jose del Cabo to Puerto Penasco

Day 1 – Board the boat at 5pm. Depart from San Jose del Cabo around 6pm.

Day 2 - Check out dive at Punta Prieta in San Gabriel Bay, part of Espiritu Santo Island, and diving Fang Ming wreck and Salvaterra wreck.

Day 3 - Dive at La Reyna, a great spot for sea lions, school of barracuda, and occasionally oceanic manta rays.

Day 4 - Los Islotes, in the northern part of Espiritu Santo Island. Dive with the friendliest sea lion colony in the Sea of Cortez. Depending on weather and ocean conditions (visibility and current), we hope to dive "El Bajo", known for big schools of hammerheads. At night we will do the spectacular mobula night dive!

Day 5 - Las Animas, near San José Island. Great dives on the east and north pinnacles and afternoon diving at San Dieguito for a 3pm dive followed by a night dive.

Day 6 - Danzante Island, part of Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto. Dive at Submarino, Silhouette, and the artificial wreck, C-54 Agustin Melgar. Afternoon hike at Honeymoon Beach.

Day 7 - Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto, visiting Coronado Island: macro and sea lions. We do 3 dives and then a nice evening with dinner in Loreto.

Day 8 - San Ildelfonso Island where we will do 3 dives. Don't miss the Green Moray City!

Day 9 - San Pedro Martir Island. Enjoy fabulous diving with sea lions, incredible black coral fields, and some of the best macro of the Midriff Islands. (3-4 dives).

Day 10 - An early dive at San Pedro Martir, following by whale watching crossing to Sal Si Puedes area. A 3pm dive at Lavadero in Las Animas Island in the chain of San Lorenzo - Las Animas - Sal Si Puedes. Night dive at the same location.

Day 11 - Sal Si Puedes: Some of the best macro diving along the Sea of Cortez at El Caballo, Los Cuervos and La Corona.

Day 12 - Wake up on the east coast of Baja California and dive El Pescador or Punta Don Juan. After breakfast, snorkeling with Whale Sharks at Bahía de Los Angeles. At 2pm, the boat will start motoring to Puerto Penasco.

Day 13 – Arrive at Puerto Penasco and disembark at 7am

AVERAGE WATER TEMPERATURES

One of the most popular questions we receive is about water temperature!

The Sea of Cortez is a very seasonal sea which means it changes rapidly based on the seasons. For trips in September, temperatures range from 76-78 degrees Fahrenheit in the north and warms as we go south. In October, the south remains in the low 80's and the northern temperatures can go as low as 72-24.

The Sea of Cortez has vertical thermoclines! You can see the water shimmer before you feel it. There are cool as well as warm currents. During a single dive, experiencing a temperature difference of 10 degrees is quite normal. But don't worry, the cool thermoclines don't usually last long.

SCHEDULES & RATES

2022


Rocio del Mar / $4495 per person, double occupancy
Quino el Guardian / $3695 per person, quad occupancy

2023/2024
Rocio del Mar / $4695 per person, double occupancy
Quino el Guardian / $3895 per person, quad occupancy

Prices include all taxes, port fees, meals, beverages, tanks, weights, and complimentary beer and wine. The only things not included are
$28 park fee
$120 Nitrox (if you want it)
Transfers to and from the boat
Crew gratuity (typically 10%-15% of the fare)

Park fees are subject to change without notice.