Socorro Giant Mantas, Dolphins & 11 Species of Sharks
Season: October to March // 8 Days, 7 Nights
Socorro is all about giant mantas, not the number of mantas but the amazing trust they have in us. If a manta looks you in the eye and feels that they can trust you, the most amazing interspecies interaction often follows. That is the magic of Socorro and something we have learned very well since our first exploratory trip out there in 1978. There is more, 15 years ago the dolphins started emulating the mantas when the grandma of the local pod of divers ended up in the arms of dive guide Sten. We now get pod interaction with the bottlenose dolphins on almost every trip.
San Ignacio Lagoon Gray Whales
Season: January to April // 4 Days, 3 Nights
This is the most amazing and spectacular whale interaction with humans on the planet.
Phenomenal, extraordinary, mind-shattering… How do you even being to describe the experience of a giant 40-foot long whale swimming right up to your boat, looking you in the eye and communicating very clearly that they want you to put your hand in the water so that they can push up against it to get stroked. Having a whale look you directly in the eye is an experience that nobody ever forgets. And… It’s not just the adults, the calves are unbelievably cute and and playful and will steal your heart.
San Ignacio Lagoon Gray Whales
Season: Mid-January to Mid-April // 7 Days, 6 Nights
What is the only thing better than our phenomenal 4-day, 3-night San Ignacio Adventures?? Staying Longer!! We offer a limited number of trips that are 3 days longer, allowing you more time to soak in the magic and beauty of this desert and ocean oasis. More time equals the opportunity for more whale encounters, visiting the serene brilliant white Salinas salt flats, exploring the village of San Ignacio, or even embarking on a mountain hike to discover cave paintings.
Ultimate Whale Shark
Sea of Cortez
Season: June to October // 8 Days, 7 Nights
Every year, between 80 and 220 whale sharks visit a remote bay in the northern sea of Cortez giving us the most splendid interaction found anywhere in the world. With virtually no other boats around, we get these giants all to ourselves for as long as we want. It is a very unique opportunity to experience interaction with these animals own their terms guided by local panga captains. This adventure truly samples the best of the Sea of Cortez from La Paz to Loreto National Park to the extremely remote Isla San Pedro Martir where we have a unique permit to go ashore.
Baja Ultimate Whales
Gray Whale Lagoon + Expedition Yacht
Season: January – March // 8 Days, 7 Nights
Truly an ultimate adventure with not just a 4-day, 3-night San Ignacio Lagoon gray whale expedition but also humpback whale watching on the southern cape, snorkelling with loads of sea lions, and 3 nights on our 116 ft expedition yacht. Experience encounters with blue whale mommas and calves, witness huge pods of dolphins, giant fin whales, and more humpback whales than you can shake a stick at. As well as shore adventures, cocktail hour on the beach and of course, scuba diving opportunities.
Mobula Rays & Orcas – Sea of Cortez
Season: Mid-March to Mid-July – varying length trips
Joyful, jumping flying mobula Rays are resident year-round in the Sea of Cortez but start aggregating in large numbers late every winter. Getting in the water with hundreds or thousands of these gentle 4 to 5 ft rays is a very special experience, and spring to mid-July is the best time to see them. The Sea of Cortez is brimming with life this time of year; super-friendly California sea lions, huge pods of dolphins, fin whales (second in size only to giant blue whales), giant schools of fish swirling like tornadoes, and much more. Early in the season, there are blue whales and loads of humpback whales, and later we often see whale sharks. BUT our overriding ambition on these trips is to be present when mighty orcas (killer whales) appear. We will be searching hard for them.
Loreto Great Circle / La Paz
Season: July to November // 8 Days, 7 Nights
Las Animas, La Reyna (fingers crossed on a giant manta), El banjo, Espiritu Santo, our secret pinnacle off San Franciscito and an easy overnight run to the spectacular scenery, gorgeous white sand beaches and diving of Loreto.
Boards in La Paz to get you right out to our favourite dive sites. You can expect an average of 4 dives a day including night dives and the same spirit of adventure as the old days on our Alaska trips with shore expeditions, kayaking and paddle boarding, beach walks, swimming and that beautiful Mexican night sky from your hot tub.
Sea of Cortez 5 Nights Get Aways
Season: July to November // 6 days, 5 nights
Las Animas, La Reyna (fingers crossed on a giant manta), El bajo Los Islotes, Espiritu Santo and more!! 15 dives including night dives.
Meets in Cabo and boards in La Paz to get you right out to our favourite dive sites. We have been running trips to these dive sites for over 40 years and have learned a thing or two about how to maximize your dive vacation.
Cocos Island of the Sharks
Season: August to September // 11 Days, 10 Nights
Cocos—just the name elicits a knowing smile from experienced divers. Known as the ‘Island of the Sharks,’ it’s not just about the famous schooling hammerheads where the sharks come to you, but a tiny tropical rainforest oasis in the eastern Pacific. Here, you’ll encounter loads of white-tip reef sharks, marble rays, tiger sharks, and the ever-fascinating lobster and octopus. Of course, there are schools of juvenile horse-eyed jacks and hundreds of creole fish gathering together.
Ocean & Rainforest
Season: August // 6 Days, 5 Nights
Costa Rica Oceans and Rainforest Adventure: Caño Island diving plus Piedras Blancas and Osa Peninsula National Parks. This serves as the ideal pre or post-Cocos extension, seamlessly blending diving with several days of rainforest exploration led by your onboard naturalist. Following beach landings from our inflatables, we’ll be on the lookout for four different species of monkeys, flocks of scarlet macaws, sloths, toucans, frogs, snakes, and so much more.
Mexico Sardine Run
Season: Mid-October to January // 8 Days, 7 Nights
Imagine being in the water with giant swirling schools of Pacific sardine in the cobalt blue waters off Magdalena Bay. You’ll be surrounded by everything from giant bryde whales right in front of you gulping their way through thousands of sardine, to striped marlin flashing by at 50 km/h, California sea lions, sharks, dolphins, wahoo, pelagic seabirds, and much more. These adventures combine Cabo departures with your luxury liveaboard always being close by the action and the expertise of local panga captains (ex-fishermen who know the area like the back of their hands). \