Dive into the Sea of Cortez

La Paz, Mexico

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Nov 3 - 10, 2018
Group size: 8 - 20
Dive into the Sea of Cortez
La Paz, Mexico

Blue Planet Scuba
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36 reviews

$2185
Deposit: $500
Nov 3 - 10, 2018
Group size: 8 - 20

About this trip

2 nights camping + 5 nights hotel + 15 dives + snorkel with whale sharks!


Play with sea lions, snorkel with whale sharks, dive at night with schooling mobula rays and more! Join us for this unique trip to the Sea of Cortez, one of the most biologically diverse marine systems in the world. We'll camp under the stars at a World Heritage Site, dive at Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, one of Mission Blue’s Hope Spots, and experience the charms of La Paz. 

Diving in the Sea of Cortez 

Get up close to some of the ocean’s coolest creatures including a life-changing frolic with a colony of 400 wild sea lions. What sets La Paz diving apart is the big stuff: giant mantas, sea lions, and impressive numbers of sharks, including whale sharks and hammerheads. There are also over 900 species of fish to see as well as marine mammals and diving birds. In October, the waters are warm with great visibility and a great chance of seeing juvenile whale Sharks.

Camping on Espiritu Santo 

You can't really call this camping - think of it as camping with benefits! Espiritu Santo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a world class natural park. Each tent, which has an amazing view of the turquoise bay, accommodates two people and comes equipped with cots and sleeping bags. Other creature comforts include manual flushing toilets and solar showers in private bamboo stalls, beach lounge chairs with umbrellas, covered dining and classroom area and more. A chef and three-person crew will prepare delicious meals and tend to camp while you are away exploring during the day.


Here you will experience all that nature has to offer 24 hours a day. The island is uninhabited and the beach camp is available by permit only. Enjoy soaking up the heat on the beach chairs or comb the waters edge as the sand sinks between your toes. Cruise around the bay in a kayak or on a paddle board while spotting for marine life in the crystal clear water. Watch Brown Pelicans and Great Blue Herons feed on the water’s edge. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular. The night sky, unhindered by light pollution, is clear and filled with the unfiltered brilliance of the stars and planets.

La Paz 

The port city of La Paz has become the ideal site for all kinds of visitors. Its natural landscapes, deserts, mountains and seas — from the “largest aquarium in the world” to its islands that flank the bay — are the dream of every adventurer who enjoys diving, camping and extreme sports. La Paz offers first class services without losing the charm of a small city. Safe and cozy, but cosmopolitan, it has all the amenities a world traveler could want.


Our home base will be Hyatt Place, not far from our fabulous dive center, Fun Baja. Our stay includes hot breakfast, free wifi, on site bar, food, pool and shuttles to downtown La Paz.

Travel

You should fly in to La Paz (LAP) on November 3 and arrive no later than 3 PM. If you fly into Cabo (SJD), you must schedule your arrival so you arrive no later that 12 PM. From Cabo, plan to take the Eco Baja Tours Shuttle - click here for information on the shuttle and to book a ride. It's a 3 hour ride from Cabo to La Paz. You can fly home at any time on November 10. Please email or call the shop with any questions before booking your flight!

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 2 nights of camping
    Stay in a tent on the beach with all meals prepared on site by a chef, kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking and more
  • 2 dive days from island
    2 days of 3-tank dives from the island plus diving and snorkeling with the sea lions and a night dive with schooling mobula rays
  • 5 nights in the Hyatt
    Double or single occupancy available; breakfast included
  • 2 dive days from La Paz
    2 days of 3-tank dives plus swimming with whale sharks; lunch included
  • 1 dive day in Cabo Pulmo
    1 day of 2-tank dives at Cabo Pulmo
  • Airport transfers
    Round trip transfers from La Paz airport
  • Enriched Air/Nitrox
    for Nitrox certified divers
  • Flights
    international flights to La Paz
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the boat's excellent crew
  • Meals not specified
    Dinners and any other meals not mentioned above

Available Packages

Diver, Double Occupancy
5 left

Shared tent on the island and shared room in La Paz; two beds

$2185
Deposit: $500
Diver, Single Occupancy
only 2 left
$2655
Deposit: $500
Non-diver, Double Occupancy
only 2 left
$1665
Deposit: $500
$2185
Deposit: $500

Diver, Double Occupancy
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The trip was fantastic! A great group of divers, an amazing leader, Andrea, from Blue Planet, the fold at CRF were wonderful - we learned a lot and had four beautiful and productive dives.
Trip was great, and coral restoration education and experience was fantastic. Andrea is the best leader and organizer. Unfortunately, weather prevented us from diving 2 out of 3 days, and our room was small for 2 single people, had little annoyances like nowhere to plug in cell phones near the bed and only processed carbs for breakfast, and had lots of little things not working that made the accommodations less than satisfactory.
MD
The diving was great! Sharks, wrecks, and schools and schools of fish! We also saw eels and octopuses! Josh and Heather were very approachable and easy going organizers who made space for everyone to opt-in to the group dinners but definitely gave no pressure. They addressed any problems immediately and with grace, and generally added to the experience. While the staff were all very kind and friendly, the NC dive shop (Olympus) offers very little in terms of included amenities and services. You do everything yourself: analyze and record your own EAN, put your tanks on the boat, set up your equipment, and the dives are self-guided. Lunch and refreshments are not provided on board (but there is plenty of space to put your own in the coolers and minifridge, plus a toaster oven and microwave). This was all fine and communicated ahead of time, but is quite different from my experiences elsewhere, so worth noting, especially since the prices were higher than I am used to. Most sites were about 2 hours offshore, so I assume much of the cost can be attributed to fuel. Two of the three days, we did both dives on the same site. The first day, the other Olympus Dive Shop boat was anchored on the stern of the huge wreck and our boat was anchored on the bow. It seems to me that we could have at least switched locations of the two boats during our hour plus surface interval to get a somewhat different dive in for the second tank, but instead we did the exact same dive twice (which albeit was a great dive). Only two people from our group stayed in the dive lodge, which I highly recommend for those with a tolerance for hostel living. It was very well located, an easy walk to most of the restaurants and (crucially) to the dive shop. Lots of space in the fridge and a chill living room area, plus the bathrooms were clean. I could see it getting a little crowded if at capacity, but we only had 6-9 people staying there any given night. Definitely a good budget option! Plus you get to meet some other divers, hear their stories, and get their advice on the sites. All in all, a great trip! I would definitely recommend it to experienced divers who like sharks, wrecks, and fish galore!
Another great Caribbean dive trip with Blue Planet. Dive shop, dive masters, and the BP staff made sure we had fantastic dives and fun as a group. Was a good value for the money too!
Awesome trip! Delicious food! Amazing crew! Great group! Well equipped vessel! Diving was good. 5 dives a day - sweet! Got to see the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, manta rays, tiger shark, many frogfish, nudibranchs and much more. Completed many night dives, including a Blackwater dive. All crew were highly knowledgeable, caring and interactive 24/7. I will never forget being covered with a warm towel post every dive :). Super trip with an awesome dive team and divers.
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Hey! Please add me to the waitlist for the Indonesia trip in November! Thanks! Eran Patterson
By Eran Patterson on Nov 25, 2018