Sea of Cortez Liveaboard

San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Blue Planet Scuba
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Nov 7 - 13, 2020
Group size: 6 - 12
Sea of Cortez Liveaboard
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Blue Planet Scuba
  • Facebook verified
  • Twitter verified
52 reviews

Nov 7 - 13, 2020
Group size: 6 - 12

About this trip

6 nights + 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 explore some of the best diving in the region including Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, one of Mission Blue’s Hope Spots. 

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 Baja 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 November, the waters are still warm with a great chance of seeing juvenile whale Sharks.


Along our "Discover Baja" route we will:

- visit the friendly sea lions at Los Islotes

- look for hammerheads at El Bajo

- do a night dive with mobula rays

- snorkel with juvenile whale sharks in La Paz Bay

- and be amazed by the Jacknado and maybe bull sharks(!) in Cabo Pulmo.

M/V Valentina

The 125 ft long M/V Valentina will be our home base for this incredible trip. It has 10 air-conditioned cabins, each with an en-suite bathroom. The dining room offers excellent cuisine with a variety of Mexican, European and Asian dishes, and also an open bar with a choice of various soft drinks, tea, coffee and draft beer. Relax between dives on the large, partially covered sun deck, or enjoy the stars at night while floating in the middle of the ocean.


FYI they have reduced the number of people allowed on the boat from 20 divers to 13 divers total. They do not require COVID-19 PCR testing or free COVID certification, but you will be asked to fill in the COVID-19 self-Assessment Declaration form before boarding. They have also been monitoring the crew’s health condition every day and will do the same for guests. You can read more about their COVID-19 procedures here.  


You should fly in to San Jose del Cabo (SJD) on November 7 and arrive no later than 4 PM. (Complimentary shuttles are scheduled for 12 PM, 2 PM and 5:30 PM.) You must be on board the boat by 9 PM so we can head out to our first night's anchorage. From there we will head up the coast to dive in Cabo Pulmo and all around our favorite sites in the Sea of Cortez. We will disembark on November 13 in La Paz so you can fly home from there or take a 3 hour shuttle back to Cabo. 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

  • 6 nights accommodation
    Double or single occupancy in a double or twin cabin with a private bathroom, air conditioning and personal entertainment system.
  • 3-4 dives a day
  • Airport transfers
    Arrival: SJD airport to marina. Departure: marina to La Paz hotel or airport.
  • Meals & most beverages
    Excluding dinner on the first night.
  • National Park Fee
  • Tax and service charges
  • Flights
    international flights to La Paz
  • Enriched Air/Nitrox
    for Nitrox certified divers; $100 USD
  • Fuel Surcharge
    $60 USD per person
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the boat's excellent crew; 10-15% suggested.
  • Other beverages
    Imported beer, spirits, additional wine beyond glass served with dinner

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Blue Planet Scuba
52 reviews
Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.


Blue Planet executed a wonderful trip. We travelled with Jeff and Anthony, who were excellent teachers and fun, kind people besides; stayed at Hotel Phocea and dove with Phocea dive shop, which were also great. Instruction was taken seriously and and difficulties people had were addressed promptly and compassionately. Can't wait to dive with Blue Planet again!
By Anya V for May Certification Weekend in Mexico on 11 Jun, 2021
Amazing diving albeit chilly at times as expected. Guides knew exactly where to go and were extremely adept at spotting wildlife. Service was wonderful and organization was impeccable. Definitely a successful bucket-list dive trip. We’d highly recommend it to any keen and experienced divers.
By Martin W for Explore the Galapagos on 27 Mar, 2021
Thank you so much for the review, Martin! We are so glad you enjoyed the trip and decided to check this one off your bucket-list with us. We hope to see you underwater again sometime soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
An absolutely amazing archipelago like no other in the world, both top side and under water. Words and pictures will never do justice to this incredible bucket list destination. Heather and Jonas were fantastic leaders; caring, knowldegeable, always up beat, always thinking ahead, always putting the guests priorities ahead of their own...could not ask for more. Aggressor personnel were top notch. Overall an incredible experience from A to Z.
By David E for Explore the Galapagos on 23 Mar, 2021
We are so happy you enjoyed the trip, David! On top of all of the incredible marine life we were able to see, it was fantastic to learn more about the islands' volcanic origins from you. We feel incredibly lucky that you joined us! :-) We can't wait to dive with you again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
This is my third Blue Planet trip, and I look forward to many more. Traveling during Covid involves changing restrictions and requirements- Blue Planet kept us updated and helped us manage our anxiety. The resort and dive operator were incredible. This is a regular feature of Blue Planet trips.
By Andy M for St Lucia! February 2021 on 01 Mar, 2021
Thank you, Andy! We're thrilled you enjoyed the trip despite the challenges getting there. We can't wait until our next trip together!!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 01 Mar, 2021
COVID-safe responsible travel is now possible and quite enjoyable! Blue Planet guided us through the enhanced testing, paperwork, and travel restrictions that protect both travelers and hosts, allowing us to support island communities and dive spectacular reefs. I have been reluctant to travel since March 2020 but as we all enter the “new normal” of covid and economic recovery, I am pleased to experience and highly recommend *responsible travel done safely* with Blue Planet.
By Heidi K for St Lucia! February 2021 on 22 Feb, 2021
We are so happy you could join us, Heidi! We are thrilled that everyone felt safe and enjoyed the trip. We're looking forward to many more dive adventures with you in the future!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 23 Feb, 2021
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Hey! Please add me to the waitlist for the Indonesia trip in November! Thanks! Eran Patterson
By Eran P on 25 Nov, 2018