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
61 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
61 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.


This was my 4th trip with Blue Planet. They are my “go-to” group for diving trips. The Red Sea trip was on my bucket list and turned out to be a trip of a lifetime. We were originally scheduled for October 2020, but you know - COVID. Jonas and Heather kept us informed along the way on rescheduling, COVID requirements and other important information. I can’t say enough positive things about their customer service. It is obvious to all who deal with Blue Planet staff either in their shop, as a student or on a trip that customer service is their priority. I’ve already booked my next trip.
By Heidi C for Explore the Red Sea on 17 Sep, 2021
Thank you for your kind words, Heidi! We're so happy you were able to join us on this trip and we can't wait until the next one with you!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 18 Sep, 2021
All aspects of this trip, both land and sea, were meticulously planned. Our dive boat and it’s staff were of highest quality. They accommodated all our requests in order to make this a five-star experience. We then participated in most of the land portion of the tour. Our guide was superb and, again, all details were well executed. We can’t wait to go back and look forward to future trips with Blue Planet Scuba!
By Carla S for Explore the Red Sea on 12 Sep, 2021
Thank you so much, Carla! We're thrilled to hear you two enjoyed the trip, both on the boat and the land tour. We look forward to diving with you again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 18 Sep, 2021
Another AMAZING trip with Blue Planet!!! Originally scheduled for 2020 and delayed due to COVID-19. Heather and Jonas did a great job communicating changes, unique requirements due to COVID-19, and answering all questions. The dive operator was great. Really enjoyed the professionalism of the staff and dive guides on the Blue Horizon. The Red Sea dives were amazing and extra special since fewer boats are operating than normal. The Red Sea was beautiful!! We even saw a Whale Shark from the boat! I joined the Cairo portion of the land tour, which was also great. Hassan, our guide, was very informative. 100% recommend Blue Planet and looking forward to my next dive adventure!!
By Meryl G for Explore the Red Sea on 08 Sep, 2021
Thank you, Meryl! We're so happy you could join us and that you had a great time. We can't wait to dive with you again soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 18 Sep, 2021
Relaxing Dives, great location. Blue Planet Scuba always delivers.
By Charles R for West Palm Beach Photo Trip on 20 Aug, 2021
Thanks, Charlie! It was a pleasure to dive with you again, as always. :-)
By Blue Planet Scuba on 20 Aug, 2021
Such a fantastic time! The folks at Blue Planet planned an excellent trip and Heather and Jonas were great leaders through it all!
By Joey B for Weekend Getaway to West Palm Beach on 16 Aug, 2021
Thank you so much, Joey! We're so glad you could join us on the trip. We can't wait to see you underwater again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 17 Aug, 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