BAJA CALIFORNIA & SOCORRO
OCEAN PELAGICS, WHALES AND SHARKS
23 FEB - 13 MAR 2021 • 19 DAYS • 12 GUESTS
Travel from one of the richest seas on the planet, with some of the world’s rarest marine mammals in the Sea of Cortez, to the incredible big fish action of the Socorro Islands. Float alongside Gray, Humpback and Blue whales and jump in the water with schooling Mobula rays, tuna and sharks. Swim with playful Bottlenose dolphins, seals and Manta rays with monstrous wingspans up to 23 feet (7m). Be amongst the ocean’s largest and incredible inhabitants on this marine adventure through Baja California and Socorro Islands, a diver’s dream expedition!
Start your expedition in the north of the Baja California Peninsula in the remote San Ignacio Lagoon. In an area frequented by marine biologists and research teams, our camp is the perfect location and at the optimal time to witness and interact with the Gray whales and their calves that migrate here. Cruise up close in a panga to these inquisitive ocean giants. Travel to the east of the Peninsula to meet the Blue whales and experience the wild desert landscapes around Loreto. Dive at a sea lion colony on the island of Espiritu Santo also known as the ‘Jewel of the Sea of Cortez” and explore the granite gorges and desert plains of Sierra de la Giganta. Immerse yourself in the Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, considered North America’s oldest living coral reef, for the chance to dive with schooling jacks, rays, Banded guitarfish and octopus, all at home in these incredibly rich waters. Head out on a pelagic blue-water safari with the opportunity to have an intimate encounter with Mako, Silky, Hammerhead and Blue sharks alongside, dolphins, whales, turtles and large schools of Mobula rays.
Board our exclusively chartered vessel in Cabo San Lucas. The MV Socorro Vortex is a brand-new luxury yacht that has been built for adventure and dive expeditions, making her the perfect vessel to unlock the mysteries of the Socorro Islands in comfort and style. The four Revillagigedo Islands are located 240 miles (390km) off the Baja Peninsula and offer some of the best diving in Mexico. The islands are often compared to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador or Cocos Island in Costa Rica because of the big animal encounters they provide. Get close to the world’s largest Mantas, playful dolphins, tuna, 9 species of sharks and enjoy some of the best big-animal diving on the planet. This time of year, there’s also a chance to jump in the water with Humpback whales or passing by Orcas. Spend 8 full days diving this wild, remote and exhilarating archipelago. Be surrounded by pods of playful Bottlenose dolphins and have close encounters with the Giant Pacific Manta. Watch in awe at the abundance of shark life on busy underwater cleaning stations. Tuna, Wahoo, schools of jacks and several endemic species are all found in the nutrient rich ocean currents of these remote islands. This region is also home to many rare and endemic plants and animal species, with an ecosystem so unique it was made a Bio Reserve in 1994 and a World Heritage Site in 2016. Every day is filled with exhilarating and exceptional dives and marine encounters.
Start your expedition with a Pre-Extension to the magnificent Monarch Butterflies in Zitacuaro or join us for the Ultimate Mexican Adventure and combine the Yucatan Peninsula – Sailfish, Bull Sharks & Cenotes Expedition and the Monarch Butterflies before this incredible adventure to Baja California & Socorro.
Observe the ocean’s largest inhabitants including Blue, Gray, Fin and Humpback Whales.
Be thrilled by close encounters with Bull, Mako, Silky, Hammerhead and Blue sharks.
Dive and swim with playful seals.
Cruise up close in a panga boat to baby Gray whales.
Immerse yourself in the incredible marine life of the Sea of Cortez.
Marvel at pelagic encounters with dolphins, whales, turtles and schools of Mobula rays.
Sail on a luxury yacht diving the world-famous Socorro Islands for 10 nights.
Dive the wild, remote and exhilarating Socorro archipelago and interact with giant Pacific Mantas, playful dolphins, tuna and more than 9 species of sharks.
20 - 24 FEB 2021 – 05 DAYS – 12 GUESTS
Complete your Mexican adventure with our Pre-Extension to the magnificent Monarch Butterflies in Zitacuaro. Witness the extraordinary wildlife event of the winter hibernation of the Monarch butterflies. Stroll through the Santuario de la Mariposa Monarca, a World Heritage Site and watch millions of butterflies descend and cluster on the pine and oak forest around you. Feast on authentic Mexican cuisine in a local village before hiking to the summit of Mexico’s fourth highest peak and volcano, Nevado de Toluca. Take in the spectacular and majestic panoramic views that surround you including the large dacitic lava dome that separates two crater lakes, known as the lakes of the Sun and Moon.
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At 140 feet, this former Canadian Coast Guard vessel was built for adventure and hardcore worldwide expeditions. Everything on the Vortex has been custom made and handpicked to meet the highest standards. This truly is the live-aboard for the discerning diver, offering first-class, deluxe accommodations for 14 guests. You will receive the highest quality dive experience followed by topside elegance plus unmatched and personalized service. Gourmet dining with a complimentary selection of the best Baja California beer and wine, expansive common areas, plus top-of-the-line beds, linens, towels and bath robes will ensure your comfort onboard.
AMMENITIES: 4 Luxury Staterooms (2 single beds or 1 king), 2 Jr Suites (2 single beds or 1 king), 1 Master Suite (king), Salon/ Bar, Dining Room, Sky Bridge (dining+ grill) and Sundeck.
THE VESSEL: 140' Aluminum Hull, 2 x MTU 12V4000 2750 hp@ 2100 rpm Main Engines, Rolls Royce Transmission with Variable Pitch Propellers and 2 x 21 ft Achilles.
COOL STUFF: Complimentary high speed Internet and Wi-Fi, Complimentary bar (premium wine, beer & espresso), Complimentary nitrox (Vortex is a nitrox only vessel, Nitrox Certification available on board), Helipad and Stainless Steel Jacuzzi.
MEXICO BAJA & SOCORRO – OCEAN PELAGICS, WHALES & SHARKS
23 FEB – 13 MAR 2021 – 19 DAYS – 12 GUESTS
Day 01 | Feb 23 Depart Home / En Route to Loreto, Mexico
Day 02 | Feb 24 Arrive in Loreto / Welcome Cocktails and Dinner
Day 03 | Feb 25 Travel to San Ignacio
Day 04 | Feb 26 Gray Whales / Dusk Bird Walk
Day 05 | Feb 27 Gray Whales / Travel to Loreto
Day 06 | Feb 28 Blue Whale Watching
Day 07 | Mar 01 Loreto to La Paz / ATV Safari
Day 08 | Mar 02 Sea of Cortez / Sea Lions
Day 09 | Mar 03 La Paz to Cabo Pulmo / Diving and Exploration
Day 10 | Mar 04 Pelagic Shark Tour / Board the MV Vortex and Set Sail for Socorro
Day 11-17 | Mar 05-11 Diving Socorro Islands (Revillagigedo Archipelago)
Day 18 | Mar 12 Disembark in Cabo San Lucas / Fly Home
Day 19 | Mar 13 Arrive Home
PRE-EXTENSION – MONARCH BUTTERFLIES
20–23 FEB 2021 – 05 DAYS – 12 GUESTS
Day 01 | Feb 20 Arrive in Mexico City / Welcome Dinner
Day 01 | Feb 21 Mexico City Tour / Teotihuacan Ruins
Day 02 | Feb 22 Travel to Zitacuaro / Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
Day 03 | Feb 23 Biosphere Reserve / Nevado de Toluca Volcano
Day 04 | Feb 24 Return to Mexico / Fly onto “Baja California & Socorro Expedition”
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COST & INFO
MEXICO BAJA & SOCORRO – OCEAN PELAGICS, WHALES & SHARKS
Double Occupancy: USD $17,690. per person sharing
Single Supplement Surcharge: USD $11,160 per person
Master Cabin on MY Socorro Vortex USD $2,400 per suite
Junior Suite on MY Socorro Vortex USD $1,100 per suite
PRE-EXTENSION – MONARCH BUTTERFLIES
Double Occupancy: USD $2,480 per person sharing
Single Supplement Surcharge: USD $2,990 per person
All accommodations in twin/double share rooms as outlined in the itinerary; Exclusive MV Socorro Vortex yacht charter; All group meals; Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions; Soft drinks, drinking water, tea and regular filter coffee during lunch and dinner at all hotels and onboard the Socorro Vortex; We have also negotiated that all alcoholic drinks are included for guests whilst onboard the MV Socorro Vortex; Drinking water in rooms/cabins and while on tours; All group transfers and baggage handling; All tours, excursions, diving and snorkeling as outlined in the itinerary; Exclusive services of English speaking professional guides and naturalists; Services of 2 Wild Earth Expedition Leaders (including Expedition Leader/Dive Guide and Marine Biologist/Snorkel Guide); All gratuities to porters, guides, drivers, dive crew, ship-, resort- and wait staff; Government- Service- and Room taxes; All permits, Harbor fees, Entrance and Marine park fees; Complimentary slideshow and photos; Recaps and Lectures by Marine biologist; Dive tanks/weights for Scuba divers; Donation to conservation project.
All international and domestic airfares (please note Domestic flights must be purchased through Wild Earth Expeditions); Any airport arrival and departure taxes; Passport and visa fees; Immunization costs; Meals outside the group travel itinerary; Mandatory Travel insurance (including medical, medical evacuation and accident); Excess baggage charges; Personal items, such as laundry, any alcoholic beverages or bar charges (unless specified above), Wi-Fi, telephone, fax calls; Tips for your 2 Wild Earth Leaders and any non-group services; Nitrox air fills and dive gear rental.
Any sudden increase in price, due to currency fluctuations, a steep hike in fuel cost, change in government tax policy or for any reason beyond our control, will be adjusted with the final invoice due 4 months prior to the expedition.
We only have 1 single space available on this expedition and single occupancy rates apply. If you are wanting to share accommodations, a roommate will be assigned to you and double occupancy rates apply. If we cannot pair you with a roommate, the single supplement surcharge applies.
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