MEXICO

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.


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PRE-EXTENSION

Monarch Butterflies

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.


RESERVE MY SPACE & ENQUIRIES

You've got that "I don't want to miss out" feeling for a good reason. Our expeditions are life changers and we have a solid following of Wild Earth Explorers who love returning to adventure with us. Don't hesitate in reserving your space today.  



Such a special adventure! I loved being part of something so special. There is a certain pleasure in knowing I have seen things and participated in activities that very few have done and seen. Thomas, I must emphasise what an extremely special person you are. I loved every minute… and thank you for that!
— Ray B. Switzerland - 2013 Mexico

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ITINERARY OVERVIEW

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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BROCHURE

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SOCORRO VORTEX

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.


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Robin Aiello

Marine Biologist & Snorkel Guide

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