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Live Aboard Diving In The Sea of Cortez

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 8 - 16 people
Destination(s): Mexico  
Specialty Categories: Scuba Diving   Snorkeling  
Season: June - November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1595 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1795 US Dollar (USD)

Each day brings new surprises in what Cousteau called “the world's aquarium.” Dive into this giant "fish tank" and you'll share the Sea of Cortez with hundreds of fascinating marine species—including scads, grunts, sergeant majors, machetes, and Mexican barracudas. During some seasons you may find pods of pilot whales and dolphins, jumping mobulas, and with luck — perhaps even rarely seen orcas or sperm whales.

Live-aboard means flexibility, range and optimum diving time that day boats can’t match. Comfortable accommodations and superb meals await you aboard our 80’ Don Jose. It comfortably accommodates up to 16 passengers in seven above-deck cabins, each with a changing area, storage closet, adjacent shower and head, plus a sink in most. Air conditioning is available at night in each cabin. With a convenient swim step, storage lockers, DVD and VHS video system and a natural history library for your perusal, this vessel will make your adventure a true pleasure.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are freshly prepared by our on board cooks. Each evening, you'll also enjoy our famous Don Jose-style happy hour as you witness some of the world's most memorable sunsets.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in La Paz, Mexico

Arrive in La Paz and transfer to the Marina Don Jose to meet your dive master and check into the Don Jose. Spend the rest of the day exploring the colorful city of La Paz on your own before spending the night dockside on board the Don Jose. (No meals).

Days 2-6: Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California)

For five full days our experienced crew will take you to some of the best dive sites in the Sea of Cortez. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, it ranks as the second most diverse marine body in the world. With up to 4 dives per day your guides will enhance your appreciation for this remarkable ecosystem. One-third of all the world’s whale and dolphin species either live or migrate here. The region also serves as a breeding ground for sea lions, marine turtles and some 500 fish species. In addition to El Bajo (where late in the season we might also find schooling hammerheads), we'll visit Salvatierra, Cerralvo and Los Islotes — where graceful sea lions may cross our watery path. We’ll visit Las Animas, with its myriad of gorgonian corals—and San Diego Reef, where schooling jacks can number in the thousands. The daily itinerary depends on the groups' experience, weather conditions, and other variables. (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 7: Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) to La Paz.

After a morning dive to savor the last moments of this incredible getaway, it's time to say goodbye. We will return to La Paz, having lunch en route, and transfer you to the Hotel Los Arcos. (Meals: B/L)

Day 8: La Paz to your home city. Depart to your home city. (No meals).

This is a general itinerary and subject to change without previous notice. Hotel on night 7 and a one way transfer from La Paz airport to the boat on day 1 are included in the trip fee.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Deluxe: $1,795/Standard $1,595
Prices are per person in double occupancy.

Price Includes:
- Deluxe or standard shipboard accommodations on days 1-6
- (B), (L), (D) on Days 2-6
- (B), (L) on Day 7, hotel on night 7.
- Beer, soda and wine while shipboard
- Dive tanks, weights and belts
- Transfer from airport to the Don Jose on Day 1
- Services of knowledgeable guides and caring crew members
- Detailed pre-departure information to help you plan your trip.