Sea of Cortez

SEA OF CORTEZ

AUGUST TO NOVEMBER

Baja California is a peninsula in northwestern Mexico, where coyotes live in the mountains and cactuses prevail in the reddish soil desert. La Paz is the capital of Baja California Sur state, located at the south end of the peninsula and our dive cruise trip starts from here.

Recently La Paz has become known among scuba divers as one of the world’s divers’ paradises.

Diving points are all in the Sea of Cortez, in between the peninsula and Mexican mainland.

This sea is also declared a World Heritage site. This is the place where you can 100% enjoy scuba diving with wild California Sea Lions. Huge schools of sardines are also present, and the most popular diving point, “El Bajo”, is usually crowded with the scuba divers aiming to see a school of Hammerhead Sharks.

Your diving experience will be without comparison. Reef fish, sea lions, stingrays, moray eels and turtles are just some of the marine life that is found in the vast diversity of the Sea of Cortez, one of the best diving locations in the world.

The capital of the State of Baja California Sur, La Paz hugs a beautiful bay on the Sea of Cortez, the waters that Jacques Cousteau called “the aquarium of the world”.

To absolutely enjoy diving in the sea of Cortez, we recommend you a diving liveaboard.

Direct flights from Mexico City, San Diego, and many other cities are available.

From $2,590 USD per person

In 2013, M/V VALENTINA was re-born as a FUN AZUL dive safari boat

M/V VALENTINA accommodates a maximum of 20 guests. All cabins are with same gender double occupancy unless otherwise requested.

All Cabins have A/C and a private restroom and a shower room.

  • 2 out of 10 cabins are Deluxe Double cabins with 1 double bed and 1 single bed (non-bunk).
  • 1 out of 10 cabins is a Deluxe Double cabin with 1 double bed. Great room for a couple!
  • 7 out of 10 cabins are Deluxe Twin cabins with spacious wide bunk beds

Dining room on the main deck is air-conditioned and equipped with comfortable sofas and chairs.

We offer an OPEN BAR complimentary beverage including draft-beer and soft drinks. You will also find audio equipment.

M/V VALENTINA’s kitchen provides a variety of Mexican food ,European, Asian dishes. Also we offer MEXICAN BBQ dinner on board when possible.

  • Year Built: 1999
  • Year Refit: 2010 & 2013
  • Length overall: 38m / 130ft
  • Beam: 10m / 30ft
  • Draft: 3.5m / 9ft
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots

ROUTES

La Paz & Cabo Pulmo Route1

It is the newest and gorgeous cruising route, which covers from Sea of Cortes and East cape in Baja California. Highlights: Sea lions, Hammerhead sharks, Mobula rays, Mexican Barracudas and Whale sharks

Sea of Cortez 5nights 5 days diving

The Sea of Cortez is known to encounter large pelagics such as whale sharks sharks, big school of hammer heads and to swin with Sea lions 100%. Golden cow norse rays and Mobla rays are getting polpar year by year. Come and dive with us! You will have the best diving experience of your life.

Discover Baja Route1

Exposure to Baja California, listed world heitage. This route is most poloar trip since the bigging of our operation, covers from Sea of Cortez to tip of Baja California peninsula, Los Cabos. Highlights: Sea lions, Hammerhead sharks, Mobula rays, Mexican Barracudas, Whale sharks and Big eye Jacks.

(5 NIGHTS / 6 DAYS / 5 DAYS DIVING)

DAY 1:  After 07:00 pm – Arrival & Boarding. Arrival at La Paz Airport, Transfer to our Marina, Check in, no dinner is served.

DAY 2:  Swanee Reef, La Reyna (3-4 dives)

DAY 3: Los Islotes, El Bajo (3-4 dives)

DAY 4:  El Bajo (3-4 dives)

DAY 5:  Las Animas, San Francisquito (3-4 dives)

DAY 6: Punta Lobos, Salvatierra Wreck and Whale Shark (2 dives and Whale Shark Serch, snorkeling). Transfer to your hotel around 04:00 PM.

  1. Transfer to and from La Paz airport is included as specified in what’s included. Complimentary transfers are combined and limited to the following.

    a: From La paz airport to M/V Valentina on check in date

    b: From M/V Valentina to hotel in La paz on check out date

    *Guest must stay over one night in La Paz after checking out the boat.

    c: From hotels in LaPaz to LaPaz airport on the day after checking out date.

    Transfer to and from San Jose Del Cabo Airport is available upon request (Not included in tour fee).

  2. If chartered, the cruise can be extended 1 day. Please contact us for availability.
  3. Reservation center can make hotel reservations at a special rate. Please feel free to ask us.

If you are extending your stay in the area, we will arrange transportation for you to a local hotel provided that they receive the name of the hotel at least 7 days prior to the charter start date

What is Included:

  • 3-4 dives -per person per diving day
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Diving includes tank and weights only
  • Services of qualified, experienced English speaking, Japanese speaking, and Spanish speaking dive guide
  • Unlimited hot beverages (tea & coffee)
  • Beverages (soft drinks, local beer ), a glass of wine at your dinner time
  • Sea of Cortez cruise — Round trip transfer from La Paz airport to our boat. (we are happy to arrange transportation if you arrive at San Jose del Cabo airport as well with some extra charge)
  • Park Fee — Sea of Cortez park fee is $ 5 per person per day.This parking fee is included in the tour fee.

What is not Included: 

  •  Rental Equipment & Gratuity
  • Extra Night $ 250 per person
  • Nitrox Fill $ 100 for 5days diving $ 120 for 6days diving (Sea of Cortez)
  • Nitrox Certificate Course $150 (Sea of Cortez)
  • Beverages at the bar *Ask for pricing

2018

SCHEDULE 2018

 6 Days Aboard

  • Aug. 11/16,  Aug. 18/23 (La Paz & Cabo Pulmo Route1)
  • Sept. 01/06,   Sept. 08/13 (Sea of Cortes Route)
  • Oct. 06/11,  Oct. 20/25 (Sea of Cortes Route)

7 Days Aboard

  • Sept. 15/21 Sept. 22/28 Sept. 29/05 Oct. (Sea of Cortes Route)

RATES 2018 

  • $2,650 USD per person (6 Days Aboard La Paz & Cabo Pulmo Route1)
  • $2,590 USD per person (6 Days Aboard Sea of Cortes Route)
  • $2,740 USD per person (7 Days Aboard Sea of Cortes Route)

*All rates are based on shared double occupancy 

*Deluxe Single Supplement: $500 USD per person *Deluxe Cabin us is limited to only 2 cabins/trip

2019

SCHEDULE 2019

 6 Days Aboard

  • Aug. 10/15, Aug. 17/22 (La Paz & Cabo Pulmo Route1)
  • Aug. 24/29 Aug. 31/05 Sept. (Sea of Cortes Route)
  • Sept. 07/12, Sept. 21/26 (Sea of Cortes Route)
  • Oct. 12/17, Oct. 26/31 (Sea of Cortes Route)

7 Days Aboard

  • Sept. 14/20 Sept. (Sea of Cortes Route)
  • Oct. 05/11 (Sea of Cortes Route)
  • Nov. 02/08, Nov 09/15 (Discover Baja Route

RATES 2019

  • $2,650 USD per person (6 Days Aboard La Paz & Cabo Pulmo Route1)
  • $2,590 USD per person (6 Days Aboard Sea of Cortes Route)
  • $2,740 USD per person (7 Days Aboard Sea of Cortes Route)
  • $2,690 USD per persona (7 Days Aboard Discover Baja Route)

*All rates are based on shared double occupancy 

*Deluxe Single Supplement: $500 USD per person *Deluxe Cabin us is limited to only 2 cabins/trip

Individuals: $400 USD per person due within 14 days of the reservation. Final payment is due (60) days prior to departure date.

Full Boat Charter: A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $1,500 USD is required within 14 days of the reservation.

(5) months prior to departure date, an additional non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $3,000 USD  deposit is due. Final payment is due (60) days prior to departure date.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Individuals: If a cancellation is made:

1. 121 days or more prior to departure, $300 USD is forfeited. $100 USD will be refunded.

2. 120 – 60 days prior to departure, $400 USD is forfeited.

3. 60 days or less prior to departure, 100% of the charter rate is forfeited and no refund is available.

Full Boat Charter: If an entire charter is canceled:

1. More than nine (9) months prior to departure, the $1,500 USD deposit is forfeited.

2. (5) months to 61 days prior to departure, the $3,000 USD deposit is forfeited.

3. 60 days or less prior to departure, 100% of the charter rate is forfeited and no refund is available.

CRUISE INTERRUPTION & CANCELLATION INSURANCE

We will NOT provide refund or cruise credit in the event you miss your cruise for circumstances beyond our control that might require us not to fulfill your full cruise itinerary. We strongly recommend that all passengers traveling with us invest in comprehensive medical, accident, trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance at the time of your reservation. This investment will protect you and your financial commitment in the event of unforeseen travel delays/ airline cancellations, personal or family illness or injury, etc. which may not allow for you to attend your scheduled cruise. We also strongly recommend diving accident insurance such as coverage provided by Divers Alert Network.

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