Socorro Vortex is a luxurious & professional dive liveaboard runs by the Pelagic Fleet, it offering dive liveaboard trips to Socorro Islands and Guadalupe Island according to the dive seasons. It can accommodate up to 14 guests.

Orca Dive Club

03/08/2014

Last August our dive club booked Narval liveaborad via Dive and Cruise for the Sea of Cortez. The highlight of the trip was the whale sharks. Many of us had not seen one before. We even saw a elusive...

Description

Boat

Socorro Vortex is a luxurious dive liveaboard measuring 43 meters long, and powered by twin 1250HP MTU Diesel Engines with cruising speed at 16 - 21 knots per hour, it is definitely the biggest, fastest and most luxurious liveaboard to date for the Socorro/Guadalupe market.

Socorro Vortex is a former Canadian Coast Guard Vessel built for hardcore worldwide expeditions, now after completely upgraded, it will provide the highest standard of luxury, comfort & safety in Mexico from April 2018.

Onboard amenities included a spacious main louge on the main deck with bar and dining area, there are all kinds of entertainment facilities for guests to use in between the dives.

The 5 dining tables that can cater for 4 guests each in the dining area, onboard, the chef will offer 3 gourmet meals per day, plus in-between snacks. Onboard menus vary and feature a combination of American and Mexican cuisine, using fresh, locally grown ingredients as much as possible. There are always fresh fruit, cold fruit juices, sodas, fresh-brewed coffee, and both hot tea and iced tea available. The chef can easily accommodate any special requests such as food allergies, a vegetarian menu etc. if you inform us of your needs at least two weeks before your trip.

Socorro Vortex has another large open air lounge located on the upper deck with complimentary bar and outdoor dining area, as well as professional grill. Here guests can chat with friends while get a cold drink and watch the beautiful seaviews.

The top sundeck is for those wishing to bask in the Mexican sunshine, there is even a helipad incase of need.

The dive deck is located at the rear of the main deck, not only spacious but also well equipped with personal dive lockers, a camera table with low pressure air hose, two rinse tanks are conveniently located for washing dive equipment and cameras. The aft of the dive deck is equipped with two ladders exit, fin storage and two hot, fresh water showers.


Cabin

Socorro Vortex has 7 deluxe guest cabins, it can accommodate up to 14 guests per trip :

All cabins are air-conditioned and have ensuite bathroom, flat screen TV with individual entertainment system, outlets, storage area etc.

1 Master Suite :
Located on the upper deck, this cabin is the largest cabin onboard, with a California king size double bed, working desk, lots of seaview windows around the cabin.

2 Junior Suites :
Located on the main deck, each cabin comes with two twin beds side by side or one king size double bed, seaview windows.

4 Deluxe Twin Cabins :
Locatd on the lower deck, each cabin comes with two twin beds side by side or one queen size double bed, portholes.


Diving

  • Guadalupe Route : Unlimited cage dives

  • Socorro Route : 3 - 4 dives per diving day

  • All divers must have a submersible console (SMB).

  • No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.

  • All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.

  • Both divers and non-divers are welcome for Guadalupe trips.

  • Divers must reach AOW with at least 50 logged dives for Socorro.


Other Informations

  • Nitrox:Available with additional charge
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional charge
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Technical Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available with additional charge
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Available with additional charge
  • Laundry Service:Not available at the moment
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:Cash (USD/MXN)
  • Crew Number:Unknown, include 2 dive guides

Itineraries

Guadalupe Islands

The Socorro Vortex starts the Guadalupe season at the beginning of August and runs through October. Our trips are all 4 nights/5days with 3 full days of cage diving. Clients are picked up on day one at 10 a.m. at our host hotel in San Diego close to the airport and escorted safely down in an air-conditioned luxury coach to Ensenada, Mexico. It’s actually a beautiful, scenic drive down the coast once you get past all the Tijuana border traffic. This is about a 1 1/2 hour drive, departing Cruiseport Marina at approximately 12 noon. It’s an eighteen hour crossing putting us at the island early morning of day 2. We start operations immediately and day 2, 3 and 4 are spent cage diving with great whites. At the end of day 4 we wrap up and start back to port arriving by noon on day 5. The luxury coach is waiting to drive our clients back to San Diego that afternoon. However, because the border crossing at Tijuana can take time, we advise our clients not to book any return flights until late that evening or the next day.


Socorro Islands

The Socorro islands trips are only available November through June due to weather conditions. During all these months, giant mantas, playful bottlenose dolphins and sharks are plentiful. The water temps are 75F – 80F in November, December, and sometimes into January and also in late April, May and June.

In mid-January, February, March and the beginning of April the water varies between around 70F – 74F. The humpback whales visit Socorro during these cooler water months. You can hear these gentle giants singing on almost every dive and as previously mentioned, underwater encounters with these whales are increasing every year.

San Benedicto Island
Home of the world-famous “Boiler” where very friendly Giant Pacific Mantas congregate, San Benedicto is usually the first island visited on the trip. This island is the third largest in the Revillagigedo group at about 2.6 miles long. It has two prominent peaks, one that is very obviously a volcanic crater. The walls of the volcano are eroded, leaving vertical ridges from top to bottom. The crater is almost 1/2 a mile wide. At the base of this volcano is a lava delta that reaches out into the ocean. The north half of the island is green with vegetation.

One of our favorite dive sites here is “the Boiler”, a large pinnacle that reaches from the depths to within several feet of the surface. Its small enough to swim around several times in one dive, but is large enough to be a favorite gathering point, attracting marine life from miles around. Humpback whales, whale sharks, and schooling hammerheads can be encountered here.

What makes this site so magical is the congregation of very friendly Giant Pacific Mantas. They often greet our divers even before we get into the water and swim with us all day. Divers may observe many mantas who come here to be cleaned by the endemic clarion angelfish. They seem to enjoy swimming closely over divers and stopping directly above to experience the bubble Jacuzzi on their bellies formed by exhaling bubbles from the divers. They often swim from one diver to the next posing for every photographer along the way.

On the other side of the island is “the Canyon”. Here we commonly see mantas, dolphins, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.

Socorro Island
Socorro is about 30 miles south of San Benedicto. The island is about 10 miles by 9 miles in size and is home to the Mexican Naval Station since 1957. The island was discovered by Spanish explorer, Hernando de Grijalva and his crew in 1533 and had been rediscovered in 1542 and again in 1608 when it was given its name “Socorro”, meaning “Help”.

In the center of the island rises volcanic Mt. Evermann, who’s top is 1130 meters above sea level. The mountain was named after Dr. Barton Warren Evermann, director of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California in honor of the scientific exploration he promoted there at the beginning of the twentieth century.

It’s most recent eruption was in 1993. The island is covered with low order vegetation—sage, some grass and a dense growth of cactus that grows around the lava outcrops and lines. In September 1997 the island was struck by Hurricane Linda, one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded.

Socorro Vortex usually visits dive sites here which include the Aquarium, Punta Tosca and Cabo Pearce.

Roca Partida Island
Roca Partida is a small pinnacle located west of Socorro and San Benedicto, about 250 miles south of Cabo San Lucas. It is only 115 feet high and 300 feet from end to end. Its the smallest island in the Revillagigedo Archipelago.

This stony pillar attracts pelagics and large schools of jacks and tuna. Beneath the surface the wall drops straight down to deep water. There are many shelves and ridges that give refuge to the animals that hide there.

At about 40′ there are large caves where groups of whitetip sharks can be found sleeping most of the time. Depending on the current, its possible to swim around the pinnacle several times in the course of one dive. Other times divers prefer to just hang out in one area and watch the pelagics swim by.

Guests commonly encounter schools of hammerheads, whitetip sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, giant manta rays, dolphins, an occasional whaleshark and even humpback whales visiting from Alaska.

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Destinations Guadalupe Island, Socorro
Facilities Nitrox support, Camera station, Internet, Jacuzzi
Languages spoken English, Spanish

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
01/04/2019 to 11/04/2019 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail
13/04/2019 to 21/04/2019 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $6,000.00 Detail
22/04/2019 to 02/05/2019 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail
03/05/2019 to 11/05/2019 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $6,000.00 Detail
13/05/2019 to 23/05/2019 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail
24/05/2019 to 01/06/2019 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $6,000.00 Detail
03/06/2019 to 13/06/2019 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail
14/06/2019 to 22/06/2019 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $6,000.00 Detail
02/11/2019 to 10/11/2019 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $6,000.00 Detail
12/11/2019 to 22/11/2019 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail
23/11/2019 to 01/12/2019 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $6,000.00 Detail
02/12/2019 to 12/12/2019 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail
14/12/2019 to 22/12/2019 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $6,000.00 Detail
28/12/2019 to 07/01/2020 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail
08/01/2020 to 18/01/2020 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail
20/01/2020 to 30/01/2020 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail
15/03/2020 to 23/03/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $6,000.00 Detail
25/03/2020 to 02/04/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $6,000.00 Detail
04/04/2020 to 12/04/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $6,000.00 Detail
13/04/2020 to 23/04/2020 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail
25/04/2020 to 03/05/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $6,000.00 Detail
04/05/2020 to 14/05/2020 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail
16/05/2020 to 24/05/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $6,000.00 Detail
25/05/2020 to 04/06/2020 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail
15/06/2020 to 25/06/2020 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail
01/11/2020 to 11/11/2020 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail
13/11/2020 to 21/11/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $6,000.00 Detail
22/11/2020 to 02/12/2020 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail
03/12/2020 to 11/12/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $6,000.00 Detail
12/12/2020 to 20/12/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $6,000.00 Detail
27/12/2020 to 06/01/2021 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $7,500.00 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Socorro 8 nights Standard From $6,000.00
Socorro 8 nights Junior From $6,500.00
Socorro 8 nights Master From $7,000.00
Socorro 10 nights Standard From $7,500.00
Socorro 10 nights Junior From $7,950.00
Socorro 10 nights Master From $8,550.00

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

Guadalupe Island

Period : The Great White diving season starts from August to November.

Visa's : Certain foreign nationals receive a Mexican tourist card upon arrival which is included in the price of airfare. Otherwise, individuals should attain a visa before arrival. Please check with your closest Mexican Consulate for current entry requirements.

Climat : Average daily temperature ranges from 16°C to 36°C during the Great White diving season.

Water : Water temps range from a low of 18°C to a high of 21°C, so it's advised to bring extra neoprene with you.

Clothing : Light clothes are recommended for the daytime, with warmer clothes for the cool evenings.

Plugs : Type A & B (US Standard) electrical plug with 127 V @ 60Hz

Flights : The best way to Ensenada is to drive from the U.S. And San Diego has the nearest major international airport.

Currency : Local currency in Mexico is the Peso (MXN), other currencies can be easily changed at banks or money changers, and international ATM's are available. Credit Cards are widely accepted.


Socorro

Period : Liveaboards only run trips during November to May every year for the diving season.

Visa's : Certain foreign nationals receive a Mexican tourist card upon arrival which is included in the price of airfare. Otherwise, individuals should attain a visa before arrival. Please check with your closest Mexican Consulate for the most up-to-date entry requirements.

Climat : Average daily temperature ranges from 22°C to 25°C depending on the season.

Water : Water temps range from a low of 21°C in the winter months, to a high of 25°C in the late fall and spring months. But strong current fluctuations mean that there can be cooler water below.

Clothing : We recommend casual and cool cotton attire while on board. Nights can be chilly and/or drizzly so bringing a sweater, light jacket or windbreaker is recommended.

Plugs : Type A & B (US Standard) electrical plug with 127 V @ 60Hz

Flights : International flights from the US arrive directly to Los Cabos San Lucas, otherwise Mexico City has daily domestic flights.

Currency : Local currency is the Peso(MXN). Major credit cards are widely accepted. A surcharge may apply for credit card payments or a discount given for cash. US dollars is the most easily exchangeable foreign currency. And international ATM's are available.

Diver's reviews (1)

Orca Dive Club, 03/08/2014

Last August our dive club booked Narval liveaborad via Dive and Cruise for the Sea of Cortez. The highlight of the trip was the whale sharks. Many of us had not seen one before. We even saw a elusive sharks. One time we met a baby whale shark, and we stayed with it for almost an hour. After that most of the group went back to the boat, and some of us remained. It was actually a great experience, the water was not more than 15 feet deep, and was very clear. And the crew onboard made our trip very special, they were all the time there for our every need, from taking care of our gear to filling up our tanks, to ensuring that we were well fed and enjoy. Our comfort and safety seemed to be their only goal, but the boat itself was kind of basic, stander type. And when 18 divers stayed at the salon at the same time was a bit crowed, food was Ok for our taste. Otherwise all good.

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