Southern Sport is operated by a professional Mexico local liveaboard operator with years of experience in diving, it offers dive liveaboard trips to Socorro Islands and Guadalupe Island according to the dive seasons. It can accommodates up to 18 guests.

Alex

01/12/2016

just come back from this trip ( Nov 2016), it was just amazing. Diving with big manta's, hamer heads and dolphins is just what you are looking for !! The boat is good, and very convenient, the...

Description

Boat

Southern Sport is a stable and practical professional dive yacht, built in 1982, and in 2012 it had its most recent renovation. In order to provide its best condition, it keep refurbished annually. Size 35 meters in length and 7 meters in beam, cruise at 9.5 knots. It's really a beloved boat with comfort and spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Southern Sport has an air-conditioned saloon located on the main deck, with TV, DVD, music system, small library of movies and books for entertainment. In the air-conditioned saloon you can enjoy the TV and selection of videos. Guests can help themselves to a cool drink and relax on one of the couches.

The dining area is adjacent to the saloon, guests will be served with delisous meals and complimentary beverages: both soft drinks as well as beer and wine. There is a snack bar in the dining area, where you always can find some cookies, homemade cakes, snacks, coffee, tea, hot chococlate...etc.

There is a large sundeck with benches and mattresses for sunbathing and some shaded areas make it a place for all to chill out and chat, and there is also professional BBQ equipment that can sometimes provide different taste during the cruise.

The dive deck is spacious and well equipped with personal gear boxes and an in-place fill station, a camera table, large rinse tanks, and hot/cold freshwater showers, as well as a common toilet. There are 2 speed boats on board that used for diving, and after each dive, the crew will greet you with a warm towel.

Southern Sport is a great middle budget dive liveaboard in Socorro and Guadalupe area, it provides friendly and professional dive liveaborad trips that will make everyone happyly return, it is indeed the great choice for everyone who wish to dive in these regions.


Cabin

Southern Sport offers standard comfortable 9 guests cabins, and it can hosts up to 18 guests in total:

All cabins air-conditioning, reading lights, smoke detectors, 2 flat pin sockets(110V), 2 round pin sockets (220V), life jackets.

2 VIP Cabins (Cabin 1 & Cabin 2):
Located on the upper deck, each with one double bed and one single bed, it's the largest cabins on board, also comes with seaview windows and shared private balconies (between this two cabins), both cabins have its ensuite bathroom.

1 Double bed Cabin (Cabin 3):
Located on the upper deck, with one double bed, seaview windows, and ensuite bathroom.

1 Twin Cabins (Cabin 4):
Located on the upper deck, with one double bed and one single bed (bunk style), portholes, and ensuite bathroom.

1 Twin Bunk Cabins (Cabin 5):
Located on the upper deck, with single bunk beds, portholes, and ensuite bathroom. This Cabin do not has storage area, guests who book this cabin need to leave the big suitcase in storage area.

2 Twin beds Cabins (Cabin 7 & Cabin 8):
Located on the main deck, each with one small double bed and one single bed, and portholes.
This two cabins will share one bathroom which is next to the cabin in a pravite area.

2 Twin Bunk Cabins (Cabin 10 & Cabin 11):
Located on the lower deck, each with single bunk beds, bathrooms are just outside out of cabins. The cabins are small but have storage area, the main issue is these cabins do not have natural light.


Diving

  • Socorro Route : 3 to 4 dives per day (Please see the itinerary example)

  • Guadalupe Route : Unlimited cage dives

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

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

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


Other Informations

  • Nitrox:Available with additional cost
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available, rate on request, must book in advance
  • Dive insurance:Divers travelling aboard must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Not available at the moment
  • Laundry Service:Not available at the moment
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:By cash (USD/MXN) and credit cards
  • Crew Number:9 persons, include 2 dive guides

Itineraries

Socorro 8D/7N

Best diving season : November - May.

Day 0:
Guest arrival to Cabo San Lucas, spend the night at a local hotel. (Arrangements on your own).

Day 1:
Pick up by van at 8AM - 9AM at suggested hotels, shuttle to boat ramp to board SOUTHERN SPORT. Depart to San Benedicto Island as soon as everybody is aboard, around 11:00.

Day 2:
Arrive to San Benedicto Island at 09:00, Diving all day. First dive will be after breakfast, testing buoyancy, new dive equipment and/or cameras has to be done in a shallow, well protected dive site. 3 to 4 dives are done depending on weather conditions. 3 to 4 dives are done depending on weather conditions.

Depending on Sea life and weather conditions, SOUTHERN SPORT would stay at anchor for a second day of diving, or move to Socorro Island during the night.

Day 3:
Diving all day at San Benedicto or Socorro Island. The Navy will pass inspection at Socorro. Spectacular schools of hammerhead sharks, giant mantas, yellow fin tuna, skip jacks, white tip sharks, silkys and Galapagos sharks are commonly encountered while diving. 3 to 4 dives are done depending on weather conditions.

Day 4:
Diving all day at Socorro Island. At dusk, SOUTHERN SPORT departs towards Roca Partida, according to weather conditions (7 hours). 3 to 4 dives are done depending on weather conditions.

Day 5:
Diving all day at Roca Partida. If weather conditions allow, SOUTHERN SPORT will remain at Roca Partida for a second day of diving. 3 to 4 dives are done depending on weather conditions.

Day 6:
Diving all day at Roca Partida or back to Socorro Island. 3 to 4 dives are done depending on weather conditions.

Day 7:
Diving all day and depart to Cabo San Lucas at 16:00. 2 to 3 dives are done depending on weather conditions.

Day 8:
Arrival to Cabo San Lucas at 14:00, transfers to your hotels, stay one night at Cabo San Lucas and fly home.

How to get there:
Southern Sport's liveaboard diving charters depart in the morning from Cabo San Lucas for trips to the Socorro Islands.

Guests fly into San Jose del Cabo airport approximately 45 minutes drive from Cabo San Lucas.

You should plan to arrive the day before departure. Free of charge transfers to the boat are available from the hotels Quinta del Sol Hotel, Bordo de Contencion or Seven Crown at 10:30 am on the day of departure.

The boat returns to port at 16:00 hrs on checkout day, it is strongly recommended that you stay overnight and book your return flight for the following day.


Guadalupe 6D/5N

Best diving season : July - October.

Day 1:
Your arrival to San Diego, in USA or Tijuana. Spend the night at a local hotel. Arrangements on your own.

Day 2:
Pick up by van at 08:30 in San Diego, 09:00 in Tijuana, at suggested hotels. Stop at border crossing in San Ysidro in order to get your Mexican visa. Drive to Ensenada arriving at 11:30 and boarding SOUTHERN SPORT. Immigration and Port authorities will pass inspection and the boat departs right after that.

Day 3:
Arrival to Guadalupe Island at 08:00. Drop anchor, put cages in the water and shark diving begins at 09:00 until 17:00 when cages are taken out of the water.

Day 4:
Diving all day.

Day 5:
Diving until 14:30, cages out of the water and sailing back to Ensenada.

Day 6:
Arrival to Ensenada at 11:00, Immigration and Port authorities pass inspection and shuttle back to Tijuana and San Diego. End of our services.

How to get there:
MV Southern Sport departs from Ensenada, Mexico. Most guests arrive the night before departure and stay in the Holiday Inn Express, San Diego (USA) or Hotel Palacio Azteca, Tijuana. On the day of departure a luxury coach will pick guests up at 08:30 am (San Diego) and 09:30 am (Tijuana) and transport you to Ensenada.

Guests not staying at these hotels must make their way there for pick up. The boat returns to port at 11:00 am and the coach will arrive in Tijuana at 14:00 pm. and San Diego at 14:30 pm. It is recommended that flights are scheduled for the following day.

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Destinations Guadalupe Island, Socorro
Facilities
Languages spoken English, Spanish

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
23/07/2017 to 27/07/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
28/07/2017 to 01/08/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
02/08/2017 to 06/08/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
07/08/2017 to 11/08/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
12/08/2017 to 16/08/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
17/08/2017 to 21/08/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
23/08/2017 to 27/08/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
28/08/2017 to 01/09/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
02/09/2017 to 06/09/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
07/09/2017 to 11/09/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
12/09/2017 to 16/09/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
17/09/2017 to 21/09/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
23/09/2017 to 27/09/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
28/09/2017 to 02/10/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
03/10/2017 to 07/10/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
08/10/2017 to 12/10/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
13/10/2017 to 17/10/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
17/10/2017 to 21/10/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
22/10/2017 to 26/10/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
27/10/2017 to 31/10/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
01/11/2017 to 05/11/2017 4 nights Guadalupe Island San Diego / Tijuana - San Diego / Tijuana From $3,100.00 Detail
22/11/2017 to 29/11/2017 7 nights Socorro Cabo San Luca – Mexico - Cabo San Luca – Mexico From $3,100.00 Detail
30/11/2017 to 07/12/2017 7 nights Socorro Cabo San Luca – Mexico - Cabo San Luca – Mexico From $3,200.00 Detail
08/12/2017 to 15/12/2017 7 nights Socorro Cabo San Luca – Mexico - Cabo San Luca – Mexico From $3,200.00 Detail
16/12/2017 to 23/12/2017 7 nights Socorro Cabo San Luca – Mexico - Cabo San Luca – Mexico From $3,200.00 Detail
27/12/2017 to 03/01/2018 7 nights Socorro Cabo San Luca – Mexico - Cabo San Luca – Mexico From $3,200.00 Detail
21/02/2018 to 28/02/2018 7 nights Socorro Cabo San Luca – Mexico - Cabo San Luca – Mexico From $3,200.00 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Socorro 7 nights Twin Lower Deck From $3,100.00
Socorro 7 nights Double/Twin Main Deck From $3,200.00
Socorro 7 nights Twin Upper Deck From $3,300.00
Socorro 7 nights From $3,400.00
Socorro 7 nights Double Upper Deck From $3,400.00
Socorro 7 nights Master From $3,500.00
Guadalupe Island 4 nights Twin Lower Deck From $3,100.00
Guadalupe Island 4 nights Double/Twin Main Deck From $3,200.00
Guadalupe Island 4 nights Twin Upper Deck From $3,300.00
Guadalupe Island 4 nights From $3,300.00
Guadalupe Island 4 nights Deluxe From $3,300.00
Guadalupe Island 4 nights Double Upper Deck From $3,400.00
Guadalupe Island 4 nights Master From $3,500.00

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
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • 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 (2)

Alex, 01/12/2016

just come back from this trip ( Nov 2016), it was just amazing. Diving with big manta's, hamer heads and dolphins is just what you are looking for !! The boat is good, and very convenient, the food is incredibly good ( Big thanks to Paloma), the crew is very efficient, smilling, and nice, all the time ! i have nothing to complain about the boat or the crew, or the diving guides, they know the place, and show you everything you are looking for

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Bruno & Cécile, 03/05/2014

Super TRIP, the best of our life, we got a special promo due to cancellation and paid 1600 USD instead of 2850 USD so it started so good then , it was organized with dive and cruise members onboard and everything just been perfect, logistic, transfer ,all. Socorro is super full of wild life, just the best encounter with big shark we had. Boat is good for lounge and dining area. Briefing are well explained and safety is good onboard. Upper deck cabin was excellent with private balcony, good double bed and private bathroom. We loved it and this operator club Cantamar is really knowledgeable on every question we asked. go for it !!

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