null

Free Shipping on Orders Over $200 in the US and Canada

Sea of Cortez Group Trip 2023

$2,895.00

Ask Our Experts

Email | +1-310-633-5052
  • Free Photo Workshops

  • Best Price Guaranteed

  • Expertly Curated Trips

  

Jump to:

Why Join this Trip? - Trip Overview Itinerary

Accommodations Inclusions & Exclusions Photo Workshops

How to Get There - Trip LeaderPayment Schedule - Extensions

Booking - Photos

 

Sea of Cortez 2023 Group Trip

Join us for sea lions, sperm whales, whale sharks, and some awesome macro life! 

August 26 - September 2, 2023

Trip Leader: Nirupam Nigam

7 Nights for only $2,995

Book Now Button

  

Why Join This Trip?

 ✓ 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo

 ✓ The Rocio Del Mar is one of the most experienced liveaboards sailing in the Sea of Cortez

 ✓ Daily photo workshops

 ✓ Dive in an area Jacques Cousteat called the Aquarium of the World

 ✓ Big animal sightings like whale sharks, sea lions, dolphins, sperm whales and much more

 ✓ Easiest liveaboard in the US - fly or drive to Phoenix, AZ

 Back to Menu

 

Trip Overview

This trip offers a great combination of awesome big animals and fascinating macro life. There's always something for everyone. PLUS, it's really easy to get to - only a 4-hour drive from Phoenix, AZ!

 

 

The Sea of Cortez is home to sea lions, whale sharks, mantas and mobula rays, dolphins and huge schools of fish. Sperm whales, pilot whales, and dolphins are also commonly spotted!

BWT Trip to Sea of Cortez 2019, photo by Bryan Chu

 

It doesn't just stop there as the Sea of Cortez is also a perfect place to practice your macro photography skills. You will get to see nice varieties of nudibranchs, Panamic arrow crabs, Pacific seahorses, jawfish, small and big octopuses, frogfish and blennies. 

Pike Blennies at the Sea of Cortez - Photo by Bryan Chu Fighting pike blennies at the Sea of Cortez, photo by Bryan Chu

Some macro photos from our 2019 trip to the Sea of Cortez

The boat will depart from Puerto Peñasco at 6 pm on Saturday and then travel for 12 hours to arrive the next morning for a 7 am dive. You will be diving 3-4 times per day on this trip. Here's a sample day-by-day itinerary of this trip:

Day 1 - Embark at 5 pm in Puerto Peñasco. Depart at 6 pm

Day 2 - Wake up at Refugio Bay on Angel Island

Potential Dive sites: Angel Rock, La Vela, Lolo’s Cove, Sunset Zodiak Cruise with Sea Lions

Day 3 - Angel Island

Potential Dive sites: Andrea’s Eagle, El Aquario, Las Vivoras, Las Vivoras including a night dive

Day 4 - San Pedro Martir Potential Dive sites: El Arroyo, Punta Martir (Sea Lions), Chayo’s Cove

Day 5 - San Pedro Martir

Potential Dive sites: Ravijunco, Xareni’s Pinnacle, Coromel, Morrito, in the afternoon we go looking for whales!

Day 6 - Salsipuedes & Animas

Potential Dive sites: Los Cuervos, El Caballo, In Animas, El Lavadero, El Lavadero including a night dive

Day 7 - Baja and Snorkeling with Whale Sharks in Bahia De Los Angeles

Potential Dive sites: El Pescador, Baja Ca., start heading back to Puerto Penasco in afternoon

Day 8 - Disembark at 7 am

To learn more about what you can expect from this Sea of Cortez trip, check out this trip report or see how our 2019 trip to the Sea of Cortez went. You may also read the reviews on diving the Sea of Cortez here.

 Back to Menu

 

Inclusions

 ✓ Three meals per day & snacks,

 ✓ Beverages including soft drinks, juice, domestic beer & wine

 ✓ One full day of whale shark snorkeling, & several dives with a friendly sea lion colony

 ✓ Tanks, weights & weight belts

 

Exclusions

 ✗ Transfers from Phoenix airport ($150 roundtrip)

 ✗ Park fees ($28)

 ✗ Fuel Surcharge, if applicable (none currently)

 ✗ Nitrox ($120)

 ✗ Gratuity

 ✗ Mexican Tourist Card: purchased at the border ($36 CASH ONLY)

 ✗ Travel Insurance: click here to learn more about our preferred plan

 

 Back to Menu

 

About the Rocio del Mar

Rocio Del Mar is one of the best liveaboards sailing in the area, offering 10 comfortable cabins for up to max. 20 divers. All have private bathrooms with hot shower stalls, Western-style toilets, lavatories, and above height window. Each cabin is carpeted and air-conditioned. There are room length windows with privacy curtains and convenient gear and clothes storage drawers beneath the beds.

 

Rocio Del Mar  Rocio Del Mar Rocio Del Mar Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar  Rocio Del Mar 

Check out this page to see more details and customer reviews on the Rocio Del Mar.

 

Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar

 Back to Menu

 

Daily Photo Workshops

Workshops will be given daily on topics such as wide-angle underwater photography, ambient light shots, snorkeling with large animals, strobe exposure and positions, avoiding backscatter and composition. Help underwater is also given.

Check out this page for more information on what to expect from our photography workshops as well as some testimonials!

 Back to Menu

 
 

Flight Information

Trip attendees will fly in and out of Phoenix, Arizona, which is the closest international airport. You should fly in on Saturday morning and arrive before 11 am. For return flights, book anytime after 2 pm.

Head Out To Rocky Point offers a shuttle service to and from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and takes you directly to the boat. It takes approximately 3.5-4 hours. The cost is $150 per person, round trip. All passengers will be picked up at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport at 1pm, Terminal 4, Door 5 outside on the far side of the street. The shuttles are clearly marked Head Out To Rocky Point. The shuttle will stop at the border so passengers can purchase Mexico Tourist Cards. If you choose to stay at a hotel the evening prior, be sure to be back at the airport by 12:30 so you can comfortably get to the shuttle departure area by 1pm. On disembarkation day the shuttle departs the boat at 7am.

Book the round-trip Head Out to Rocky Point Shuttle - Click Here

 Back to Menu

 

About The Trip Leader

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in Southern California's Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. He spent some time as a fisheries observer on fishing vessels in the Bering Sea and North Pacific, collecting data for NOAA. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his wife and taking photos.

As the Editor-in-Chief of the Underwater Photography Guide and the Chief Marketing Officer at Bluewater Photo & Video, Nirupam is one of the world's few full-time underwater photography editors. You can get in touch with him at nirupam@uwphotographyguide.com(link sends e-mail) or through his website www.photosfromthesea.comRead more about Nirupam here.

 Back to Menu

 

Payment Schedule

Deposit: $825, due on July 27, 2022

Payment 2: $725, due on January 15, 2023

Payment 3: $1,445, due on April 15, 2023

 Back to Menu

 

Want to Extend Your Trip? 

We can help with that! See more of Mexico before or after your trip with Bluewater in the Sea of Cortez. Flying all that way merits a multi-destination vacation! La Paz is an amazing destination nearby that offers a range of additional unique experiences. Here are some examples of packages we can add on to your trip reservation:

*Rates are subject to change at any time; please contact us for the most updated pricing. 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 5 STAR COSTA BAJA RESORT & SPA

Price: Starting at $2,087 per person based upon double occupancy.

The Hotel CostaBaja Resort & Spa is the first and only luxury hotel & spa in the city of La Paz. This boutique hotel offers a selection of ocean, mountain and marina views. North of the hotel is Espiritu Santo Island, where you will find the greatest marine life in the world and the best sport fishing within Baja Sur.

✓ 7 nights in a king or twin room

✓ Full buffet breakfasts

✓ 5 days of 3 tank dives

✓ Lunches & drinks on the boat

✓ National park permit fees 

✓ Roundtrip Cabo transfers

✓ Free WiFi: Yes

✓ Swimming Pool: Yes

Costa Baja Resort La Paz Costa Baja Resort La Paz

Costa Baja Resort & Spa

 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 3 STAR LA CONCHA BEACH RESORT

Price: Starting at $1,803 per person based upon double occupancy.

A beach resort offering a peaceful and mellow atmosphere on the Sea of Cortez. Over a hundred sea view rooms are featured in La Concha Beach Resort. Located in front of the ocean and with full view to the beach and pool, the accommodations include essential details to luxury amenities.

✓ 7 nights in a king or twin sea view room

✓ Full American breakfasts

✓ 5 days of 3 tank dives

✓ Lunches & drinks on the boat

✓ National park permit fees

✓ Roundtrip Cabo transfers

✓ Free WiFi: Yes

✓ Swimming Pool: Yes

La Concha Beach Resort La Paz La Concha Beach Resort La Paz

La Concha Beach Resort

 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 4 STAR HOTEL CATEDRAL

Price: Starting at $1,670 per person based upon double occupancy.

Hotel Catedral La Paz is a new concept of accommodation to suit the needs of today's travelers. It is part of the historic center of the city, surrounded by major attractions next to Our Cathedral Lady of La Paz. With its sophisticated contemporary modernist architecture, Hotel Catedral La Paz it focuses on every detail to offer its guests an excellent service and quality, both in the rooms and its gourmet restaurant.

✓ 7 nights in a king or twin sea view room

✓ Full breakfasts

✓ 5 days of 3 tank dives

✓ Lunches & drinks on the boat

✓ National park permit fees

✓ Roundtrip Cabo transfers

✓ Free WiFi: Yes

✓ Swimming Pool: Yes

Hotel Catedral La Paz Hotel Catedral La Paz

Hotel Catedral La Paz

 Back to Menu

 

Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call us today at +1-310-915-6677 or email us trips@bluewaterdivetravel.com(link sends e-mail)

And let us book your dream vacation!

 Back to Menu

 

Photo Gallery

Book Now Button


Sea of Cortez Underwater Photos from Previous Trips

Sea of Cortez trip Sea of Cortez

Sea of CortezSea of CortezSea of Cortez

Sea of Cortez Sea of Cortez

Sea of Cortez 2017 Trip Sea of Cortez 2017 Trip

Sea of Cortez 2017 Trip Sea of Cortez 2017 Trip

 Back to Menu

 

Customers Also Viewed

we-make-awesome-trips-possible.jpg
We make awesome trips possible!

Read more

we-make-awesome-trips-possible.jpg
Educational Videos and Articles

Read more

we-make-awesome-trips-possible.jpg
Find the right gear with our Buyer's Guides

Read more

Win a free trip by joining our newsletter