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Socorro Vortex

Mexico

A small, elegant 14-passenger diving liveaboard in Mexico, Socorro Vortex caters to sophisticated divers offering a high quality, first-class dive experience in deluxe accommodation. Visiting the Socorro Islands all-year long.

At 140 feet, this former Canadian Coast Guard vessel was built for adventure and hardcore worldwide expeditions.

The Socorro Vortex will cater to the most sophisticated & demanding divers by offering the finest in luxury liveaboard scuba diving. With only 14 guests onboard, you will receive the highest quality dive experience for the lucky few! Luxury diving is followed by topside elegance plus unmatched and personalized service. Gourmet dining with a complimentary selection of the best Baja California beer and wine, expansive common areas, plus top-of-the-line beds, linens, towels and bath robes will ensure your comfort onboard.

Dining will be either in the air conditioned Dining Room or the Sky Bridge Bar & Grill Area. Chef will use his many talents to provide tasty food all day long with a mix of creative cuisine with International Cuisine. Meals will be a mixture of buffet style and table service with lots of fruit, snacks, appetizers and even an on-deck barbeque. There is also gourmet dining with a complimentary selection of the best Baja California beer and wine. Water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks, local beer & wine are all included.

The spacious Sundeck will be a place to chill out before and after everything you do onboard, whether comtemplating the next dive, the last dive... or what you might have for Dinner. This is a good congregation area of the vessel.

Things get even better, the Vortex offers a complimentary Bar whilst you use the complimentary High Speed Internet and WiFi.

There is also a Helipad and there will be a Submarine Capability for getting an even deeper aquatic experience.

Master Suite

The master suite features California king size bed, air conditioning with individual controls, a private bathroom, sink and shower. Cabins will have high quality linen, towels and bathrobes for your added comfort.

  • King size bed
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite
  • Big windows
  • Corner desk
  • Sofa
  • Walk in Closet
  • 70" Screen TV

Standard Cabin

Air conditioned standard room with an en-suite bathroom. This cabin can be a double or twin bedroom.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Double or twin
  • En-suite
  • 22” flat screen TV
  • Closet

Junior Suite

Air Conditioned Junior Suite with an en-suite bathroom. This cabin can be a double or twin cabin.

  • Ensuite
  • Air conditioning
  • Double bed
  • Twin bed
  • 40” flat screen TV

Route Options

9 Days / 8 Nights (Approximately 20 dives in total)

DAY 1: Departure from Cabo San Lucas about 4 p.m. to San Benedicto Island.

DAY 2: Arrival at San Benedicto about 4pm p.m.(crossing takes 22-24 hours) rest of the afternoon is spent diving with the opportunity to do 1 or 2 dives at the Socorro Islands.

DAY 3: Day is normally spent diving around San Benedicto and considering weather possibilities for a crossing to Roca Partida. After sunset boat departs to Socorro Islands - crossing takes 4-5 hours. On occasion, if the weather looks good we might decide to try Roca before Socorro.

DAY 4: Arrival Socorro Island early a.m. then quick check in at Navy Base for clearance. Most of this day is spent diving around Socorro Island. If conditions are good here or it is humpback whale season we might stay another day but usually we depart back to either San Benedicto or Roca Partida after sunset.

DAY 5: Arrival early a.m. to San Benedicto or Roca Partida, with diving all day.

DAYS 6 & 7: These days are spent diving numerous sites around San Benedicto and/or Roca Partida depending on weather and if we have been able to get to Roca Partida previously. Both islands known for most of the large animal encounters on our trips. Departure after a full day of diving on day 7 back to Cabo.

DAY 8: Arrival to Cabo after a 22+ hour crossing, depending on weather conditions, which means the boat usually arrives after sunset on this day at around 8 or 9 pm. Guests overnight in port and disembark the next morning after breakfast onboard. Our dock has a great location near town for those who want to get off and stretch their legs or visit the local night spots.

DAY 9: All clients must disembark after breakfast no later than 9 a.m. Our crew will help you with your bags and in arranging airport transportation.

11 Days / 10 Nights (Approximately 27 dives in total)

DAY 1: Departure from Cabo San Lucas about 4 p.m. to San Benedicto Island.

Arrival at San Benedicto about 4pm p.m.(crossing takes 22-24 hours) rest of the afternoon is spent diving with the opportunity to do 1 or 2 dives at the Socorro Islands.

DAY 3: Day is normally spent diving around San Benedicto and considering weather possibilities for a crossing to Roca Partida. After sunset boat departs to Socorro Islands - crossing takes 4-5 hours. On occasion if the weather looks good we might decide to try Roca before Socorro.

DAYS 4 & 5: Arrival Socorro Island early a.m. then quick check in at Navy Base for clearance. Most of this day is spent diving around Socorro Island. If conditions are good here or it is humpback whale season we might stay another day but usually we depart back to either San Benedicto or Roca Partida after sunset.

DAY 6: Arrival early a.m. to San Benedicto or Roca Partida, with diving all day.

DAYS 7, 8 & 9: These days are spent diving numerous sites around San Benedicto and/or Roca Partida depending on weather and if we have been able to get to Roca Partida previously. Both islands known for most of the large animal encounters on our trips. Departure after a full day of diving on day 7 back to Cabo.

DAY 10: Arrival to Cabo after a 22+ hour crossing, depending on weather conditions, which means the boat usually arrives after sunset on this day. Guests overnight in port and disembark the next morning after breakfast onboard. Our dock has a great location near town for those who want to get off and stretch their legs or visit the local night spots.

DAY 11: All clients must disembark after breakfast no later than 9 a.m. Our crew will help you with your bags and in arranging airport transportation.

Guadalupe Island has become one of the favorite dive spots in the world for great white shark diving. Located 165 miles west of Ensenada Mexico, Guadalupe is the best place for white shark encounters, this dive site is preferred by wildlife photographers and videographers from all around the world

Visibility is often above 100’ and the water temperature averages between 65F-70F.

Cage diving in Guadalupe with great white sharks is an exciting adventure for everyone, since we won’t use scuba tank, no diving certification is required.

Your Guadalupe Island shark Diving trip on board of the Socorro Vortex is the perfect adventure for a 5 day getaway, book your adventure in Guadalupe and discover why is one the best dive sites in the world for shark diving.

Season: August to October

Pre Trip - Fly to San Diego or Tijuana
DAY 1 - Shark Shuttle to Ensenada / Embark / Crossing
DAY 2 - Cage diving at Guadalupe
DAY 3 - Cage diving at Guadalupe
DAY 4 - Cage diving at Guadalupe/ Crossing
DAY 5 - Disembark / Shark Shuttle to SD / TJ / Stay in SD or Fly Home

Vessel Details

Year Built / Refurbished 2017
Speed 21 knots
Speed 16 knots
Engines 2 x MTu 12V4000 2750 hp @2100 rpm
Guest Numbers 14
Number of Cabins 7
Dive Tenders & Zodiacs 2 x 22 ft Zodiacs
Cylinders 15L Tank: $135 / per 9 day trip
Wetsuits $75 per 9 day trip
Regulator $75 per 9 day trip
Mask, Fins & Snorkel $35 (full foot) / per 9 day trip
BCD $75 / per 9 day trip
Dive Computer $145 per 9 day trip

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The Boiler

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

"The Boiler" at San Benedicto is world-renowned for the up-close and personal encounters divers experience with the Giant Pacific manta ray. This pelagic, which is a relative of the shark, can grow to a wingspan of over twenty feet, yet they are gentle giants. Mantas commonly greet divers upon their arrival and stay as long as there are divers around.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 35

The Canyon

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Located on the south side of San Benedicto, The Canyon is likely to provide you with more unforgettable experiences with marine mega-fauna. Mantas are often seen here too! Sharks are more the order of the day at The Canyon with healthy numbers of silky sharks, Galapagos sharks and hammerhead sharks being the most frequently sighted. While the silkies and Galapagos sharks may travel solo or in small groups, the hammerheads can be present in vast schools. There are also swirling clouds of reef fish cascading up and down the slope, and always a chance of a passing pod of dolphins, making it a great site for photography.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30

Cabo Pearce

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo Pearce is located on the east side of Socorro Island. Look around immediately after you roll in – you might be surrounded by bottlenose dolphins. And if you are even luckier, they might be in the mood for company. Nothing is better than spending your whole dive with 20 to 30 friendly dolphins. But don't despair if the cetaceans are scarce –this is a great site for sharks, particularly whale sharks and there are plenty of giant manta rays.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30

The Aquarium

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

On the east of the island is a site popular with macro photographers – given its name it is no suprise that there are plenty of fish. The garish orange Clarion angelfish form large schools – the juveniles have bright blue flashes which fade as they mature. Lots of red-tailed triggerfish and crosshatch triggerfish roam this site.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

El Fondeadero

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

El Fondeadero is often dove first. It's generally pretty calm and not too deep so its where some boats go checkout dive. There are three large pinnacles full of lobster, fish, eels and occasionally shark.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Roca Partida

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Roca is a guano covered pinnacle about 85 miles from San Benedicto Island. As long as a football field, the pinnacle is in the middle of nowhere and is a magnet to pelagics. This is where Imany sharks, mantas, huge schools of fish, and whalesharks have been seen on past trips. Mantas, sharks and large schools of skip jack and yellowtail can also be seen.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 40

Guadalupe Sharks

Guadalupe Island, Mexico

Guadalupe Island has become the world’s best location for diving with great white sharks. This is one of the favorites expeditions for wildlife photographers and videographers from all around the world. The visibility is often over 100 FT and the water temperature averages between 65F-70F. This 5-day expedition is a perfect adventure getaway. Feel the adrenaline and discover why Guadalupe Island is one of the best cage diving destinations in the world.

  • Min Dives: 20
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 20
Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
14 Dec 2019
22 Dec 2019
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Junior Suite £5600
25 Mar 2020
2 Apr 2020
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Junior Suite £5600
25 Mar 2020
2 Apr 2020
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £6800
15 Jun 2020
25 Jun 2020
10 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Junior Suite £6760
3 Aug 2020
7 Aug 2020
10 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £5200
8 Aug 2020
12 Aug 2020
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Standard Cabin £3600
8 Aug 2020
12 Aug 2020
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £5200
13 Aug 2020
17 Aug 2020
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
18 Aug 2020
22 Aug 2020
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
23 Aug 2020
27 Aug 2020
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
28 Aug 2020
1 Sep 2020
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
7 Sep 2020
11 Sep 2020
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
12 Sep 2020
16 Sep 2020
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Junior Suite £4800
12 Sep 2020
16 Sep 2020
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
19 Sep 2020
23 Sep 2020
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
24 Sep 2020
28 Sep 2020
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
29 Sep 2020
3 Oct 2020
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
4 Oct 2020
8 Oct 2020
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
14 Oct 2020
18 Oct 2020
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Junior Suite £4360
18 Jan 2021
28 Jan 2021
10 Nights Socorro Island / 10 nights 11 Days Junior Suite £6760
24 Mar 2021
1 Apr 2021
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Standard Cabin £4800
24 Mar 2021
1 Apr 2021
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Junior Suite £4800
2 Jun 2021
10 Jun 2021
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £4800
24 Jul 2021
28 Jul 2021
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
3 Aug 2021
7 Aug 2021
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
8 Aug 2021
12 Aug 2021
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
13 Aug 2021
17 Aug 2021
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
18 Aug 2021
22 Aug 2021
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
23 Aug 2021
27 Aug 2021
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
2 Sep 2021
6 Sep 2021
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
7 Sep 2021
11 Sep 2021
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
19 Sep 2021
23 Sep 2021
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
24 Sep 2021
28 Sep 2021
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
29 Sep 2021
3 Oct 2021
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
4 Oct 2021
8 Oct 2021
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
9 Oct 2021
13 Oct 2021
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
19 Oct 2021
28 Oct 2021
9 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
13 Nov 2021
21 Nov 2021
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £4800
12 Dec 2021
20 Dec 2021
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £4800
27 Dec 2021
6 Jan 2022
10 Nights Socorro Island / 10 nights 11 Days Master Suite £4800
27 Dec 2021
6 Jan 2022
10 Nights Socorro Island / 10 nights 11 Days Junior Suite £4800
8 Jan 2022
16 Jan 2022
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £4800
30 Jan 2022
7 Feb 2022
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £4800
18 Feb 2022
26 Feb 2022
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £4800
18 Feb 2022
26 Feb 2022
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Junior Suite £4800
12 Mar 2022
20 Mar 2022
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £4800
22 Mar 2022
30 Mar 2022
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £4800
1 Apr 2022
9 Apr 2022
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £4800
11 Apr 2022
21 Apr 2022
10 Nights Socorro Island / 10 nights 11 Days Master Suite £4800
11 Apr 2022
21 Apr 2022
10 Nights Socorro Island / 10 nights 11 Days Junior Suite £4800
15 May 2022
23 May 2022
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £4800
25 May 2022
4 Jun 2022
10 Nights Socorro Island / 10 nights 11 Days Master Suite £4800
6 Jun 2022
14 Jun 2022
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £4800
16 Jun 2022
24 Jun 2022
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £4800
29 Jul 2022
2 Aug 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
3 Aug 2022
7 Aug 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
8 Aug 2022
12 Aug 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
13 Aug 2022
17 Aug 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
18 Aug 2022
22 Aug 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
23 Aug 2022
27 Aug 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
28 Aug 2022
1 Sep 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
2 Sep 2022
6 Sep 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
7 Sep 2022
11 Sep 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
12 Sep 2022
16 Sep 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
19 Sep 2022
23 Sep 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
24 Sep 2022
28 Sep 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
29 Sep 2022
3 Oct 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
4 Oct 2022
8 Oct 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
9 Oct 2022
13 Oct 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
14 Oct 2022
18 Oct 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
19 Oct 2022
23 Oct 2022
4 Nights Guadalupe Island - Great White Sharks Master Suite £4800
1 Nov 2022
11 Nov 2022
10 Nights Socorro Island / 10 nights 11 Days Master Suite £4800
13 Nov 2022
21 Nov 2022
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £4800
22 Nov 2022
2 Dec 2022
10 Nights Socorro Island / 10 nights 11 Days Master Suite £4800
3 Dec 2022
11 Dec 2022
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £4800
12 Dec 2022
20 Dec 2022
8 Nights Socorro Islands / 9 days 8 Nights Master Suite £4800
27 Dec 2022
6 Jan 2023
10 Nights Socorro Island / 10 nights 11 Days Master Suite £4800