Ninja New Year Socorro Liveaboard with Girls That Scuba

The Revillagigedo Archipelago is constantly named by divers as some of the best big animal diving on earth. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest Marine Protected Areas in the world is located 240 miles off the coast of Mexico. The area is more commonly known by the name of its largest island – Isla Socorro. This is a place where mantas growing upwards of 7 meters wide (23 feet) are a common sight. A location where over 10 species of sharks can be spotted, friendly pods of dolphins join divers, and giant tuna can be seen hunting. But it is not just the abundance of pelagic marine life that makes this area so special. The interactions with these beautiful creatures at these unique islands are what underwater dreams are made of. I think it was best summed up by a close friend who said diving here is emotional. Imagine a massive oceanic manta ray spotting you from afar, and seeking you out. Swimming directly to your face to look you in the eye and then spending the next 20 minutes circling you as if she wants to begin a conversation. Picture pods of dolphins that actively seek out divers beckoning them to play. All the while white tip sharks gather in piles of 10s & 20s, schools of shy hammerheads create choreographed walls out in the blue, and huge tiger sharks patrol the depths. This is the Revillagigedo.

Join Team Ninja as we partner with Girls That Scuba to kick off 2023 for 2 special expeditions to these beautiful islands on January 6-14, 2023 and January 14-22, 2023. This is a limited offer trip with 18 spaces available. Everyone is welcome to join, both male and female divers. We recommend that you act fast as this trip will sell out quick. Scroll down for more details on the trip, then register online now to secure your space. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or +1-973-619-9976 with any questions or to reserve your space today.

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Liveaboard scuba diving in Socorro with manta rays and Dive Ninja Expeditions
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The Itinerary

Our trip will begin at the Nautilus suite located on the marina in downtown Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. We’ll set sail that evening for Isla San Benedicto, the closest of the 3 islands. The crossing to San Benedicto takes around 24-26 hours giving us plenty of time to settle in, catch up with friends, and learn all about the incredible encounters that are waiting for us. Award winning underwater photographer & conservationist, Jay Clue, will be on hand to give a presentation about the current conservation work & manta identification projects going on in the area with the Pacific Manta Research Group. He’ll also show you how to get involved during the trip – and maybe even have the chance to name a manta! The itinerary for the trip will take us through the Revillagigedo Islands from San Benedicto to Socorro and our personal favorite, Roca Partida! We’ll aim to hit all the best dive sites that make this area so famous including El Cañon, The Boiler, Roca Partida, Cabo Pearce, and more! With up to 4 dives per day you’ll have chances to encounter friendly giant oceanic manta rays, over 10 species of sharks including scalloped hammerheads, silver tips, white tips, black tips, silkies, Galapagos, dusky, tiger sharks, whale sharks, as well as bottlenose dolphins, false killer whales, massive yellowfin tuna, humpback whales, and more. And for those interested we’ll be doing a special silky shark night snorkel one evening too!  After 5 full days of diving we will begin our journey back to Cabo San Lucas. On the return crossing Jay and the team will be on hand to help with photo editing tips, manta ray identification submissions, and more. Then we’ll wrap up the trip with our version of the infamous Crap Photography contest.

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The Ship

For this special trip we have chartered the Nautilus Undersea. She is our favorite dive yacht for Socorro! Some of you might remember her from her IMAX movie & Cocos Island fame as part of the Undersea Hunter group.  Recently the Undersea has been completely overhauled and refurbished to match the same level of quality of her sister ships in the Nautilus fleet. But unlike her larger sister ships the Undersea provides a more intimate experience – which is one of the reasons we love her so much! She comfortably accommodates 18 divers, where as most other ships in the area take 24 or more divers. The Undersea is 32 meters (105 ft) long, and has a 8m (24ft) beam. She was built in the USA and designed specifically for operating in the eastern Pacific with stability & comfort. She is also International Safety Management safety certified.

Her salon and dining area is comfortable and offers a full bar, comfy sofas, a computer workstation, a large flat screen TV, as well as satellite WiFi access. The dive deck is large and offers individual storage for every diver and an awesomely spacious camera table. She has a partially covered al fresco lounge upstairs as well as a sundeck and a 6 person jacuzzi to unwind in as you take in the sun & sea breeze. Her staterooms are comfy and offer ample storage, individual climate control, a TV monitor with media player, as well as private ensuite bathrooms with showers. The double staterooms come in multiple varieties with a double and single bunk style, 2 single beds, or 1 queen bed. She also offers a triple room with 4 single beds for those looking to save a little. Additionally just off the dive deck she has an ADA compatible – accessible superior suite. Then towards the bow she offers a beautiful premium suite with big windows, tons of space, and the ability to be configured into either 2 smaller beds or 1 large bed for those looking to make the trip extra special.

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