Ninja New Year Socorro Liveaboard 2024
The Revillagigedo Archipelago is constantly named by divers as one of the most incredible big animal dive destinations on earth. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the largest Marine Protected Areas in the world is located 240 miles off the coast of Mexico. More commonly known by the name of its largest island – Isla Socorro, these islands are packed with jaw dropping encounters. It is a playground for giant oceanic mantas growing upwards of 7 meters wide (23 feet). A location where over 10 species of sharks can be seen, friendly pods of dolphins join divers, and schools of massive tuna can be seen hunting. But it is not just the biodiversity & abundance of pelagic marine life that makes this area so special. The unique interactions with the beautiful creatures of Socorro are what scuba diving dreams are made of. 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 kick off 2024 in style with a special trip to these beautiful islands on January 3-11, 2024. This is a limited offer trip with 18 spaces available. 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] with any questions or to reserve your space today.
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 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. 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.
For this special trip we have chartered the Nautilus Undersea. She is our favorite dive liveaboard 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.
What’s The Cost?
The Nautilus Undersea offers 4 different room options. A standard double stateroom at $3,295* USD per person, a quad stateroom at $2,895* USD per person, the Rosario ADA compatible superior suite at $3,595* USD per person, and the Emerald Premium suite at $4,495* USD. All prices are per person and on shared occupancy basis. If you are traveling solo, no problem! We will match you with another solo ninja guest of the same gender. Or if you prefer your own private room a single supplement upgrade is also available for an additional fee.
The trip price includes all diving & activities, AL80 tanks, weights, presentations, 8 nights accommodation on a shared basis, 4 delicious meals per day plus snacks, juices, soft drinks, tea, coffee, fresh towels in your stateroom as needed, as well as fresh towels on the dive deck for drying off between dives. Additionally Nautilus supplies every diver with a Nautilus LifeLine Marine Rescue GPS, a Dive Alert signaling device, and a SMB “safety sausage” to use on the trip.
What’s Not Included
The price does not include flights, transfers from airport to/from ship, port fee of $35 USD payable onboard, Revillagigedo Marine Park fee ($375), alcoholic beverages/bar purchases, trip Nitrox upgrade ($100 per person – optional, but highly recommended), rental equipment, Crew Gratuity (10%-15% of trip price is customary but is at your discretion), 5% of MexicanIVA Tax*, or credit card processing fees.
*Please note that Nautilus does not include 5% of Mexican VAT in their pricing. The Mexican IVA tax has been harmonized at 16% across Mexico. The original 11% tax is included in your trip fee. The 5% increase is charged additionally.
Flights & Pre-Trip Activities Information
This trip departs and returns from Cabo San Lucas located in the state of Baja California Sur, Mexico. The nearest airport is Los Cabos International Airport (airport code SJD) in San Jose del Cabo about a 40 minute taxi or bus ride away from Cabo San Lucas. We recommend arriving at least a day early to give you some time to relax and a little padding in case of any travel delays. Easy flights to Cabo can be found from many international airports in the US, Canada, and Europe as well as many other areas. From the US and Canada many direct flights can be found as well as some with a stop over in Houston, Dallas, multiple airports in California, or Atlanta. From Europe you can either fly through the US or through Mexico City. Some airlines to check out are Alaska Air & AeroMexico (our personal favorites), United, and Virgin, but there are numerous others.
And of course since you are visiting the birthplace of Dive Ninjas we recommend checking out some of the amazing things the area has to offer. In January you have the peak of the humpback whale migration, mako sharks off the coast, our resident sea lions in Cabo & La Paz, whale sharks in La Paz, Bull Sharks in Cabo Pulmo, schools of cow nose rays in Cabo, hammers at Gordo, and so much more. We recommend checking out some of our dive tours in Cabo to get a taste of Baja as well as learning about the area or getting involved in some of the awesome conservation projects Team Ninja is working on.
Additionally, Dive Ninjas is also working on a special ‘Best of Baja Mini Expedition’ add-on package for guests of this trip! More details will be released soon! Interested in adding this to your Socorro expedition? Give us a shout and we can set it up for you.
Watch: Dreaming of Dolphins
By Nautilus Odysseys
Expedition Quick Facts:
Ship: M/V Nautilus Under the Sea
Board: January 3, 2023 at 8pm
Disembark: January 11, 2023 at 8.30am
Duration: 9 Days, 8 nights
Dive Days: 5 days, +/- 20 dives
Departing from: Nautilus Liveaboards Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Nearest Airport: Los Cabos International (SJD)
Trip Cost: $2895.00 – $4495.00 USD
Min Deposit to Reserve: 35%