Sea of Cortez – Aquarium of the World
Some have called the Sea of Cortez the “Aquarium of the World”. No matter a title, every year, tens of thousands of Mobula Rays visit the coastlines of the Sea of Cortez in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula – please watch the video. The congregations of rays are one of the most incredible natural spectacles on our planet — and one of the largest in the world.
For the adventurer, scuba diver, or ocean lover, this region of the Baja Peninsula is one of the most inviting places in North America. This will be more than a dive trip. In fact, this is not a dive trip, but we’ll likely make 1-2 dives, and those dives will be at Los Islotes with the sea lion colony. But, we’ll be on the water at least 5 days, looking for anything that will share the ocean with us. It could be dolphins, sea lions, manta rays, whale sharks, or humpback whales. It could even be a blue whale.
But, the reason we’re going, is to swim with the Mobula Rays. Yes, this is a snorkel trip. And, let’s make no secret about our intentions – where there are mobula rays, there are very likely Orcas that are hunting the rays. Our chance to swim with mobula rays is very good since this is their season, and we will pay for a spotter plane (to increase our chances) for a few of this days.
They are renowned for expeditions, photo & video workshops. We keep our boat to a maximum of 4 or 6 divers ensuring your experience and interactions are intimate and breathtaking. We pride ourselves is being a sustainability leader. Ensuring no single use plastic is used on our boat and our dive practices have no negative effect on the environment.
The Dive Gurus with over 20 years of experience living and working in La Paz, The Dive Gurus are not just the exclusive boutique dive centre, they are the chosen expedition leaders and logistic experts for institutions like The BBC Natural History Unit, Netflix, Disney, National Geographic Society & Television. In 2021 & 2022 We provided field production, logistics and underwater camera operator for Netflix “Our Planet 2”.
In 2018 we provided production support for Netflix “Our Planet”. In 2019 and 2020 The Dive Gurus completed the safety and logistics for The BBC ́s upcoming Planet Earth 3 Series and National Geographic America Series.
Best location La Paz! Historic home and casita
Our home in La Paz, is a centrally located historic home, 2 blocks from the Malecon and beach. It is simply the best location in La Paz, in the heart of the historic district. This home was built in the 1890’s, and has been renovated with all the modern amenities. Located in the ‘epicenter’ of La Paz near the cathedral, fine restaurants, coffee houses, art galleries, supermarket, etc…Walk to everywhere! The beach is a one minute walk.
The main house (old house) has 2 bedrooms and one bathroom with shower. There is a huge living room/dining room and a fully equipped kitchen with 6 burner stove with an oven. The refrigerator has a good size freezer with drawers and a super freeze setting for fish that needs to travel.
There is a common outside living area with furniture, a fish smoker, a large old fashioned charcoal BBQ with a hand crank and a 2 burner cooking station. Laundry room with large sink, counter, washer and drier. The main house sleeps 4.
The casita (separate entrance) is in the back of the garden by a 120 year old tamarind tree. The ground floor is a studio with kitchen/dining and a couch that splits in a queen bed with a thick, comfortable orthopedic foam mattress. There is one bathroom with shower. The upstairs is a bedroom with a full size bed and a high end memory foam twin bed. There is one bathroom with shower. There is an outdoor living area for the casita and a balcony with chairs with view of the ocean.
We provide you with a Mexican cell phone for your personal use, foreign plans are not reliable here and locals cannot call you on an international number. This makes your life much easier!
Included with La Paz package:
- 7 nights in a beautiful historic home, in the best part of town
- Round-trip transfers from SJD to La Paz and return
- Daily mexican breakfast (own cook)
- Lunch, snacks, water, on the boat
- 5 Days Snorkel Boat + Crew
- 1-2 Dives with the Sea Lion Colony
- 2 Days Spotter Plane
Not Included in package:
- International flights Denver to Cabos San Lucas (SJD)
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities for dive crew
- Any items or activities, or meals not mentioned above
Complete Package Pricing – $1735
Prices are per person in US$ and based on double occupancy (shared rooms, individual beds). For single occupancy, please request a quote.
- Deposit: $300 to reserve your space (deposit is non-refundable).
- Final Payment: $1435 due on April 1, 2023
Passport requirement – must have 6 months remaining until expiration date upon return to USA.
For all dive trips, consider purchasing travel insurance, and dive accident insurance. Both are highly recommended, and are made available to purchase!
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REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN
Some sunscreen ingredients are not safe for corals; these include oxybenzone. Research indicates that these chemicals can cause DNA damage to corals, promote viruses in corals, and contribute to the bleaching of corals. So that we can help protect our reefs, we encourage our guests to choose and use a sunscreen that is “coral safe”.
To purchase eco-friendly sunscreen products, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the Stream2Sea banner link, use code, “cleanreef” for a 10% discount.
** AIRFARE SOLD SEPARATELY **
Price is per person and based on double occupancy and items specified. Space is subject to availability, price subject to change without notice and not guaranteed until deposit is received. Cost for airfare cannot be guaranteed until paid and ticketed. Some restrictions may apply.
* Credit card or any payments made through the PayPal invoice will be charged an additional 3.5% (5% international payers). This fee covers the cost of the PayPal fee. Venmo, Zelle, Send Money to Friends and Family, and checks are always welcome.
If interested, please contact Andy Skuntz, at Colorado Dive + Travel Adventures, email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call at 719-322-6941. This exciting trip will fill up fast.
Trip flyer, terms and conditions, and a trip application will be provided. Once the application is complete, please return to Andy via fax or email, then an invoice for the designated deposit will be provided.