Take the plunge into Mexico's spectacular Cenotes, climb into a cage for a personal encounter with a great white shark or swim among a school of humpback whales.
Liveaboard diving in Mexico is extremely popular with divers looking to encounter large palagics. Deciding to join a liveaboard trip in Mexico means you will visit some of the most spectacular dive sites and areas, all located on the west side of Mexico.
These dive sites focus more on the impressive marine life you will see, and less on extremely colourful reefs, but believe me, when you are seeing the marine life there you will have no time to even realise that there is no colourful reef as a backdrop. The Mexico dive cruises which liveaboard.com offers go to three areas; the islands of Socorro, the Sea Of Cortez and to Guadalupe.
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Explore the Baja California Peninsular of Mexico aboard the palatial MV Valentina, a splendid 38m luxury liveaboard. Recently refitted, she offers divers all the necessary comforts and more.
The Nautilus Under Sea is the newest addition to the Nautilus fleet held Mexico. The 27m ex-research vessel has a few stories to tell while you dive among the whales and sharks of the Socorro Islands.
Custom built especially for scuba diving and scientific research, the very well-equipped 25m Quino el Guardian offers divers a superb platform for exploring the mega-fauna species of Mexico.Quino el Guardian
Liveaboard Dive trips In Mexico
There are currently six liveaboards available via liveaboard.com which visit these dive sites. The boats vary in length from 25m (82ft) up to 41m (135ft) with number of passengers ranging from 16 to 30. There are also different amounts of nights you can go, starting from a 5 night, 6 day trip up to a 10 night, 11 day trip. Each liveaboard is unique, with additional features and/or expenses whether you want a luxury Mexico liveaboard or a more budget-friendly cruise, so please always read all the information before booking.
Sailing in Mexico most trips depart from two different cities, either Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo, both are located in the south of the Baja California state. Most of the dive cruises depart at night, around 9pm as it will take quite some time to get to the Socorro islands; which is located 400 km from the Mexican mainland. Some do leave in the morning, so please check this thoroughly. Once you arrive at the first destination you will first do a check dive with the staff, just so they get to know you as a diver and also to get you into the ‘groove’ of things. These dives will also help the captain and staff choose the most suitable dive sites for the trip. Divers aboard a Mexico dive liveaboard can expect to do 3 - 4 dives per day, except for departure and return days, and depending on the weather and itinerary.
All itineraries are subject to change depending on the divers and the weather, it will always be the Captains final choice, and safety is always the main priority.
Dive Sites And Areas In Mexico
SOCORRO: This spectacular area has four islands to keep divers entertained, a group of four volcanic islands called the Revillagigedo Archipelago, or otherwise known as the Socorro Islands. This is a paradise for many large species of Pelagic species, including many species of sharks, Humpback whales, dolphins and they are also known for the many large Manta Rays. The visibility in this area varies from 15-50m (49-164ft) and water temperatures range from 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) up to 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit). They are part of a protected biosphere reserve and many conservation organisations are working around here to preserve the unique wildlife which inhabit and pass here.
GUADALUPE: One of the most popular dive sites in the world for cage diving with Great White Sharks; if you are looking for the thrill to truly coming up close and personal with these impressive sharks, this is the area for it.
SEA OF CORTEZ: The sea of Cortez has many different dive sites and also provides divers with incredible marine wildlife encounters. One of the dive areas called La Paz best known for the extremely large schools of Hammerheads which roam here during the winter and autumn months. Another dive area, Cabo Pulmo, is one of the few coral reefs in this area; a colourful and thriving reef which inhabits more than 6000 marine species, with generally great visibility this is the spot for some colourful underwater photography.
When To Go
Mexico is an all year round diving destination but the best times to go depends on the marine wildlife and their presence at the dive sites. Socorro has the calmest seas from November to May with the waters being around 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) in November, 21 degrees Celsius (69 degrees Fahrenheit) in February and back up to 25 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) in May. These winter months also bring with them the main spectacles; thousands of humpback whales which come here to breed, and many manta rays. The visibility here depends soley on the plankton in the water which depends on the moon, but in general the visibility is great.
The best months to dive in Guadalupe are August to October with the best visibility to see the many rowdy male sharks which are around during this time, but waters here are colder, around 20 degrees, so a wetsuit is important. If Hammerheads is what you are hoping to see then September and October are the best months to go.
Tips For Travellers
Each liveaboard has their own minimum dive experience level, most expect having your Advanced Open water with at least 50 logged dives, but there are a few which only need you to have your Open Water and no minimum logged dives please always check this before booking and it is important to remember your dive logs/logbooks.
The main language is Spanish, however English is widely spoken all around the country and on the liveaboards. The currency is the Mexican Peso and you can easily exchange all popular currencies such as US dollars and Euros etc.
The plug is the same plug as the US; two flat prongs with the standard voltage being 127V. Please remember to bring an adaptor for all your electrics if you are not coming from the US.
How To Get There
There are two ports from which the liveaboards we have to offer, these are Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. These are both cities in the state of Baja California and located in the most Southern municipality; Los Cabos. You will most likely fly into Los Cabos International Airport, which has flights arriving from the United States, Canada and other Mexican Cities. Both cities have their own ports which the liveaboards will depart from.
It is important to note that there are potentially extra costs for these trips such as port tax, marine park fees, crew gratuities, dive equipment rental (if you do not have your own) and Nitrox. Each liveaboard differs so please check this before booking. It is important to know that you will require to have insurance for the duration of your trip.
To get into Mexico you will need to have a passport which is valid at least six more months after arrival, and a return flight. The large majority of nationalities can receive a tourist visa on arrival.
As we are not medical professionals we cannot give advice on vaccinations, so please see your doctor if you are wanting to know which vaccinations might be needed.
Mexico Diving Reviews
amazing as always, never disapointsDiving Mexico in May on the Solmar V
We had a good time. We plan to go back again sometime.Diving Mexico in August on the Valentina
Very good. I dove in the Sea of Cortez last year and will certainly return to that area. Glad to have experienced Socorro.Diving Mexico in February on the Valentina
I did some diving in the Sea of Cortez which was great, a few dives in Yucatan (region Tulum) which were disappointing (heavy surge, bad visibility) and some breathtaking dives in Cozumel.Diving Mexico in November on the Valentina
Good, but not spectacularDiving Mexico in November on the Valentina
Always a pleasure diving in MexicoDiving Mexico in May on the Solmar V