Valentina Liveaboard, Mexico


Enjoy spectacular diving in the Baja California Peninsular aboard the MV Valentina Liveaboard Mexico. The MV Valentina Liveaboard visits the abundant dive sites of the Sea Of Cortez from August to November where divers can hope to see sea lions, huge schools of sardines and hammerhead sharks, and the amazing diving of the Socorro Islands to look for humpback whales, manta rays and whale sharks from November to May.

In 2013 the 38m M/V Valentina Liveaboard underwent a re-fit to ensure the highest standards. The MV Valentina Liveaboard has 10 air-conditioned cabins, each with an en-suite bathroom. The air-conditioned dining room offers excellent cuisine with a variety of Mexican, European and Asian dishes, and also an open bar with a choice of various soft drinks, cocktails, liquors, and draft beer (some beverages require payment on site).

There is a large, partially covered sun deck for relaxation in-between dives, or enjoying the stars in the evening. Let the MV Valentina crew take care of your needs and help you to create a diving liveaboard holiday to remember in the spectacular Baja California Peninsular. Contact us today to book your adventure.

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Included: VAT, Port Fees, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Land Excursions, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Chamber Fees (15 USD per trip), National Park Fees (75 USD per day).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Extra Dives, Nitrox (20 USD per day), Nitrox Course, Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • BBQ Area
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Full-board Option

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving

The crew speaks English, Japanese, and Spanish.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

MV Valentina floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1999
  • Year renovated 2013
  • Length 38m
  • Beam 10m
  • Cruising speed 12 knots
  • Max guests 20
  • Number of cabins 10
  • Number of bathrooms 10

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen

Valentina Reviews

  • 9.4 Superb
  • 42 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Richard B
  • United States United States
It was an amazing trip.


Recommended for
Boat, crew, diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kristi S
  • United States United States
Wonderful experience on the Valentina

Just returned from 10 days in Socorro Islands on the Valentina. I was a little nervous being the only American with a tight group of Chinese divers who spoke little English, but we all bonded over the experience. The crew was wonderful. A very unique experience in a very unique part of the world. Loved playing with the giant Mantas and chasing whales on the bow after the dives. Many sharks and some very fast dolphins. I did my Nitrox training on the trip to Socorro. Very comfortable accommodations and good food. Loved it when the Chinese cooked their specialties. Learned to play Mah Jong on Chinese New Year. A very special trip.

Recommended for
Crew, scenery, diving
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Margo S
  • United States United States
Liveaboard Valentina

Swimming with sea lions and manta rays and the mobula Ray night dive. Absolutely beautiful. The staff on the ship were very friendly and accommodating. The dive guides were excellent. Unfortunately a tropical depression moved through mid-trip so we were unable to visit all the dive sites as planned, but this was for our safety. My first liveaboard, but will not be my last

Recommended for
sea lions, friendly crew, food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • James W
  • United States United States
a wonderful time for our 1st ever Livaboard trip.

The interactions with the sea lions. Getting kissed by a baby sea lion. Seeing Manta rays. Night dive with mobula rays. Enjoying the beautiful views of all the different islands in the sea of Cortez. Making new friendships with the crew and other guests. How the went out their way to make sure everyone hand a good time.

Recommended for
The Crew, the food, and the dive guides.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • kj C
  • United States United States
comfortable boat, solidly good diving.

as above.

Recommended for
1) lots of nudis, 2) lots of octopuses, 3) private bath and AC
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kristi S
  • United States United States
Blissful week on the Valentina

My second trip on the Valentina. My first was to Socorro, this time to Sea of Cortez. Both trips were absolutely great. The crew cannot be beat. Cabins are spacious (per industry standards). Five dives at Los Islotes was FANTASTIC! Last time I dove in the Sea of Cortez (land based) we dived there a measly one time. It is my favorite place in the world and they took the time necessary to properly explore it. Amazing night dive with hundred of mobula rays swarming around us. Breathtaking. It was fun chasing whale sharks the last day. It was a blissful week. Lorenzo and El Capitan are the best! The crew knew my needs and wants before I did. Nice mix of cultures with Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and American divers.

Recommended for
Exceptional crew, wonderful diving, amazing organization and delicious food.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michael S
  • United States United States
Great choice for vacation

Diving, courteousness and attentiveness of the crew, fun, food, meeting new friends, fresh sea air and wet ocean water.

Recommended for
Hard to single out
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sarah W
  • United States United States
Wow Socorro didn’t disappoint

Amazing manta and dolphin encounters with some of the best people from all over the world.

Recommended for
Crew, other divers, marine life
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • TJ T
  • United States United States
Great diving in the Sea of Cortez

Los Islotes and La Reina

Recommended for
Diving, food and accommodations
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Gil A
  • United States United States
Best Value for your Dollar

This ship is run by the same company that runs all the day-trips on the area, so you get all the intimate knowledge from local Divemasters while also getting exclusive access that day-trippers won’t see. The ship is Huge - and I was there when it was fully booked. At every moment I could have been on any deck, in any lounge area, and never felt inhibited.

Recommended for
1. Ease of access to offshore dive sites in the La Paz - Boca area. 2. Chef is superb. 3. The boat runs REALLY well
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Thomas R
  • United States United States
Best live-aboard dive boat ever.

Manta Ray. Bull sharks. Moray eels. Torpedo rays. Large schools of fish. Sea horse. Octopus. Large cabin. Stable boat. Delicious food at all meals.

Recommended for
Abundant underwater life, large and small creatures. Excellent dive guides. Fantastic food.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Eric K
  • United States United States
Great time diving aboard the M/V Valentina

The sea lion rookery at Los Islotes was absolutely amazing!

Recommended for
Food, crew, attention to details
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Matthew O
  • United States United States
Great experience!

Great trip in the Sea of Cortez. Can'y say enough about the crew, a great bunch of people, who also helped me with an emergency, with complete professionalism. I want to thank them all for all of their help, and the owner Enrique, who jumped in and gave his time towards seeing me back to the boat. I highly recommend going on this trip, an all around terrific experience.

Recommended for
The crew, the location, and the sea lions!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Polly R
  • United States United States
Excellent Dive Masters & Crew!

1. Diving with the divemasters who all were very professional, friendly, accommodating, pleasant and downright fun along with being serious dive masters that were at the same time very knowledgeable about the areas we were in as well as their personal dive expertise: Jenny,. Carlos & Shezuko were all fantastic to dive with. 2. Accomplishing our Advanced Open Water Certifications on board: Jenny Smith was an excellent divemaster and trainer for this accomplishment~I cannot speak highly enough of her expertise, teaching skills and diving skills~ we got really lucky working with her. 3. Boat was spacious with plenty our outdoor living area and large salon for meals with good windows. Boat had some deferred maintenance, but our deluxe cabin was adequate with private bath & the beds were comfortable. 3. Dos Islotes with sea lions and sardine schools were the highlight!. We Missed Cabo Pulmo unfortunately, so that and the trip itinerary change were the only disappointments. 4. Entire crew was fantastic in addition to the divemasters~from the captain to the chef~ all lovely, pleasant and accommodating and ready to help in any way at any time! Very appreciated attitudes all around! Food was excellent, all meals were excellent and varied ~and the barbecue fiesta was awesome:) In closing, I cannot speak highly enough of this wonderful trip~and I am looking forward to booking another trip on the Valentina with its lovely crew & divemasters next year:) Many thanks again, Polly

Recommended for
1. dive masters 2. crew. 3. size of Valentina
  • 9.2 Superb
  • David W
  • United States United States
Great Dive Location for good interaction with Manta Rays and Sharks

The highlights of the trip were seeing the giant Manta Rays and many varieties of sharks. The food and drink options on the boat were also great. We didn't encounter any tiger sharks, dolphins, or humpback whales, but all of those are rare to see on a dive, though possible in the Socorro Islands. We did however see humpback whales from a distance on our boat several times.

Recommended for
Great Crew, Great Food, Great Interaction with Manta Rays
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Melissa V
  • United States United States
The Crew Makes This Amazing

The crew made this trip. From the welcome at the airport to the tiny little things like hot tea after a cold final dive of the afternoon, everyone on board and underwater kept us safe, fed, and entertained. The cabins need a little updating, but the dive deck is perfectly configured to accommodate multiple dives and all the gear they goes with. We had amazing shark (8 kinds) and manta interactions, and had learning experiences to make us stronger/better divers along the way. The captains in the dive dinghies were a godsend, always having a sense of where we were, and making transfers safe and routine. The crew of MV Valentina is top notch!

Recommended for
1. The dive guides - safety, flexibility and knowledge 2. The Crew - responsiveness, helpfulness, safety 3. The food - yum, yum and oh my gosh so much food!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • David M
  • United States United States

Highlights : The unbelievable pelagic sea life at Socorro . Never seen anything like this ever . I loved the staff they were all like family it was hard to leave . The food was exceptional and my dive guide jenny was a top notch pro

Recommended for
The food , service and crew was amazing
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • William E
  • United States United States
Very nice experience - met my expectations

The highlight is diving with the sea lions. Besides that, the overall undersea experience was very good. Not a lot of colorful soft corals but plenty of sea-life to observe. We did one night dive which was great, I would have liked to have done another.

Recommended for
The boat as well as the operation overall was well organized. the crew was very helpful and accommodating and the diving was great.e
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Mark H
  • United States United States
It's a divers boat for divers

Gorgeous Scenery, below and above water. Cow nose ray's night dive. Constantly helpful Dive master, and the food. Excellent chef.

Recommended for
Crew, Food, Dive Masters
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Pamela W
  • United States United States
Great crew, very professional, fantastic dive masters and wonderful diving, comfortable boat.

I liked the dive masters and people we dove with. Food was excellent too.

Recommended for
The crew, the diving and a comfortable boat.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Timothy F
  • United States United States
First class crew, diving team and facilities.

October 2021, water temperature was 85-86F. Everyone was super flexible and accommodating.

Recommended for
Diving with sea lion pups, night dive with mobula rays, and our final dive on Swany Reef.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Colleen W
  • United States United States
Dive guides were great, diving not so much.

Being able to get into the water diving again after a long time away from diving r/t Covid.

Recommended for
Meeting the divers and crew, diving with the seals and sea lions the scenery above water
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Katarzyna A
  • Poland Poland
Good experience, enjoyable trip

Diving with pacific mantas and playing with baby sea lions was a great experience. Due to the weather conditions we had just 2 days of diving in Socorro, and then we had to come back to the Sea of Cortez. That was a disappointment. But safety first :) The crew did their best to o satisfy us. They were very helpful, professional and kind.

Recommended for
Comfortable boat and cabins, diving with mantas and sea lions, friendly and helpful staff
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Irene M
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Liveaboard at its best

Although we could not do the planned programm due to strong winds, the crew arranged great dives. I enjoyed it very much - the price is well worth it!

Recommended for
1) diving with Sealions, 2) great staff, 3) excellent food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Renato F
  • Mexico Mexico
Beyond our expectations..... EXCELLENT!!!

The diving is very good, the boat is a really strong safe, and stable ship. The food was excellent and always took care of us vegetarians. All the crew was always superb, kind, smiling and in a good mood, always taking care of us and our confort and safety. We will definitely recommend it and will be back.

Recommended for
The crew, the crew, the crew.
  • 7.6 Good
  • Anonymous
Decent liveaboard, 22 or 23 dives over 6 days of actual diving

We saw 3 whale sharks, plenty of friendly dolphins, many manta rays, and some hammerhead sharks

Recommended for
The boat was fairly big
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jane N
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Friendly and Professional operation and some great diving.

Great Mantas at the Boiler San Benedicto and Socorro. Rocas Partidas was good for sharks. Friendly and helpful crew that could not do enough for the guests. Great balance between safety and fun. Comfy beds.

Recommended for
Diving. Crew. Cabin.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Michal V
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic
Lorenzo´s crew are great, great, great!

Conditions are fine, did not rain, but visibility underwater was not ideal. We were very happy with the atmosphere on the boat, the crew was fantastic. Fernanda is incredibly hardworking and she smiles all day.

Recommended for
Crews, our group "Shark team", weather
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Christian K
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Memorable trip

The very close and long encounters with dolphins, mantas and sharks!

Recommended for
The crew, the food and the diving around the Revillagigedo Islands
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Marcio G
  • Brazil Brazil
Fantastic dives, crew prepared to give you the best possible experience.

Dives well planned, crew prepared, guides very helpful.

Recommended for
1. Guides extremely prepared, 2. Rooma comfortable, 3. Food quality
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Storrer M
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Amazing Trip

Excellent crew, Manta interaction, pelagic sightings

Recommended for
Crew, Manta interaction, dive spots
  • 9.2 Superb
  • MARK E
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Unique and Unforgettable!!

The whole trip was well organised from the initial meeting at San Jose airport to the drop off at the end. Lorenzo (Mexican) is the main guide, and a true gentleman. He is as caring as your own father! Full of enthusiasm for each dive site and seems to have the manta's and dolphins on speed dial! We also saw schools of hammerheads and my first tiger shark in 18 years of diving. The other guide was a young Japanese lad called, Rui. Again, he was full of life and knew the dive sites very well, and couldn't wait to get back in the water for the next dive. This is the enthusiasm that you want on a dive trip. I have been on the odd boat where the guides are tired and can't be bothered to dive. I don't mind having a small cabin that doesn't have the latest flat screen TV, or missing out on warm fluffy towels on the dive deck. The guides and the crew make ALL the difference on these trips. Both of these guides help make the trip very special with the wildlife encounters which we all had. The whole crew are a credit and know exactly what they are doing. The food was the best that I have ever had on 20+ liveaboards inc The Odyssey in Truk lagoon. The Valentina was a much better trip. The cabins are quite old, but the boat is clean, hygienic and run so well. Yes there's quite a bit of sailing to get there, but all the great dive sites around the world entail the same. If they were too easy to get to, they would be over dived and ruined. I can't wait to book again to try and see the humpback whales on the next trip!

Recommended for
1) Dolphins, mantas and sharks that are tame and used to seeing divers. These are wild and yet they hang around and play in your bubbles! 2)The guides are fantastic.Really keen, but safe and good fun. 3)All the crew were great - attentive but not over the top.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • kut K
  • Spain Spain
Very friendly and professional crew.


Recommended for
Mantas, dolphins, sharks
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Gijs D
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Great group, great crew & guides, great food, great diving.

Close encounter with a hammerhead. Playful mantas on every dive. The pattern of dive, eat, rest, repeat.

Recommended for
Mantas on every dive. Excellent food and great guides and crew.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Mona S
  • Germany Germany
A spectacular experience

My absolut highlight was the night dive where we got to watch mobula rays and puffer fish. I have also enjoyed the sea lions, the hammerhead sharks and the schools of sardines. But more than anything the staff made this trip truly memorable.

Recommended for
Poncho's food, amazing people, great diving
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Martijn P
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Great service, great team, superb diving

Diving at cabo, diving at punta fun baja, diving at Los Islotes

Recommended for
Diving, diner, staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nicholas B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Very professional and attentive crew.

The Cabo Pulmo dives were my best, the food was fabulous, the staff were always there to help with anything - nothing too much trouble, the sights above as well as underwater were beautiful. A memorable trip from someone who has done a number of liveaboard trips.

Recommended for
Friendly staff, problem-free trip, spacious boat.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nadine G
  • Lebanon Lebanon
Perfect dive trip!

Gigantic bait balls of jacks and sardines, sea lions, whale sharks, bull sharks, hammerheads, schools of rays, barracudas, machetes... Sea of Cortez is underrated! The Valentina made it all even more special - exceptionally attentive and enthusiastic crew, amazing food, and convenient and spacious boat. Super fun week, which exceeded my expectations by far!

Recommended for
Excellent diving, dining and crew!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Paul M
  • Australia Australia
incredible hosts and diving in the aquarium of the sea

seeing hammerheads in the thermoclines was a dream of mine. Valentina is a little older but super homie and comfortable so great value for money!

Recommended for
crew were excellent attention to detail, cruisy itenerary to maximize diving, sunsets
Origin: US