Valentina Liveaboard, Mexico

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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, Fuel Surcharge, National Park Fees, 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, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: Chamber Fees (15 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Extra Dives, Nitrox Course, Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses, Snorkeling Guide.

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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
  • Free Internet
  • 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.


Diving

  • 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 to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form.
You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. 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
  • 24 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    9.0
  2. Crew
    9.4
  3. Food
    9.9
  4. Diving
    9.7
  5. Value
    9.2
  • 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.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • kut K
  • Spain Spain
Very friendly and professional crew.

Everything

Recommended for
Mantas, dolphins, sharks
  • 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
  • Storrer M
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Amazing Trip

Excellent crew, Manta interaction, pelagic sightings

Recommended for
Crew, Manta interaction, dive spots
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sarah W
  • Canada Canada
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
  • 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
  • 9.2 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 9.6 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Richard B
  • United States United States
It was an amazing trip.

Awesome

Recommended for
Boat, crew, diving