WHALE, SHARK & HUMBOLDT SQUID
Humboldt Squid diving, Whale Encounters and epic
Midriff Islands, Northern Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
Liveaboard dive boat
Open water certification required. Expect current
and some deeper dives.
September 2nd -
per person, double occ.
DIVE THE MIDRIFF ISLANDS
With clear, deep blue waters, abundant sea life, white sand
beaches and inspiring vistas, the Midriffs are an amazing
destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. Legendary diver
Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez as the "world's
aquarium" and the "Galapagos of North America.”
Dive on untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life.
Encounter great and small whale species, whale sharks, manta
and jumping mobula rays, and sea lion colonies. Then, go
ashore in one of the tenders and explore the terrestrial
fauna and flora on these remote uninhabited islets.
This will be a epic expedition with a great deal of variety.
If you're a photographer, bring all your lenses from fisheye (for underwater whale
shots) to wide angle and macro, and a good telephoto for
above-water marine mammal encounters and jumping mobula
WITH PILOT WHALES AND OTHER CETACEAN SPECIES
This is an amazing itinerary. Join us aboard the Liveaboard
Dive Vessel Narval and sail to the Midriff Islands in
the rarely explored Northern Sea of Cortez. In between dives,
join us in the search for pilot whales, finback whales and sperm whales
as they navigate through the Gulf of California on their long
Enter the water with these amazing cetaceans and come home
with memories you will never forget.
Humboldt squid are rarely aggressive but they are large (up
long) predatory cephalopods equipped with taloned tentacles
and suckers ringed with teeth.
Adult Humboldts form schools of up to 1200 animals and can
swim at an impressive 24kph. They are known as 'red demons'
because of their vivid coloration and occasionally
If you like edgy encounters this is definitely a dive that
will get your blood pumping but most divers that have spent
time with them report that humboldts are shy, curious creatures.
There are certain bays off the west coast of northern Baja
where humboldts often aggregate during the late summer
months. Join us in the search for these fascinating animals
and see for yourself how they react to your presence.
WITH WHALE SHARKS, MEXICAN HORN SHARKS AND OTHER SHARKS AND
RAYS FROM THE SEA OF CORTEZ.
No Big Fish Expedtions Safari
would be complete without the chance of a shark and ray
encounter! The Midriff Islands is the only place in the
Eastern Pacific where you have a good chance of seeing the
illusive Mexican horn shark. Also expect to see mobula rays,
stingrays and electric rays that are endemic to this area.
And as if
that wasn't eclectic enough, we will
also chase the biggest fish in the world in Bahia de los
Join the adventure:
FRIENDLY CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS
Join us at
multiple California sealion colonies throughout the Midriffs.
Play with curious sea lions tugging at your fins or blowing
bubbles in front of your face. Then, fin into the shallows
where scores of tiny sea lion pups cavort under the watchful
eyes of their parents. An experience you'll remember
Humboldts are just one tiny facet of our Midriff Islands
Adventure so if
the humboldt encounters seem a little too 'out there'
then kick back on the sundeck of the Narval and watch the
sunset over the desert sea.
Day 1. Embark at 5pm from Loreto Harbour and
Day 2. Wake up at Refugio Bay on Angel Island
Potential Dive sites: Angel Rock, La Vela, Lolo’s Cove, El
Day 3. Angel Island
Potential Dive sites: Andrea’s Eagle, El Aquario, Las
Vivoras, Las Vivoras Night Dive
Day 4. Salsipuedes
Potential Dive sites: Los Cuervos, El Caballo, In Animas, El
Lavadero, El Lavadero Night Dive
Day 5. San Pedro Martir
Potential Dive sites: Ravijunco, Xareni’s Pinnacle, Coromel,
Day 6. San Pedro Martir
Potential Dive sites: El Arroyo, Punta Martir (Sea Lions),
Day 7. Head back to Loreto
Potential Dive sites: El Pescador, Baja Ca., Animas in Bahia
de Los Angeles, La Ventana.
Day 8. Disembark at 10am and head to
the airport or relax awhile in Loreto; one of the quaintest
towns in Baja California.
EASY ACCESS FROM NORTH
Our Midriff Islands Diving Safari starts and
finishes in Loreto, Baja California. Loreto is serviced directly by a number of
inexpensive North American carriers.
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