MV VALENTINA I 14 - 23 APR 2021 I SOCORRO EXPEDITION I MEXICO

MV VALENTINA I 14 - 23 APR 2021 I SOCORRO EXPEDITION I MEXICO
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VALENTINA. Recently refurbished, the boat has comfy cabins with a TV. Dine in the AC salon or the open-air deck. Excellent Asian, Mexican and European cuisine and an open bar. Skilled Dive Master and crew. Nitrox



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 9 Nights, 18 - 20 Dives
  • Languages spoken - English Spanish Japanese
  • Liveaboard diving adventure to Socorro Island 
  • Sea lions, huge schools of sardines and hammerhead sharks
  • Humpback whales, manta rays and whale sharks
  • 3-4 dives per day
  • Experienced English, Japanese, and Spanish speaking dive guides
  • Excellent cuisine with a variety of Mexican, European and Asian dishes
  • Open bar with a choice of various soft drinks and draft beer
  • Large, partially covered sun deck

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from platform with zodiac support
  • Tanks With Din Valves Din/Int Adapters Nitrox ($) Rental Equipment ($) Battery Charging Station Warm-Water Showers Fish Id And Diving Books Spacious Dive Deck 
  • Air-Conditioning Lounge/TV Area US Power Sockets Power Socket Adapters Movies
  • Snorkelling Land Excursions
  • Buffet Vegetarian Food
  • Alcohol – local beer complimentary, other alcohol may be purchased on board
  • Payments on board - Cash
  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher. Life Jackets. Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit. Emergency Positioning. Radio Beacon
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OUR BOAT

In 2013 the 38m M/V Valentina Liveaboard underwent a re-fit to ensure the highest standards. We have pride in new and exciting routes developed by our experienced Guides, the variety of food prepared by our Chef, service provided by the staff on board, and the Japanese hospitality provided by the headquarters throughout your trip. We strive to offer the best service and develop the best routes from our experience, while maintaining the highest safety standards.

We are a team of Professional Divers and diving trip experts, and we are dedicated to introduce you to new destinations with ocean and culture based on our staffs many years of combined diving experience. Your satisfied smile is what moves us forward.

With our branch office in Los Angeles, we became Pioneers that introduced Mexico and Central America to Japanese Scuba Divers. At the same time, we started developing the Sea of Cortez as a destination for the cruise line. Fun Baja and Club Azul established a co-operation in Baja California, Mexico in 2000 and have a trusting partnership that continues until today. In 2013, we established Fun Azul Fleet, cruise lines around Socorro Island, Sea of Cortez. In Mexico, we obtained “M/V Valentina” which is owned and operated by ourselves.

OUR CABINS

The MV Valentina Liveaboard has 10 air-conditioned Cabins, each with an en-suite bathroom.

AMENITIES ON BOARD

There is a large, partially covered Sun Deck for relaxation in-between dives, or enjoying the stars in the evening. You will enjoy too our Open Bar with a choice of various soft drinks, cocktails, liquors, and draft beer (some beverages require payment on site). Let the MV Valentino crew take care of your needs and help you to create a diving liveaboard holiday to remember in the spectacular Baja California Peninsula.

FOOD ON BOARD

The air-conditioned Dining Room offers excellent cuisine with a variety of Mexican, European and Asian dishes.

DIVING WITH US

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, Hammerhead Sharks and the amazing marine life of the Socorro Islands, Humpback Whales, Manta Rays and Whale Sharks from November to May.

DELUXE DOUBLE CABINS WITH 1 DOUBLE BED AND 1 SINGLE BED (NON-BUNK)

1 double bed and a single bed (non-bunk), A/C and a private restroom and a shower room. Fresh towels are placed in each cabin as needed. All cabins are with same gender double occupancy unless otherwise requested.

  • Size: 8 m²
  • Beds: 1 Double and 1 Single
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable:Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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DELUXE DOUBLE CABIN WITH 1 DOUBLE BED

Deluxe Double cabin with 1 double bed. Great room for a couple! All Cabins have A/C and a private restroom and a shower room. Fresh towels are placed in each cabin as needed. All cabins are with same gender double occupancy unless otherwise requested.

  • Size: 8 m²
  • Beds: 1 Double
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable:No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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DELUXE TWIN CABINS WITH SPACIOUS WIDE BUNK BEDS

All Cabins have A/C and a private restroom and a shower room. Fresh towels are placed in each cabin as needed. All cabins are with same gender double occupancy unless otherwise requested.

  • Size: 8 m²
  • Beds: 2 Bunk Bed
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Puerto los Cabos Marina and ends in Puerto los Cabos Marina
  • The closest airport is Los Cabos Intl (SJD)
  • Pickup time at the airport is according to your flights. It is a combined transfer so there might be waiting time waiting for other passengers
  • A representative of the Liveaboard will be waiting for you at the San Jose Del Cabo Airport The complimentary transfer is combined and you may be asked to wait for other guests arrival. Valentina has 3 Shared complementary transfer from SJD airport at 12:00, at 14:00 and at 17:30

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • You can check in on the boat as of 15:00 to 18:00
  • The boat departs from Los Cabos at around 21:00 on the same day
  • The vessel is equipped with US power sockets and Power socket adapters
  • Accepted payment methods on board: Local Cash, USD
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board
  • Towels and soap are included

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Puerto los Cabos Marina in the morning on the last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 10:00 on the last day.
  • Transfers to local hotels are not included. You'll need to make your own way to your hotel
  • Shared transfer from Valentina to SJD airport - complimentary at 10:00 and at 12:00

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Aprox. 18 - 20 Dives
  • Minimum level required: Advanced Open Water 
  • + 50 Recommended dives
  • Socorro island is a paradise for many large species of pelagic species, such as many species of sharks including hammerheads, silky, silver tip and white tips, Humpback whales, dolphins and they are also especially known for the many large Manta Rays which inhabit this area.
  • Completely isolated islands creates a unique experience; above and below the water.
  • Strong currents and big waves, most dive spots are quite deep
  • You should not come to dive Socorro expecting colorful reef scenes for it's all about the animals
  • The sea floor is volcanic and the geothermal activity is on-going with lava tubes on the sea floor rising like chimneys.
  • Socorro Island has a military base, and it is not allowed to dive around Socorro Island during military training. Training will be held without an advance notice. We will move to other dive points when necessary. The restriction in Socorro Islands area is getting stronger. We may only be able to provide maximum 3 dives per day
  • Expert dive guides on board

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Safety Briefing,  Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour.
  • During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable. 
  • Departure to San Benedicto
  • Please Note: This is a sample itinerary and nº of dives, dive sites, etc. may be subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforseeable factors

DAY 2

  • Continue towards San Benedicto

DAY 3 - 7

  • Enjoy your full board liveaboard cruise.
  • 3-4 dives per day 

DAY 8

  • 2 -3 dives
  • Departure to Los Cabos 

DAY 9

  • Arrival to Los Cabos 

DAY 10

  • Breakfast 
  • Disembark 

Dive Sites

  • Roca Partida: A huge reef towering over the right in the middle of the open ocean is Roca Partida. The drop off of the reef wall is 70-80m. A large flock of Black Jacks, Mantas, and the Silver Tip Sharks can be spotted. This is a dynamic big creature point with a school of Hammerhead Sharks covering your view While Whale Sharks and Tiger Sharks could be swimming around you. It takes approximately 6 hours by ship from the San Benedicto Island. The rock which stuck out from the sea surface becomes the nest building place for Giant trevally and others. The voyage to this point is very weather pending because it is right in the middle of the open ocean.
  • El Boiler - San Benedicto Island: A point in the Sun Benedicto Island. Asubmerged large sea mount rises from the bottom of the sea. The sea mount drops down to around 50m. The point is known for spotting Mantas, and migratory fishes such as Big Eye Jack, Greater Amberjack, and Black Jack. Hammerhead Sharks and Bottlenose Dolphins also give you a visit to swim along. You never know with what you can encounter. A large flock, over 100, of Yellow Fish Tuna passed right in front of our eyes when we went for a media shooting.
  • El Canyon - San Benedicto Island: The point that large mantas wander about. A large Manta reaching 4m fin tip to fin tip or a Black Manta circling over you is just breathtaking and you cannot keep your eyes off of them. You may hear Humpback whales singing in the distance, and lucky divers can even meet the Humpback Whales underwater. It is a point at Sun Benedict Island having the report of romantic encounter with a Whale Shark as well.
  • Cabo Pearce - Socorro Island: It is a point in the Socorro Island. Here, you dive around the sea mount that stretches towards the open sea. This is a point with multiple encounters with big creatures such as Bottlenose Dolphins, Hammerhead Sharks, and Mantas. Continuous exciting scenes with other big creatures such as Galapagos Sharks and Silver Tip Sharks will leave you breathless. A predation scene of the Manta may be seen around these points. You often see the Humpback Whales breathing here as well.
  • Clarion Island: an island made up of three volcanic peaks, it has its own Angelfish named after the island, the Clarion Angelfish is often seen cleaning the large pelagic species. From January till April you will see the Humpback whales swim past here as well.

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks, local beer
  • Dive guides
  • National park fees
  • Transfer from San Jose Del Cabo Airport to the boat (scheduled times only)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Hyperbaric chamber donation :15 USD per trip
  • Visa fee (paid at airport)
  • Rental equipment full set 30 USD per day
  • Diving computer: 15 USD per day
  • 15 L tanks: 90 USD per trip
  • Nitrox 180 USD per trip)
  • Personal GPS (mandatory): 25 USD per trip
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Courses
  • Alcohol

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have.

After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • 30 % non refundable
  • Between 120 days and 90 days before trip = 70 % refundable
  • Less than 90 days before trip = no refund

In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc.
  • The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavor to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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