Orcas and mobulas

Mobulas and Orcas Liveaboard Expedition!

In the Sea of Cortez

We welcome you to join Jim Abernethy for the journey of a lifetime into the Sea of Cortez as we experience the majesty of the multitude of mobulas and the friendly pods of Orcas! Our trips cater to small groups of 12, with just six in the water at one time with the orcas, ensuring private, intimate encounters.

During this time of year, deep upwelling ocean currents cause the Sea of Cortez to become a hive of activity. This is a true ocean safari, and aside from pods of orcas and mobula rays, there are endless opportunities to see rarely seen ocean dwellers, from blue whales to fin and pilot whales, pods of thousands of dolphins and so much more.

While we snorkel and free dive with the mobulas and orcas, we get plenty of divers on these trips, and the scuba diving can be a real treat for night dives and experiencing some of our favorite dive sites, including those at Cabo Pulmo UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park

Experience the thrill of adventure as we maximize our time interacting with nature!

Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures
expeditions@scuba-adventures.com

Itinerary

The Nautilus-owned SeeCreatures Dive center is located right in the harbor in downtown Cabo San Lucas and is your home away from home. We encourage you to fly in early and allow us to arrange for some local diving.

Your trip includes a complimentary Backscatter lesson. Our photo pros will coach you on how to get that perfect underwater image, help set up, service or repair your camera gear, assist with camera rentals and accompany you on our
complimentary warmup dive. You are welcome to drop your bags off and check-in whenever it’s most convenient. We ask that you please be at the dive center by 4 pm for the pre-boarding health check. This trip is predominantly focused on snorkeling and freediving, however, if you would like to dive you will need to bring your own gear.

We have full rental gear available and can get you suited and booted. Enjoy a nice evening walk, arriving back at the dive center by 7 pm for the safety video and boarding the boat at 7:30 pm. Settle into your cabin before enjoying a delicious dinner as we cruise towards the Sea of Cortez.

On your first day out at sea, we’ll be heading out in search of the mobulas. Baja Expeditions has been doing this for 47 years and our crew is comprised of pioneering old-timers who know these waters, and its wildlife, better than anyone.

Anyone who is interested can get out and have a freediving lesson; we’ll have you descending to 30-ft by the end of the day. For a more relaxed affair, you can opt to spend your time onboard relaxing on the sundeck with a good book or soaking in the hot tub. We also have kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

For at least two days of the trip, we will be using an aircraft to provide aerial spotting to maximize your encounters with the mobulas and, hopefully, orcas. Our pilot specializes in finding orcas and is the very best in the business; he’s been working with Captain Mike for 15 years. The best place to find them is in the triangle between Espiritu Santo, Carpenter Rock on the west side of Cerralvo, and Las Ventanas on Baja, and we will be focusing our search on this area. Be patient, as it might take ten splashes for the mobulas and orcas to allow snorkelers and freedivers into the middle of the pack, but you’ll be rewarded with truly spectacular encounters.

We’ll take you out in groups of six for two hours at a time, before swapping with the other six guests. After a delicious lunch on the deck, we’ll head back out on the water again in the afternoon.

For the next couple of days, we’ll be back on our own again to look for mobulas and orcas. In the evening, you’ll have the chance to see the mobula rays in a different light. There will be the opportunity to go snorkeling at night in a calm, protected bay, where we will suspend lights off the bottom of the boat to attract swarms of mobulas. The mobulas come in to feed on the plankton exposed by the lights, providing a spectacular show against the inky ocean. If you’re a certified diver with your own gear, we can also arrange for you to go night diving.

On the final day, you’ll have the opportunity to dive or snorkel at Cabo Pulmo World Heritage Biosphere Reserve, home to some of the fishiest waters we’ve come across (over 6,000 species and counting, to be specific).

After a final breakfast we’ll disembark the boat in Cabo.

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Trips are always subject to a variety of big animals, changing weather and the majesty of Mother Ocean!

Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures
expeditions@scuba-adventures.com

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Do I need insurance?

For your own safety, it is required that all of our guests have dive insurance that will cover medical assistance or evacuation in the remote chance of an injury or accident. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. In fact, we believe in trip insurance so strongly, that if you buy a dive + travel or deluxe package through Nautilus’ Dive Assure link below, we will provide you with a $100.00 USD credit to be used for any onboard purchases.

Travel Details

Where and what time do we meet?

sea creatures, located in the front of the Tesoro Hotel on the boardwalk in downtown Cabo San Lucas. We suggest dropping by in the morning for a complimentary Backscatter photo workshop or complimentary warmup dive. Otherwise, please be at the SeeCreatures dive center by 4 pm on Saturday, for the mandatory antigen test before boarding the boat. Boarding is at 7:30 pm and we will be sailing into the sunset as we cruise to the Sea of Cortez

Do I need a passport and/or visa?

All guests must have a passport valid for 6 months from entry. Visas are required from certain countries, please check your specific requirements online. All non-Mexican guests will require an FMM tourist visa, which we will provide and assist you with at the hospitality suite in San Diego. Guests traveling directly to Ensenada will need to obtain the FMM tourist visa prior to entry into Mexico.

How do I get from SJD into town?

Sealine Cabo Transfers is our recommended provider of airport transfers to and from Cabo San Lucas. For booking, please email Paco at pmoreno@sealinecabotransfers.com Please ensure you keep this document with you while traveling.

Do I need medical insurance?

YES!!! Please note the capital letters! We require all guests to either purchase medical diving insurance from a recognized and reputable carrier and including medical evacuation. Further, travel insurance is important and highly recommended but not mandatory. Guests who buy Dive Assure travel insurance via this link will receive a $100 credit onboard effectively rebating 40% cost of their trip insurance.

What IS NOT included in the trip price?

Single occupancy (available for a 25% surcharge), rental gear, purchases from our bar and gift shop, a $65.00 USD (cash only) per person port fee, and if you think the service is deserving, crew gratuities - typically between $250.00 -$300.00 USD per person.

Do you provide rental gear? Do we scuba?

This trip is predominantly focused on snorkeling and freediving, however, if you would like to dive you will need to bring your own gear. High-quality rentals are also available from SeeCreatures, We have full sets of rental gear available (see pricing below). Guests may also bring their own gear.

What safety gear do you provide?

Nautilus LifeLines, DiveAlerts, and SMB safety sausages.

What is the water temperature?

The Sea of Cortez is warming up. In May it is in the mid-70°F range, and it just gets warmer from there. We recommend a 5mm and a hooded vest, or a 7mm wetsuit.

What else do I need to pack?

Personal toiletries and your camera. Sea-safe sunscreen will be available onboard with our compliments. Towels and bed linen are provided.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

Unfortunately, guests may not bring their own alcohol on board. There is a full bar with a wide variety of microbrews, single malt scotches, and a great selection of wine. The prices are very reasonable. A beer, for example, is only $3.75!

Where can I leave my luggage on the day of departure?

We will happily take care of your luggage at the hospitality suite

What time do we arrive back in port?

We will disembark between 8 and 8:30 am. Please do not book your flight before an 11 am departure.

Do you have WiFi onboard?

WiFi is available for $100.00 USD per device, per trip. Please note it will be slower than what you are used to onshore. It is not possible to download higher resolution images, stream, or connect to social media. It is perfect for WhatsApp and emails.

Rental Gear

Prices in USD.

Booties…..…….$8

Hooded Vest….$16

Wetsuit………...$50

Mask…………...$12

Hood……..…….$8

Package: Hood, Booties, Mask, Wetsuit - $75

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure that you have submitted your rental sizes 30 days prior to your trip. Prices quoted per trip, all

The Lady Gallant

Imagine a 116-foot yacht that accommodates small groups of 12 divers in 6 large suites… Our beautiful Gallant Lady combines the luxury of a yacht with the thoughtful design of a dive deck built for divers. The yacht features a main lounge and dining room with a wrap-around view, a large water-level platform, a sky lounge, a sun deck, and even a crow’s nest. With 1700 horsepower Caterpillar engines and hydraulic stabilizers, the Lady can speed you wherever you want to go in great comfort.

The Lady Gallant

The Lady Gallant

Sky Lounge & Crow’s Nest
Specifications
• Launched in 1984, rebuilt in 2018
• 116 ft long
• the USA built – Broward luxury yacht
• Stabilized
• ISM safety certified
• 6 ensuite suites
• 12 guests, 6 crew
• Internet access & satellite phone
• Freshwater hot tub & high capacity water
makers
• Fully-stocked extensive bar
• Air fills, nitrox, rebreather friendly

Room Options
Prices include the 5% sales tax. Not included- gratuity

Superior Suites $4,148 and $35 Port fee per person
Double Occupancy
• 1 King Bed or 2 twin bed options
• Located on the lower deck and main decks
• Ensuite spacious bathroom and shower

Premium Suite $4,673 and $35 Port fee per person
Double Occupancy
• 1 King Bed or 2 twin bed options
• Located on the lower deck and main decks
• Ensuite spacious bathroom and shower

Note on Gratuities

I hope we leave you with the feeling that our crew served you with warmth, good cheer, and did their very best for you.

Gratuities are a cultural oddity and vary in different parts of the world. In North America it is customary and expected to leave a gratuity if you think the service is very good to exceptional - we sincerely hope that you experienced exceptional service during your trip! We realize that tipping can be offensive in some parts of the world. In Mexico and the USA, it’s considered offensive to not leave a tip if the service deserves it. Gratuities are a very personal matter. For your guidance, most guests leave between 10 - 15% of the trip price. Whatever you leave will be most appreciated by the crew.

Payments

Please let us know which room choice and anyone you will be traveling with. Then we will send you the contract and credit card authorization for a deposit of $1200 per person to hold your space. The payments can be broken up any way you prefer with the balance due 90 days prior to the trip.

Cancellation Policy

An expedition is binding only when a contract is signed and returned with 1st payment within 5 days. The final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure and is non-refundable... A charter is binding when the contract is signed and returned to us with a deposit within 10 days. If we cancel the charter due to weather or any other reason, credit on another charter will be issued for one year. During your trip, no refunds are given for weather, seasickness, acts of God, or any other circumstance beyond our control. Trip insurance is highly recommended to cover any unexpected difficulties. All expeditions aboard the Shear Water require a minimum of 6 guests. Please do not book flights until your trip is confirmed. Contracts canceled within 120 - 90 days of the charter date are subject to a nonrefundable 1st deposit. Contracts canceled within 90 - 60 days of the charter date are subject to an
additional non-refundable 2nd deposit. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure unless otherwise stated above. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 60 days. A late fee may be charged if payments are not made on the above-specified dates. There is a non-refundable booking fee of $500.00 on all contracts once written and signed, regardless of the cancellation date.

Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures highly recommends that each person carry DAN, PADI, or equivalent dive insurance and the Nautilus Explorer requires it. We also recommend that you carry travel (trip interruption) and camera insurance, as we will not refund money spent on air travel or accommodations. You can find out more by going to DAN www.insuremytrip.com. https://diveassure.com/en/home/

We would love to have you join us for this unforgettable experience!
To reserve your space, please email us with the number of people at your party and your room choice.

Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures
expeditions@scuba-adventures.co

Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures
expeditions@scuba-adventures.co