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Top 10 Liveaboards In Mexico in 2022

Mexico has two coasts, which are home to some incredible underwater environments. Whether you choose to dive the Pacific, with its kelp forests, the reefs of the Sea of Cortez, the wrecks of the Caribbean or the Yucatan Peninsula, you will never fall short of things to see around Mexico. Mexico is home to many pelagic breeding grounds, making it a divers paradise.

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It’s difficult to choose wich liveaboard that will suit your needs and how to find the best price on that boat.

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Top 10 Liveaboards In Mexico in 2022

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M/V Valentina is set to sail the magnificent waters of the Sea of Cortez. With its vast and diverse marine ecosystem, dolphins, whale sharks, sea lions, and orcas are only some of the usual marine life you can easily encounter. The Valentina also boasts its wide sun deck that hosts peace and comfort to any diver. There’s a large storage available both for the gear and your valuables. Due to its demand, the cruiser is being renovated every now and then to make sure that guests and clients are experiencing the best of M/V Valentina.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2013
  • rentalRental equip:Yes ($)
  • diversMax divers:20
  • camera_stationCamera station:Yes
  • internetInternet:No
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:No
  • airconAircon:free

Our Overall Review

4

Things we like:

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    Some people stated that the sea lion rookery at Los Islotes was a amazing experience.
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    Many divers said that they loved the sighting of bull sharks, moray eels, torpedo rays and manta rays among other fish.
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    Some of the people noted that everything was well planed from the pick up at the airport too the drop off at the hotel and everything in-between.
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    Divers commended the work of the master diver for putting all the locations of the dive together.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome divers said that there were too many people diving at once.
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Cruise the Mexican waters with El Mechudo, an award-winning vessel that has served more than thousands of guests already. Enjoy quiet and relaxing moments onboard with a private spot dedicated for sightseeing. Various marine creatures can be easily seen while in the cruise ship, allowing for a scenic view, adding to the whole relaxing vibe. With world-class staff and cabin crew, we’re 100% sure that any type of guests would have a great time on board the cruise ship. Food and beverages from international cuisines are also served but mostly, Mexican. The cruiser’s cabins are meant to host 8 guests maximum, which is the ideal number for groups who wants to go eco-adventuring.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2018
  • rentalRental equip:No
  • diversMax divers:8
  • camera_stationCamera station:No
  • internetInternet:No
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:No
  • airconAircon:Yes

Our Overall Review

4

Things we like:

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    Some of the divers commemorated the diving instructor on producing a well planned dived to locations where animal life were abundant.
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    Several divers reported that the water was warm and wet suits wasn't required.
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    Some people liked the cruise around the islands and took in the view.
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    The dishes prepared by the chef was world class.
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    Most of the people noted that they would return in the near future.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome divers noted the water was a bit murky at some locations.
  • check-markThere were a lot restrictions preventing the viewing of the whale sharks.
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El Duque brings the saying “the more, the merrier” to life! With its maximum 20 guest capacity, this cruiser is definitely the first pick when it comes to space and hotel-like accommodation. El Duque provides luxury cabins to all its guests. With the combination of over 3000 marine creatures that can be seen on the trip and the scenic view of the Sea of Cortez, nothing would really go wrong in this package. The crew is also well-equipped and experienced with things they need in order to serve the onboard guests fully.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:
  • rentalRental equip:Yes ($)
  • diversMax divers:4
  • camera_stationCamera station:Yes
  • internetInternet:No
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:No
  • airconAircon:Yes

Our Overall Review

4.7

Things we like:

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    Several divers commended the experience of diving with sea lions as other tourist did not have that same luxury.
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    Many people were happy with the large cabins and amenities on board the El Duque.
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    Some people noted that the crew were helpful and helped whenever they were ask questions about the boat and activities.
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    The diving instructor knew where the best places were to dive and he was very insightful and cared about the environment.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome divers said that the lower deck occupants had to contend with the noise from the engine room.
  • check-markA couple of people noted that fish was served daily and they wanted the chef to be more original.
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The M/V Westward offers cruises in the Sea of Cortez for years already. It has served thousands of guests, and the majority of them are left satisfied. Folks out there who loves nature would totally appreciate the 5-12-day trip that already includes a lot of activities to do. Just like the other cruisers, the M/V Westward has a lounging area where people can eat and enjoy talks with other guests. 4 cabins can also be found inside, where only a maximum of 8 guests are accommodated inside. Although limited when it comes to guest numbers, the number of features and things the ship can do is more than enough to compensate for it.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2016
  • rentalRental equip:No
  • diversMax divers:8
  • camera_stationCamera station:No
  • internetInternet:No
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:No
  • airconAircon:No

Our Overall Review

4.1

Things we like:

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    Several divers reported the Westward was over 100 years old but was still in pristine condition and could go another 100 years.
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    Several divers commended the Westward for going where ordinary cruise ships could not.
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    Many people liked the fact that it had a rooftop garden for fresh supplies like herbs and salad greens that was harvested on a daily basis.
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    Many people spotted bald eagles, bears, glaciers, ice-bergs among other things.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome people noted that they weren't prepared for the cold weather.
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The Rocio Del Mar welcomes you to its accommodating wide decks, perfect for approx. 20 guests. Its ability to host lots of people easily puts it in the top spot for groups and family picks. Inside the cruiser there are 10 premium rooms that are equally spread across the two decks. The Rocio Del Mar has also a second deck dedicated for entertainment and wellness. BBQ parties are happening on this side of the boat, particularly on the sun deck. The rich seas of Mexico allowed the management to create 3 different itineraries for different types of groups. These itineraries are sure to visit different places that are popular when it comes to water-based adventures in Mexico.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2008
  • rentalRental equip:Yes ($)
  • diversMax divers:20
  • camera_stationCamera station:Yes
  • internetInternet:No
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:No
  • airconAircon:Yes

Our Overall Review

4.3

Things we like:

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    Several divers commended the black forest coral as it provided great views and a immersive experience into under water diving.
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    Some of the divers liked the opportunity to dive with the sea lions and they loved the interaction and friendly nature of the animals.
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    Some people stated that the chef went out of his way to cater for people who were allergic to certain products.
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    Many of the divers said that this was an experience that they would repeat.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome divers said the brief done by the instructor should have been more lively and not just read off of a piece of paper.
  • check-markA couple of people noted that the sun balcony had limited space and everyone could not enjoy the sunlight all at once.
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The Safari Endeavour is a vessel for adventuring and finding fun out of outdoor activities. Appreciating the beauty of nature is one thing you can do while onboard. This cruise ship defines luxury in a different approach. Its size is one thing, but the overall interior design makes it entirely different from the others. The Safari Endeavour is a 4-decker cruiser ship that has 42 cabins. These cabins can accommodate a total of 84 guests. These people are taken care of by 34 crew members hired to ensure that all the guests have a good time. Amenities, fine-dining, and drinks are also available onboard, so there’s no need for stopovers and docking just to get these needs.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2012
  • rentalRental equip:No
  • diversMax divers:84
  • camera_stationCamera station:No
  • internetInternet:No
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:No
  • airconAircon:Yes

Our Overall Review

4.1

Things we like:

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    Some of the divers commended the pristine condition of the ocean while kayaking.
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    Several divers reported that the cruise ship was well kept and the cabins were 5-star quality.
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    Many people were happy with the effort of the guide exploring the secluded ocean with no other boats in site.
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    The crew were knowledgeable and always went the extra mile when called upon.

Things we don't like:

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The Nautilus Under Sea was built way back in 1968 and renovated in 2016. The liveaboard has a length of 32 meters/105 feet long and accommodates up to 19 guests. The guest will have their choice of 9 en-suite, air-conditioned cabins. The liveaboard will take you on trips to Socorro Island and Guadalupe where they can go cage diving among great white sharks. This is an exceptional liveaboard tailored for the adventurous spirit.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2016
  • rentalRental equip:Yes ($)
  • diversMax divers:19
  • camera_stationCamera station:Yes
  • internetInternet:Yes ($)
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:Yes ($)
  • airconAircon:Yes

Our Overall Review

4

Things we like:

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    Many divers said the dive guides were informative and knowledgeable
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    Some people said the dive crew adhere to strict safety protocols and always willing to give a helping hand
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    Divers said they were pleased to see dolphins, mantas and sharks
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    Divers claimed that the sites were uncrowded and no other boats around
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    The cabins were spacious and had ample storage space

Things we don't like:

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  • check-markA couple of divers noted that the water is cool and you should bring the thickest wetsuit you have
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The Socorro Vortex was once a Canadian coastguard vessel that was built for exploration and the deep blue still. Since its redesign, it is now solely used for liveaboard cruising and scuba diving trips all around Mexico. The Socorro Vortex has a luxurious cabin and is fitted with the latest modern amenities that will make your stay more safe and comfortable. You can also go dive into the submarine for the opportunity to explore marine life more thoroughly.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2019
  • rentalRental equip:Yes ($)
  • diversMax divers:14
  • camera_stationCamera station:Yes
  • internetInternet:Yes (free)
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:Yes (free)
  • airconAircon:Yes

Our Overall Review

4

Things we like:

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    Many people were happy with the safety oriented crew
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    Some people said the liveaboard was in pristine condition and spacious
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    Divers were raving about the 16 knots cruising speed of the liveaboard
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    Some of the divers said they had great underwater photo moments
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    The food is great with a mix of local and international cuisines

Things we don't like:

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The Socorro Aggressor was built in 2006 and refurbished in 2018. The pristine liveaboard allows you to do cage diving with great white sharks. The Socorro Aggressor reaches a top speed of 12 knots and a cruising speed of 10 knots. The length of the boat is 41 meters/135 feet and has 13 beautiful cabins that can accommodate 26 guests. The food is deliciously prepared by an excellent chef. There are also snacks offered throughout the day and after dive excursions.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2006
  • rentalRental equip:Yes ($)
  • diversMax divers:26
  • camera_stationCamera station:Yes
  • internetInternet:No
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:No
  • airconAircon:Yes

Our Overall Review

4

Things we like:

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    Many people were happy with the cage diving experience and that they got up close with great white sharks
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    Divers commended the dive master on his wealth of knowledge on underwater creatures and life
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    A couple of people noted that the cabins had a lot of space and was in great condition
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    People said they enjoyed the food and the snacks was a nice incentive after between dives

Things we don't like:

  • check-markA couple of people were taken back because they had to pay for the internet and alcohol beverages
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The Quino el Guardian was built in 1980 and renovated in 2015. It was established because of a need for research, investigation and education ships in the area. The aim is to accommodate scuba divers and scientific researchers in the region. The liveaboard has a length of 24 meters/82 feet and can house up to 16 guests and there is extra space for 2 group leaders in the crew quarters. The Quino el Guardian can reach a maximum speed of 10 knots and a cruising speed of 7.5 knots. It is a brilliant liveaboard that mixes scuba diving with scientific research.

Key facts:

  • yearbuiltYear built:2015
  • rentalRental equip:Yes ($)
  • diversMax divers:16
  • camera_stationCamera station:Yes
  • internetInternet:No
  • min_logged_divesMin logged dives:No minimum
  • nitroxNitrox:No
  • airconAircon:Yes

Our Overall Review

4

Things we like:

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    Divers said they got to see sperm whales, whale sharks and dolphins
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    Many people were happy with the hospitality shown by the crew and staff
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    A couple of people noted that the scientific aspect of the trips gave the trip more meaning
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    Some people noted that the chef caters to specific dietary requirements

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome people noted that the cabins are fairly small

Best time to go

Diving in Mexico is good all year round. The best times depend on the presence of marine life. From November to May it’s best to dive in Socorro and August to October are the best months for diving in Guadalupe.

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There are two main liveaboard destinations when visiting Mexico and they are certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Socorro Island

The Revillagigedo Islands are found 390km off the Baja Peninsula and consist of 4 main islands that offer some of the best diving found off the shores of Mexico. The most famous and well visited is Socorro Island. It is only accessible by liveaboard and they leave from the port in Cabo San Lucas. It takes roughly 24 hours to get to Socorro Island from mainland Mexico. These liveaboards spend up to a week around these islands, with 3+ dives a day.

Guadalupe Island

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, who needs to be in the throws of adventure, then Guadalupe is the place for you. It is one of the top places to cage dive with great white sharks. Most of the diving in this area is conducted within cages, however, if you are a qualified diver, then some liveaboard companies do allow you to swim cageless.

Depending on which dive safari you choose to visit Guadalupe Island, you can have a couple of different diving cages to choose from. Some are very exposed, with only a handrail between you and the beasts of the sea. Other cages are horizontal and can come equipped with a motor, allowing you to move through the water.

Information to know about liveaboard diving in Mexico

  • Around Socorro Island, currents can be strong and unpredictable, so these liveaboards are for advanced divers only.
  • Due to the biosphere regulations around Socorro Island, divers are not allowed to use lights, gloves or knives under the water. Camera lights are allowed.
  • Make sure you plan your dive safari trip to Socorro Island in advance as it is sometimes shut due to military action on the island.
  • Pelagic species are found around Socorro Island all year round, however, the best time to visit is between the months of November through to May.
  • From November to May is when surface conditions are great. Additionally, the weather above the surface is warm, sunny with the occasional shower.
  • Manta rays are an awesome sight during this time and you’ll have more of a chance to see whale sharks around these months. You may even get to see the thousands of humpback whales that use the surrounding area as breeding and calving area.
  • Sadly, the only downside to diving Socorro Island at this time is the huge plankton blooms, which hinder visibility.
  • This time of year is peak season for both divers as well as tourists to Mexico, so be aware that prices do increase unless you book well in advance.
  • From the months of June through to October, is the offseason for tourists and prices drop dramatically. The sea becomes too rough and pelagics are often not drawn to the area due to much warmer water temperatures.
  • If you’re planning a liveaboard trip to Guadalupe Island to cage dive, these can be done without any kind of qualifications. If you are not a diver, you will be required to use a hookah system to breathe under the water, and the cage will stay at the surface. However, if you are a diver, then you’ll use full scuba gear and the cage can go down to 10m below the surface.
  • Chumming or feeding the sharks is actually illegal around Guadalupe Island. However, this law is rarely enforced and some liveaboards still use food to attract great whites.
  • The best time to visit Guadalupe Island is between August through to October. However, water temperatures are usually at their coldest, ranging from 19C/66F to22C/70F. These are the perfect conditions for great white shark sightings.
  • If you were hoping to dive around Socorro Island around November to July, and then catch a liveaboard to Guadalupe Island, the, unfortunately, this is not possible. Liveaboards do not travel to this top dive site at this time of year.
  • Due to currents around these islands, some divers like to use a reef hook, however, they are prohibited within protected areas around Mexico.
  • There is a 16% tax imposed if you’re diving in Mexico.
  • Getting to Socorro Island requires you to fly into Cabo San Lucas. From there, you’ll need to catch your liveaboard that will take the 24hour trip to Socorro. Depending on what time of year you choose to dive here, the weather can be quite rough, especially on the long journey.
  • Getting to Guadalupe Island requires a flight to San Diego, California or Baja California, where you can get your liveaboard. The journey from there is dependant on rough seas however it can take anywhere from 18 to 22 hours. If you take a liveaboard from San Diego, then you will have to go through the Mexican border control before continuing on to Guadalupe Island.
  • The language spoken in Mexico is Spanish however they do speak English as well.
  • The currency used in Mexico is the Mexican Peso, where there is 19.90MXN to 1USD.

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