Liveaboard Review

The MV Horizon was built in 1971 and has been cruising Guadalupe Islands since 2000. It can accommodate up to 16 guests in 8 air-conditioned cabins. The liveaboard is well equipped to handle marine expeditions. They cover everything from acoustic deployment, benthic towing, marine aquatic species studies and long term tracking. Moreover, they also do scuba diving as well as cage diving where you can get close to great white sharks.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Many people said the crew were friendly and very knowledgeable
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    Divers noted that they learnt a lot from the marine expeditions
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    Some divers said the dive masters did thorough briefings which covered all the necessary aspects
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    Many people were happy with the fact they got to see great white sharks up close when they went into the diving cages

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome people complained about the noise levels in the engine room interfering with their sleep

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Diving on the MV Horizon in Mexico 

MV Horizon liveaboard

The MV Horizon is a stellar liveaboard that has been operating since 1980. They have been at the forefront in scuba diving development in Southern California and Mexico. The MV Horizon has been offering shark diving experiences since 2000 and accommodates up to 16 divers. The liveaboard is suitable for divers of all levels and you can expect to be in the water for 11-18 hours per trip. The great thing about this trip is that you don’t have to travel to Mexico because the liveaboard departs from San Diego.

Interior and boat features

The MV Horizon has been called the original shark boat by many who have ventured on it. It can accommodate up to 16 divers in 8 air-conditioned cabins. The cabins share 2 bathrooms that have hot showers.

There are various communal areas where you can spend your free time like the salon and sun deck areas. In the salon, you will find an entertainment area that is equipped with a projector and comfortable half moon tables with seating. The sun deck is the ideal place to place to spend all your leisure time. It is fitted with sun loungers and gives you a great view of the ocean and islands.

Marine expeditions

Many people don’t know that the MV Horizon has supported research expeditions in the region of Mexico. Moreover, the crew has extensive knowledge of the area and layout which makes expeditions run smoother. They are equipped to handle acoustic deployment, benthic towing, marine aquatic species studies, and long term tracking. You will find that the staff and crew will make your marine expeditions as productive as humanly possible.

Dive deck on the liveaboard

The busiest part of the liveaboard has to be the dive deck. It is equipped with dive cages that bring you up and close to one of the world’s deadliest predators. You get to spend three days of full cage diving and you will spend approximately 11-18 hours in the water during that time.

Food on the MV Horizon liveaboard

On the MV Horizon, you will be treated to three full meals each day. Throughout the day you will also be treated to snacks like sandwiches, fruit platters, finger food and other delicacies prepared by the chef. As a bonus beer and wine is included with your meals. If you have specific dietary requirements the chef will take care of that upon request.


The MV Horizon is the ideal liveaboard to take you the most fantastic diving locations. Moreover, the itinerary will take you to Guadalupe Island where you will find fantastic big marine life that is great for underwater photography. Scuba destinations will take you to the Sea of Cortez and Baja as well as the Channel Islands.

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