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Finding the perfect Liveaboard in Mexico

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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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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.

We'll help you find the perfect Liveaboard trip, that suits your needs:

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

So we've gathered the best boats and made it possible to compare prices across all the different booking platforms. This way, you'll get the best boat for your needs at the best price.

Start by sorting the boats after your budget, and find a liveaboard that fits your budget and your needs:

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the M/V Westward :

Average price is US$ 535 per day

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Year built:2016
Max divers8
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.No
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconNo

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.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Safari Endeavour :

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Year built:2012
Max divers84
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.No
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

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.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Rocio del Mar :

Average price is US$ 329 per day

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Year built:2008
Max divers20
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

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.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the El Duque :

Average price is US$ 254 per day

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Year built:N/A
Max divers4
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

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.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the El Mechudo :

Average price is US$ 271 per day

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Year built:2018
Max divers8
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.No
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

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.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the M/V Valentina :

Average price is US$ 357 per day

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Year built:2013
Max divers20
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

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.

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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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