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SF2 ECCR GOES SOCORRO IN 2020

Are you ready for a diving experience of a lifetime?

THIS IS IT!

 

Together with our friends from the PELAGIC FLEET we are doing a SF2 rebreather tour in April 2020!

The Revillagigedo Archipelago - better known as the Socorro Islands -  is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, approximately 250 nautical miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - at the tip of the Baja peninsula. These islands have been compared to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador or Cocos Island in Costa Rica because of the big animal encounters they provide.
The Revillagigedos Islands consist of 4 islands - San Benedicto Island, Socorro Island, Roca Partida and Clarion. They are wild, remote and unpredictable.
Giant mantas, humpback whales, playful dolphins, tuna, over 7 shark species plus, on occasion orcas give you the best animal diving on earth!

Check out videos on YouTube to see what you can expect.

 

 

Our pledge to you!

The Socorro Vortex will cater the most sophisticated & demanding divers by offering the finest in luxury live aboard scuba diving. With only 14 guests onboard, you will receive the highest quality dive experience for the lucky few! Luxury diving is followed by topside elegance plus unmatched and personalized service. Gourmet dining with a complimentary selection of best Baja California beer and wine, expansive common areas, plus top-of-the-line beds, linens, towels and bath robes will ensure your comfort onboard

Dates & Prices

April 13 to April 23, 2020 (10 Nights /11 Days Trip)

  • 8 Luxury Stateroom Spaces is $5,999.00 (USD) per person based on double occupancy (including MEXICAN IVA tax - 16%)
  • 4 Junior Suite Spaces is $6319.00 (USD) per person based on double occupancy (including MEXICAN IVA tax - 16%)
  • 2 Master Suite Spaces is $6,769.00 (USD) per person based on double occupancy (including MEXICAN IVA tax - 16%)

THE ABOVE PRICING OFFERS A 40 % DISCOUNT - ONLY AVAILABLE FOR SF2 ECCR DIVERS!!!!!

What is included? EVERYTHING* - no suprises!

The above prices include three gourmet meals per day, snacks between meals, beverages including soft drinks, mixed drinks, beer and wine with dinner, tanks, weights and weight belts. Also included, all port fees, fuel surcharges and national park fees in the price of our trips so there are no "surprises." 

Fully rebreather support is also included:  2x3lt rebreather steel tanks per diver; Unilimited oxygen refills; Unlimited scrubber (o2 absorber); Booster pump on board to refill the tanks.

*NOTE: Airfare, Hotel & Transfers are not included.

Diving

Once you arrive on the boat you will be assigned to your room and the dive station.

At the dive station you can remove your dive gear from your dive bag and put it in the assigned dive station. At your room you can unpack your dry clothes and toiletries. Both dive bag and luggage will be stored in the dry storage area throughout the remainder of the trip.

The boat departs harbor at 4:00PM and will arrive at the first dive site around 4:00PM on the next day.

You will have the opportunity to do 1 or 2 dives the first day at the Socorro Islands. Every day after that we schedule 4 dives per day. The only exception to that is when we dive Roca Partida because the diving at this location is deeper and, therefore, we limit the diving to 3 dives for safety considerations. We cannot give you a more specific diving schedule because the captain goes where diving conditions are best, but under normal conditions each 11 day trip includes 7 1/2 days of diving and the opportunity to do about 27 to 29 dives.

After the last full day of diving at the Socorro Islands we start our return back to harbor. The boat returns to harbor around 8:00PM or 9:00PM and you will spend the last night on the boat in harbor.

JOIN TOM & HORST FOR THE DIVING TRIP OF YOUR LIFETIME!!!!!!

SF2 ECCR - EQUIPMENT FOR ADVENTURE

Are you interested.... send an Email to horst@scubaforce.eu

 

 

 


THE NEW SOCORRO VORTEX - LUXURY & ADVENTURE

This former Canadian Coast Guard Vessel was built for adventure and hardcore expeditions worldwide. The ultimate liveaboard experience for the discerning diver. The new SOCORRO VORTEX will cater up to 14 guests (ONLY) and offer first-class, deluxe accomodations.

THE VESSEL

  • 140' Aluminium Hull
  • 2 MTU 12V4000 2750 hp @ 2100 rpm Main Engines
  • 2 x 22ft Zodiacs

 

 

AMMENITIES

  • 4 Luxury Staterooms (2 singles or 1 queen)
  • 2 Jr suites (2 twin beds or 1 queen)
  • 1 Master Suits (California king size bed)
  • Salon / Bar
  • Dining Room
  • Sky Bridge (dining & grill)
  • Sundeck

COOL STUFF

  • Complimentary high speed internet and Wifi
  • Complimentary bar
  • Touch-and-go helipad for emergencies
  • Jacuzzi

MORE INFO:

 

  • WHAT AIRLINES FLY THERE AND TO WHAT AIRPORT?

The international airport for our home port in Cabo San Lucas where our Socorro Islands trips depart from is San Jose del Cabo, Mexico (airline code SJD). This is the same airport used by all visitors to the Los Cabos area. It is about a 45 minute drive from the airport to Cabo San Lucas. Most major U.S. airlines fly directly into this airport. In general, the airlines to check out are Alaska, American, Aero Mexico, Delta, Continental and United. There are other airlines and many direct flights from gateway cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Atlanta, Denver, Chicago and New York (out of Newark on Continental) so you can start from anywhere and get to us quite easily through these gateway cities. There are also convenient connections through San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, to name just a few.

 

  • WHAT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS DO I NEED FOR IMMIGRATION?

As of January 2016, all U.S. citizens require a valid passport for travel in and out of Mexico. You will be asked to fill out a tourist card upon entering the country and present this to the immigration officials in Mexico. For other nationalities, you should ask your airline or call the Mexican Consulate in your country. With so many recent changes to travel policies and requirements, these requirements are subject to change so check before you begin your travel plans. For our Guadalupe Trips you will arrive to San Diego, California and then escorted by our staff in an air conditioned coach to Ensenada, Mexico via Tijuana. Our staff will assist you with your tourist visa when crossing at the border in Tijuana but you must have a valid passport in your possession.

  • WHERE DO I GO WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon reservation confirmation, we will send you a pre-trip information sheet. If you do not receive it, please ask us for it. This will describe arrival procedures. Basically, for the Socorro Islands arrivals into San Jose Del Cabo airport, once you clear Mexican immigration and collect your bags from the luggage carousel, you will proceed through customs. After clearing customs, if our office has arranged for your transportation then just outside the terminal please look for a representative holding a sign which reads "Cabo Seasons", our local transport company. Give that person your name and they will take it from there. If you are handling your own transportation into Cabo San Lucas, then look for the "Authorized Taxi" sign inside the terminal where you can purchase shuttle tickets to the hotel where you are staying. If you are arriving the same day the boat departs you MUST arrange transportation through our office. However, we strongly advise you arrive one day before departure. It is about a 45 minute ride into Cabo San Lucas. On the day of departure, we pick up from three hotels in Cabo San Lucas only. These are the Quinta Del Sol, Solmar Suites and Playa Grande Resort & Spa. A Solmar V Divemaster will arrive at these properties between 1 - 2 pm depending on the property. Our staff will then escort you to the boat about 5 minutes away to start check-in procedures onboard. The Solmar V departs port at approximately 4 PM, depending on the arrival of our passengers.

  • WHAT CLOTHES SHOULD I BRING?

On all live-aboard dive trips, packed clothing should be kept to a minimum as cabin space is usually limited. You will be in your swimsuit most of the trip and shorts and t-shirts are the common dress. We ask that you appear at all meals in dry clothes, as all meals are sit-down in the main salon. At Socorro, daytime temps will be in the 70's or 80's and we can have cooler evenings here so one pair of sweat pants, and a Polartec, sweatshirt or sweater is a good idea. Be sure to bring a hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen.

  • WHAT ABOUT SCUBA EQUIPMENT? WHAT DIVE GEAR WILL I NEED?

The price includes tanks (aluminum 80's), weights and a weight belt. We now require but do not provide dive computers on our Socorro Islands trips. Additional equipment can be rented for the trip BEFORE you leave the dock. PLEASE advise us when making your Solmar V reservation that you will need to rent equipment. Equipment is rented directly from us at our dive store in the town of Cabo San Lucas at a special rate. National Park regulations do not permit dive knives or lights that are not attached to your camera. We have some extra equipment on board in case your equipment should fail but not a large inventory. This equipment is rented on a daily basis when needed. Underwater photography or video equipment is not available at this time and you should be completely self-contained when it comes to this equipment. Rule of thumb when packing is to pack light but keep in mind that "it is better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it."

  • WHAT KIND OF WETSUIT WILL I NEED?

The ocean temps at Socorro usually range from 78F-82F in November, 70F-74F in Feb/March and then 76F-80F in April to June. Depending on what time of year you join us for the Socorro trips, we'd recommend 5mm in the warmer months, and a 5/7mm or a 7mm in the cooler months. Some of our guests also pack a light vest and hood or a vest with an attached hood in case we run into thermoclines during the cooler months.

  • WHAT ABOUT TIPS?

While we feel that tipping is a very personal decision and should reflect the service you received, we are always asked to give tipping guidelines. In general, we suggest a tip of 10-15% of the cost of your boat trip. The tips are given to the captain and divided evenly among the crew at the end of your trip. We ask that your tips be in cash or travelers checks, we accept no credit cards or personal checks aboard Solmar V.

  • WHAT IS THE ONBOARD VOLTAGE?

Onboard voltage is 110 AC, just like in the United States. We also have a number of 220 charging stations for our overseas guests.

  • WHAT ABOUT THE CROSSING?

The crossing to and from Socorro (The Revillagigedos Islands) from Cabo San Lucas takes about 22-24 hours, depending on weather conditions. Although most of the crossings are in fairly calm seas, we are crossing in open ocean conditions so precaution against motion sickness is advised. We have sometimes experienced rough seas heading uphill from Socorro to Cabo.

 

 

JOIN HORST & TOM FOR THE DIVING TRIP OF YOUR LIFETIME!!!

INTERESTED: SEND AN EMAIL TO: horst@scubaforce.eu

SF2 ECCR - EQUIPMENT FOR ADVENTURE

 

 

 

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