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Occidental Cozumel All-Inclusive Summer Deal

Occidental Cozumel 

All-Inclusive Summer Deal

Must Book by July 15, 2021


Get our package deal at the Occidental Grande Cozumel Resort. All-inclusive at the Occidental means Deluxe room accommodations, all meals, ALL beverages (including alcoholic), and a dive package provided by Pro Dive. Dive package includes 5 dive days with 2-tank boat dives each day.

Must book by July 15, 2021- Valid for travel August and September 2021


Diver rate $1070 per person double occupancy  -  Non-diver rate $595
Single diver rate $1378 -  Single non-diver rate  $903

          


                                                                         

Diver's Guide to the Socorro Islands

A Divers Guide to the Socorro Islands


The Revillagigedo Archipelago is made up of four islands: Socorro, Roca Partida, San Benedicto, and Clarion. Due to the popularity of the largest island, the archipelago is often referred to as the Socorro Islands. All of the islands are volcanic. The islands were declared as a marine reserve and a Mexican national park in 2017. The waters typically reach a low of 68 F (21 C) and a high of 82 F (28 C), and the weather is typically warm and sunny.  



Socorro Island rises abruptly from the sea to 1,050 meters (3,440 feet) in elevation at its summit. The island is the emerged summit of a massive, predominately submarine shield volcano. The island is part of the northern Mathematicians Ridge, a mid-ocean ridge that became largely inactive 3.5 million years ago when activity moved to the East Pacific Rise. All four islands along with the many seamounts on the ridge are post-abandonment alkaline volcanoes. Socorro Island is unusual in that it is the only dominantly silicic peralkaline volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean. It most recently erupted in late January-early February 1993, which was a submarine eruption off the coast from Punta Tosca. An earlier eruption was on May 21, 1951. Earlier eruptions probably occurred in 1905, 1896 and 1848. The island's surface is broken by furrows, small craters, and numerous ravines, and covered in lava domes, lava flows and cinder cones. 



There is a naval station, established in 1957, with a population of 250 staff and families living in a village with a church. The village stands on the western side of Bahia Vargas Lozano, a small cove with a rocky beach, about 800 meters east of Cabo Regla, the southernmost point of the island. The station is served by a dock, a local helipad and Isla Socorro airport, located six kilometers to the north. There is a freshwater spring about 5 km northwest of Cabo Regla, at the shoreline of Ensenada Grayson. This is brackish and sometimes covered by the sea at high tide. In the 1950s, a small freshwater seep was known to exist some 45 meters (49 yards) inland at Bahia Lucio Gallardo Pavon, about 800 meters NW of the naval station. 



The islands are located nearly 400 km (250 miles) from the Baja California peninsula. Due to the isolated location, the only way to visit Socorro is through liveaboard. Most visitors begin their trips by arriving at Los Cabos International Airport in Mexico. Then, divers travel 45 minutes to Cabo San Lucas where they take off on a liveaboard. It usually takes about a day for the liveaboard to arrive at the islands. 

 

The diving season lasts from November to May as that is when the often-rough waters are at their calmest. However, even the calmer waters have strong currents, making this trip best for advanced divers.


                                                    

Although the Socorro’s waters are not filled with the colorful reefs many divers look out for, the marine life more than makes up for it. Manta rays, dolphins, hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, are just a few of the common sights in these waters. Humpback whales can even be seen on their migration path through the months of January and February, and the dolphins are known for coming into close contact with divers, most commonly from January to March.  





When divers first arrive at the islands, they often begin their scuba adventure at El Fondeadero. This dive site is located in San Benedicto’s shallower waters where there are three pinnacles and sightings of lobster and eels. The famous sightings of humpback whales are east of Socorro island at the Cabo Pearce dive site. Abundant pelagic life can be seen at the isolated Roca Partida dive site. This site is over 80 miles from San Benedicto and has a pinnacle peaking up out of the water. This site is best suited for advanced divers and has over 100 feet of visibility. 

 

When planning your next dive trip, make sure the Socorro Islands are at the top of your list. The close encounters with dolphins, sharks, and manta rays at this location are unmatched, and the humpback whale sightings are one of a kind. 







10 Awesome Cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula

10 Awesome Cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula

Having formed as the result of the collapse of eroded limestone bedrock, cenotes are most commonly found in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. These formations are usually filled with water, providing a unique adventure for all who choose to explore them. Cenotes are filled with either rainwater or with the water from underground rivers. However, since it takes a few days for the rainwater to pass through the limestone, it becomes filtered and often has a visibility over 100 meters. These sites are often visited by people looking to swim, snorkel, or even scuba dive in the one-of-a-kind environment. 


These 10 cenotes are all unique and provide vastly different experiences for all who explore them. However, these are only a small portion of what Mexican cenotes have to offer as there are over 6,000 cenotes, only half of which have been studied. The Yucatan Peninsula is a stunning place to visit, but the cenotes themselves create an entirely new world for all who choose to explore them.  Here are some of the best cenotes in the Yucatan area.


Cenote Verde Lucero

                                    

With a name that translates to “bright green,” Cenote Verde Lucero is a vibrant body of water located in between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. This cenote is open rather than in a cave-like setting, so visitors can jump right in. The cenote is surrounded by stunning greenery, and there is a zipline reaching from one end to the other. The waters reach a depth of 20 meters, and there are jumping areas of varying heights for guests to use as well. Photo courtesy of explorandocenotes.com.mx


El Pit Cenote

                                     

A site that is quite true to its name, El Pit Cenote reaches a depth of 40 meters. Due to its depth, The Pit is most popular amongst divers looking to dive through the clearest of waters. This cenote is located in Quintana Roo, about an hour from Playa del Carmen. With interesting rock formations making up its surroundings, the spot is also known for its abundant stalactites: icicle-shaped calcium salt build-ups that often hang from the top of caves. Photo courtesy of airpano.com


Dos Ojos Cenote

                                                  

Spanish for “two eyes,” Dos Ojos is commonly explored in two dives. This is one of the most popular cenotes, so it can get a bit crowded. However, experiencing the stunning stalactites, stalagmites, and bat cave makes it worth it. There is even an underground tunnel that connects the two caverns — creating a perfectly unique experience for any diver.  Divers and snorkelers alike can also spot the small fish that call Dos Ojos home. Photos courtesy of cenotedosojos.com and cenotesmexico.org


Calavera Cenote

                                                           

Often referred to as the “Temple of Doom,” Calavera is arguably one of the best diving cenotes in Mexico. Located in Tulum, this spot has three entrances to its underground waters. The main entrance is a large hole with a ladder that leads its sparkling blue-green waters. When diving Calavera, guests usually dive to a depth of around 15 meters. A popular sight to see is the halcyon layer: where freshwater and saltwater meet. Due to the overall clarity of the water, this layer is very visible. Photo courtesy of todotulum.com


Cenote Tajma Ha 

                                     

With a visible halcyon layer, Tajma Ha is located between Tulum and Playa del Carmen. This spot is best for more advanced divers as it has cramped spaces with jagged walls. This site is usually explored over the course of 50 minutes with one tank. Guests will drive through tunnels and into caverns as they spot the stunning speleothems. The halcyon layer is located in one of the tunnels, and that is just one of the many unique sights divers see. Photo courtesy of aquaworld.com.mx


Dreamgate Cenote

                                                                 

Located in Playa del Carmen, the Dreamgate Cenote is part of one of the largest cave systems in the world. Much like Tajma Ha, Dreamgate is best for advanced divers. There are plenty of stalactites, stalagmites, and columns that make this such a challenging, yet beautiful, dive. Dives at this site are usually short with the use of just one tank, but there is still plenty to see. Photo courtesy of cenotesworld.com


Miguel Colorado

                                    

Hidden away in the jungle, Miguel Colorado Cenote appears to be a pond. However, open cenotes such as this one tends to be much older than ones located in caves. This is usually due to the collapse of the roof of the cave. This cenote is surrounded by breathtaking greenery, and there are plenty of activities for guests to enjoy. This includes nearby hiking trails, kayaking, and ziplining across the stunning waters. Photo courtesy of viamexico.mx


Chihuan

                                       

With its waters completely under the overhanging cave, Chihuan Cenote is popular for swimming. The waters are crystal clear, and there are ropes tied to the low hanging ceiling for swimmers to rest on. This location is not very well known, so it usually only has a few visitors at a time. Photo courtesy of cancuntochichenitza.com


Taak Bi Ha Cenote

                                     

Although most might not know of Taak Bi Ha Cenote,  it is a snorkeler's dream. This site is located 40 minutes from Playa del Carmen, not too far past Dos Ojos. It is owned by the local community but can be dived through local diving centers. Inside one of the caves is a river-like path that guests typically need to explore with the help of a guide. Photo courtesy of advanceddivermexico.com


Angelita

                                      

Perhaps one of the more unique cenotes, Angelita, or “little angel,” reaches over 60 meters of depth. About halfway down, the hydrogen sulfate layer creates a thick, cloud-like fog. There are large stalactites all around, and due to the depth of this site, many advanced and technical divers like to explore the mystical Angelita. Photo courtesy of treehugger.com

                                                                                

Rocio del Mar Liveaboard - Sea of Cortez 2021 Trips - Dive Adventure

Rocio del Mar Liveaboard

Sea of Cortez 2021 Trips

Awesome Dive Adventures

Saturday to Saturday
$2,845 per person, double occupancy

Liquid Diving Adventures Price $2,645 - SAVE $200

                                    

Called "The World's Aquarium" by Jacques Cousteau, the Sea of Cortez provides a world-class international dive experience with a domestic flight. Simply fly to Phoenix, Arizona, and, in just a few hours, guests are boarding the boat in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. 

The Sea of Cortez is a breathtaking destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, and exploration. Dive on untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life. Encounter large and small whale species, snorkel with whale sharks, dive with playful sea lions, and see countless eels, octopus, fish, and jumping mobula rays. It's a macro photographer's dream with nudibranchs, colorful blennies, dancing jawfish, and sea horses. 

                                    

Between dives, guests hike and explore remote uninhabited islets and at night gaze at the Milky Way. Give the Rocio crew one week and they will create a lifetime of memories while forging new friendships aboard Rocio del Mar. Guests will dine on incredible cuisine and enjoy the friendly service that has made the crew famous.

           July 3-10, 2021 - July 10-17, 2021 - July 31-August 7, 2021 - August 7-14, 2021
                          August 28-September 4, 2021  -  September 4-11, 2021

Socorro Islands - Mexico - Only by Liveaboard!

Socorro Islands - Mexico - Only by Liveaboard!

Mexico’s Revillagigedo Islands are synonymous with liveaboards and big-animal encounters. The archipelago lies about 300 miles off the southern tip of Baja California, requiring a 22-hour transit from Cabo San Lucas.



Four uninhabited volcanic islands make up the Revillagigedos: Socorro, Clarion, San Benedicto, and Roca Partida. They raise up from sea level from 100 to 3,800 feet out of the water from the seafloor, creating exceptional walls, pinnacles and sheer drop-offs that act as cleaning and feeding stations for oceanic mantas and half a dozen shark species, including mass aggregations of scalloped hammerheads.

 

Revillagigedos is an oasis in the middle of the eastern Pacific. The four islands sit at the convergence of the cool California Current flowing from the north and the warmer North Equatorial Current, creating an ideal spot for nutrients to rise from the deep and attract passing pelagics. This makes Revilla a hotspot for manta rays, humpback whales, whale sharks, dolphins, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks—nearly every variety of hungry traveler.



The Revillagigedos are part of a unique chain with amazing undersea volcanic mounds. Because of the remote nature, there’s just not a lot of pressure on the sites.

 

Cabo Pierce, the Aquarium, and El Canyon dive sites offer the chance to see just about any big animals you can imagine—humpback whales, pacific bottlenose dolphins, whale sharks, the list goes on.

 

Because these are important waterways for endangered megafauna, the islands were deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016, and a year later were established as the Revillagigedo National Park. Even though they’re remote, they’re patrolled by the local government to prevent illegal fishing.

 

Because the archipelago is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, certain protective measures are in place. Night diving, solo diving, and diving in the blue are not offered for safety reasons. Also, reef hooks, knives, dive lights not connected to cameras, and gloves are not permitted. In order to manage the number of divers on each site, liveaboards coordinate the timing of their dives. Because of this, if there are several boats at a site, they may limit the number of dives per day to three. The park has a set limit on the number of liveaboards that can visit, but flexibility is key in these parts.


Cozumel is Open for Diving - Aldora Divers & Villa Aldora

Cozumel is Open for Diving
Let's Get to the Reef
Villa Adlora and Aldora Divers
Get Our 10% "Back to Diving" Agent Discount


The town of Cozumel is quiet but the diving is great, the people friendly, and the food tasty! We have some great packages with accommodation at Villa Aldora and premier dive services by Aldora Divers.

The Villas vary in cost from $95 per night to $295 per night for either of the two largest villas. The Aldora and Norte Suites can accommodate full families and feature full kitchens. All suites offer free guest parking, a private beach, free Wi-Fi and internet, TV, direct-dial phones, laundry facilities, kitchens, and a great outdoor Bar-B-Q. Bicycles are available for guest use. All rooms are airconditioned. 


Aldora Divers offers typical dive packages with two morning dives for $95 per person and also offers exclusive long-range trips for $200 per person. Aldora divers discovered five large coral heads way to the north of Cozumel in which large Caribbean reef sharks can be found sleeping in a somewhat catatonic state. This is the place where the fabled Isla Mujeres Sleeping sharks ran and hid. Not only the sharks, but the pristine coral formations with squadrons of eagle rays and other pelagic abound there. Long range, full day, 3 tanks dive trip to the North of Cozumel, depart at 7:30am from the Aldora dock.

Playa Escondida Resort - Sayulita, Mexico

Playa Escondida Resort - Sayulita, Mexico

Sayulita is a small town located about 40 km north of Puerto Vallarta in the mexican state of Nayarit. And we are pleased to be booking the Playa Escondida Resort. This spectacular destination is a secluded resort nestled in the hillside on a beautiful sand cove beach, and backed by Bird Canyon. The resort offers 29 unique rooms with beach view, ocean front, garden view, and Bird Canyon view accommodations.

Sayulita - a small town with a very special feel to it. The air is full of beach life, and the streets are full of people enjoying it. Street venders with their colorful wares, shops with their doors open to invite browsing and evening crowds of gringos and locals alike around the central plaza all give life to this village. Whether you are a surfer, sightseer or just curious, Sayulita offers a beach-style laid-back brand of Mexican culture. Slow paced and sunny!

Sun-worshipers, surfers and swimmers all relish Sayulita's beach time. The north facing bay has waves - usually big enough to surf - yet safe for swimming. The mostly sandy bottom makes good wading for the non-swimmer. Vendors walk the beach - hammocks, hats, shirts, silver, jewelry - to mention only a few of the variety of goods. 

Let you heart run wild at the Playa Escondida Resort. Enjoy the beach, hike the canyon, ride a horse, try a stand up paddle board, enjoy a massage at the spa, play golf, experience the whales, participate in yoga sessions, scuba dive, or just do nothing if that suits your desires.

This resort does not offer all inclusive packages but does offer seasonal rates for room accommodations. Rooms range from $275 to $395 for two guests, high season and $195 to $330 for two guests, low season. We are offering packages that include dives provided by Sayulita Dive and Surf. Contact us for discounted packages for rooms and scuba diving.

Banderas Bay and Riviera Nayarit offers a variety of dive sites for all levels from Marietas Islands National Park to the dives off the Bay on Corveteña Island, where you will find a variety of stunning sea life. If you're a experienced diver or never in your life have dived we designed packages to suit.

Dive sites include Marietas Island Underwater Park, El Morro, La Corbetena, Los Anegados, and Carrilleros.

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