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Vortex liveaboard

Guadalupe Island

The 42m Socorro Vortex is a former Canadian Coast Guard vessel which has been completely redesigned as the ultimate in diving liveaboards providing the highest standards in safety, comfort and luxury, accommodating just 14 guests in 7 spacious en-suite cabins.

The Socorro Vortex offers unforgettable diving experiences in Guadalupe, from August to October.  From November through June the Vortex heads to the Socorro Islands for thrilling dives with humpback whales, hammerheads, silky, silvertip and whitetip sharks, dolphins and Pacific manta rays.

Getting there
The port town of Ensenada, in Mexico, where the liveaboard for Guadalupe Island is berthed, is very easily reached. A popular air routing for Guadalupe trips is to San Diego, in California. We recommend you take one night’s accommodation there prior to the liveaboard. From San Diego, the liveaboard offers a courtesy bus transfer across the Mexican boarder (they will take care of visas for you) and the journey time to Ensenada is about 2.5hrs. 

Another option is to fly to Tijuana, and from there you can take a bus to Ensenada. We will happily advise which option is best for you and to give all the details.

Guide price: 5 days from GBP £4075pp*
Includes accommodation in a luxury stateroom cabin on a full board basis, complimentary high end bar that includes the best Mexican wines and a wide variety of handcrafted beer, wi-fi, all diving, tanks and weights, air and Nitrox fills, fuel surcharges, harbour fees, National Park fees, Mexican sales tax and transfers from host hotel to Socorro Vortex.

Package excludes: international flights, overnight hotel stays, airport to hotel transfers, equipment rentals and crew gratuity.

*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.

Quick Guide: Vortex

  • • 42m length
  • • Max 14 passengers
  • 4 twin/double luxury staterooms, 2 junior suites and 1 master suite
  • • Recommended diver level: For Socorro Islands Advanced Open Water Diver with 50 logged dives.  For Guadalupe both divers and non-divers are welcome.

Accommodation & Facilities

The Socorro Vortex has 7 luxury staterooms, each cabin has individually controlled air-conditioning, flat-screen TV and en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries and towels.

The 4 luxury staterooms are located on the lower deck and have 2 single beds which can be converted into a double and porthole windows.  The 2 junior suites are located at the bow in the main deck and has ample storage space, 2 twin beds that can be converted into a king double and picture windows.  The Master Suite is located behind the bridge on the upper deck and has a Californian king bed, sofa, walk in wardrobe, panoramic views and private access from the salon and outdoor lounge.

There is a large air-conditioned lounge located on the main deck with bar area, as well as a large open-air lounge and on the upper deck with comfortable seating, outdoor dining and grill area. There is also a spacious shaded sun deck with sun loungers, deck-chairs and jacuzzi.  

Meals are served in either in the air conditioned dining room or the open-air dining and grill area. Meals are a mixture of buffet and table service offering a large selection of Mexican and international cuisine.  Plenty of snacks are available throughout the day, together with a complimentary selection of soft drinks, water, tea/coffee, beer and wine.

The large dive deck is located at the rear of the main deck and has ample space for each diver with personal lockers, fin storage, camera table with low pressure air hose, 2 fresh water rinse tanks and 2 hot showers.  The majority of the diving is from the rear dive platform where there are entry/exit ladders located at the rear corners providing easy access to the water.  For sites not accessible from the main boat, there are 2 22ft zodiacs, each with their own sturdy, custom ladder.  

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Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

Combs Tannery
Tannery Road
IP14 2EN
United Kingdom

Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5pm
Tel: 01449 535010

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