Frequently Asked Questions
Will we see orcas on these trips?
Maybe. We hope so, and we will do everything possible to locate orcas for you. It is thrilling when we spot those black dorsal fins slicing through the water. We believe that there are at least three resident pods residing year-round in the Sea of Cortez. During our 2022 season, we had great orca interactions on 78% of our trips. In 2023, it was closer to 50%. You can be sure that we are doing everything possible to track the orcas with our network of friends and colleagues, working with local fishermen, collaborating with our competitors, and, of course, getting Scout, our spotter airplane, up in the air as often as possible, subject to wind and weather conditions.
Are orcas guaranteed?
No. We are confident that you will have great encounters with schools of mobula rays, California sea lions, mega pods of bottlenose dolphins, and much more. We will be on the lookout for sperm whales, fin whales, pseudorcas, pilot whales, Risso’s dolphins, and the super-acrobatic spinner dolphins. We find whale sharks on almost every trip. We will be searching hard for orcas, but whether we find them is up to Mother Ocean. You can be sure that when we receive reports of any sightings, we will check them out as soon as possible with our spotter airplane, dispatch our fast boats in that direction, and if needed, travel overnight on your liveaboard to position ourselves where we think the orcas will be the next day. We estimate that orcas are in our general area for 10 – 12 days every month.
When will we be able to get in the water?
Most snorkelling and freediving will be done either from our 32-foot-high speed aluminum hulled “zodiac style” RHIB or even from the large water level platform at the stern (that’s the back end) of your yacht. You can count on a couple of evening snorkels in a quiet bay with underwater lights and, hopefully, swarming mobulas. But you can spend as much time as you want in the water.
What other wildlife will we see?
We’ll be on the lookout for large pods of dolphins and of course, you will have the opportunity to jump with those guys as well. To be frank, you never quite know what amazing animals you might see in the Sea of Cortez and we’ll be keeping a sharp lookout for sperm and fin whales and whale sharks. Noting that the famous whale shark conservation area at Mogote is closed to visitors at this time of year.
What is included in the trip?
Accommodation, all meals (continental breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert), non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, daily room service, towels and onboard facilities such as the hot tub and lounge… and lots of fun!
Exclusions: 5% tax, bar, gift shop, crew gratuities, internet access, $35 port fee, and foreign tourist tax for non-residents of Mexico.