The best of big animal encounters are found on the Pelagic Fleet signature vessels, Solmar V and the newest and most luxurious liveaboard in the region, Socorro Vortex. These all inclusive scuba dive liveaboards travel to regions only accessible by boat, allowing divers to experience the underwater world without the crowds often found with day boat diving
At 140 feet, this former Canadian Coast Guard vessel was built for adventure and hardcore worldwide expeditions. Everything on the Vortex has been custom made and handpicked to meet the highest standards.
Year built: 2017
Length: 140 Feet
Top speed: 21 knots
Cruising speed: 16 knots
Engines: 2 x MTu 12V4000 2750 hp @2100 rpm
Number of cabins: 7
Number of bathrooms: 7
Tenders: 2 x 22 ft Zodiacs
Once used for the Canadian Coastguard, Socorro Vortex, now serves as a luxury SCUBA diving liveaboard, running expeditions to Guadalupe and Socorro Islands.
Built by divers and for divers, this 140 ft vessel delights up to 14 guests, over 7 air-conditioned cabins with en-suites. All the comforts of home are found with spacious lounging areas, and free high speed internet. The onboard heli-pad and free use of Nitrox round out their commitment to safety. No detail was overlooked and this all-inclusive liveaboard combines the sophistication and level of service to the standards of a luxury cruise, along with all the components needed to run technical SCUBA diving expeditions.
Journey to Socorro or Guadalupe Islands with Mexico’s most experienced crew! Solamar V’s classic and sophisticated design, matched by the dedication of the crew, deliver top notch service aboard this 112 ft., all-inclusive SCUBA diving liveaboard.
12 cabins accommodate a maximum of 22 guest, each equipped with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. Photographers have plenty of room on the spacious dive deck, with a designated camera table and rinse bins. The large sundeck offers moments to relax in the sun or unwind after a day of diving in the indoor lounge, fully equipped with entertainment center and media library.
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November through June. For specific water conditions and marine life encounters, please go to the individual destination page by using the drop down destination menu at the top of any page.
August through October. For specific water conditions and marine life encounters, please go to the individual destination page by using the drop down destination menu at the top of any page.
Socorro Vortex is a 140ft Canadian Coast Guard Vessel built for adventure and world-wide hardcore expeditions for the discerning diver, with all the state of the art technology and amenities you would expect from a luxury liveaboard. Our Master Suite has 1 California King Size Bed, our two Junior Suites have either 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds, and our four Luxury Staterooms have either 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds (two of our Luxury Staterooms have 2 Single Beds Only). All cabins feature a TV, air conditioning with individual controls, a private bathroom, sink, and shower plus top-of-the-line mattresses, pillows, and comforters.
- All children under the age of 15 must travel and dive with their parent or guardian, unless undergoing active training with an instructor. Minors must be accompanied onboard by a guardian at all times.
- This itinerary offers no diving opportunities at depths less than 40 feet; diving opportunities for 10 and 11-year olds are not available on this itinerary, and 12-14-year olds will not be able to dive all sites. For this reason, a minimum age of 15 for divers is strongly suggested.
- A parent/legal guardian will be required to sign the liability release on behalf of a child under the age of 18.
Dive Insurance is mandatory for all trips to Socorro Islands and you will be asked to show proof of insurance prior to the trip. On Guadalupe Island trips, Dive Insurance is required to dive in the submersible cage. For all travelers, we strongly recommend Travel Insurance.
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.
For the Guadalupe Island trips, you will be breathing from a surface supplied air source or hookah. Since you will not be using SCUBA, you do not need a SCUBA certification to join our Guadalupe Island trips and participate in the surface cage diving. This also means that you can invite your family and friends who want to join your adventures but are not SCUBA Certified! We only require SCUBA certification for guests who would like to go into the submersible cage. If this applies to you, be sure to bring your SCUBA Certification card or you will not be permitted in the submersible cage – NO exceptions!
We must be doing something right because we get consistent rave reviews for the gourmet cuisine aboard Vortex. Our menus vary and feature a combination of American and Mexican cuisine, using fresh, locally grown ingredients as much as possible. We offer a variety of cooked-to-order choices for breakfast and you can always count on fresh tropical fruit platters, icy cold fruit juice, yogurt, pastries, an assortment of cereals, teas and fresh-brewed and very strong, Mexican-style coffee. Vortex is one of the few luxury liveaboards that serves a three-course meal for lunch. Ours always begins with a fresh, homemade soup (our chef, Tony, is famous for his soups!), followed by a main course and then a delicious dessert. After an afternoon snack and cocktails (watch out for the margaritas!), you’ll be ready for your relaxing dinner aboard Vortex. We begin with a fresh salad, then either chicken or fresh fish or beef, always a fresh vegetable or two followed by another decadent dessert. All beverages, including beer and wine with your meals, are included. Since alcohol and diving don’t mix, be prepared to snorkel for the remainder of the day if you choose to drink alcohol before dive ops have closed for the day. Our chef prepares delicious snacks in the mornings and afternoons and especially takes pride in his fresh, Mexican-style hot chocolate. We always have available fresh fruit, cold fruit juices, sodas, fresh-brewed coffee, and both hot tea and iced tea. We can easily accommodate any special requests such as food allergies, a vegetarian menu, heavy on the fresh salads, etc if you inform us of your needs at least two weeks before your trip. We understand that a liveaboard experience is eat-sleep-and-dive and we do our very best to ensure that each of these experiences aboard Vortex is memorable for you.
Although we discourage smoking for reasons we’re all aware of at this point, we understand that some guests are still wrestling with it, so we allow smoking on the sundeck only. We ask that our smoking guests be considerate of our non-smoking guests. You’re outnumbered!
While we feel that gratuity is a very personal decision and should reflect the level of service you receive, we are often asked to provide guidelines. Your Captain and Crew are extremely hardworking and committed to providing you the best service possible. Gratuity of 10-15% the published rate of your trip is customary and deeply appreciated, and is accepted in Cash only.
Onboard voltage is 110 AC, just like in the United States. We also have a number of 220 charging stations for our overseas guests.