LA PAZ, MEXICO • SEPTEMBER 2-8, 2018

ABOUT THE TRIP

Hola Amigos! Want to dive in clear warm water but don't feel like traveling 10+ hours to get there? We have just the answer: La Paz, Mexico located on the Baja peninsula. It’s easy to get to, offers good diving opportunities, has incredible weather and the sunsets are legendary. Since 1997, we have completed over a dozen trips to this area and logged hundreds of dives in the Sea of Cortez. It never disappoints. Planned in conjunction with the Labor Day holiday weekend, this trip is a viable option for anyone looking to get salty for several days, hang out with a great group of people, eat some Mexican food and maybe even have a cerveza or two.

On every trip, our primary goal is to improve the overall experience that each guest has. We want everyone to have the proverbial "best trip ever". That's not an easy task. So to help with logistics, overall organization, and answer questions, we are proud to announce that Nancy Fisher will be co-leading this expedition. She is a PADI Instructor, works full time in the dive industry, and is just a really cool person. Our team of tour guides will do everything possible to help ensure you have a ton of fun, stay safe in the water and wish you never had to leave this little slice of paradise.

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ABOUT LA PAZ

Less than a ten minute drive from the CostaBaja Resort and Spa is La Paz, Capital City of Baja California Sur. With over 481 years of history, the city is rich with culture and diversity. The people of La Paz (“Pacenos”) set the city apart from many others. Helpful, caring, friendly folks who are quick to smile define what La Paz is all about. The Sea of Cortez extends along the Gulf of California from the Colorado River to Los Cabos. “Stunning, breathtaking, pristine” are all words that describe the natural beauty created by geographic contrasts and the immeasurable biodiversity that made Jacques Cousteau refer to this true sanctuary as “the world's aquarium”.

La Paz, or the "City of Peace", has a peaceful energy that emanates from the sea, mountains and natural vibrations that leave you feeling rejuvenated and in harmony with the universe. Venture out into this historical city with its Malecon boardwalk lined with bronze sculptures.

Continent: North America • Country: Mexico • State: Baja California Sur • Year Founded: 1535 • Population: 225,000 • Time: UTC+6hrs • Industries: Eco-tourism, silver mining, agriculture and fishing • Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN) • Electricity: 120 AC (same as USA) • Official Languages: Spanish

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

La Paz has desert-like climate with very little rain.  Unlike other areas of Mexico, La Paz does not have distinct rainy and dry seasons; it has two seasons: summer and winter.  The summer begins in July and starts to cool down in September with high temperatures between 93-97°F and dew points of 70-73°F.  Winter begins in December and lasts until February with coldest temperatures dropping below 59°F at night.  The Bay provides breezes year-round that moderate the temperature, it also acts as a barrier against seasonal storms in the Gulf of California.

 

COSTABAJA RESORT AND SPA

The Hotel CostaBaja Resort and Spa is the first and only luxury hotel and spa in the city of La Paz. It is the oceanfront resort set on the calm waters of The Sea of Cortez, and offers a selection of ocean, mountain and marina views.

CostaBaja is not far from the world, it just feels that way. Recognized as one of the top destinations in all of Mexico and established as La Paz’s only five-star resort, the hotel and spa at CostaBaja are the centerpiece of this magnificent 550-acre development.

CostaBaja provides a wide variety of activities for every personality, taste and age. It feels very natural to enjoy such unique scenery, relax at the owner’s exclusive Beach Club, work out while overlooking the sea, or revitalize your senses at a world-class spa.  Delight your palate with a wide variety of sumptuous dishes at gourmet restaurants overlooking the marina. Take a stroll down the malecon (waterfront walkway) and discover the essence that makes La Paz such a wonderful place. Finally, end the day by witnessing another magnificent sunset from your new luxurious home at CostaBaja.

Enhanced by the all modern conveniences, including 42-inch flat-screen televisions, design glass showers and 24-hour room service, guests at the hotel are treated to a luxury experience while all the while surrounded by the raw beauty of Baja California Sur.

Year Built: 2005 • Number of rooms: 115 • Dining: Steinbeck's, Beach Bar, Beach Club, Azul Marino, La Barcaccía, El Odayaka • Breakfast: Included • WiFi: Included

3 Pools • Full-service spa • Bar • Lounge • Fitness facilities • Private beach • Golf course • Free area shuttle • Outdoor tennis courts • Marina • 24-hour front desk • Gift shops • Multilingual staff • Porter and bellhop • Dry cleaning and laundry service • Concierge services • Safe-deposit box at front desk • Beach towels

ACCOMMODATIONS

SEA VIEW KING OR DOUBLE ROOM
The best standard room has one king sized bed and it features views of La Paz Bay and the Sea of Cortez. All of the 250 sq. ft. rooms have balconies and some of them can connect with a double room (subject to availability). Buffet breakfast is included in our package.

• Furnished lanai
• Air conditioning
• Minibar
• Free WiFi
• 42” LCD TV

• Satellite TV service
• Phone
• Coffee/tea maker
• Daily housekeeping
• Turndown service

• Free bottled water
• Free toiletries
• Hair dryer
• Rainfall showerhead
• Bathrobes

• Premium bedding
• Iron/ironing board
• In-room safe
• Desk
• Blackout drapes/curtains

SUPER SUITE SEA VIEW KING OR DOUBLE ROOM
The Super Suites feature large bedrooms, a living rooms and each measures at 420 sq. ft. All have king beds, some with double king size beds and the living room has a bar and seating area with a sofa. All suites have large terraces with beautiful view of the Sea of Cortez. This is ideal for VIP guests. Buffet breakfast is included in our package.

• Furnished lanai
• Air conditioning
• Minibar
• Free WiFi
• 42” LCD TV

• Satellite TV service
• Phone
• Coffee/tea maker
• Daily housekeeping
• Turndown service

• Free bottled water
• Free toiletries
• Hair dryer
• Rainfall showerhead
• Bathrobes

• Premium bedding
• Iron/ironing board
• In-room safe
• Desk
• Blackout drapes/curtains

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THE DIVING

DEPTH: 10' - 130'+ (From shallow reefs to deep sea mounts)

VISIBILITY: 40'-80'+ (Varies by dive site but can often be excellent)

CURRENTS: Minimal

WATER TEMPERATURE: September is the warmest time of year. Expect 81-86°F

DIVE SEASON: The best time to visit La Paz is between September and November  

SKILL LEVEL: There’s something for every diver here, from beginner to intermediate to seasoned veteran

FEATURED CREATURES: One of most exciting things about La Paz is that you just never know what you may see. Known for sea lions, manta rays, schooling fish and whale sharks, there is always the possibility of spotting huge pods of dolphins, mobula rays or even killer whales

FUN BAJA

We will be diving with Fun Baja who offers scuba day trips, scuba camping adventures, scuba diving certification programs, kayaking, snorkeling and land tours. Their meticulously maintained fleet of boats and well trained staff have been providing safe and exciting adventures in Baja California Sur since 2000. All of their tour operators and guides are bilingual. Their well equipped land transportation fleet of modern vans takes you to your destination in comfort, whether you are transferring from the Los Cabos or La Paz airports or enjoying one of their land tours. Fun Baja’s years of experience brings you the best value, safest and most enjoyable travel activities available.

Seasick Productions has reserved the 42' Isabella dive boat! With it's 16' beam, over 500 square feet of floor and deck area, seating for over 40 passengers (we will limit to 18 divers), ample cabin amenities, rear water level entry, camera table, and fresh water wash downs, it's the most comfortable day boat in La Paz! With the open transom design, aluminum ladders and handrails, you will appreciate the ease of entering and exiting the water from the spacious dive platform.

In addition to their 42' Isabella, Fun Baja has several other boats in their fleet, including the 35' Marifer II, 28' Carolina, 28' Carolina II and 26' Funbaja.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

LOS ISLOTES
Depth: 25'-50' (8-15m) • Level: Novice

Los Islotes, best known as the Sea Lion Rookery, are home to a colony of over 300 Californian Brown Sea lions. These playful creatures are accustomed to human visitors and interact freely. The pups might nip at your fins, the females dive bomb you, and the bulls intimidate. All harmless fun after mating season. The site consists of two large rock islets, one of which is a natural arch. Swimming through you will see dense shoals of silver sardines, blue and gold King Angel Fish, and schools of yellow surgeon fish. In the sand, you might even spot a seahorse!

EL BAJO
Depth: 60'-100' (15-30m) • Level: Advanced Open Water

The seamount is located 8 miles from Los Islotes. There are three distinct underwater peaks, the northern most rising to within 83' of the surface, the central peak to within 52' and the southern to within 69'. This is one of the premier dive sites in the world for schooling Hammerhead sharks. As a seamount El Bajo is home to an abundance of sea life, mass schooling fish, octopus. A colony of over 50 Panamic Green morays, we dubbed“Moray City.”

LOS MUELLECITOS
Depth: 20'-70' (12-25m) • Level: Novice

The main feature here is a wall descending to 75' where you can see mantas, several species of moray, octopus, gorgonians, colonial cup coral and large sea fans.

THE SALVATIERRA WRECK
Depth: 60' (18m) • Level: Novice

This site is the remains of the 320-foot long ferry “La Salvatierra,” which sank in 1976 after striking the Swanee Reef. Fish are everywhere along this thriving artificial reef, and with the low current and shallow depth, this massive wreck is ideal for all skill levels.  There are still a few cargo trucks on the bottom and huge propellers.

ISLA BALLENA
Depth: 20'-60' (6-20m) • Level: Novice

Isla Ballena means Whale Island, But it is actually a small island heavily populated by pelicans and seagulls. It is off the west coast of Isla Espiritu Santo and features several dive-through caves one of which has a pocket of air allowing divers to surface inside the rock. Between the islands is a sand shelf containing a large swath of garden eels. The endemic Giant Jawfish lives here.

FANG MING & LAPAS 03
Depth: 70' (21m) • Level: Novice

On November 18th 1999, two Chinese metal vessels named Fang Ming and Lapas03 were sunk close to Isla Ballena. These vessels were confiscated by the Mexican government for the illegal transportation of immigrants. The government turned them into an artificial reef. Allowing full penetration diving over numerous levels, the wrecks offers the ideal setting for indulging in a wreck diver specialty.

LA REYNA
Depth: 80' (25m) • Level: Novice to intermediate

A rock islet just north of Isla Cerralvo, La Reyna, meaning The Queen, is often referred to as The Lighthouse, because it has one. In depths of 80' a large reef is found populated by gorgonians of all types, brain corals, large schools of brightly colored tropical fish, rays, green, zebra and jewelled morays. It is a cleaning station for giant mantas from July to November. This is a “must dive” site!

LA REYNITA
Depth: 25'-100' (8-30m) • Level: Novice

La Renita means Little Queen. This small rock pinnacle located on the west side of Isla Cerralvo has a constant current in which large schools of fish hang in wait for prey. Large groupers, sea fans, brain corals and garden eels are among the attractions.

Note: The dive sites mentioned are just some of the numerous sites we may visit. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and visited at the discretion of the captain and dive guides.

OPTIONAL MOBULA RAY NIGHT DIVE

REQUIREMENTS: Advanced Open Water Diver-certified
COST: $99 + 16% VAT per person

In the summer months, Mobula rays (smaller cousins of the manta ray) congregate around Espiritu Santo island. At night in a protected shallow bay, these animals feed on plankton which is attracted by artificial light from boats and divers. The result - dozens of rays circling, dancing, and gliding about. 

BALANDRA BAY LUNCH PARTY

REQUIREMENTS: none
COST: nada

Ever heard of Balandra Bay? If not, look it up. Better yet, take a peek at the image below. Balandra Bay may be the hidden jewel of Baja. No bathrooms, no restaurants, no tourists (until we arrive). It's the perfect place to have a little fiesta en la playa (beach party). Food is included and we will coordinate beverages. 

SAMPLE ITINERARY

SEPTEMBER 2nd: NIGHT 1
Arrive at San José del Cabo airport at 12:00pm. 2.5hr transfer to the CostaBaja Resort and Spa in La Paz. Dinner on own

SEPTEMBER 3rd: NIGHT 2
Dive Day 1: 2 dives. Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner on own

SEPTEMBER 4th: NIGHT 3
Dive Day 2: 2 dives. Breakfast and Balandra Bay lunch party included. Dinner on own

SEPTEMBER 5th: NIGHT 4
Dive Day 3: 2 dives. Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner on own

SEPTEMBER 6th: NIGHT 5
Dive Day 4: 2 dives. Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner on own

SEPTEMBER 7th: NIGHT 6
Dive Day 5: 2 dives. Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner on own. Adios Amigos Party

SEPTEMBER 8th
Breakfast included. Transfer to San José del Cabo airport at 11:00am

PACKAGE INCLUDES

7 days / 6 nights at the CostaBaja Resort and Spa, Sea View Room
5 days diving • 10 boat dives
Tanks • Weights/belt
Buffet Breakfast • Lunch • Drinks • Snacks
Beach BBQ
Kayaking and paddle boarding
WiFi
$75 Roundtrip Group airport transfers to/from San José de Cabo
$7 per day National Park Permit Fee
16% VAT on diving
19% Hotel tax and fees
Pre-trip party in Orange County, CA
Post-trip party in Orange County, CA

DIVER PACKAGE (SEA VIEW DOUBLE OCC)  $1,695
DIVER PACKAGE (SUPER SUITE DOUBLE OCC)  $2,195
DIVER PACKAGE (SEA VIEW SINGLE OCC)  $2,195
DIVER PACKAGE (SUPER SUITE SINGLE OCC)  $2,995
NON DIVER PACKAGE (SEA VIEW DOUBLE OCC)   $895
NON DIVER PACKAGE (SUPER SUITE DOUBLE OCC)   $1395

Available on a first-come first-serve basis

EASY PAY PLAN
With Reservation $1,000
June 21, 2018 Balance

Prices subject to change
Gratuities not included 
AIRFARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

PACKAGE EXCLUDES
International flights • Private Transfers • Dinner • Alcoholic beverages • Nitrox • Equipment Rentals • Snorkel Package of $145 (with tax) per day paid direct to Fun Baja • Departure Tax (if applicable) • Travel insurance (recommended) • Dive insurance (required) • Crew gratuities • Massages and spa treatments

We require DAN or equivalent dive accident and evacuation insurance and strongly recommend dive trip/travel and equipment insurance.
There are no refunds for lost days of diving due to weather or equipment issues.

SAMPLE FLIGHT ITINERARY AS OF JANUARY 6, 2018 • $305 ROUNDTRIP
ROUNDTRIP GROUP TRANSFERS FROM CABO SAN LUCAS TO LA PAZ (AT THE TIMES LISTED BELOW) ARE INCLUDED IN PACKAGE


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price based on double occupancy group rate. Single supplement, extensions and tours extra • All prices subject to change without notice • A $1,000.00 deposit per person is required with your reservation. Monthly payments accepted • Refund (less cancellation fee) may be issued if reservation is cancelled four months prior to departure date and if another guest can fill the spot. All authorized refunds will be assessed $150 cancellation fee • No refund or credit will be made for dives or meals not taken by customers while on tour • Any deposit or payment made to Evan Sherman or Seasick Productions or any representative of Seasick Productions shows acceptance and acknowledgement of the terms and conditions as stated herein • Trip insurance is recommended in the event you must cancel your trip due to illness, etc. For information on trip insurance go to DAN’s website www.diversalertnetwork.org and the PADI endorsed Vicencia & Buckley website www.diveinsurance.com • Responsibility: Evan Sherman and Underwater Exposures, Inc. dba Seasick Productions act only as agents for the owners and contractors providing transportation, accommodations, diving and other services • All tickets and vouchers issued constitute the sole contract between the supplier and the tour member • Evan Sherman, Seasick Productions, or their representatives shall not at any time be responsible in any way for loss, injury, or damage arising from any Act of God, Act of government, theft, sickness, customs regulations, delay, cancellation error, or any cause beyond its control • Evan Sherman, Seasick Productions, or their representatives accept no liability for the consequences of the personal activities of any passenger who, as a consenting adult, is deemed personally responsible for decisions concerning health, safety, fitness for diving, or any other circumstances beyond its control • Evan Sherman and Seasick Productions reserve the right, without advance notice, to make changes or cancellations, in part or in whole, as circumstances dictate.