Upcoming Overseas Trips
February 14 - February 19
“Touch Gray Whales, Sea Lions and Whale Sharks and They will Touch Your Heart”
Imagine yourself on sparkling turquoise waters, with the warm sun kissing your shoulders, and being face to face with a baby gray whale and its mom! This amazing trip will be full of up close and personal encounters with big a variety of marine animals, including gray whales, whale sharks, and Baja sea lions! You’ll relax in paradise, and have a truly immersive experience basking in the natural habitat and lifestyle of Baja California, Mexico. You will tickle the chins of baby gray whales, snorkel and freedive with whale sharks and baby sea lions, go kayaking over the crystal clear waters, dig for chocolate clams and eat them over the fire, stand under the towering giant cacti, and play in the vast sand dunes. You will learn about the geography and ecology that makes it possible for Baja California to have the unique Sonoran desert landscape and coastal bay habitats, full of flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world!
March 17 - April 1
June 23 - July 2
If you are thirsty for true adventure, our custom live-aboard trip up the Pacific Baja Peninsula is a once in a lifetime opportunity to dive this rarely explored section of this coastline. During this journey, you will dive pinnacles in uncharted territory, explore sub-tropical reef systems, and bask in the vast temperate kelp forests. This trip will be unlike any other trip you have ever been on!
August 22 - September 4
Diving the Komodo Archipelago in Indonesia is the BEST in the world for action, biodiversity, and excitement. Many of the oceanic current superhighways merge here, mixing the cold water from the south and warm tropical waters. The currents bring nutrients and food, making Komodo a concentrated area of both big and small marine animals. You will see marine life that you wouldn’t see anywhere else in the world! Plus, on land, you will see the world's largest lizard, the Komodo dragon. It is not surprising that Komodo was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
October 30 - November 5
Join us for an unforgettable journey in one of the most biodiverse waters in the world, which Jacques Cousteau called “The Aquarium of the World.” The Sea of Cortez is home to 891 reef fish species, 90 of which are found nowhere else in the world. We’ll venture to the best that sites in the southern Sea of Cortez, such as the Suwanee Reef, La Reina, Las Animas, Cerralvo Island, and wreck of the ferry Salvatierra, all of which are teeming with life. We will explore areas that cannot be accessed via day trips from La Paz, where only very few liveaboards journey to. Recently the shark and manta population have recovered, so we will have a chance to see the big marine life as well. Cabo Pulmo marine park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the home to the Pacific’s easternmost barrier reef - the only coral reef in Baja California. The local village helped this unique ecosystem from overfishing and desolation, and now is a rebounding reef home to over 235 fish species and hundreds more species of marine invertebrates and mammals. You will not believe your eyes when you see the explosion of marine diversity and astounding density of fish amongst the colorful reefs! You are sure to encounter some of the largest schools of fish you’ve ever seen, as well as sea lions, sharks, and mantas. We’ve planned our trip for the best season to dive in the Sea of Cortez, when the water temperatures are over 80 degrees Fahrenheit and visibility is over 100 feet!
September 1 - September 12
Everyone has heard of diving in the Galapagos Islands, but do you know of the lesser known island far more adventurous with much more sharks and big marine life? Malpelo National Park, located 300 nautical miles off of the coast of Columbia, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest no-fishing sanctuary in the tropical Eastern Pacific. The waters surrounding Malpelo is home to over 380 species of fish, 730 species of marine invertebrates including 15 coral species, 18 marine mammals, and several marine reptiles. Since the island is the only piece of land for hundreds of miles, over 50 species of migratory birds depend on this safe haven. Surrounded by deep waters and multiple oceanic currents, Malpelo is a perfect location to see the convergence of big pelagic marine life including hammerhead, silky, smalltooth sand tiger, and Galapagos sharks, whale sharks, eagle rays, and huge schooling fish. You will experience the pure thrill of diving in one of the most action-packed dive destinations of the world! However, such exhilarating diving in a remote location come with demanding conditions, especially with strong current that can appear or change in an instant. Since the island is very small, there is is very little protection from rough seas. Ocean Safari will be taking 12 adventurous souls with great diving skills and exceptional adaptability to changing sea conditions for this grand expedition!
Forgotten Islands to Triton Bay: “Journey Through the Banda Sea to West Papua, Indonesia” Diving and Eco Expedition 2020
November 10 - November 25
The Forgotten Islands are called that for a reason -- much of the 1000+ km stretch of the archipelago remains unexplored, untouched, and pristine. Furthermore, this specially customized itinerary focuses on the even less explored area of the Banda Sea, from the heart of the Forgotten Islands through the Kai Islands to Triton Bay (West Papua). During our 500+ mile journey, we will do some exploratory diving in the Kai Islands and be among the very first divers to lay their eyes on their pristine coral reef wonders. There will be amazing deep walls covered with soft corals, sea fans, and sponges. You will be surrounded by schools of jacks, fusiliers, redtooth triggerfish, and surgeonfish. You may have dove in the other parts of the famed Coral Triangle, but this area of the Triangle is truly the world’s last frontier. There is no other place with such endless stretches of amazingly preserved coral reefs in the world. You will also have the privilege of visiting remote villages and witness their unique cultures. You will observe the intimate relationship that some village fishermen have with the whale sharks in the area, and have the chance to snorkel with these majestic animals. The planning stages for this expedition began in 2016 -- it takes four years to get a trip like this to happen! You definitely don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!