Upcoming Overseas/Long Range Trips
March 11 - March 16
“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 23 - April 5
March 23 to 30 - Philippines
March 30 to April 5 - Okinawa
We have designed a special two-part dive & eco trip for spring 2020: Anilao, Philippines and Okinawa, Japan. Both parts of this expedition will be co-hosted by Ocean Safari’s resident macro photography enthusiast and nudibranch geek, Megumi Itoh. This is also one of the few resort-based dive trips for Ocean Safari, which means this would be a good trip to bring your non-diver friends and family member.
May 15 - May 24
Have you been waiting for a hardcore experience to venture in the cold waters of Canada? Come experience the rugged coastline of the Newfoundland, and discover the rich history of one of the oldest towns in North America. We have amazing experiences for both divers and non-divers (adventurers) alike. Divers will explore some World War II wrecks sunk by German U boats, hunt for huge scallops the size of your hand (and possibly bring some home), visit an eerie but beautiful whale bone graveyard, and encounter breathtaking reefs and walls full of cold-water marine life. Newfoundland’s marine life encounters may include Atlantic wolf fish, jellyfish, seals, whales, lobsters, anemones, amongst other abundant reef invertebrates. Adventurers will have the chance to explore with divers to see marine life while snorkeling, visit a historic mine, kayak underneath waterfalls, enjoy Bell Island, and soak in natural hot springs. If the currents and season align, we’ll all get to swim and play amongst floating icebergs. We’ll all definitely have a grand adventure at the sea caves, cliffsides, and beaches along the coast on board inflatable zodiacs. After our ocean expeditions, we’ll also enjoy the rich history and culture, amazing seafood and cuisine, and nightlife of one of the first towns ever established in the Northeast.
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!
October 25 - October 31
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 an 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!
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!