Upcoming Overseas/Long Range Trips
South Africa Sardine Run and Big 5 Safari, Diving & Eco Expedition 2023
June 23 - July 7
Join Ocean Safari for an amazing opportunity to witness both underwater and safari wildlife in South Africa! During the short window between June and July the Benguela current brings millions of sardines in bait balls along the east coast of South Africa. This sardine migration attracts marine megafauna such as whales, seabirds, sharks, dolphins, seals, and penguins. After a week chasing the spectacular underwater action, we’ll stay in the first established (longest-protected) wildlife preserves in Africa, with a chance to see all African Big 5 safari animals. The big five include the elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, Cape buffalo, and lion. You’ll also see other safari animals such as giraffes, cheetahs, wild dogs, antelopes, and zebras.
Galapagos Dive & Eco Expedition 2023
October 28 - November 6
Ever since the discovery of the Galápagos archipelago about 200 years ago, nature-lovers, scientists and explorers alike have flocked to this speck of land in the middle of the ocean to observe, study, and marvel at this unique natural gem. In October 2023, Ocean Safari Outdoors will embark on the journey to explore both above and underwater throughout the Galápagos Islands. This is a custom trip so you won't get a guided package like this anywhere else!
Cabo Pulmo and Gordo Banks Diving and Eco Expedition 2023
November 5 - November 11
Ecuador Eco Expedition 2023 (6 day)
November 7 - November 12
Ocean Safari divers may be very familiar with Ecuador’s famous Galapagos islands, but the rest of Ecuador also offers many more adventures to visit and experience. One of 17 recognized megadiverse countries, Ecuador is rich in both the natural landscape and cultural heritage. Join us on a 6-day eco trip that takes our past experience and Ecuador trip operators’ expertise to present you with the heart of Ecuador. On this special trip, we will be exploring places such as the High Andes, Cloud Forest, the Amazon Rainforest, historical Inca cultural heritage sites, participating in high energy activities like whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and horseback riding, and relaxing in and around truly unique spots like live volcanoes and hot springs. We’ll be staying in haciendas and boutique hotels accompanied by a local bilingual professional tour guide as well as the trip leader to provide an unforgettable Ecuador experience.
Magdalena Bay Sardine Run Diving Expedition 2023
November 11 - November 18
Just off the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur, Isla Magdalena and Isla Santa Margarita protect a dynamic stretch of ocean known as the Magdalena Bay. The dense forests of mangroves and vast expanses of white sand dunes surround the bay around 200 kilometers of channels and lagoons in breathtaking scenery. Through the combination of deep ocean upwelling as well as the California current and northerly current flowing up the pacific coast provides the bay with some of the most biologically productive waters in the world. These healthy, nutrient-rich waters give us the opportunity to witness the magnificent Mexico Magdalena Bay Sardine Run. Join Ocean Safari aboard the Luxury Liveaboard Nautilus Gallant Lady, a majestic 116 ft yacht, as we travel up the Pacific Coast of Baja California Sur to dive around the sardine bait balls with striped marlins and sea lions that chase them as well as a surprisingly intact WW1 submarine and the wreck of the steamship Independence. Each panga trip out for diving promises an exciting adventure teeming with wildlife seldom undertaken by many others.
Socorro Island Diving and Eco Expedition 2024
June 26 - July 4
The remote location of Socorro Island is synonymous with big fish action, particularly manta rays, varieties of sharks (hammerheads, silkies, oceanic whitetips, silvertips, Galapagos sharks, tiger sharks and whale sharks), pods of pelagic dolphins and humpback whales. Located 291 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, this surreal destination is considered to be the sister island of Galapagos. You can find the biggest mantas in the world, which their behavior here is unique from anywhere else. These 12-16-foot giant mantas of Socorro seek out intimate interactions with divers as they dance around you. Ocean Safari will embark on the Nautilus Under Sea, the newest boat in the Nautilus fleet which recently underwent renovations, for a 9-day expedition to the beautiful Revillagigedo Archipelago, or more commonly known as Socorro Islands. Join us in June 2024 for a trip of a lifetime!
Spice Islands, Halmahera, Outer Raja Ampat Diving and Eco Expedition 2024
October 23 - November 8
Indonesia’s archipelagos are known to have some of the best diving in the world. The Spice Islands, formally called the Maluku Islands, span the Banda, Molucca, and Halmahera seas between Sulawesi and New Guinea. This stretch of ocean is famous for coral reefs teeming with endemic marine life, geologically complex sceneries, and its long history as a central figure of the European spice trade. Close by, just east of Halmahera Island in outer Raja Ampat, the Misool District and Dampier Strait sits on the edge of the “Bird’s Head Seascape” which boasts over 70% of the world’s coral species and 1,800 different species of reef fish. Aboard the world-renowned boutique liveaboard, Arenui, we’ll be exploring some of the most majestic waters in Indonesia through critter dives, drift dives along steep reef walls, coral gardens, and so much more as we make our way from Ambon to Halmahera to Sorong. Along the way, we’ll also be able to hop on land to visit some remote island villages and experience their rich culture firsthand. Join Ocean Safari as we venture through the unforgettable wonders of the world’s most biodiverse waters aboard one of the most luxurious vessels at sea.