Upcoming Overseas/Long Range Trips
October 2 - October 8
The islands of Loreto and northern La Paz are hidden gems on the Sea of Cortez with peaceful charm and dazzling landscapes. This area is very difficult to reach within the time restraints of a short day trip, which means that this area is rarely visited and remains pristine. The coast is backed by the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range, which limits access to the area from the west coast of Baja. There are only a few, very rugged trails across the mountains.
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 most remote islands in the southern Sea of Cortez, such as Isla Coronado, Carmen, Danzante, Monserrate, Catalina, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Las Animas and San Francisco, all of which are teeming with life. You will not believe your eyes when you see the explosion of marine diversity and an astounding density of fish amongst the colorful reefs! 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!
November 3 - November 12
Most people visit Fiji by going to one of the resorts on the main islands, diving only at the reefs close to shore. However, Fiji is composed of over 300 islands, and with Ocean Safari, you can have a more authentic adventure - traveling to the smaller, less visited islands which has the most pristine coral reefs, beaches, and less visited villages. To do so, Ocean Safari has chartered an 8 day 7 nights trip on the best liveaboard in Fiji, the NAI’A. Will explore the capital of soft coral diving in the world, in one corner of the Coral Triangle. The areas we will be diving is too remote to be accessed by resort divers. We will cover most of the remote Bligh Water, diving at underwater pinnacles covered with soft coral, surrounded by schools of barracuda and trevally and fish species found nowhere else on Earth such as the Fiji anemone fish, flasher wrasse, and Terry’s dwarf goby.
January 30 - February 14
Ocean Safari is no stranger to Raja Ampat. Over the years, we’ve had many expeditions to this wondrous underwater world of life and every time has left us in awe of its beauty. This time, we’ll be starting off our journey from Raja Ampat and venture south to the Kai Archipelago on the north eastern edge of the Forgotten Islands. Here, we’ll be among the very first divers to lay their eyes on the islands’ pristine coral reef wonders and amazing deep walls covered with soft corals, sea fans, and sponges. From there, we’ll move on to Triton Bay, also known as the Kingdom of Fishes, where we can 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. This route through the world-renowned coral triangle is specialized for us to maximize our experiences in one of the most unique and memorable places in the world.
March 13 - March 26
March 13 to 20 - Philippines
March 20 to 26 - 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 members. Located in the Coral Triangle and having been a protected marine area since the 1970’s, Anilao is known for the beautiful reefs and incredible marine biodiversity. Perhaps you have heard of it being referred to as a paradise for underwater photographers. The reefs of Anilao are very healthy. At every dive site, you will find a variety of soft and hard coral, sponges, colorful reef fish, and all sorts of critters. Be ready to spot critters such as frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, pipefish, shrimps and a variety of nudibranchs. For part two of our expedition, we are returning to Okinawa for another visit to the Yonaguni Underwater Monument. After such a successful trip in March of 2019, we just had to plan a return visit to this amazing dive site. This time, our Okinawa trip will feature diving at Yonaguni and eco tours at Iriomote Island.
March 26 - March 30
There is a legendary lagoon on the Pacific coast of Baja Mexico that is spoken of in hushed whispers, where gray whales finish an 11,000 mile migration from the Bering Sea and Alaska to mate and calve each year. The gray whales here are uniquely curious and interactive, allowing for close-up, intimate encounters with these gentle giants and their newborn calves. This is San Ignacio Lagoon, one of only 4 mating and birthing lagoons in the world, with the highest concentration of sociable whales, and the only lagoon still untouched by human development. With round-trip private charter flights from Cabo San Lucas, it has never been easier to arrive at the lagoon. With three nights and four days of fully catered camp and up to nine gray whale encounter trips (90 mins each). Enjoy this wonderful experience that will give you lifetime memories!
June 22 - July 6
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.
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!