DIVE | LIVEABOARDS
The only way to explore either Guadalupe Island or the Revillagigedo Archipelago is by liveaboard. The same boats tend to run trips to both destinations. Guadalupe itineraries are mostly for five days and leave from the port of Ensenada.
Trips to the Revillagigedo Archipelago leave from either Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo in the south of Baja Califonia. Most itineraries are for ten days. The closest international airport to either of the cities is Los Cabos International Airport, which has flights arriving from the United States, Canada and other Mexican cities.
Expect to see manta rays, bottlenose dolphins and a variety of sharks including schooling scalloped hammerheads, solitary giant hammerheads, Galápagos, whitetip reef, silver-tip, silky, tiger and oceanic whitetips all year round.
The season for whale sharks is April to December. Humpback whales congregate from January to April and the best time to see bait balls is May or June.
All the conditions that make this area so attractive to the megafauna such as strong currents, upwellings and the sheer isolation can prove a challenge for divers. Therefore this is not a destination for the inexperienced or the faint hearted. Liveaboards will require at least 50 logged dives.
Expect powerful currents, plenty of surge and there is always a chance of sudden down currents.