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Vortex

Vortex Ext 1 Jorge Hauser opt

The 140-foot (43-meter) Vortex is a  former Canadian Coast Guard vessel built for hardcore worldwide expeditions. An ideal luxury expedition boat for taking 14 divers to Socorro & Guadalupe.

 

A word from Dom : "Vortex is an exciting option run by the exceptional team at the Pelagic Fleet ... which should ensure that she's as good as it gets." .....  Dominick Macan

 


Cabins ... diving overview ... what's included




  • 1 upper deck DOUBLE stateroom
    king size bed & picture windows
    2 main deck DOUBLE/TWIN staterooms
    king bed or 2 adjacent twin beds & picture windows
    4 lower deck DOUBLE/TWIN staterooms
    queen bed or 2 adjacent twin beds & portholes

     Every room offers private bathroom, TV/DVD player, top of the line beds, linens, towels & bath robes. 
  • up to 4 dives per day
    diving is done from the dive platform & from tenders (pangas)
    nitrox only diving
    nitrox certification available 
    rebreather friendly
    (on full boat charters only)
    scuba gear rental available (tell us in advance)
    water temperature: 70 - 80F, 21 - 26C
    5 - 7 mm wetsuit recommended


  • surface cage with surface supplied air source or hookah
    (no SCUBA certification needed)
    submersible cage diving
    (SCUBA certification needed)
    water temperature: 65 - 70F, 18 - 21C
    7 mm wetsuit recommended
    (plus hood, gloves, booties)
  • accommodation & diving
    gourmet meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, beer & wine
    compressed air, tanks (aluminium 80s)
    nitrox
    weights & weight belts
    wifi & internet

    all port fees, fuel surcharges and park fees
    transfer to & from host hotel on day of arrival & departure

  • international & domestic airfares
    scuba rental gear (tell us in advance)
    nitrox certification course
    local chamber fee
    spirits / hard liquors
    16% Mexican tax 
    satellite phone calls




On board Vortex


  • Vortex artist render tender out1 opt
    artist's view stern
  • sun deck drone opt
    sun deck drone shot
  • Sun Deck opt
    sun deck
  • Al Fresco opt
    exterior dining area
  • Living Room opt
    salon
  • Dining Area opt
    dining area
  • master suite opt
    double stateroom
  • twin cabin opt
    twin stateroom
  • Jr Suite Double Config opt
    twin stateroom
  • Bathroom Master Suite Roca opt
    bathroom
  • Dive Deck opt
    dive deck


Deck Plan ... Dive Map ... Technical Specifications


Itinerary map, deck & cabin layout, yacht specs, equipment & safety features for Vortex                .... open to view

 

DECK PLAN

 layout opt

 

ITINERARY MAP

 Pelagic Fleet Map opt

SPECIFICATIONS

Built: 2017
Maximum speed: 21 knots
Cruising speed:16 knots
Number of guests:14
Number of cabins:7
Number of bathrooms:7
Tenders:2 x 22 ft Zodiacs

MACHINERY

Engines:2 x MTu 12V4000 2750 hp @ 2100 rpm

NAVIGATION

radar
sonar
GPS

COMMUNICATIONS

VHF / DSC / SSB radio
location transmitter

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

life vests
fire alarm and fire extinguishers
oxygen
first aid kits
flares
life boats


All the finest amenities


At the "tip-top" of the vessel, there is an expansive sundeck for those wishing to bask in the Socorro sunshine.  The upper deck offers incredible sea views from the sky bridge but also from the al-fresco dining area and open-air lounge. A luxurious master suite, which offers panoramic sea views of the surrounding islands, is also located on this deck.

The main deck indoor salon & bar provide places to chill out between dives. On this deck, you'll also find the indoor dining area, consisting of 5 tables and a buffet table where meals are served. There are two junior suites on the main deck offering either two twin beds each or one king size ... as well as en-suite bathrooms. The other 4 cabins are located on the bottom deck..

The aft deck offers functional dive prep stations, a camera table and deck head with outside sink.

Vortex offers all the onboard state of the art technology and amenities you would expect from a luxury liveaboard including top-of-the-range beds, linens, towels and bath robes, high speed internet & WIFI, a complimentary bar and even a helipad incase of need.  Gourmet dining is featured with a complimentary selection of the best Californian beer & wines. 

Between dives enjoy panga rides along the shore line to observe the amazing colonies of Guadalupe Fur Seas and Elephant Seals.


Itineraries


Guadalupe white shark cage diving trips are from August through October. All Guadalupe diving trips are 4 nights/5 days with 3 full days of white shark cage diving.

The Revillagigedo Archipelago consist of 4 islands –Socorro, Roca Partida, Clarion and San Benedicto. They are wild, remote and unpredictable. For this reason Socorro diving is from November through June due to prevailing weather conditions. During these months, giant mantas, playful bottlenose dolphins and sharks are plentiful.  Socorro diving trips are from 8 to 10 nights.


Your cruise logistics


Guadalupe

Guests are picked up on day one at 10 a.m. at the host hotel in San Diego close to the airport and escorted in an air-conditioned luxury coach to Ensenada, Mexico. It’s a beautiful, scenic drive down the coast once you get past all the Tijuana border traffic. This is about a 1 1/2-hour drive, departing Cruise port Marina at approximately 12 noon.

After boarding, it's an eighteen-hour crossing, putting guests at Guadalupe early morning of day 2.  Shark diving operations start immediately.  Day 2, 3 and 4 are spent cage diving with great whites. At the end of day 4, diving ends and Vortex starts her trip back to port arriving by noon on day 5. The luxury coach is waiting to drive guests back to San Diego that afternoon. However, because the border crossing at Tijuana can take time, we advise clients not to book any return flights until late that evening or the next day.

Socorro

Socorro trips depart from Cabo San Lucas, Baja, California.  The international airport is San Jose del Cabo, Mexico (airport code SJD).  You will be met at a host hotel, transported to the dock and the boat departs at 4:00PM, arriving the next day at the first dive site around 4:00PM. You will have the opportunity to do 1 or 2 dives the first day and each day thereafter 3 - 4 dives per day are scheduled.

After the last full day of diving at the Socorro Islands, Vortex returns back to harbor at around 8:00PM or 9:00PM and guests will spend their last night on the boat in harbor.  After breakfast on the last day guests disembark the boat by no later than 9:00AM.  If flights depart in the morning or early afternoon, guests will go directly to the airport. If flights depart mid to late afternoon then guests can be transported to a host hotel,  The Bahia Hotel & Beach House welcome Vortex guests to relax and use their facilities free of charge, provided they purchase food and beverages during their time there. 

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