Research and Ecology Expedition to Mexico

This is an extraordinary opportunity to visit a very remote island archipelago that few ever set foot upon.

Dear friends,

We would like to tell you about an extraordinary opportunity to visit a very remote island archipelago and to support an important research project by Sula Vanderplank, a great friend of CIR. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so read on! If you have any questions for want to make a reservation on the trip, please contact Sula:
Research and Ecology Expedition to Mexico’s mini-galapagos islands! – Three amazing islands (Clarion, Socorro and San Benedicto), 300 miles from the tip of the Baja California Peninsula.

The Islands of Revillagigedo

Below follows a very approximate itinerary for each day of the trip. Note that for the island-bagger in you, we have some bonus island stops on our way south, to break up the long drive.


Feb 9th to 26th (or 23rd – you have the option to fly back from Los Cabos the morning of the 23rd, (at your own expense), skipping three days of solid travel against the current, which can be arduous.)

  • Please note: We leave early the morning of the 9th, if you are traveling any distance please plan to arrive the night of the 8th. The boat will leave at 8:30 am, with boarding at 7 am for orientation etc.
  • Getting you home: We recommend the fly-back option from Cabo San Lucas, since the last three days of travel against the current are often difficult conditions (high swells) but please note that this is an additional expense, and please make your own flight arrangements for the morning of the 23rd – we can get you to the airport.

Isla Socorro
Activities available:

Research –

If you have all the appropriate permits we welcome you to conduct your own research during the trip. We plan to compile data gathered during the trip on the travel days and generate a report of our findings.

Hiking –

Within the necessary timing of the arrivals and departures we will provide as many hiking opportunities as possible. Please plan to hike with at least one other person or bring your own satellite communication device such as a SPOT or Garmin text message communicator, or hand-held radio.

Whale-watching and birding –

We anticipate excellent bird and whale-watching on this trip (especially around Roca Partida where we hope the humpbacks might be breeding).

Snorkeling –

Please note, due to some heavily shark infested waters, snorkeling will only be an option on certain days in certain locations (Socorro and Clarion Islands for example, but not Roca Partida).

Other –

Diving with compressed air is not an option on this trip. If you have special research requests please let Sula know as early as possible.

Isla Clarión


$5200 per person, based on two people sharing a cabin. To make the trip more comfortable, participants will be limited to 25 people. Price includes all meals, but does not include beer and soda. All passengers should buy a fishing permit (trolling on travel days). You are welcome to bring your own alcoholic drinks. (Wine will be served with dinner on four nights only). Expected gratuity: 10-15% tip for your hard-working crew – you will see that they more than deserve it!

Payment schedule:

Payment 1 (50%): Due ASAP
Final Payment (50%): Dec 1st
All balances must be fully paid by December 1st 2016 (for refund information see the Shogun webpage).

Isla San Benedicto

Subject to change with weather conditions.
Feb 9th – board at 7 am (Fishermans Landing, San Diego)
Feb 10th – TRAVEL DAY
Feb 11th – Asunción and San Roque Islands (weather and time permitting)
Feb 12th – Arrive noon Magdalena Bay
Feb 13th – Santa Margarita Island
Feb 14th- TRAVEL DAY (scheduled snuggle day for valentines!)
Feb 15th – San Benedicto Island (all day)
Feb 16th – Socorro Island (Check in with Navy at 8 am)
Feb 17th – Socorro Island (all day)
Feb 18th- Morning on Socorro Island, then to Roca Partida (*we will not land or swim @ RP)
Feb 19th – 11 am arrival at Clarion (Check in with Navy)
Feb 20th – Clarion Island (all day)
Feb 21st – Clarion Island until 2 pm
Feb 22nd – TRAVEL DAY
Feb 23rd – Arrive Cabo San Lucas early am. Flights to San Diego.
To sign up or learn more, please contact Sula Vanderplank via

Thank you so much for your interest,


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