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Liveaboard Trip: Amazing San Benitos Islands! (Cabins)

  • Jun 17, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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This event page is for the CABIN BUNKS on Horizon.

Rare trip to San Benitos Islands! Limited-load!

You must have a valid passport for this trip.

Cost: $1,268.00

This is a 5-day specialty scuba trip aboard the Horizon. (3 1/2 dive days!) San Benitos (West of the Baja Peninsula) brings a variety of wonderful diving to the table with unique kelp forests and untouched wilderness. Divers commonly see an interesting mix of temperate fish as well as sub-tropicals, silky & white tip reef sharks, wahoo, and  tuna. Diving in the dense kelp with such good visibility reminds you of getting into a really dense jungle in Central America combined with flying like you experience in a dream. Swimming under the roof of the kelp, looking out at blue water, and interacting with the prolific resident life is a very special diving experience.

San Benitos has been characterized as "San Clemente Island before the fishermen came". It's remote, the islands are largely unpopulated, and the underwater life is abundant!

The Horizon is not your average local dive boat. She's built for multi-day trips out to sea and has a wonderful salon, galley, bunks, and dive accommodations. At 85 feet long she's well-suited for this kind of trip. In other words... SPACE! (Especially so this being a limited-load trip!)

SAN BENITOS ISLANDS: A trip report from a diver

Horizon writeup of the event

BOARDING: Boat boards at 6 pm on Tuesday night.

DEPARTURE: Boat departs approx 90 minutes after boarding.

RETURN: We'll arrive back at the dock around 7 pm on Sunday.

DURATION: 5 days. (Night dives, baby!)

PRICE: $1,268 each total (This is for the cabin bunks only. The dormitory bunk spots are parsed on a separate event page.)

$103.00 right now to secure your spot (non-refundable)

Balance due IMMEDIATELY to Power Scuba at 12546 Heatherton Court #41 San Diego, Ca 92128. Like, by tomorrow noon, no lie!

FOOD: All meals included. The Horizon has great fare. If you have special food requests (vegan, etc) please let them know well ahead of time and they'll be happy to accommodate you.

NITROX: Nitrox provided for an extra (reasonable) charge. They spit out 32% using a membrane system.

EXPERIENCE: You should be Advanced level (skill-wise as well as cert-wise) or better, have a solid amount of experience, and be comfortable in water depths ranging from shallow to 100 feet or more. This is REMOTE diving, gang. Emergency services will be a distant dream.

RESERVATIONS: Simply RSVP here (first) then pay via the Paypal interface that pops up. (Safe and secure. I've used it for years.)


Bring a valid passport. It must have 6 months validity from time of our return.

Pillows and blankets are provided (though some people bring a sleeping bag).

Foam earlpugs are always a good addition to your toiletry kit.

Tanks (AL80) and weights are provided, but you're welcome to bring your own tank and weights.

A meal before you board would be appropriate ,but I'll check with boat and see if they'll have anything for us as we take off.

The Ten Commandments of RSVPing: Click here, gang.

If you back out less than 30 days before departure (or "no call, no show") you are on the hook for the money. NO REFUND. (To back out fully you must cancel your RSVP here and request a Paypal refund.) If you back out less than 90 days before the boat leaves you will be refunded half your boat fee*. 91+ days= full refund*. (*All refunds subject to a .31 Paypal fee and 9% admin fee.)



Hydrate really well.

Take Bonine if you think you're at all inclined toward seasickness.

Eat a decent, non-greasy breakfast.

Bring something to keep you warm between dives (overcoat, boat jacket, etc).

Bring a torch for peering into nooks and crannies.

End your dive close to the boat (unless you enjoy long surface swims).

ALWAYS bring your dive essentials: A safety sausage, knife, and whistle... MANDATORY!

Don't forget to tip the boat crew if they do a good job for you. This one's just as important as any other point in this list. The DM is there for your safety. Take care of him/her!

Boat Etiquette Reminder:

Don't be late.

Hydrate really well. Frequent peeing is better than DCI.

Space is limited on a boat. Stow all your gear where directed to by crew.

Keep gear out of the walk-way, damnit.

Put your fins on at drop-in point (not forward and then flip flop over people's feet and gear).

Don't rinse your mask or other gear in the CAMERA BUCKET!

Don't clog up the marine head with Baby Ruth bars, tampons, or similar.

If you have to throw up, do it downwind (leeward), NOT IN THE HEAD.

If you have to cancel, do it well before the cutoff time so Bill has a chance to sell your seat.


The Virtual Donation Jar will be out (for the Meetup site costs and general fund). It's strictly voluntary, but is very much appreciated and needed. Click here:  DONATION JAR


If you have not filled out a liability release for Power Scuba Meetup, please follow this link to the file, print, sign and bring to the event, along with your C-Card (scuba certification card). You only need to do this once:  Liability Release and Assumption of Risk

You must also read this: Disclaimer and Clarification... AKA Terms and Conditions

Anyone with a medical condition possibly counter-indicitive to diving must have a doctors signature on a diving waiver form and submit signed form to Bill Powers (or an organizer) before they may attend any Power Scuba event. YOU MAY NOT ATTEND AN EVENT WITH AN UNDISCLOSED MEDICAL CONDITION. Doing so is grounds for expulsion from the group. Here is the medical statement to be used as a reference only: Medical Statement Therein you'll find a good example of a Doctor Waiver form.

Attending any scuba event Power Scuba facilitates constitues attendee's affirmation they are medically fit to dive and have submitted a signed Liability Release to an organizer.

For Boat Dives: Any overage (usually less than $50) resulting from our local dive boat trips is put into a dedicated Group Boat Fund. This allows us to make up the difference if we don't completely fill up a future boat charter. No other use is made of this money.

Important Note: It is not the organizer's role to lead your dive. He/she merely facilitates you getting to the pre-dive meeting location. The Organizer will not assign you a buddy nor will he/she be leading the dive as a "group dive". Visibility and liability do not allow for that. When you enter the water, you are on your own. You must plan and execute your dive with your dive buddy only. Once members arrive at the meeting spot, the Organizer becomes simply another diver.

Your participation constitutes your affirmation you agree to these above rules and disclaimers... and that any guests you bring (if applicable) have done the same.

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  • Roger U.

    There's a guy that looks just like Capt Spencer, on a boat that looks just like The Horizon, on Discovery channel right now at Guadalupe island. Powers Scuba needs to get a diving trip together for Guadalupe next July, the Horizon crew has so much experience there. And no I DO NOT mean a shark trip, I mean a scuba diving trip similar to what we did at San Benitos, before the start of Shark Season. They've done many in the past, and it's much better protected from overfishing compared to San Benitos.

    August 11, 2014

  • Roger U.

    San Benitos and Cedros are pretty heavily fished, even by sport fishing boats out of San Diego not to mention commercial fishing in Mexico. For the past few years Guadalupe Island has been a no take area patrolled by the navy. I bet large fish stocks are a lot better at Guadalupe right now compared to Benitos. The Horizon and Capt Spencer have a lot of experience SCUBA diving in Guadalupe in July (there are no July shark trips, and you dont dive near the shark channel area). If there is a central baja trip on the horizon next year I strongly suggest we try Guadalupe.

    July 4, 2014

  • Roger U.

    Fantastic trip, am working on a video now. If we do something like this next year we should consider Guadalupe in mid-late July. It might be nicer.

    July 3, 2014

    • Tom B.

      That would be for sharks. I'd like to dive Benitos again, especially in Sept-Oct!

      July 3, 2014

    • Roger U.

      No. You would not go suba diving off Guadalupe in July for sharks. You do that off cages later in the season. Scuba diving guadalupe in July would be like Benitos but likely better with more tropicals.

      July 3, 2014

  • Roger U.

    No you dont scuba dive Guadalupe in July for sharks. You find tropical and temperate species, more tropical than Benitos, and pinnipeds. And sometimes porpoise. Its only shark diving in that channel they used to chum from about late aug on. It's better diving with more reliable viz than Benitos. White shark diving isnt on scuba, its in cages on surface supplied air and its not what I am referring to

    July 3, 2014

  • Jim R.

    Another great PS trip!

    2 · June 23, 2014

  • Tom B.

    It was a great, great trip! Great group of people, amazing location, fabulous boat and crew! It doesn't get any better! Thanks to Bill and all who made it possible!

    2 · June 23, 2014

  • Jonathan W.

    Super trip! It was nice to see everyone on it. Great boat and crew. Very unique dive sites.

    3 · June 23, 2014

  • Babs

    Hello all..... So now that everyone is daunting the task of clean up and rinse please contact me if you come across my 5/7 hooded Vest:) It has a silver interior lining and a round logo on the front. I have the one you are probably missing ...... Call me[masked]

    June 23, 2014

  • Babs

    FABULOUS! Great trip. Would do it again. Good bang for the buck!

    3 · June 22, 2014

  • Joe D.

    Does anybody know if there are parking restrictions on the streets nearby during the week? I remember it being OK for San Clemente trips but not sure if I need to scrounge up a ride there today vs leave my car.

    June 17, 2014

  • Jonathan W.

    Passports...bring them!

    1 · June 17, 2014

  • Bill P.

    Remember that boarding is at 6 PM, not the usual 8PM.

    June 16, 2014

  • Bill P.

    Bunk chart is up in our Files section:

    June 16, 2014

  • Tom B.

    I've been trying to get info off NOAA's sea surface temperature maps. It looks to me like the water in the San Benitos area is somewhere between 64 and 68 degrees F right now, give or take a degree or two. That's on the surface. Can't decide between 7mm wetsuit and drysuit!

    June 16, 2014

    • Kurt T.

      Jonathan, I am bringing heavy and light undergarments and a drysuit. 5 dives/ day can get your core temp down.

      June 16, 2014

    • Bill P.

      Folks, it's about the same as here. Plan accordingly.

      June 16, 2014

  • Roger U.

    You can see sea surface temps here. Cedros is shown off the middle of baja, we are slightly NW of Cedros.

    June 16, 2014

  • Roger U.

    It's about the same temps as Catalina or San Clemente. It's not really any warmer, except maybe in the fall.

    June 16, 2014

  • Tom B.

    I sent an email to someone at Scripps who I know does lots of research at San Benitos, hoping he will reply with better data. Otherwise I may dive dry too, tho I prefer a wetsuit if it's warm enough...

    June 16, 2014

  • Jonathan W.

    I pulled this off the Nautilus Explorer's website: "15 – 30 meter visibility in very blue water and water temperatures 72 to 77 degrees F (22 to 25 degrees C). 5 mm full suit is recommended." Their trips seem to be later in the year though. So is this correct for this time of year?

    June 16, 2014

  • Bill P.

    San Benitos People:

    1. Reminder list posted in our Files section. Please have a look:

    2. Please practice good hygiene. One stinker can foul up the whole berthing area.

    3. Please use your SAFEST diving habits. We are FAR away from any help on this one.

    4, If the crew performs well, please tip them accordingly. This is a FIVE day live-aboard trip. You should be tipping AT LEAST 10% of the trip cost. More if your situation allows.

    5. I'll post the bunk chart later today.

    6. On a personal note: Will anyone be coming down from (or by) 'Poway Road and the 15' area Tuesday night? I could use a ride.

    7. Can anyone's significant other stick around for me to give them the signed liability releases? I need someone off-boat to hold them for me.

    June 16, 2014

  • Babs

    Final check in the mail! WooHoo! Is it time to board yet?

    April 15, 2014

    • Amy D.

      Babs, I love your energy!!! :0)

      April 15, 2014

    • Babs

      AND you are a great roomie..... Liveaboard with you any trip.

      1 · April 16, 2014

  • Joe D.

    If anybody is looking to save some money and trade down their cabin for a bunk spot, let me know! :)

    Obviously, I'll pay you for the delta.

    March 24, 2014

  • Bill P.

    Folks, please realize when calculating your balance owed: Paypal takes a little less than 3% out of your payments (when you use that payment means). So for most of you who payed the partial deposit here of[masked], only[masked] made it to Power Scuba. Figure that into your balance. Thanks!

    March 8, 2014

  • Bill P.

    You all should have mailed your $400 check to Power Scuba by now. Thanks kindly. (If you haven't, expect my inquiry soon.) Do you get the feeling this is going to be an epic trip?!

    January 27, 2014

    • Shaun H.

      It's in the mail Bill (now), but I did forget.

      January 27, 2014

    • Jonathan W.

      The check is in the mail.

      January 28, 2014

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Your organizer's refund policy for Liveaboard Trip: Amazing San Benitos Islands! (Cabins)

Refunds offered if:

  • you can cancel at least 91 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: Back out less than 30 days before departure = No refund. Back out less than 90 before the boat leaves you will be refunded half your boat fee*. 91+ days= full refund*. *All refunds subject to a .31 Paypal fee and 9% admin fee.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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