The Sea of Cortez on the Rocio Del MarAugust 07, 2021 – August 14, 2021
Come dive the world's aquarium on one of our favorite liveaboards!

$3,195per diver*

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With clear waters, abundant sea life, golden sandy beaches and inspiring vistas, the Sea of Cortez – known as the Gulf of California – is a breathtaking destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, boating, and exploring diverse marine creatures.  Dive on untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life. Encounter great and small whale species, whale sharks, manta and jumping mobula rays, and sea lion colonies. Hike and explore remote uninhabited islets. Dine under the stars in a calm anchorage, socialize with your shipmates and make new friends. Then melt into a luxurious bunk in your own finely appointed cabin with private bathrooms and hot showers. All in a day aboard Rocio, combined with personalized service to enhance your live aboard safety and fun. Dive into your dreams and see what Sea of Cortez diving is all about! There’s also plenty of snorkeling, kayaking and land exploration available so bring along your non-diving family or friends to enjoy the trip with you!

About the Diving

The Sea of Cortez is very diverse and has a vast array of nudibranchs, blennies, jawfish, rays and guitarfish,schools of fish, eels, octopus, sea horses, frogfish, Mexican horn sharks, playful sea lions, and the list goes on and on. Legendary diver Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez as the "world's aquarium". We also have a lot of whale activity on this trip. We consistently see pilot, fin, and sperm whales. On the last day of diving, we dive in the morning then snorkel with whale sharks at Bahia de Los Angeles.  Divers enjoy 3 - 4 dives per day and 2-night dives.Our trips have three dive masters on board to lead dives and assist divers. We also have two zodiac drivers vigilantly watching for bubbles and  retrieving divers upon surfacing. We provide 80 cubic ft. aluminum tanks that are both DIN & yoke compatible.

The typical itinerary for a Sea of Cortez/Midriff Island trip (subject to change due to weather or sea conditions or other factors) is:

Day 1 - Embark at 5:00 p.m. in Puerto Peñasco. Depart the dock at 6:00 p.m *

Day 2 - Wake up at Refugio Bay on Angel Island.
Potential Dive sites: Angel Rock, La Vela, & Lolo’s Cove. Sunset zodiak cruise with sea lions.

Day 3 - Angel Island
Potential Dive sites: Andrea’s Eagle, El Aquario, Las Vivoras, and Las Vivoras including a night dive.

Day 4 - San Pedro Martir
Potential Dive sites: El Arroyo, Punta Martir (Sea Lions), Chayo’s Cove

Day 5 - San Pedro Martir
Potential Dive sites: Ravijunco, Xareni’s Pinnacle, Coromel, Morrito. In the after we go looking for whales!

Day 6 - Salsipuedes & Animas
Potential Dive sites: Los Cuervos, El Caballo, El Lavadero, and El Lavadero including a night dive.

Day 7 - Baja and Snorkeling with Whale Sharks in Bahia De Los Angeles
Potential Dive sites: El Pescador, Baja Ca. Start to head back to Puerto Peñasco in the afternoon.

Day 8 - Disembark at 7:00 am.*

*Please note:  The shuttle leaves at 1pm from the Phoenix airport. Travelers should arrive at the airport by 11am for the shuttle and plan departing flights after 2pm to ensure enough time to make your flight whether you're driving back or taking the shuttle (recommended).


Rocio del Mar is of the utmost seaworthiness and approved by both the US Coast Guard and the Mexican Coast Guard. She is equipped with state of the art electronics and all safety equipment required.Rocio del Mar is 100' long with a 25' beam.The amount of guests Rocio Del Mar accommodates is 20.

Ten air-conditioned cabins sleep two guests each. There are six cabins with two over-sized twin bunks (rooms 1-6), two cabins with a full bed and a twin bunk (rooms 9 & 10 on the upper deck), and two cabins with a queen bed each (rooms 7 & 8). Each cabin has four drawers for storage. There is also storage space under the bottom bunks and clothing/towel hooks. Each cabin also has a bathroom with a lavatory, shower, and toilet. Our guests enjoy Tempur-Pedic® mattresses and quality bed linens. Our steward cleans all rooms, bunks, and bathrooms during the first dives of the day. We provide bath towels and dive deck towels, and these are changed mid-trip.

The galley is in the bow of the boat and comfortably accommodates all 20 passengers. The galley also has a television and DVD player should the group want to do presentations. The salon is comfortable with full-sized sofas, a TV, and a computer table. There is an outside covered deck with comfortable patio furniture and a shaded sundeck with lawn chairs perfect for relaxing between dives.

The dive deck is large and well organized with a spacious camera table. There is a dive platform for ease of boarding the inflatables with two outdoor showers. There is a restroom located next to the dive deck. Rocio has two 18' Achilles inflatables for our divers' safety and ease with very sturdy ladders. All voltage aboard the Rocio Del Mar is 110, just like the USA

Our destinations are magical, and our reputation is world-class. Because of this, many of our guests come back year after year. Our entire staff is here to ensure that you have a fantastic experience.

Trip Includes:
*7 nights accommodation (double occupancy) on the Rocio Del Mar
*3-4 guided dives per day (including 2 night dives/trip)
*All taxes & port fees
*National Marine Park fee
*All meals, snacks, and beverages, including canned soft drinks
*Complimentary local beer and wine
*Tanks, weights, and weight belts
*2 ECD trip leaders to handle all the details so you can relax and enjoy your vacation!

Additional expenses:
*Airfare ( to Phoenix, Arizona)
*Transportation to the boat from Phoenix. A shuttle is available on the booking page for $145 round trip.
*nitrox (available for additional cost)
*scuba equipment (rentals available through the boat)
*Crew tips


Trip cost is $3195 per diver. Non-divers are welcome aboard but there is no discount available. Minimum age for this trip is 10 years old, and children must be scuba certified to join the trip.