Explore Baja 2018


2018 Explore Baja

Underwater Photo Workshop

Join us October 6 - 18, 2018 for Rocio Del Mar's best liveaboard trip!!

OCTOBER 6 - 18, 2018 



> Unique itinerary sailing the entire length of the Sea of Cortez from south to north
> See the unexpected in remote locations: dolphins, sealions, whales, mantas etc
> Sail with one of the best liveaboards in the Sea of Cortez, the Rocio Del Mar
> Easy travel: fly into Cabo to start the trip and end in Phoenix, Arizona


> We book liveaboards that offer the best overall value
> Fun, engaged trip leaders who care about the guest experience
> Repeat customer discounts, gear discounts and other benefits
> Great support if flight/weather issues occur


Experience what very few people have. A journey where there are no roads, very few people, and almost no boats. At night you hear something splashing. It could be anything - dolphins, marlin, a school of bonitos? Then you hear a huge sound of blowing and water spouting. It's a whale! You can't see him, but he sounds big. At a distance you hear sea lions and pelicans. What a splendid way to end a magnificent day.

During the day we move from one island to the next, diving 3 to 4 times daily. If you wish to hike the remote islands during surface intervals, there is always a dinghy available to take you to shore. Kayaks are also always available for a serene cruise around the islands.

Exploring one island to the next is a magical experience - one that will linger in your memory for years to come. The Sea of Cortez remains a secret oasis where the desert meets the sea.

  • - Price includes three meals per day, snacks, beverages including soft drinks, juice, domestic beer and wine
  • - 3-4 dives per day; tanks, weights and weight belts are provided
  • - Activities included: Diving, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and several land excursions exploring small towns and missions
  • - Price includes the 16% Mexican tax, port fees and fuel surcharges
  • - Maximum of 20 divers on the trip, including hosts
  • - Not included: Airfare, airport transfers ($75 per person from Puerto Penasco to PHX airport and $20 per person from SJD airport to Puerto Los Cabos), National park fees ($43.00), nitrox ($120), fuel surcharge ($100), dive/travel insurance, and gratuity. Note: prices are approximates based on previous year's prices and are subect to change. 
  • - Check out the boat info and great reviews of the Rocio Del Mar!

Daily Photo Workshops

Workshops will be given daily on topics such as wide-angle underwater photography, ambient light shots, snorkeling with large animals, strobe exposure and positions, avoiding backscatter and composition. Help underwater is also given.

Itinerary & Flight information

Arrival: Guests should fly into San Jose del Cabo airport (code: SJD). You may board the boat between 3:00p and 5:00pm on October 6, and departure from the San Jose del Cabo Marina occurs at approximately 5:00pm. The marina is about 25 minutes from the airport and guests are responsible for their own transportation to the boat. Taxis are readily available, or you can take a shared or private transfer. We recommend Cabo Transfers, as they provide shared ride vans and private shuttles at reasonable prices. www.cabotransfers.com

Return: Our trip will end in Puerto Penasco, Mexico and you will fly out of Phoenix airport (code: PHX). A continental breakfast will be provided on the last morning of the trip (October 18) and guests will disembark by 7:00am. The shuttle to PHX will pick up passengers promptly upon disembarking to Rocio Del Mar. The transfer from the marina to PHX is at least 4 hours, so please book your departing flight from Phoenix no earlier than 2:00pm on October 18th. The cost for this one-way shuttle service is $75 per person, payable directly to the driver.

Here's the itinerary, which is subject to change.
Day 1 - Check in at boat at 5:00pm - San Jose del Cabo (October 6, 2018)
Day 2 - Cabo Pulmo
Day 3 - Isla Cerralvo
Day 4 - El Bajo, ship wreck (Fang Ming), visit La Paz for the afternoon
Day 5 - Early hike on San Francisco Island, Dora's Pinnacle, Los Islotes
Day 6 - Animas
Day 7 - Coronado, walk Loreto Mission Square in the evening
Day 8 - Isla Alfonso
Day 9 - San Pedro Martir
Day 10 - Animas and Salsipuedes
Day 11 - Bahia de los Angeles - whale sharks, El Pescador
Day 12 - Angel Island
Day 13 - Disembark 7:00am (October 18, 2018)

Marine life to photograph

The bio-diversity between the Northern and Southern Sea of Cortez is incredible. The sea life we witness on the surface from the boat, dinghys or snorkeling is fantastic. Potential to see dolphins, sea lions, pilot, humpback, blue, fin, sei, orca and sperm whales. Also, flying mantas, blue and brown footed boobies, cormorants, frigate birds and the endemic yellow footed gulls.

October Conditions

Average water temperatures in October are in the low to mid 80s. A full 3mm wetsuit is recommended. Although the conditions in the Sea of Cortez are mostly calm, there are times that the sea is rough. Please be prepared for this type of situation and bring seasickness medication if necessary.

Payment Schedule

$800 - Deposit, due at booking
$800 - Due September 1, 2017
$1,100 - Due April 1, 2017
$1,495 - Due July 1, 2017

Contact information

  • Email info@bluewaterdivetravel.com for more info and to book your spot!
  • Call  us at (310) 915-6677
  • Stop by our office at 3961 Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 206 Culver City, CA 90230


Here are the accommodations on the Rocio Del Mar liveaboard boat. These are the comfortable guest rooms, all of which include a private bathroom with hot showers, windows, carpet and air conditioning.


The Rocio Del Mar.

Diver observes the glistening blue water and view from the boat's deck.


Reviews of the Rocio del Mar

"We went on the Rocio Del Mar last August. It was a fabulous trip. We saw a sperm whale close up but no chance for a photo. However we spent 45 minutes with a whale shark who rubbed up on our panga several times!!!

We also saw thousands of dolphins with sperm whales. Got photos of seahorses, guitar fish, many rays. On the ship were numerous boobie birds just sitting on the rigging.

Dora and her crew are wonderful people and knowledgeable seamen! Rocio is a beautiful boat and the food with a chef was almost customized to each person. The only small place is the camera bench. The water temp was in the mid to high 70s, slightly cool.

We gave the trip a 10!!!"

Cheers, Max Reid and Mike Bacon

"The Rocio Del Mar was built by divers for divers. The Sandovals built, own and run the ship, a 110 foot all steel vessel. The ship departs from Puerto Penasco. On board, eight air conditioned cabins sport two single beds, while two others have full beds with a single bunk above. All have private bathrooms, full size windows, and plenty of storage.

The dining was excellent, with varied meals and lots of choices. There is a lounge in which to relax and watch movies or play back images from the day’s diving, and a large sundeck. The dive deck was well organized, with stations for each diver. Your gear gets set up once, and that’s it for the week. Diving is from two inflatables. The camera table was adequate; I preferred to work on my camera in my cabin.

The variety of experiences and photographic opportunities, both underwater and on the surface make for a great journey. The Rocio Del Mar’s crew is fantastic, from the divemasters and skiff operators to the chef. I had the opportunity to dive with the Sandovals; they truly know, as divers, what divers want. I booked to go back on the Rocio Del Mar within a few weeks of returning; this time to their other destination, the Socorro Islands."

Marli Wakeling

"I have made several trips aboard the Rocio Del Mar visiting both the Sea of Cortez and the Revillagigedo Islands. Here’s my take: Great boat. Great crew. Great food. Great diving. And a ton of fun! I don’t know what else one can say, except go."

Marty Snyderman 


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