2018 Explore Baja Underwater Photo Workshop
Join us October 6 - 18, 2018 for Rocio del Mar's best liveaboard trip led by Helen Brierley.
✓ 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
Trip Overview - 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.
There will be maximum of 20 divers on the trip, including hosts. 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.
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 gull
Diving Conditions in October - 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.
✓ Three meals per day, snacks, beverages including soft drinks, juice, domestic beer & wine
✓ 3-4 dives per day; tanks, weights & weight belts are provided
✓ Activities included: Diving, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling & several land excursions exploring small towns & missions
✓ 16% Mexican tax, port fees & fuel surcharges
✗ 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
Workshop Schedule - Throughout the trip, several workshops will be given, covering topics such as wide-angle shooting, ambient light photography, snorkeling with large animals, use of strobes, avoiding backscatter, creative macro photography and photo editing. Individual help with equipment, technique and editing will also be offered and there will be daily photo reviews and discussion.
> 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)
With a lifelong passion for anything water related, Helen has been an avid scuba diver for over 30 years. Her first underwater camera was a Nikonos V, back in the days of film, but these days she never jumps in without her Nikon DSLR in hand. Currently based in Los Angeles, she races sailboats at every opportunity and is board chair of the international marine conservation foundation, Reef Check. She has won awards for her photographs and published articles on dive travel and photography. Examples of her work can be found at www.HelenBrierley.com.
About the Rocio Del Mar - Rocio Del Mar offers 10 comfortable guest staterooms on two decks. All have private bathrooms with hot shower stalls, western style toilets, lavatories, and above height windows. Each cabin is carpeted and air conditioned. There are room length windows with privacy curtains and convenient gear and clothes storage drawers beneath the beds.
Call us today at 310-915-6677 email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or stop by our office at 3961 Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 206 Culver City, CA 90230
And let us book your dream vacation!