Explore Baja 2020

  

 

2020 Explore Baja Underwater Photo Workshop

Join us October 3 - 15, 2020 for Rocio del Mar's best liveaboard trip.

October 3 - 15, 2020

Trip Leader: TBA

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12 Nights for only $4,295

 

Why Join This Trip?

  • Daily photography workshops by photo pro at no extra cost, suitable for beginners and experienced photographers alike 
  • Trip designed to shoot photos - We select liveaboards that provide photographer-friendly facilities. The dive guides are also there to enable you to get photos, not just show you the reef 
  • 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

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Here's a sample day-by-day itinerary of this trip:

  • Day 1 - Check in at boat at 5:00pm - San Jose del Cabo (October 3, 2020)
  • 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 15, 2020)

 

You can read the reviews on diving Sea of Cortez here.

 

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Inclusions

  • 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

 

Exclusions

  • 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
  • Gratuity

 

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About the Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar is one of the best liveaboards sailing in the area, offering 10 comfortable cabins for up to max. 20 divers. All have private bathrooms with hot shower stalls, Western-style toilets, lavatories, and above height window. 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.

 

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Check out this page to see more details and customer reviews on the Rocio Del Mar


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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 3, 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 15) 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 3:00pm on October 18th. The cost for this one-way shuttle service is $75 per person, payable directly to the driver.

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Daily Photo Workshops

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.

Check out this page for more information on what to expect from our photography workshops as well as some testimonials!

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Payment Schedule

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Call us today at 310-915-6677 or email us info@bluewaterdivetravel.com

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