Sea of Cortez Photo Workshop 2017

Sea of Cortez 2017 Underwater Photo Workshop

Join us for Sea Lions, Sperm Whales and Whale Sharks on the Rocio Del Mar.


3 Trip Schedule to Choose From:

July 29 - August 5, 2017
August 5 - 12, 2017
September 9 - 16, 2017


For only $2,495!

*Prices are based in USD


Why Join this Trip

  > The top liveaboard sailing in the Sea of Cortez
  > Dive in an area Jacques Cousteat called the Aquarium of the World
  > Awesome big animals like whale sharks, sea lions, dolphins, sperm whales and much more
  > Easiest liveaboard in the US - fly or dive to Phoenix, AZ


Why Travel with Bluewater

  > 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


About the Trip

  > Prices include three meals per day, snacks, beverages including soft drinks, juice, domestic beer and wine
  > We will jump in the water with sperm whales, pilot whales and dolphins as much as possible
  > Maximum of 20 divers on the trip, including hosts
  > You can either meet the boat in Puerto Penasco, Mexcio or pay a shuttle fee of $125 per person for roundtrip transportation from/to Phoenix, Arizona
  > If you want to come to Puerto Penasco on your own, there is secured parking available in Puerto   Penasco for $5 per day right next to where the boat is docked



  •   > Includes one full day of whale shark snorkeling, and several dives with a friendly sea lion colony

  > Tanks, weights and weight belts


  > Transfers from Phoenix airport ($125)
  > Park fees ($43.00)
  > Fuel surcharge ($100)
  > Nitrox ($120)
  > Gratuity

Here is a Rocio Del Mar trip report

See how our 2014 trip to the Sea of Cortez went.


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.


Flight information

Trip attendees will fly in and out of Phoenix, Arizona, which is the closest international airport. You should fly in on Saturday morning and arrive before 11am. A shuttle will arrive for pick-up at the airport at 12pm. The shuttle ride is approximately 4 hours to the boat and costs $125 roundtrip (paid directly to shuttle driver).

Disembarkation is Saturday at 7:00am. For returning flights, book anytime after 3pm.


Marine Life to Photograph

We will be spending extra time photographing big animals - sperm whales, dolphins, sea lions, whale sharks, and schools of fish. The Northern Sea of Cortez also has plenty of small fish, nudibranchs, moray eels, arrow crabs, jawfish, hawkfish, pikeblennies, rays and seahorses.



After careful research, we have decided that the August and September months are the best time for the Northern Sea of Cortez. Good visibility, not too much wind, warm air and warm water - a 3mm wetsuit is all that is needed, at the most! Water temps will be 82-85 F.


Payment Schedule

  • Jul 29 & Aug 5 Trips              Sep 9 Trip
  • $800 - Deposit                         $800 - Deposit
  • $800 - Due Jan 5, 2017             $800 - Due Feb 1, 2017
  • $895 - Due Apr 5, 2017             $895 - Due May 1, 2017


Trip Leader Testimonials

"I was lucky enough to go on a Bluewater trip led by Kelli. She has such a great skill set that makes her a fantastic trip leader. First, her photography skills and ability to teach are excellent. She has the patience to help new learners, but also the skills to help those who are more proficient with their set ups. One thing she did that was incredibly helpful, was she gave a workshop on lightroom which was incredibly helpful. 

Above and beyond Kelli's technical skills, she is a great sociable person. This helps makes connections between people on the trips. This helps build ties between the community of underwater photographers, which is great for moving forward, and makes the trip much more pleasant!" - Alexandra Gerbasi


Contact Us

  • Email 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


Webinar About Sea of Cortez and Rocio del Mar


Photos from Previous Trips

Sperm Whale

From 2014 - Snorkelers swimming with a pair of Sperm Whales.

Whale Shark Reflection

From 2012 - Whale Shark Silhouette: Olympus OM-D, Nauticam housing, 8mm fisheye lens


From 2012 - A dolphin swimming by 






Photos of Rocio del Mar

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.

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