Sea of Cortez 2020 Group Trips
Join us for sea lions, sperm whales, whale sharks and some awesome macro life aboard the amazing Rocio Del Mar
✓ 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
✓ Awesome big animals & fascinating macro life
✓ Easiest liveaboard in the US - fly or drive to Phoenix AZ
✓Great support from Bluewater Travel if flight/weather issues occur
✓ Repeat customer and photo gear discounts, and other benefits
Trip Overview - This trip offers a great combination of awesome big animals and fascinating macro life. There's always something for everyone. PLUS, it's really easy to get to - only a 4-hour drive from Phoenix, AZ!
The Sea of Cortez is home to sea lions, whale sharks, mantas and mobula rays, dolphins and huge schools of fish. Sperm whales, pilot whales and dolphins are also commonly spotted!
It doesn't just stop there as the Sea of Cortez is also a perfect place to practice your macro photography skills. You will get to see nice varieties of nudibranchs, Panamic arrow crabs, Pacific seahorses, jawfish, small and big octopuses, frogfish and blennies.
Some macro photos from our 2016 trip to the Sea of Cortez
The boat will depart from Puerto Peñasco at 6 pm on Saturday and then travel for 12 hours to arrive the next morning for a 7 am dive. You will be diving 3-4 times per day on this trip. Here's a sample day-by-day itinerary of this trip:
> Day 1 - Embark at 5 pm in Puerto Peñasco. Depart at 6 pm
> 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, 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 afternoon we go looking for whales!
> Day 6 - Salsipuedes & Animas
Potential Dive sites: Los Cuervos, El Caballo, In Animas, El Lavadero, 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 heading back to Puerto Penasco in afternoon
> Day 8 - Disembark at 7 am
To learn more about what you can expect from this Sea of Cortez trip check out this trip report and see how our 2016 trip to the Sea of Cortez went. You can also read the reviews on diving Sea of Cortez here.
✓ Three meals per day & snacks,
✓ Beverages including soft drinks, juice, domestic beer & wine
✓ One full day of whale shark snorkeling, & several dives with a friendly sea lion colony
✓ Tanks, weights & weight belts
✗ Transfers from Phoenix airport ($125 roundtrip)
✗ Park fees ($28)
✗ Hyperbaric Chamber Fee ($15)
✗ Fuel Surcharge, if applicable (none currently)
✗ Nitrox ($120)
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.
Check out this page to see more details and customer reviews on the Rocio Del Mar
> 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 11 am. A shuttle will arrive for pick-up at the airport at 12 pm. The shuttle ride is approximately 4 hours to the boat and costs $125 roundtrip (paid directly to shuttle driver).
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