Explore Baja Photo Workshop 2024

 

Explore Baja 2024 photo workshop

Join us on October 5 - 17, 2024 for Rocio del Mar's best liveaboard trip!!

October 5 - 17, 2024

Trip Leader: TBD 

12 Nights for only $4,695

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Optional 7-Night Land Extensions in La Paz:

The Hotel CostaBaja Resort & Spa - $2,087 pp

La Concha Beach Resort - $1,803 pp

Hotel Catedral La Paz - $1,670 pp

Optional 2-Day Shark and Marine Life Safari in the Cape of Cabo and the Sea of Cortez

Maximum of 6 guests - From $350

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Why Join This Trip?

  • 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
  • Daily photography workshops by photo pro at no extra cost, suitable for beginners and experienced photographers alike 
  • Unique itinerary sailing the entire length of the Sea of Cortez from north to south
  • See the unexpected in remote locations: dolphins, sea lions, whales, mantas etc
  • Sail with one of the best liveaboards in the Sea of Cortez, the Rocio Del Mar
  • Easy travel: fly into Phoenix, Arizona to start the trip and end in San Jose del Cabo 

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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. 

  

 Video by our guest Dan McGanty on our 2018 Explore Baja Photo Workshop.

 

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.

Read the exciting report from our previous Explore Baja trip. 

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Marine Life to Photograph

The biodiversity between the Northern and Southern Sea of Cortez is incredible. The sea life we witness on the surface from the boat, dinghies or snorkeling is fantastic. There's 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.

Baja 2021 Baja Trip 2021

  

Diving Conditions in September/October

Average water temperatures in September/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 sea sickness medication if necessary.

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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

 

Exclusions

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers ($90 per person for the arranged group shuttle from PHX airport to Puerto Penasco and about $20 per person for a taxi arranged on your own from SJD airport to Puerto Los Cabos)
  • National park fees ($28)
  • Nitrox ($120)
  • Dive insurance
  • Gratuity
  • Fuel surcharge. Rocio has never charged a fuel surcharge to date but reserves the right to implement a fuel surcharge on all trips in the event the cost of fuel surpasses 20 pesos per liter. Should this occur, all guests will be notified prior to boarding.
  • Travel Insurance: click here to learn more about our preferred plan

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Trip Schedule

This is a sample itinerary from San Jose del Cabo to Puerto Penasco, subject to weather and other conditions.

  • Day 1 - Board the boat at 5 pm. Depart from San Jose del Cabo around 6 pm.
  • Day 2 - Check out dive at Punta Prieta in San Gabriel Bay, part of Espiritu Santo Island, and diving Fang Ming wreck and Salvaterra wreck.
  • Day 3 - Dive at La Reyna, a great spot for sea lions, a school of barracuda, and occasionally oceanic manta rays.
  • Day 4 - Los Islotes, in the northern part of Espiritu Santo Island. Dive with the friendliest sea lion colony in the Sea of Cortez. Depending on weather and ocean conditions (visibility and current), we hope to dive "El Bajo", known for big schools of hammerheads. At night we will do the spectacular mobula night dive!
  • Day 5 - Las Animas, near San José Island. Great dives on the east and north pinnacles and afternoon diving at San Dieguito for a 3pm dive followed by a night dive.
  • Day 6 - Danzante Island, part of Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto. Dive at Submarino, Silhouette, and the artificial wreck, C-54 Agustin Melgar. Afternoon hike at Honeymoon Beach.
  • Day 7 - Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto, visiting Coronado Island: macro and sea lions. We do 3 dives and then a nice evening with dinner in Loreto.
  • Day 8 - San Ildelfonso Island where we will do 3 dives. Don't miss the Green Moray City!
  • Day 9 - San Pedro Martir Island. Enjoy fabulous diving with sea lions, incredible black coral fields, and some of the best macro of the Midriff Islands. (3-4 dives).
  • Day 10 - An early dive at San Pedro Martir, followed by whale watching crossing to Sal Si Puedes area. A 3pm dive at Lavadero in Las Animas Island in the chain of San Lorenzo - Las Animas - Sal Si Puedes. Night dive at the same location.
  • Day 11 - Sal Si Puedes: Some of the best macro diving along the Sea of Cortez at El Caballo, Los Cuervos and La Corona.
  • Day 12 - Wake up on the east coast of Baja California and dive El Pescador or Punta Don Juan. After breakfast, snorkeling with Whale Sharks at Bahía de Los Angeles. At 2 pm, the boat will start motoring to Puerto Penasco.
  • Day 13 – Arrive at Puerto Penasco and disembark at 7 am 

 

 

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About the Rocio Del Mar

The Rocio Del Mar is an 89-foot liveaboard yacht that offers 10 cabins for up to 20 divers. One of the best parts of the trip is the friendly, knowledgeable staff of the Rocio, the delicious Mexican cuisine, and the spacious room provided for underwater photographers to prepare their equipment before and after each dive, so you can be sure you'll be able to document your underwater encounters with the large pelagics completely.

All of the yacht's rooms have private bathrooms with hot shower stalls, Western-style toilets, lavatories, and above height window. Each cabin is air-conditioned. There are room-length windows with privacy curtains and convenient gear and clothes storage drawers beneath the beds.

Rocio Del Mar Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar Rocio Del Mar 

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

Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar

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FLIGHT INFORMATION

  • ARRIVAL: Guests on this trip will need to fly into San Jose del Cabo Airport (code SJD) and take a taxi to the Marina Puerto Los Cabos. The boat is located by the Hotel El Ganzo. Boarding time is at 5 pm.
  • Note: Guests arriving early may avail of day passes at Hotel El Ganzo, where they can spend time before boarding at 5 pm. There's an area for storing luggage and restrooms for changing. First come, first served, but guests can email the hotel before arriving.
  • Rooftop Pool - 1000 pesos, guests can use up to 750 pesos as a food and beverage credit
  • Beach Club - 750 pesos, guests can use the whole amount as a food and beverage credit.
  • RETURN: Explore Baja South to North trips will end in Puerto Penasco. The boat returns to the Marina during the evening and a continental breakfast will be provided the last morning of the trip - guests must disembark by 7 am.  The closest airport for departure flights is in Phoenix, Arizona and a shuttle will take guests from the boat to the airport. The shuttle ride is approximately 4 hours and costs $90 one-way. Book return flights any time after 1 pm.

Contact us for flight recommendations.

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PAYMENT SCHEDULE

  • Deposit: $700
  • Payment 2: $1,100 - due 9/1/23
  • Payment 3: $1,400 - due 3/1/24
  • Payment 4: $1,495 - due 6/1/24

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WANT TO EXTEND YOUR TRIP?

We can help with that! See more of Mexico before or after your trip with Bluewater in Baja. Flying all that way merits a multi-destination vacation! La Paz is an amazing destination nearby that offers a range of additional unique experiences. Here are some examples of packages we can add on to your trip reservation.

*Rates are subject to change at any time; please contact us for the most updated pricing. 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 5 STAR COSTA BAJA RESORT & SPA

Prices start at $2,087 per person based upon double occupancy. 

The Hotel CostaBaja Resort & Spa is the first and only luxury hotel & spa in the city of La Paz. This boutique hotel offers a selection of ocean, mountain and marina views. North of the hotel is Espiritu Santo Island, where you will find the greatest marine life in the world and the best sport fishing within Baja Sur.

  • 7 nights in a king or twin room
  • Full buffet breakfasts
  • 5 days of 3 tank dives
  • Lunches & drinks on the boat
  • National park permit fees 
  • Roundtrip Cabo transfers
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes

Costa Baja Resort La Paz Costa Baja Resort La Paz

Costa Baja Resort & Spa

 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 3 STAR LA CONCHA BEACH RESORT

Prices start at $1,803 per person based upon double occupancy.

A beach resort offering a peaceful and mellow atmosphere on the Sea of Cortez. Over a hundred sea view rooms are featured in La Concha Beach Resort. Located in front of the ocean and with full view to the beach and pool, the accommodations include from essential details to luxury amenities.

  • 7 nights in a king or twin sea view room
  • Full American breakfasts
  • 5 days of 3 tank dives
  • Lunches & drinks on the boat
  • National park permit fees
  • Roundtrip Cabo transfers
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes

La Concha Beach Resort La Paz La Concha Beach Resort La Paz

La Concha Beach Resort

 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 4 STAR HOTEL CATEDRAL 

Prices start at $1,670 per person based upon double occupancy.

Hotel Catedral La Paz is a new concept of accommodation to suit the needs of today's travelers. It is part of the historic center of the city, surrounded by major attractions next to Our Cathedral Lady of La Paz. With its sophisticated contemporary modernist architecture, Hotel Catedral La Paz it focuses on every detail to offer its guests an excellent service and quality, both in the rooms and its gourmet restaurant.

  • 7 nights in a king or twin sea view room
  • Full breakfasts
  • 5 days of 3 tank dives
  • Lunches & drinks on the boat
  • National park permit fees
  • Roundtrip Cabo transfers
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes

 

 

2 DAY SHARK & MARINE LIFE SAFARI - SNORKELING EXPEDITION

Discover the rich and exciting marine life around Cape Cabo and the Sea of Cortez in this 2-day shark and marine-life safari. The southern coast of Baja is a unique place for pelagic encounters, with frequent sightings of mobula rays, dolphins, turtles, and humpback whales. There is also the possibility of encountering marlin, sea lions, baitballs, numerous other species of cetaceans, and even orcas. October is the optimal time to spot turtles that come to Cabo to mate and lay eggs, as well as tiny hatchling turtles that are just starting out in life.  

Swimming with sharks is an incredible experience, and one day will be spent in a prime shark spot, chumming for various shark species. The encounters are carried out with safety as a top priority, allowing guests to relax and enjoy their time in the water with blue sharks, mako sharks, and silky sharks.

With a maximum of 6 guests onboard, this is an exclusive trip providing intimate encounters with some of Baja's best marine life. Learn more about the Cabo Marine Life Safari here...

  • Lunch, snacks, water, and sodas on the boat
  • Marine Park fee
  • We can book your accommodation in Cabo at Hotel Tesoro, which is located in the Cabo Marina, and close to the boat and many options for restaurants at a special discounted rate of $335 for 3 nights for a single room, with daily breakfast and inclusive of taxes.

 

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Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call us today at +1-310-915-6677 email us at trips@bluewaterdivetravel.com

Or stop by our office at 3961 Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 206 Culver City, CA 90230 

And let us book your dream vacation!

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Underwater Photos from the Previous Trip  

 Baja Trip 2021

 

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