Explore Baja Open Boat Trip 2019

 

Explore Baja 2019 Open Boat Trip

Join us on September 21 - October 3 , 2019 for Rocio del Mar's best liveaboard trip!!

September 21 - October 3, 2019

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12 Nights for only $4,295

 

Why Join This Trip?

  • 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

 

Why Travel With Bluewater?

  • We book liveaboards that offer the best overall value
  • Great support if flight/weather issues occur
  • Repeat customer discounts, gear discounts, and other benefits

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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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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 bio-diversity 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. 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 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 seasickness 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 & fuel surcharges

 

Exclusions

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers ($90 per person for the arranged group shuttle from Puerto Penasco to PHX airport and about $20 per person for a taxi arranged on your own 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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Trip Schedule

Puerto Penasco to San Jose del Cabo

  • Day 1 - Board the boat at 5 pm. Depart from Puerto Peñasco around 6 pm.
  • Day 2 - 105-mile crossing to Puerto Refugio in Angel de la Guarda Island. Check-out dive at Lolo's Cove. Great macro dive at La Vela and La Muela. Sunset cruise at a sea lion colony.
  • Day 3 - Bahía de los Angeles. Morning dive at El Pescador and Paraíso. Lunch and then snorkeling with the whale sharks. Depending on timing and conditions, sunset hike at La Gringa or just relax after heavy swimming with the whale sharks.
  • Day 4 - Morning dive at Punta Don Juan or Elias Point and then whale watching on the "Canal de Ballenas" heading south to Sal Si Puedes. 3 pm dive at Lavadero followed by a great night dive at the same location. Lavadero is located at Las Animas Island in the chain of San Lorenzo - Las Animas - Sal Si Puedes.
  • Day 5 - San Pedro Martir Island. Enjoy 1 or 2 days of fabulous diving with sea lions, incredible black coral fields and some of the best macro of the Midriff Islands (3-4 dives).
  • Day 6 - If staying at San Pedro Martir, we do 3 dives. If not, day 6 will be at San Ildelfonso Island where we will do 4 dives. Don't miss the Green Moray City!
  • 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 - Danzante Island, part of Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto. Dive at Submarino, Silouette and the artificial wreck, C-54 Agustin Melgar. Afternoon hike at Honeymoon Beach.
  • Day 9 - Las Animas, near San José Island. Great dives on the east and north pinnacles and afternoon diving at San Dieguito for a 3 pm dive followed by a night dive.
  • Day 10 - 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 to dive "El Bajo", known for big schools of hammerheads. At night we will do the spectacular mobula night dive!
  • Day 11 - Dive at La Reyna – a great spot for sea lions, school of barracuda and occasionally oceanic manta rays.
  • Day 12 - Last day at San Lorenzo Channel, diving the Fan Ming wreck, Salvaterra wreck, and Suani Reef.
  • Day 13 - Arrival to San José del Cabo, disembark 8:30 am.

 

 

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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 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. 

Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar

 Read the boat info & great reviews of the Rocio del Mar!

 

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Flight Information

  • ARRIVAL: Passengers must arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport no later than 11am on the trip departure date. If you choose the shuttle service, Head Out to Rocky Point will pick up all passengers between 12 noon and 1pm at Terminal 4, door 8 on the south side. Meet the shuttle curbside. All passengers must have reached the Marina and be aboard the Rocio Del Mar between 5pm and 6pm. Departure from Puerto Peñasco occurs at approximately 6pm. Dinner is served at 7pm
  • RETURN: Explore Baja North to South trips will end in San Jose del Cabo (SJD). The boat returns to the Marina during the evening and passengers will be ready to depart the morning of the last day of your trip. A continental breakfast will be provided the last morning of the trip and guest must disembark by 8:30am on the last day of our trip. At the end of your trip, the crew can call taxis to return everyone to the airport or hotel depending on where you want to go.

Contact us for flight recommendations.

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Payment Schedule

  • Deposit: $800
  • Payment 2: $800 - due 9/1/18
  • Payment 3: $1,100 - due 3/1/19
  • Payment 4: $1,595 - due 6/1/19

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Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call us today at 310-915-6677 email us at info@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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