Quino El Guardian

4.5
(1 REVIEW)

 

Destination: Mexico

Socorro Islands (10 Nights), Sea of Cortez (7 nights) and Explore Baja (12 nights) | From $283++/night

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Quino El Guardian Quick Pitch

The Quino El Guardian is a research vessel that was retrofitted as a scuba liveaboard by the same family that runs the Rocio Del Mar. She specializes in special charters and budget diving safaris to the Socorro Islands and the Sea of Cortez.

 

Location

Embarkation from Cabo San Lucas for Socorro and Puerto Penasco for the Sea of Cortez.


Dive Overview

Excellent big animal diving in Socorro with giant mantas, lots of sharks, humpback whales, and whale sharks. The Sea of Cortez is great for mammal and macro with large biomass of aquatic life.

[See: Socorro Islands Dive Travel Guide & Sea of Cortez Dive Travel Guide]

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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Quino El Guardian Cabin Details

4 quad cabins and a twin cabin accommodating 18 divers. There are two bunks on each side, equaling 4 beds with privacy curtains. Each cabin is outfitted with 4 large size drawers, one for each guest. 4 community bathrooms are on the main deck and each is assigned to a cabin allowing guests to leave their personal items inside.

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The cabins and bathrooms

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General Facilities

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Dining Room (LEFT) & Salon (RIGHT)

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Dive Deck & Camera Table (LEFT) & Dive Platform (RIGHT)

 

Quino El Guardian Boat Features

  • A/C throughout for everyone’s comfort
  • 4 spacious community bathrooms with a full-size shower in each
  • Galley that comfortably accommodates all 16 passengers with a projector and a drop-down screen for group presentations.
  • Comfortable salon with sofas, a TV and a computer table set up
  • Large shaded sundeck with lawn chairs

 

Quino El Guardian Dive Facilities

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox
  • Camera table
  • Wet gear storage

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Food & Drinks Aboard Quino El Guardian

  • Each day starts early with a continental breakfast with fresh fruit, cereals, bagels, yogurt, breads, and freshly brewed coffee. After the first dive guests enjoy a full, plated breakfast.
  • After the second dive, guests will be served a full, plated lunch with a hot homemade soup to start. In the afternoon, we serve a large snack often of sandwiches, fruit, cheeses and more.
  • For dinner guests enjoy a three-course, plated meal with a salad, entrée, and dessert. Hot and cold beverages are always available including canned soft drinks.
  • Divers also enjoy complimentary beer and wine after their last dive of the day.

 

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Quino El Guardian Deck Plan

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Schedule, RATES & AVAILABILITY

Quino El Guardian 2018 - 2021 Schedule & Rates

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Prices are per person in USD and are inclusive taxes. Click on 'Booking Request' to see available cabin options and to book.

[See also: 'Inclusions & Exclusions']

 

Inclusions

  • All taxes and port fees
  • Your accommodation and housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, and beverages
  • 4 guided dives per day (conditions permitting)
  • Tanks, air and weights
  • Breakfast on the day of disembarkation

 

Exclusions

  • Anything purchased on board
  • Gear
  • Clothing and sundries
  • Dive training and certifications
  • Equipment rental
  • Transfers
  • Hyperbaric chamber donations
  • $28 Park Fee
  • $15 chamber fee
  • $120 Nitrox fee (if desired)
  • Crew Gratuity

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Important Note

All rates are per person in USD.


Other Dates & Availability

For more information on other departure dates that are not listed above and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at 310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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 Sea of Cortez Itinerary (7 Nights)

  • Day 1 - Embark at 5pm in Puerto Peñasco. Depart at 6pm
  • 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 7am

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Socorro Island Itinerary (9 Nights)

The Revillagigedo Islands (also Revillagigedo Archipelago) are a group of four volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, known for their unique ecosystem. These islands are a spectacular magnet for the largest ocean pelagic animals in the world. Animals include schooling Hammerhead Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Dolphins, Silky Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, clouds of Jacks and Barracuda, Tuna, Wahoo, Oceanic White Tip Sharks, Whale Sharks, and Manta Rays.

Board the boat between 5pm-7pm the day of departure. After enjoying a wonderful dinner, relax on board the boat. The Quino departs just after midnight for Socorro and you arrive at San Benedicto in the morning giving you a full day of diving!

  • Day 1 - Board the boat between 5pm-7pm / Dinner is served at 7pm / Boat departs at approximately 10pm
  • Day 2 – Day at Sea
  • Day 3 – San Benedicto, 4 dives scheduled
  • Day 4 – Socorro, 3 dives scheduled (check in with Naval Station)
  • Day 5 – Socorro, 4 dives scheduled
  • Day 6 – Roca Partida, 3 dives scheduled
  • Day 7 – Roca Partida, 3 dives scheduled
  • Day 8 – San Benedicto, 4 dives scheduled. At the end of this day, we will start our departure to San Jose del Cabo
  • Day 9 – Arrive at San Jose del Cabo around 11pm. Guests may sleep on the boat.
  • Day 10 - Disembark by 8:30am

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Explore Baja Itinerary (12 Nights)

Three times a year, we offer a very special, 13-day trip that covers all of Baja California. The bio-diversity between the Northern and Southern Sea of Cortez is incredible and diving the entire Baja is truly a spectacular experience. You will also see equally incredible sea life on the surface including dolphins, sea lions, Pilot Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Fin Whales, Orcas and Sperm Whales, flying Mobula Rays, Blue and Brown Footed Boobie Birds, Cormorants, Frigate Birds, and the endemic Yellow Footed Gulls.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO (OR LA PAZ) TO PUERTO PENASCO ITINERARY:

  • Day 1 – Check in at the boat at 5:00pm in San Jose Del Cabo
  • Day 2 – Cabo Pulmo
  • Day 3 – Isla Cerralvo
  • Day 4 – Los Islotes, Shipwreck “Fang Ming”, visit La Paz for the afternoon
  • Day 5 – Dora’s Pinnacle in the morning, Los Islotes in the afternoon, Ensenada Grande and Mobula night dive
  • 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 – Snorkeling with Whale Sharks, El Pescador
  • Day 12 – Angel Island
  • Day 13 – Disembark 8:30am in Puerto Penasco

 

PUERTO PENASCO TO SAN JOSE DEL CABO (OR LA PAZ) ITINERARY:

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  • Day 2 – Angel Island
  • Day 3 – Bahia De Los Angeles – Snorkeling with Whale Sharks, El Pescador
  • Day 4 – Animas and Salsipuedes
  • Day 5 – San Pedro Martir
  • Day 6 – Isla Alfonso
  • Day 7 – Coronado, walk Loreto Mission Square in the evening
  • Day 8 – Animas
  • Day 9 – Dora’s Pinnacle in the morning, Los Islotes in the afternoon, Ensenada Grande and Mobula night dive
  • Day 10 – Los Islotes, Shipwreck “Fang Ming”, visit La Paz for the afternoon
  • Day 11 – Cerralvo
  • Day 12 – Cabo Pulmo
  • Day 13 – Disembark 8:30am in La Paz or San Jose Del Cabo

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Southern Baja Safari Itinerary (7 Nights)

The Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California is a strip of water separated from the Pacific Ocean by the Baja Peninsula. This isolation, on land and underwater, provides a unique series of contrasting ecosystems from the vast solitude of the desert to the rich underwater realms and black coral gardens.

PUERTO PENASCO TO SAN JOSE DEL CABO (OR LA PAZ) ITINERARY

  • Day 1 – Check in at the boat at 5:00pm
  • Day 2 – Isla Alfonso
  • Day 3 – Animas
  • Day 4 – Dora’s Pinnacle in the morning, Los Islotes in the afternoon, Ensenada Grande and Mobula night dive
  • Day 5 – Los Islotes, Shipwreck “Fang Ming”, visit La Paz for the afternoon
  • Day 6 – Cerralvo
  • Day 7 – Cabo Pulmo
  • Day 8 – Disembark 8:30am in La Paz or San Jose Del Cabo

SAN JOSE DEL CABO (OR LA PAZ) TO PUERTO PENASCO ITINERARY

  • Day 1 – Check in at the boat at 5:00pm
  • Day 2 – Cabo Pulmo
  • Day 3 – Isla Cerralvo
  • Day 4 – Los Islotes, Shipwreck “Fang Ming”, visit La Paz for the afternoon
  • Day 5 – Dora’s Pinnacle in the morning, Los Islotes in the afternoon, Ensenada Grande and Mobula night dive
  • Day 6 – Animas
  • Day 7 – Isla Alfonso
  • Day 8 – Disembark 8:30am 

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Citizen Science Expeditions aboard Quino El Guardian

Quino El Guardian offers a truly unique experience – our Citizen Science Program. These trips include a marine biologist specializing in subjects such as Mantas, Sharks, Humpback Whales, Marine Mammals, Marine Ecology, Reef Ecology, Invertebrate Ecology, Geology, and more.

Included in their research is animal tagging, identification, fish/animal counts, census monitoring, human and climate impact studies, etc. Much of the information that is collected is included in papers and presentations to governments and NGO's to help with the conservation of these areas and animals. In addition, this information is provided to websites to educate laypersons helping to further conservation awareness. Divers can be involved as much or as little as they like including hands-on research and presentations.

 

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Other Information

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Boat Specifications

  • Year built: 1980
  • Year renovated: 2015
  • Length: 90'
  • Top speed: 10 knots
  • Cruising speed: 7.5 knots
  • Engines: 1 x Perkins
  • Max guests: 16
  • Number of cabins: 5
  • Number of bathrooms: 4
  • Tenders: 2 x Yamaha 75hp
  • Water capacity: 25000 liters
  • Fuel capacity: 40000 liters
  • Freshwater maker: 7000 lts per day

 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC-6
  • Local Currency: MXN (Mexican Peso)
  • Language Spoken: English & Spanish
  • Electricity: 110 V
  • Payment Onboard: US, Mexican and European currency; Traveler’s checks and Credit Cards

 

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

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Reviews (1)

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This is not a luxury liveaboard, but is one of the best liveaboards I have been on. Cabins are quad share and bathrooms are located on the dive deck and shared among all the guests.
The Quino used to be, and still is a research vessel. They conduct citizen scientist trips where a scientist is on board and conducting research. Divers get to experience a marine scientist at work, with presentations from the scientist and divers can sometimes even assist in some research.
If you spend a lot of time in the cabins of a liveaboard, this one is not for you. If you like interacting with the other divers and making new diving friends, there are few liveaboard better at fostering this than the Quino. This is a very fun liveaboard for singles travelers.
While the cabins and bathrooms might be 3 star, the FOOD is nothing short of 5 STARS. Easily the best food on any liveaboard I've been on. The chef is top notch, and the rest of the crew are also really amazing.
There is also a tv lounge area, a massive camera table, nice open dining area and a large sun deck with shade.

Visited on 03/2016 - Submitted on 11/05/2017

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