COME WITH US TO THE MAGICAL DESTINATIONS OF MEXICO! We all carry the awareness that while we are privileged to have experienced the wonders of the underwater world. We also carry the responsibility to protect it. That is why Quino el Guardian was created. Quino was once a fishing vessel and was redesigned into a ship whose sole purpose is for scuba diving and scientific research.
We created Quino because of the time we spent with marine biologist groups on our sister ship, Rocio del Mar. Our experience with them was so incredibly rewarding that we wanted more. We believe that we can make the world a better place one diver at a time.
Quino gives divers the opportunity to visit magical destinations such as Socorro (Archipielago de Revillagigedo) and the Sea of Cortez. We offer the same diving along with the same amazing crew and delicious food our guests have come to know on Rocio del Mar at an incredible value.
Quino el Guardian offers fun and exciting scuba diving experiences including our truly unique Citizen Science Expeditions. Quino is available for individuals, one-half and full charters as well as custom private charters. We can design a trip itinerary around the special desires of the charter group. Quino is wonderful for single travelers, too!
Come diving with us!
JOIN US ON THE QUINO FOR THE 3 C'S: CASUAL, COMFORTABLE & CAMARADERIE! Quino el Guardian takes 16 divers to the most magical diving destinations in Mexico. Quino offers the same amazing crew, the same delicious food and the same incredible diving experiences as his big sister, Rocio del Mar. Quino has 4 quad cabins and 1 double cabin with 4 community bathrooms. Each bathroom is assigned to a cabin so guests can leave their personal items inside. Quino has a comfortable salon with a TV and computer station, a galley with plenty of seating for everyone with a pull down screen for presentations and a shaded sundeck for relaxing between dives. The camera table is large and with plenty of outlets to satisfy even the most fastidious of photographers. Quino is the perfect size - big enough to get privacy when you want it and small enough to get to know everyone. You'll be one, happy family by the end of the first day of the trip!
About half of our trips on Quino are Citizen Science Expeditions giving divers the experience of working side-by-side with scientists as they study sharks, mantas, reef ecology, marine biology and more. Activities include animal tagging, identification, DNA sampling, and daily presentations on migration, reproduction, conservation and daily observations.
OUR CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAM
TAKE YOUR DIVING TO A WHOLE, NEW LEVEL! Join fellow divers and renown scientists and take your underwater adventure to to a new extreme. Learn about the ocean and its inhabitants by working side by side with scientists as they study sharks, giant manta rays, reefs, invertebrates, mammals, and all aspects of our undersea world. Experience Quino el Guardian's Citizen Science Expeditions and dive with a purpose!
In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.
Baba Dioum, 1968
SOCORRO ISLANDS / REVILLAGIGEDO
Season: November - May
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE! The Archipiélago de Revillagigedo is 250 miles off Baja's southern shore and are a spectacular magnet for the largest oceanic pelagic animals in the world. In addition to the inquisitive giant manta rays, the islands attract schooling hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, silky sharks, galapagos sharks, clouds of jacks and barracuda, tuna, wahoo, oceanic white tip sharks, and friendly bottlenose dolphins. Mid-February through mid-April is humpback whale season and November, December and May is whale shark season.
10 Day Trip / 6 Days Diving
SEA OF CORTEZ / MIDRIFF ISLANDS
Season: July - Mid-September
EAST TO GET TO YET IMPOSSIBLE TO FORGET! Called "The Worlds Aquarium" by Jacques Couseau, divers experience untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life. Encounter large and small whale species, giant pods of dolphins, sea lion colonies, turtles, rays, octotpuses, eels, mobula rays and countless species of fish in unheard of quantities. It's a macro photographers dream with nudibranchs, colorful blennies, dancing jawfish and seahorses. Between dives, enjoy a hike or kayak remote islets. This trip is great for snorkelers, too. A trip highlight is snorkeling with whale sharks.
8 Day Trip / 6 Days Diving
SEA OF CORTEZ / EXPLORE BAJA
EXPLORE OVER 700 MILES! Go off-the-grid for 13-days to experience the incredible diversity of the Sea of Cortez by diving from one end to the other. In addition to the Midriff Islands itinerary, enjoy a night dive with mobula rays, see schooling hammerheads and dive wrecks, Fan Ming and Salvaterra. And we are seeing giant, oceanic manta rays again! See the incredible life on the surface including pilot whales, humpback whales, blue fin whales, orcas and sperm whales along with blue and brown footed boobie birds, cormorants, frigate birds and the endemic yellow footed gulls. While we have an itinerary, we stay open to what Mother Nature may bring our way.
13 Day Trip / 11 Days of Diving
CITIZEN SCIENCE EXPEDITIONS
Socorro & Sea of Cortez
DIVE WITH A PURPOSE! Quino el Guardian offers a truly unique experience – our Citizen Science Program. These trips include a marine biologist specializing in subjects such as sharks, mantas, humpback whales, marine mammals, marine ecology and more. In addition to the diving itinerary, guests can participate in hands-on activities such as animal tagging, identification, fish/animal counts, etc. Divers can be involved as much or as little as they like including hands-on research and presentations.
Socorro & Sea of Cortez
JOIN US ON A SPECIAL TRIP! Quino el Guardian is perfect for theme and unique trips. Come along on our "ladies only" WANDER WOMEN EXPEDITION to benefit breast cancer research. Or join 3 other families as you dive, snorkel, kayak and hike the Sea of Cortez for the family vacation of a lifetime. You can learn photography from a world-renown photographer and learn the names of the animals you are seeing with a naturalist. Great for single travelers, too!