Things You Need to Know: Explore Baja Expeditions
The following information is specific to our Explore Baja trips. Details about the boat, services, amenities, deposits, cancellations, trip insurance, and more can be found under General Information.
The crew of Quino El Guardian will be glad to help you in any way possible to make your visit to the Sea of Cortez an unforgettable experience.
This very special destination explores the entire Baja peninsula. This is a one-of-a-kind 13-day trip that travels port to port from San Jose del Cabo to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, or from Puerto Peñasco, Mexico to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
This trip includes the variety of the Northern Sea of Cortez to the larger pelagics of the Southern Sea of Cortez. Passengers will dive, snorkel, have the opportunity to explore some of the islands, and kayak.
This is a true "exploration" trip in which while we do have an itinerary, we keep it open should unique animal encounter opportunities arise. You never know what you are going to see in the Sea of Cortez!
Divers enjoy 3-4 dives per day and 2-4 night dives.
The Sea of Cortez is very diverse and has a vast amount of nudibranchs, blennys, jawfish, a variety of rays and guitarfish, schools of fish, eels, octopus, sea horses, frogfish, Mexican horn sharks, and some of the friendliest sea lions on the planet! We also have a lot of whale activity on this trip. We consistently see pilot, fin, and sperm whales as well as dolphins. One of the days we go to Bahia de Los Angeles and snorkel with whale sharks!
Divers enjoy 3 - 4 dives per day and 2-night dives. All of our trips have two dive masters on board to lead dives and assist divers.
We divide into 3 groups, one divemaster per group.
We also have two inflatable pangas with drivers vigilantly watching for bubbles and retrieving divers upon surfacing.
We provide 80 cubic ft., aluminum tanks that are both Din and Yoke compatible.
Getting to the Boat
FROM PUERTO PENASCO
Quino El Guardian is located at the Marina Fonatur in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. Marina Fonatur is approximately a four-hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona.
Phoenix Sky Harbor airport is the most convenient and closest airport to fly into to reach our port.
If you require transportation services to the Marina we can coordinate that for you through Head Out to Rocky Point. This shuttle service has 14 passenger white vans that haul trailers for gear. The cost is $90.00 US for the one-way trip per person payable directly to them. If you require this service please indicate this on your passenger forms and CLICK HERE to reserve and pay for your space.
FROM SAN JOSE DEL CABO
Quino El Guardian is located at the new Marina in Puerto Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo.
All guests must travel to San Jose del Cabo Airport (SJD). Guests are responsible for their own transportation to or from the boat. The marina is about 25 minutes from the airport.
After you collect your bags and leave customs, you will enter a lobby.
Go the taxi stand.
There are two recommended ways to get from the airport to the marina:
You can take a taxi directly from the airport to the marina. The cost is approximately $60 US.
COLLECTIVO (SHUTTLE) & A TAXI
This is the most economical way to get from the airport to the marina.
At the taxi stand, ask for a collectivo. A collectivo is a very nice shuttle that takes about 9 passengers and drops people at the hotels. This costs approximately $15 US. Since you’re going to San Jose you will be dropped off first. You can have the collectivo drop you off at the Tropicana Inn. Once at the Tropicana Inn, they can request a taxi to Marina Los Cabos. You shouldn't pay more than $15 US. It's about a 15-minute ride from the hotel to the marina.
By choosing the collectivo & taxi method, you can expect to pay about $30 US.
If you arrive early (boarding begins at 5 pm), you can store your luggage at the Tropicana Inn for $7 per person. The hotel is centrally located and there are plenty of shops and restaurants in the area.
The Tropicana Inn can arrange for group transportation to the marina for up to 5 persons for $25. This arrangement must be made in advance and can be done so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrival & Departure
North to South (from Puerto Peñasco to San Jose del Cabo (SJD)
Plan to board the boat between 5 pm-6 pm. Dinner will be served at 7 pm and we will leave the port shortly.
South to North (from San Jose del Cabo (SJD) to Puerto Peñasco)
Plan to board the boat between 5 pm-6 pm. Departure will be shortly after 6 pm. Dinner will be served at 7 pm.
Please view this link for important information on what is permitted to bring on your flight to Mexico. www.sat.gob.mx/
In both cases, once aboard Quino, you will be shown to your stateroom and dive station. Our dive masters will ask you to provide your scuba diving certification cards and proof of dive insurance.
Puerto Peñasco (from San Jose del Cabo to Puerto Peñasco)
Explore Baja South to North trips will end in Puerto Peñasco. Continental breakfast will be provided the last morning of the trip and guests will disembark by 7 am.
If you require transportation services from the boat to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, we can coordinate that for you through Head Out to Rocky Point. This shuttle service has 14 passenger white vans that haul trailers for gear. The cost is $90.00 US for the one-way trip per person payable directly to them. If you require this service please indicate this on your passenger forms and CLICK HERE to reserve and pay for your space.
The Head Out To Rocky Point Shuttle will pick up passengers promptly upon disembarking. Please remember to book your departing flight from Phoenix, AZ at 2 pm or later.
San Jose del Cabo (from Puerto Peñasco to San Jose del Cabo)
Explore Baja North to South 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. Continental breakfast will be provided the last morning of the trip and guests must disembark by 8:30 am 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.
Suggested Gear & Clothing
Besides your normal dive gear, each diver is required to have one dive computer as well as a safety sausage (SMB) and whistle.
We absolutely recommend exposure protection (wetsuits/light drysuits) on all of our trips. What you will need greatly depends on your personal comfort level.
The Sea of Cortez is a dynamic body of water and this exploration covers such a span of islands that the water temperatures can change significantly from day to day and even dive to dive. Water temperature ranges from 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the time of year you visit.
The water in the northern part of the Sea of Cortez is cooler and in the Southern part is warmer.
For most divers, we suggest a 3mm to 5mm wetsuit. Having additional items to layer works best such as a hood and/or hooded vest. Gloves are allowed in the Sea of Cortez.
ON THE SURFACE
Dress is very casual, shorts, t-shirts, swimsuit cover-ups. Bring a light jacket/sweatshirt for the evenings just in case. Do not forget your hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Remember - You Will Be On the Ocean
Occasionally there can be times that the sea can be rough. There are several over the counter remedies that can help you. Should you have a propensity to motion sickness or are concerned that you might develop symptoms, please prepare yourself with preventive measures before departure.