Naturalist & Photography Workshop with Jonathan Lavan / July 19-26, 2020


July 19-26, 2020
Jonathan Lavan
Sea of Cortez / Midriff Islands
Naturalist & Photography Workshop
$2200 per person, quad occupancy

Below is in addition to our regular Sea of Cortez itinerary.  The addition of Jonathan Lavan as a naturalist is provided at no additional charge.  Participate in as much or as little as you like!

The fact that you have no connection to the many tensions of the outside world is just the beginning of the joys you will experience during a week of diving and exploring in the Sea of Cortez and the Midriff Islands. Inexpensive and simple to get to as one has only to fly in to Phoenix and then take the pre-arranged van to Puerto Penasco, the first major port city on the Sea of Cortez. The drive through the beautiful desert is truly amazing and will set the tone for a stellar week of getting back to nature.

Once on board, we will get together to understand what everyone would like to experience on this trip.  Is it to learn about the different animals and their behaviors?  To look for specific species during the dive?  Or just to have a general better understanding of the animals you are seeing during your trip?

Do you want to learn how put together a better photo composition? How to get that "once-in-a-lifetime" shot?

Whether you are a photographer or not, Jonathan will be there to show you animals and things you might not otherwise have noticed.

We will have short, interactive evening presentations on what we saw that day and what we expect to see the next day.

We keep the trip very fluid so we can take advantage of what mother nature brings our way whether it is a giant pod of common dolphins or the possibility of getting in the water with sperm or fin whales.  Or maybe we want to go on a hike on a remote island with incredible views of the sea.  We are here to make the very most of the trip for everyone on board.

We hope you join us to experience this special opportunity to visit the Sea of Cortez!

Visit Jonathan's website to see more wonderful photographs.

Hear what people who participated in the September 8-15, 2019 trip said:

“I had the pleasure of attending the September 8-15, 2019 trip aboard Quino el Guardian with Naturalist and Underwater Photographer Jonathan Lavan. My favorite part of the trip (second only to the amazing diving) was the nightly slide shows of the best photos of the day taken by Jonathan. He took the time to teach us an interesting component of the biology or behavior of each creature we are viewing. His joy for and excitement about nature is infectious and pulls you in wanting more. Jonathan is a wonderful teacher that makes learning about underwater photography accessible and non-intimidating for folks like me who are just barely getting their feet wet and can provide technical assistance for those who are more advanced. I would recommend this trip as well as Jonathan’s educational skills to any diver."

Cari Long

"From fantastic diving at amazing locations to the gourmet meals served daily, I can't say enough about my trip on the Quino El Gurdian. Naturalist/Photo Pro Jonathan Lavan made the trip extra special and engaging with his presentations and aquatic identifications. He was helpful with photographic tips and fun to be with. We all made new friends aboard and departed as family. A dive trip on the Quino with Jonathan is one not to be missed."

David Barlow

"The reason I like Quino el Guardian so much compared to other liveaboards is the research and education that takes place on it. This year I was with Jonathan Lavan. He really helped me to know what to look for underwater, as this was my first time in the Sea of Cortez. He gave me tips with my new camera, and also helped me with my logbook and took time to ID my pictures on my Facebook account after the trip. Having him onboard was a big plus!"

Èveline Pelletier