Things you need to know – Southern Safari
The following information is specific to our Southern Safari 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.
These unique trips travel the Southern Sea of Cortez. In addition to diving,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 1-2 night dives.
All of our trips have two dive masters on board to lead dives and assist divers.
We divide into 2 groups, one dive master 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
Guests are responsible for all ground transportation. The following are details to help plan your trip:
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 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 $15US. Since you’re going to San Jose you will be dropped off first. You can have the collectivo drop you off at the Hotel Tropicana. Once at the Hotel Tropicana, they can request a TAXI to the Marina Los Cabos. You shouldn’t pay more than $10 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 $25 US.
FROM LA PAZ
If you fly into San Jose del Cabo, you have two options to get you from the airport to La Paz:
EcoBajaTours – public transport service
Round Trip is approximately $60 USD per person
Allow 3 hours for drive time
Select LA PAZ MALECON as location if going from SJD to La Paz
Select LOS CABOS AIRPORT (SJD) as location if going from La Paz to SJD
Guests need to go online and book their seat. We advise guests to do this as soon as possible as seats are booked quickly during tourist season. A confirmation number is provided via email. The confirmation number is what the driver will ask for. Pick up is at International and National terminals.
For INTERNATIONAL Terminal Pick Up Location
Guests exit the airport walking between two outdoor bars. Cross the street and walk toward the “La Isla” bar. On the right side find tent #5. You will see an EBT (EcoBajaTours) person holding a blue, gold and white sign with EBT in black lettering. The drivers are dressed in black long pants and a pressed white long sleeve shirt.
For NATIONAL Terminal Pick Up Location
In front of airport entrance on the steps or close to the curb. The EcoBajaTour office is in this terminal if they want to check on their passage.
Transportation to the Boat Once Arrived at Bus Terminal in La Paz
Take a taxi to the boat from La Paz Malecon bus terminal. It is about a five-minute ride to the marina. There are 3 marinas that we use in La Paz. Please contact Beverly in Guest Services three days prior to boarding for exact boat location.
Baja Ground Service – private transport service
Contact name: Carlos
Guests need to call for pricing and to make their own arrangements.
The boat will return to the marina during the night and passengers need to be ready to depart by 8:30am on the last day of your trip. A continental breakfast will be served. Our crew will call taxis to get everyone to the airport, bus station or their hotel.
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.