Easy to get to ... impossible to forget
Sea of Cortez
July - mid-September
Did you know you can fly to Phoenix and within 4 hours be boarding a boat to one of the most remote places in the world? A world with no planes, very few boats, clear skies and amazing sunsets with clear, deep waters, abundant sea life, and golden sandy beaches.
The Sea of Cortez - known as the Gulf of California - is a breathtaking destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, and exploration. Legendary diver Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez as the "world's aquarium". Dive on untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life. Encounter large and small whale species, snorkel with whale sharks, dive with playful sea lion colonies and see countless eels, octopus, fish and jumping mobula rays. It's a macro photographers dream with nudibranchs, colorful blennies, dancing jawfish and sea horses.
Between dives you can hike and explore remote uninhabited islets and at night you can gaze at the Milky Way. Give us one week and we will help you create a lifetime of memories while forging new friendships aboard Rocio del Mar and Quino el Guardian. You will dine on incredible cuisine and enjoy the friendly service that has made us famous.
Below is our scheduled diving itinerary. Weather and sea conditions may require changes to this itinerary. If unique animal sighting opportunities arise, we may suggest alternative options to divers.
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 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
Schedule and Rates
Sea of Cortez/Midriff Islands 2020: $2200 USD per person, quad occupancy
Sea of Cortez/Midriff Islands 2021: $2300 USD per person, quad occupancy
Sea of Cortez/Midriff Islands 2022: $2300 USD per person, quad occupancy
The above price includes all taxes, port fees, meals, beverages, tanks, weights and complimentary beer and wine. The only things not included are
$28 park fee
$120 Nitrox (if you want it)
Transfers to and from the boat
Crew gratuity (typically 10%-15% of the fare)
Above pricing does not include Citizen Science Trips. Trips that include the Citizen Science Program are an additional $200 per person (entire $200 goes to the scientist to pay for supplies & expenses).
Please check our schedule list for availability
Check out these two incredible videos showing the amazing diving and experiences to be had on Quino el Guardian in the Sea of Cortez!