Sea of Cortez & the Many Joys of Being “Off the Grid”

By Jonathan Lavan

Join Jonathan September 8-15, 2019
on another incredible adventure to the
Sea of Cortez/Midriff Islands aboard Quino el Guardian!
$2200 per person, quad occupancy

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 you are on the boat and have settled into your cabin and finished any paper work, all that is left is to sit back and enjoy the ride. And don’t forget the food! Your trip starts with a wonderful, gourmet dinner and it just keeps getting better with plenty to keep your hungry scuba diving body going for the week.

While scuba diving is the focus of the trip there are still many other ways to explore and many surprises potentially in store. Enjoying the incredible sunrises and sunsets, visiting the sea lion colonies, hiking the beaches and deserted hills and running into a huge pod of dolphins or a pair of whales are just a few of the planned and not planned adventures that are in store for you.

The Sea of Cortez is a truly remarkable habitat with many endemic species. These animals are only found in the Sea of Cortez. Additionally, because the area is so isolated and protected, there are many large pelagics to see as well. During my travels with Quino el Guardian (and his bigger sister, Rocio del Mar), I have personally seen humpback, gray, blue, and fin whales and have even been underwater with a juvenile sperm whale. And then there are the whale sharks! Swimming in a protected lagoon, they have been there feeding every time I have been to Bahia de Los Angeles. And while there are never any hard guarantees in nature it’s a good bet that they will be there for you.

For the photographer, there are many different opportunities for great macro and wide-angle shots. As a naturalist, wildlife expert and professional nature photographer I will be there to show you, whether you are photographer or not, animals and things you might otherwise not notice. Each night after dinner I will present a short slide show of the best photos I have taken that day and of course I will always be there to answer fish or sea creature ID questions or help you with issues with your camera.

Posted January 12, 2018