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Dive Review of Rocio Del Mar in
Mexico (Western)/Sea of Cortez

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Bob DeFeo, CA, US
Contributor   (18 reports)
Report Number 5751
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Monterey, Channel Islands, Puget Sound, Texas, Roatan, Hawaii, Kauai,
Philippines, Indonesnia, Socorro Islands, Cayman's
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
69   to 73    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Safety sausage & dive computer required.  Max depth 130 ft.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large camera table with outlets on dive deck.  Rinse buckets available. 
HDTV available for viewing.  Solid set-up and great access. Crew extremely
careful with cameras---best seen to date anywhere.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
Third visit in three months! Whales sharks for the 3rd month in a row. Huge
pod of sperm whales (15) with calves 50 feet from the boat. Pod of 100
pilot whales surfing off the stern 10 feet away. Sea lions during many
dives. Humboldt squid. I won't kill the reader with details on the Rocio
del Mar's facilities, food, accomodations as I've covered those in two
previous back-to-back month's reports.  But all remains GREAT! Diving in
late October without the full/new moon made for milder currents than those
seen on the August and September trips. Water has cooled off considerably
making a 5mm with hooded vest okay but I used a 7mm with hooded vest the
last two days and for night dives and was more comfortable.  Water temps
were more even with less upwelling observed over September and August,
69-73 degrees.  Air temps ran low 80's/high 70's daytime and mid 60's at
night. Visibility varied considerably with a low of 10 feet to a high of
40-50 ft. Most dives had variations of 20-40 ft vis on the same dive.  Saw
many juvenile cortez angel fish in the yellow-polyped black coral forests.
Octopus everywhere, Sea horses, frog fish, and some wonderfully colorful
and large golden groupers.  Some groupers were 100 lbs. Lobsters,
nudibranches, hog fish, blenies, jaw fish, arrow crabs, grunts...see my
previous reports on the Rocio del Mar---same delightful sightings. Once
again the crew was an absolute 10 and they go well out of their way for
guests.  Catching & releasing a few humboldt squid and allowing guests
to do the same if they wished--under supervision. Amazing animal to see up
close!  The life in this gulf is so incredibly prolific both in terms of
quantity and quality.  The Rocio del Mar is a treat for any diver who can
handle sometimes variable and unpredictable currents. Like I said before,
better book soon or you'll wait years for a spot as word spreads. Also want
to add that there has been no traveler safety issues between the border and
Puerto Penasco where the boat is berthed.  Three times in three months and
I have felt secure during each trip.  So don't let the drug gang thing
scare you way from this trip because it isn't present in the area.  Feel
free to e-mail if you want videos of the whales, dolphins, etc. or check
out the Rocio del Mar's Facebook page and website.  Boy!  Another
incredible trip and I will return when they start the Sea of Cortez trips
back up in June.  Rocio will be doing the Socorro Islands out of Cabo from
late December through May 2011...maybe I'll go back there too:)
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