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

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Rob Tipton, IL, US (1 report)
Report Number 6208
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Cozumel, Roatan, Grand Cayman, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
69   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
requested divers use computer  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
crew very good in assisting with gear, nice camera table on dive deck with
plenty of power outlets on camera table and in cabins, in addition to media
room for editing photos. Luis(Boat photographer) was great always there to
assist if you had question. Camera table also has low pressure drying air.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
  My Rocio Del Mar trip was August 13th-20th, 2011.  This was my first
liveabord trip.  I must say I may be hooked! Lolo the ships Captain did an
excellent job to ensure the boat was always in the calmest water possible. 
We didn't have anyone on board experience any seasickness.  The crew
including Dora, Ray, Bob, and many others are the true gem of this boat. 
It felt like we were visiting a family and we were guest on their boat
rather than being customers, they really made us feel welcome and met and
exceeded all of our needs/expectations.  The boat can handle 22 divers; the
week we were on board we had 15 guests so we had plenty of space.  The
daily schedule is light breakfast 6-7am with first dive at 0730 followed by
a cooked to order breakfast then dive #2 .  Next is lunch followed by dive
#3, lunch was great, each day chef Pedro always had something good planned
for each meal, I didnt make any request prior to arriving, but I am a
picky eater and dont care for sea food and I was completely satisfied with
all meals including the days when the main dish was fish and I was made an
alternate dish.  Then we took a break and did a late afternoon dive prior
to supper.  We completed 19 dives during the week, including 2 night dives.
A huge highlight of the week was the day that Lolo found Sperm whales for
us to snorkel with.  It is right up there with my all time most exciting
diving experiences, This trip also delivered two more species of whales, we
didnt snorkel with them but we saw many fin back and pilot whales while
traveling between dive sights.  Dolphins seemed to always be present when
the boat was underway.  There were so many I couldnt count them.  On at
least one dive when we surfaced they were there, the crew was great they
took our BCDs aboard the Pangas and we were allowed to stay in the water
to snorkel with them.  My wife had one swim up to her for an eye to eye
encounter. The last highlight of the week is Friday afternoon when you
snorkel with Whale Sharks. We had 6 to 7 whale sharks that allowed us to
swim with them as they were feeding.  Again I hate overstated this, but
this trip was awesome!  The dives were conducted from 2 Pangas (inflatable
boats) in addition to the highlights listed above we had abundant fish
life.  On most dives we had Sea Lions, Octopus, Angel Fish, Trigger fish,
several different ray species, and many more. All though not on every dive
we also found Giant Jaw fish, garden eels, lobster, hawksbill turtles,and
sea horses.   

This was a wonderful trip on a great boat with an excellent crew.  I am
sure we will be back to travel with them again.  The trip we were on
departed from Rocky Point and we dove in the Midriff Islands, my wife and I
are hoping to go on the Socorro Islands trip next! 
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