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

Rocio del Mar Liveaboard, Jun, 2012,

by Michael Traylor, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports). Report 6587.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Belize, Bahamas, Bonaire, Palau, Fiji, Hawaii, Maldives, Roatan, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge, currents
Water Temp 61 to 73 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 min bottom time, but only 50 w/ a couple of dives.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales > 2
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dry table and dedicated camera rinse tank were present.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I think the diving is sometimes high voltage there, but I couldn't prove it from my trip. The visibilty was usually terrible and the chill water mandates a thick wet-suit and one diver was glad he had a dry suit! Currents are often strong and unpredicatble but were well-handled by the divemasters and not a major problem. The poor viz reduces one to looking for flat-worms and critters. The lone whale shark was spotted at the end of the dive and vanished quickly into the "soup". The crew, food, and sevice on the boat were terrific.
The itinerary varies according to time of year. I would strongly recommend a phone call to them about current and anticipated conditions if you have a hankering to try the Sea of Cortez, before you book. There are trips to the Soccoro Islands, also.
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