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Dive Review of Rocio del Mar in
Mexico (Western)/Midriff Islands

August, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Jason Propsner, GA, US
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"Rocio Del Mar - Sea of Cortez"
Report Number 8359
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Galapagos, Caribbean, Florida, Truk, Palau.  
Closest Airport
Pheonix, AR
Getting There
Direct from ATL to PHX

Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes max and 50 minutes on night dives  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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Camera table is large and there was plenty of outlets. Air hose for blow 
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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4 stars  

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Value for $$
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3 stars   
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I flew to Pheonix and overnighted at the nearby Courtyard to be sure there
was no missed connections. The next day the van (Head Out to Rocky Point)
to transport me to Rocky Point arrived at 1:pm. I was the only passenger
since the rest of the divers were from Tucson and drive themselves. The
driver was very friendly and we had great conversation making the 4 hour
drive fly by. We stopped half way, still in Arizona to gas up and get some
Once I arrived on the dock, the crew was there to meet me and carry my bags
to the boat. The other guests had already arrived and were setting up. The
crew showed me to my room and I was pleased to see the new AC units and
individual controls per room. 
I had previously been on the Rocio Del Mar in 2011 and the ship has seen
some wear and tear since. The crew was new to me with one exception. My
bathroom door ...
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By philip nicozisis in FL, US at Sep 20, 2015 08:42 EST  
I always thought the Sea of Cortez was about big animals as in sharks ??
By Jason Propsner in GA, US at Sep 21, 2015 08:39 EST  
That is a great point and I should have included more about sharks, or the
lack there of, in my review. 
It was very striking that on night dives all the fish slept out in the
open. Grouper laying on top of rocks without any cover or protection. I
brought this up to the crew and was told that the sharks in the north have
been fished out. We never saw one shark besides the whale sharks. It is a
wonder they have not been fished out too. 
I am sure in the south Sea of Cortez or in the blue water there are more
There was big animals, like Sea Lions, Mobula rays, Whales (we spotted some
a few miles away, but too far to swim with) and Whale Sharks but no sharks
of any size on any dives.
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