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

September, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Kimmey, NY, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
"Sea of Cortez in the Wake of Odile"
Report Number 8005
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
New York, Hawaii, California, Kwajalein, Florida, Grenada, Bonaire,
Caymans, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Belize, Mexico, Australia
Closest Airport
Phoenix, AZ
Getting There
You're pretty much at the
mercy of US Airways from most
of the United States, and
flight options from the East
Coast aren't the greatest. 
Shop around, be prepared to
stay overnight in Phoenix
coming or going, hopefully not

Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Daylight dives are strictly limited to 60 minutes, nighttime to 50:
necessary and even courteous because its not fair for divers who exit the
water early to have to wait in the hot sun for the few amphibians.  The
recommendation for sunblock, hats and sunglasses on the pangas is a good
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Large, well-appointed camera table on the dive deck, with air hoses and
plenty of light. ...
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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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Environmental Sensitivity  
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4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
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4 stars   
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110 long, 25 beam, custom-built for diving rather than a retrofit, and
specifically made to handle the trip out to the Socorros, which is a
26-hour crossing from San Jose del Cabo.  The boat has a bulbous bow and is
additionally stabilized with outrigger trolling plates.  She hosts 20
divers in 10 cabins (only 18 this trip).  

Head Out to Rocky Point shuttles divers from Phoenix to the Rocio del Mar
at Puerto Penasco, stopping in Ajo for lunch and collection of fares, then
crossing the border at Lukeville.  The border crossing there is smooth both
ways, takes only a couple of minutes and was certainly not the goat-rope
you expect when you go through between San Diego and Tijuana.  There are
two DHS checkpoints on Hwy 85 north of the border crossing, by the way.

We had heard that the Rocio del Mar was a serious divers boat: durable,
comfortable without a lot of unnecessary frills, a know-what-youre-about
sort of thing, and that was pretty accurate.  I wouldnt advise non-divers
or snorkelers to tag along on this one.  Passages are tight, especially the
access to the ladder going down to the galley and mess/dining room one deck
below what we came to think of as the main deck, on which both the dive
deck and all but two of the passenger cabins were found.  Having the galley
and dining room as low as possible was great: it was far more stable being
below the waterline, and the galley was by far the most impressive Ive
seen on a liveaboard, certainly the largest, and the cook, Pancho, created
some excellent meals for us there.

Drinks are included, beer and wine were normally served with dinner and
were available at other times if you were finished diving for the day.  A
liquor cabinet in the TV room was adequately stocked.  
The boat generates potable freshwater, but the crew advises against
drinking it from the faucets, recommending instead that we drink bottled
water or fill provided covered tumblers from dispensers on the dive deck
and in the dining room.  They even recommended against using it for
brushing teeth.

Cabins are tight.  We had one of the two cabins forward, complete with an
odd, trapezoidal-shaped double bed that sloped up toward the bow.  The
mattress is of the memory foam type, where you sink in and Ill bet its
pretty comfortable for the crossing to the Socorros.  Pillows were decent,
better than m ...
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