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

August, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Joel Snyder, AZ, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"Great warm-water diving in the Sea of Cortez from a good boat"
Report Number 8341 has 1 Helpful vote
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Asia; Carib; Mexico; Hawaii; Red Sea
Closest Airport
Puerto Penasco
Getting There
Drive from Tucson/Phoenix, or
fly in direct.  3 to 4 hours
by car from Tucson. 

Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time limit of 60 minutes for dives; depth limit of 130 feet and strict
"no deco" (if you're in deco, you're out for 24 hours)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Large dedicated camera table and rinse tank.  ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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4 stars  

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Value for $$
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We spent a week aboard the Rocio del Mar doing their Midriff Islands
itinerary.  The boat leaves around 5PM from Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) on
Saturday, and returns you the following Saturday at 7AM to the same
location.  Getting to Puerto Penasco from Tucson is incredibly easy; once
you get on I-19, you only have to make 5 turns between Tucson and the boat
dock.  Guarded parking is available for $5/day at the Marina; arrive early
to get a shady spot.  

We were in room 9; there are 10 rooms, 8 with 2 single beds and 2 (9 and
10) with a double and a single bed.  The extra space was very welcome as
the rooms are fairly tight.  Private bathrooms were attached to all guest
rooms with shower, sink, and toilet.  Not luxurious by any standard, but
with individual A/C and bed, we had no complaints as you don't spend much
awake time in your room.  

The boat is not new, so there are rough edges and small repairs needed here
and there, but it was perfectly serviceable and none of the problems
affected us except in minuscule ways (such as the switch on our reading
light being broken ...
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