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Dive Review of Rocio del Mar in
Mexico (Western)/Sea of Cortez, top to bottom

Rocio del Mar: "Gulf of Cortez(California) not up to hype", Oct, 2014,

by Randall S Preissig, TX, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 30 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 7817.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Raja Amphat, Komodo, Thailand, Burma, Sipadan, Tahiti, Palau, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Socorro, Cocos, Galapagos, Caymans, Bonaire, Belize, Cozumel, Etc.
Closest Airport Phoenix,AZ and Cabo Getting There The trip is from Puerto Peñasco to San Jose del Cabo (or reverse) and requires a shuttle from Phoenix to Puerto Peñasco. The shuttle costs less than $100 and is comfortable and well-run.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 5 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Sport diving limits of 100 feet and 50 minutes dive time. I was a little put off by the strict enforcement of the dive time, especially since we did 2 dives on 4 different days.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Long dive table crowed between racks of wetsuits and traffic lanes. Plenty of charging slots. Dedicated rinse tank. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments First, the good. Dora, who owns the company with her husband, is on most cruises. This undoubtedly helps keep the crew's performance at peak. Her enthusiasm is contagious and she became one of my all-time favorite staff. The food was very good with free beer and wine anytime you wanted (no diving after drinking, of course). Rooms were large with plenty of storage and the AC was way more than adequate. Snacks, drinks, fruit 24 hours in the lounge or dining area. The dive deck was a little crowded, as was the camera table. You walked down to the skiff fully geared unless you requested help which was readily available. Boats of 10 left 15 minutes apart.
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