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

September, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Frederick R. Turoff, PA, US
Sr. Contributor   (22 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 7775
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Southern Sea of Cortez, Coco, Revillagigedos, Red Sea,
Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Micronesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Keep dives to around 1 hour  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Camera table on boat suited the divers who were photographers as well. Had
more brought cameras, it would have been tight. Plenty of charging
stations. Dedicated rinse tank. ...
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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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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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2 stars   
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Rocio del Mar = Mist of the Sea = Sea Mist

Its a 4 hr trip south from Phoenix to the boat via van with cargo trailer
 divers are met at a hotel (if a group) or the airport around noon and
depart by 1p for the boat in Puerto Peñasco (=Rocky Point), Mexico
(or you can drive there yourself). Our contingent consisted of 18 divers 
six from MA, two from PA, two from CA (who had done 6000+ dives between the
two of them), one from TX, one from Germany, two from NYC, two from IL and
two newlyweds from CA (the hubby of the newlyweds is a divemaster for the
operation). One was on his 8th trip on the boat.

Upon arrival in Puerto Peñasco, crew and others helped unload gear
and take it to the dive area of boat. We selected rooms and unpacked gear
during the ride out of the harbor. At first dinner, divemaster Gil
(Gilberto) introduced the crew and told us about procedures. All divers
received a large plastic water cup with their name on it and were asked to
say what they wanted to see during the trip. We were divided into two
groups which alternated starting dives one day to the next, with a
15-minute gap between groups. Our days featured 3 dives with several days
adding a night dive. An informative briefing preceded each dive. Dives were
done from inflatables (pangas). The dive gear area has a long table for
cameras with many 120 v electrical outlets - if all divers were
photographers, the table would have been too small, but it served our group
well. This area was a bit narrow for a full compliment of divers, but
platooning the group gave us ample room to gear up easily. Divers would get
geared up in the dive gear area then walk down stairs to the dive deck to
board an inflatable (unless one requested to mount the BC-tank rig in the
boat, as a passenger with a sore back did). Crew carried fins and cameras
down to the boat for us, and helped us on and off the panga. All crew knew
our names within a ...
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