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Dive Review of Quino El Guardian in
Mexico (Western)/Sea of Cortez

Quino El Guardian: "Lots of big stuff to see, and small ones if you're patient", Sep, 2021,

by Cary Stegall, MN, US ( 1 report). Report 11689.

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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 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments I wanted a sampler of a bit of everything that the Sea of Cortez offers, and that's exactly what this trip did. We started at the far north, and dived sites all the way down to Cabo Pulmo. The highlights for me were the big guys - whale sharks, hammerheads, and sea lions. Hammers were mainly hiding on this trip ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving US, Cozumel, Roatan, Costa Rica, Australia, Caymans, Bonaire, Turks & Caicos, Belize, Curacao, Bahamas, Socorros
Closest Airport Phoenix Getting There I flew to Phoenix and took a van to Puerto Penascos to board at the marina. Flew home from Cabo.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 81-86°F / 27-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Mainly just holding dives to 50 minutes. We were doing up to 4 dives a day, so that was reasonable. Lots of freedom to do what you like beyond that.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 I was only shooting GoPro this trip, so my needs were few. Photographers with bigger rigs had their own spac ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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