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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 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
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 - waters were just too warm, but we saw half a dozen. But everything else delivered, and it was also my first time for the mobula night dive. Other divers spent lots of time finding the various types of blennies and other macro life. Snorkeling was with the whale sharks and a pod of dolphins that passed by. Cortez is not the right place for coral - there's some here but not like the Caribbean ideal. There were some signs of fishing residue, but in general the animals and sites were in very good shape. The Quino is a smaller boat - cabins are bunk beds shared by four. It's also more to the budget style, so I'd call it a good value for what it delivers, but there are more luxurious options if that's what you want. The staff were all friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable about the dive sites and surroundings. At about the half way point, there was enough coughing and sniffling moving around that the crew decided it was time for Covid tests for everyone. Fortunately all were negative and so we continued on with no dives lost. There was an extensive briefing on safety and emergency procedures. Battery chargers were encouraged to use the dive deck where they are isolated from the rooms. There were always 2 crew awake at night for watches.
Websites Quino El Guardian   

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 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I was only shooting GoPro this trip, so my needs were few. Photographers with bigger rigs had their own space to lay out cameras and gear, their own dunk tank, and the staff would hand cameras out separately at the start and end of all dives.
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