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

Quino El Guardian: "Explore Baja aboard the Quino El Guardian", Oct, 2016,

by John J. Sambogna, MA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 9177 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my first time diving in the Sea of Cortez. I chose the Explore Baja itinerary so I could get a feel for the entire sea. I got my money's worth logging 36 dives on the trip. The northern dive spots were much colder than I expected. I used a 5 mil with a hooded vest and was cold at times. Once we got to La Paz the water was very warm, you could use a 3 mil or some guests wore just a skin. My favorite dives were the massive schools of Jacks at Cabo Pulmo and diving with Sea Lions. Snorkeling with whale sharks was also a special day. Macro photographers will have a fun time on this trip, many small creatures especially nudibranchs.
The crew was outstanding. Very friendly and helpful.
The food was excellent and we had plenty to eat.
The boat is smaller than others I have been on and the cabins are tight. There are 4 shared bathrooms. If you are looking for luxury this is probably not the boat for you. If you are looking for a great crew to take you on fun and exciting dives, then check out the Quino El Guardian. The boat is owned by the same folks that own the Rocio Del Mar.
Websites Quino El Guardian   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cocos, Socorro, Fl Keys, through-out Caribbean, New England, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport Getting There Fly into Phoenix(PHX) and take shuttle to Puerto Penasco to board the boat. Return flights are from Cabo(SJD).

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 70-85°F / 21-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25-100 Ft/ 8-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco diving. 1 hr dive times, 50 mins on night dives.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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Subscriber's Comments

By Timothy Helblein MD, US at Aug 15, 2019 12:34 EST  
I'm doing the same trip this October. I'm trying to plan how much neoprene to bring. You said "the northern dive spots were much colder than I expected," and that the temperature range was 75 to 85 deg. Was the 75 deg actually the coldest water you dove in, or were there a few spots where it was colder? Also, how was the diving in the Loreto area?
By report author: John J. Sambogna in MA, US at Aug 15, 2019 17:56 EST  
Hi Tim, Yes, there were spots at depth where it was cooler than 75. I used a 5mil and added a hooded vest during the northern part of the trip. I was still cold at times, however I get cold easily. I think the diving around Loreto would include Coronada and Las Animas so from what I remember it was good. Overall, I enjoyed the trip. I have a video of it on youtube and there is also a link to it on the Quino El Guardian website. - youtu.be/jx8hIwBMEng I hope you have a great trip.
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