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

Rocio Del Mar, Sep, 2013,

by Eric Schindler, AZ, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 16 Helpful votes). Report 7130.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Rocio Del Mar is a world class liveaboard experience, that is so close to home. Week long trips depart from the tip of the Sea of Cortez, with shuttle service from Phoenix airport for most passengers. We were able to drive as Arizona residents. Cabins are clean, large and the boat is well maintained. What stands out is the crew -- top notch professional attitude and friendly. Good food, free beer and wine, and vegetarians aboard well cared for.

Diving in the Sea of Cortez exceeded my expectations. While not world class destination in terms of populations of fish, coral and pelagics, the unique experiences and life in the Sea of Cortez make this a fabulous trip to add to your wish list. Cavorting with playful sea lions on many dives, Octopus seen both day and night, curious unique creatures like giant jawfish, and the highlight of snorkeling with over a dozen whale sharks for hours more than make up for the absence of sharks and more prolific schools of fish. Acceptable to good visibility on most dives. Be prepared for thermoclines. Hot water at the surface on some dives gave way to 70 degree upwellings below. RDM also goes to the Socorro islands and that is reported to be an even more amazing trip

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Philippines, Maldives, various Caribbean islands, Hawaii, etc
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 70-86°F / 21-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-90 Ft/ 9-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 hour limit and 50 minutes night dives
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments While we are not photographers, those in the group were well cared for. Ample space for equipment, and crew very accommodating of photographers.
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