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Dive Review of Rocio del Mar in
Mexico (Western)/Midriff Islands

Rocio del Mar: "Rocio Del Mar - Sea of Cortez", Aug, 2015,

by Jason Propsner, GA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8359.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Galapagos, Caribbean, Florida, Truk, Palau.
Closest Airport Pheonix, AR Getting There Direct from ATL to PHX

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 10 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes max and 50 minutes on night dives
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Camera table is large and there was plenty of outlets. Air hose for blow ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 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
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments I flew to Pheonix and overnighted at the nearby Courtyard to be sure there was no missed connections. The next day the van (Head Out to Rocky Point) to transport me to Rocky Point arrived at 1:pm. I was the only passenger since the rest of the divers were from Tucson and drive themselves. The driver was very friendly and we had great conversation making the 4 hour drive fly by. We stopped half way, still in Arizona to gas up and get some food.
Once I arrived on the dock, the crew was there to meet me and carry my bags to the boat. The other guests had already arrived and were setting up. The crew showed me to my room and I was pleased to see the new AC units and individual controls per room.
I had previously been on the Rocio Del Mar in 2011 and the ship has seen some wear and tear since. The crew was new to me with one exception. My bathroom door ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By philip nicozisisin FL, US at Sep 20, 2015 08:42 EST  
I always thought the Sea of Cortez was about big animals as in sharks ??
By report author: Jason Propsner in GA, US at Sep 21, 2015 08:39 EST  
That is a great point and I should have included more about sharks, or the lack there of, in my review. It was very striking that on night dives all the fish slept out in the open. Grouper laying on top of rocks without any cover or protection. I brought this up to the crew and was told that the sharks in the north have been fished out. We never saw one shark besides the whale sharks. It is a wonder they have not been fished out too. I am sure in the south Sea of Cortez or in the blue water there are more sharks. There was big animals, like Sea Lions, Mobula rays, Whales (we spotted some a few miles away, but too far to swim with) and Whale Sharks but no sharks of any size on any dives.
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