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

Rocio del Mar: "My Kingdom for a Little Visability", Jul, 2016,

by Craig Gibson, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9186 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Belize, Bonaire, Dominica, Fiji, Galapagos, Hawaii, Honduras, Malaysia, Maui, Mexico-Caribean, Mexico-Baja, Palau, Philippines, TX, FL, NC, NM
Closest Airport Getting There Drive south from Tucson, AZ

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 58 to 68 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions A divemaster stayed in the water with the group, but if you weren't in the front of the group you would lose him in the krill. Mostly they just want you to make it back to the boat.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The viz was just too poor for me to enjoy my big rig so I ended up taking the GoPro from my wife and had a great time. ... 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 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments The best part of the trip is that it is a short drive from the Southwest. We drove from El Paso, TX (home) to Puerto Penasco where we spent the night and messed around the next day until boarding time at 4:00. If I did it again I would have spent the night in Tucson, AZ and driven down after lunch. If you like to party and shop for tourist stuff you might like spending more time here. I guess I've been there and done that too many times already. Also, I found the cost of American style lodging to be kind of expensive and stayed the night at Hotel Baja, but wouldn't recommend it (not even Motel 6 level).

We boarded the boat at 4:00 and grabbed a dive station. This is important as about 1/3 of them are designed in a standing configuration. You basically have a section on a partition to hang your equipment and get suited up in a standing position. The rest of the stations are normal seats with a space underneath to stow your gear. However, about half of these get completely covered by wetsuits.

Only a few of the cabins have a double bed and the rest have two bunks. In the regular cabins you better forget about having some special time with your spouse, unless both are trul ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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