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

Rocio del Mar: "Sea of Cortez- Midriff Islands", Sep, 2022,

by Gregory S Bruce, Washington, United States (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 21 reports with 16 Helpful votes). Report 12115.

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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
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Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Trip Report: Sea of Cortez on Rocio del Mar, September 2022

Our private dive group, primarily based out of Portland, OR booked a weeklong liveaboard on the Rocio del Mar liveaboard from September 3-10, 2022. We were a group of 20 people that are very familiar with one another and have been diving worldwide together for many years.

Our itinerary was to dive the Midriff Islands in the Sea of Cortez. Point of departure and return for the boat was out of Rocky Point, Sonora, Mexico. The local area is also known as Puerto Penasco. It is roughly a 4-5 hour drive from Phoenix, AZ. The boat put us in contact with a shuttle service called “Head out to Rocky Point” and the cost was $150 per person round trip.
They pick you up from the airport at a designated terminal and gate and return you there also.

Half of our group came in a day early in the event of lost luggage and made our way down to Rocky Point and spent the night there, while the other half came in on the day of. Everyone made it safe and sound. Mexico does not require a negative COVID test for entry, but the Rocio del Mar does require a negative antigen test within 48 hours of boarding the boat.

Once on board the boat at 5pm on the 3rd of September, everyone got busy setting up their dive gear to the tank that would be theirs for the week and unpacking the rest of their personal belongings in their assigned cabin. We had a mix of singles that shared a room and couples who shared a room. All of the rooms are pretty similar and spartan. Longer, but not wider single sized beds configured in an L-Shape. One bed at the normal bed height and the other about 3 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Thailand, Vietnam, Channel Islands, So Cal Coast, Pacific NW, Monterey-CA, Grand Cayman, Bonaire, Belize, Philippines, Red Sea, Sea of Cortez, Florida
Closest Airport Phoenix, AZ Getting There Portland to Phoenix, shuttle into Mexico to Rocky Point.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 74-86°F / 23-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive as a group and ascend as a group due to potential tricky currents
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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
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