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

Rocio del Mar, Nov, 2011,

by David J Inman, PA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 6364.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All caribbean, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomons, Cocos, Galapagos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 65 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max dive time 60 minutes, max depth 130 ft.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Newly rebuilt camera table on the dive deck is roomy and well appointed. Laptop stations in the lounge are quite nice for uploading and working on photos.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 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 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Our group traveled from Punto Punasco to Cabo San Lucas, cruising 800 miles down the Baja peninsula and making 25 dives along the way. Conditions varied greatly in terms of water temperature, current, and visibility. The northern areas were generally cooler than the southern areas in terms of water temperature. A 5 ml suit and full hood kept me comfortable the entire time.

The Sea of Cortez is known for its unpredictability both in weather and dive conditions. However the boat is sturdy, roomy, and well appointed. The Rocio del Mar is owned by a family, not a corporation, and most of the current crew were involved in the construction of the boat. The staff is very responsive to suggestions by guests and many changes have been made to the boat since I sailed with them just a year ago.
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