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

Rocio del Mar: "Whale sharks, sea lions and nudibranchs", Aug, 2017,

by Deedra R Mansfield, CO, US ( 1 report with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9732 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 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 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my second time on the Rocio Del Mar; the first was when I visited the Socorro Islands a few years ago. The crew was mostly the same. Incredible crew - the chef creates the best live aboard food I've ever eaten! The visibility this week was limited due to the massive amounts of krill in the water. Thankfully there were a lot of macro critters to choose from. Nudibranchs on every dive, healthy fish populations but didn't see any reef sharks. The last day of the week is dedicated to snorkeling with whale sharks and that is what we did. There were at least 3 sharks in the water. The water temperatures in this region are hard to plan around. I wore a 5 ml with a hooded vest all week and still got cold due to thermoclines. The air temperature was very warm though so it was easy to warm up after each dive.
Websites Rocio del Mar   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cocos, Galapagos, Papua, Indonesia, Palau, Bonaire, Belize, Socorro, all over the Caribbean.
Closest Airport Phoenix, AZ Getting There Super easy; flew to Phoenix and met the van for a 4 hour ride to the marina.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 70-78°F / 21-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-50 Ft/ 3-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Buddy diving only; no decompression diving
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Nice size camera table on the dive deck. It got a bit crowded when everyone was back from diving. The panga drivers were careful with my lenses and always considerate about a safe handoff.
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