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

Rocio del Mar, Sep, 2014,

by Frederick R. Turoff, PA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 28 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 7775.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Southern Sea of Cortez, Coco, Revillagigedos, Red Sea, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Micronesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Keep dives to around 1 hour
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 1 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 Camera table on boat suited the divers who were photographers as well. Had more brought cameras, it would have been tight. Plenty of charging stations. Dedicated rinse tank. ... 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 N/A
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Beginners 2 stars
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Comments Rocio del Mar = Mist of the Sea = Sea Mist

Its a 4 hr trip south from Phoenix to the boat via van with cargo trailer divers are met at a hotel (if a group) or the airport around noon and depart by 1p for the boat in Puerto Peñasco (=Rocky Point), Mexico (or you can drive there yourself). Our contingent consisted of 18 divers six from MA, two from PA, two from CA (who had done 6000+ dives between the two of them), one from TX, one from Germany, two from NYC, two from IL and two newlyweds from CA (the hubby of the newlyweds is a divemaster for the operation). One was on his 8th trip on the boat.

Upon arrival in Puerto Peñasco, crew and others helped unload gear and take it to the dive area of boat. We selected rooms and unpacked gear during the ride out of the harbor. At first dinner, divemaster Gil (Gilberto) introduced the crew and told us about procedures. All divers received a large plastic water cup with their name on it and were asked to say what they wanted to see during the trip. We were divided into two groups which alternated starting dives one day to the next, with a 15-minute gap between groups. Our days featured 3 dives with several days adding a night dive. An informative briefing preceded each dive. Dives were done from inflatables (pangas). The dive gear area has a long table for cameras with many 120 v electrical outlets - if all divers were photographers, the table would have been too small, but it served our group well. This area was a bit narrow for a full compliment of divers, but platooning the group gave us ample room to gear up easily. Divers would get geared up in the dive gear area then walk down stairs to the dive deck to board an inflatable (unless one requested to mount the BC-tank rig in the boat, as a passenger with a sore back did). Crew carried fins and cameras down to the boat for us, and helped us on and off the panga. All crew knew our names within a ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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