Rocio Del Mar - Sea of Cortez
Liveaboard At A Glance
The Rocio del Mar is a 30 metre owner operated vessel that has been designed specifically for scuba diving. Launched in 2008, the ship has modern, comfortable and well equipped accommodation for 20 passengers in 10 guest staterooms. The vessel has been designed very much with comfort in mind. The large 580 HP engines are highly efficient and operate with low levels of noise and vibration, while the deep V-shape of the hull enables Rocio del Mar to cleave through the sea with the minimum of surface movement.
The spacious dining area is situated in the lower forward part of the boat to minimize any sense of movement during meals and on the top deck is a large sundeck with a barbecue where guests can relax between dives.
Water temperatures in the Sea of Cortez vary between 27 to 30 degrees in August and September and 18 to 21 degrees in January and February. This ensures a rich diversity of resident and visiting marine life.
There are eight guest staterooms on the main deck, six with twin beds and two with a double bed. The two staterooms on the interval deck are behind the bridge and have the same facilities but with a double size lower bed and a single bed overhead. All staterooms have private bathrooms, air conditioning and large windows, carpets and curtains.
Aft of the main deck is a spacious gear storage area with stairs leading down to the dive platform on the lower deck.
The kitchen, large dining room and seating area are in the forward section of the lower deck while on the stern, divers can either enter directly into the water from the dive platform or board the skiffs to visit dive sites further afield. An interval chill zone has been thoughtfully provided on the second deck with comfortable seating and tables. For photographers, there is a camera table on the dive deck.
In the engine room are two 580 HP engines, two 250 Kw generators and two compressors.
The large upper sundeck provides an excellent area where guests can relax between and after dives and also enjoy a barbecue.
Zodiacs and kayaks are available for both diving and recreational purposes.
At the rear of the main deck is a large dive area, with ample room to kit up and also to prepare camera equipment. There is a wet gear storage area to hang equipment between dives.
All diving is conducted from two zodiacs and divers are split into two groups of 10 divers, led by experienced divemasters. Typically, 3-4 dives per day are offered but this can vary on days when land excursions are planned.
All divers are provided with ‘Nautilus Life line’ personal GPS and 2 way radio devices to clip onto their BCDs.
The Sea of Cortez is a huge body of water offering diverse diving. There are rich reefs to explore, steep walls covered with seafans on many of the offshore islands and a multitude of submered sea mounts. Typically dive depths range from just a few metres to around 35m making the Sea of Cortez accessible to divers of all levels.
Over 3000 species of marine animals have been identified in the Sea of Cortez, many of them endemic. The huge range of water temperatures throughout the year brings with it a tremendous amount of migrating animals, including 25 species of whales, whalesharks and manta rays to add to the marine wealth already found here making the Sea of Cortez one of the most exciting dive destinations on the planet.
Schedule & Itinerary
With clear, deep blue waters, abundant sea life, white sand beaches and inspiring vistas, the Sea of Cortez - known as the Gulf of California. From June to October the Rocio del Mar operates a schedule of mainly 8 day trips to the Sea of Cortez. On arrival into Puerto Peñasco in Mexico, guests board the Rocio del Mar and set off for the overnight transit waking up at Refugio Bay on Angel Island.
Day 1; afternoon boarding, welcome and depart Puerto Peñasco approx. 5pm
Day 2; wake up at Refugio Bay on Angel Island with potential dive sites: Angel Rock, La Vela, Lolo’s Cove, El Jardin
Day 3; Angel Island with potential dive sites: Andrea’s Eagle, El Aquario, Las Vivoras, Las Vivoras Night Dive
Day 4; Salsipuedes with potential dive sites: Los Cuervos, El Caballo, In Animas, El Lavadero, El Lavadero Night Dive
Day 5; San Pedro Martir with potential dive sites: Ravijunco, Xareni’s Pinnacle, Coromel, Morrito
Day 6; San Pedro Martir with potential dive sites: El Arroyo, Punta Martir (Sea Lions), Chayo’s Cove
Day 7; start trip back to Puerto Peñasco with potential dive sites: El Pescador, Baja Ca., Animas in Bahia de Los Angeles, La Ventana.
Day 8; disembark
The above itinerary is a planned itinerary dependent on weather conditions, captains discretion and may be subject to change.
For trips to Sea of Cortez you will need to fly to Phoenix in Arizona on a non-stop service with British Airways. We recommend that you spend a night in Phoenix on arrival however it may be possible to fly back to the UK on the day you disembark. It is a scenic 3 hour transfer from Phoenix to the sea port at Puerto Penasco where you will board Rocio del Mar.
Afternoon departure from the UK arriving on the same day and transfer to the Holiday Inn Hotel for 1 night
Enjoy a scenic 3 hour drive to Puerto Penasco and board Rocio del Mar for 7 nights exciting diving in the Sea of Cortez.
Disembark Rocio del Mar and transfer to Phoenix Airport to check-in for your return international flight.
Afternoon arrival to the UK.
7 nights Rocio del Mar from £1,898 per person plus £376 departure taxes.
Price includes return international flights to Phoenix from the UK.
For Rocio del Mar it includes 7 nights accommodation staying in a twin/double cabin, all meals, soft drinks and snacks, local beer and wine, all diving (typically 3 – 4 dives per day), tanks and weights.
For Holiday Inn Hotel it includes all transfers and 1 night accommodation in a twin/double share room with breakfast.