Scuba Dive In The Sea Cortez
SCUBA DIVE IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ
Come out to explore the Sea of Cortez underwater treasures as Jacques Cousteau once did!
- 3 Night hotel stay at the Sea of Cortez Beach Club
- Saturday 3 tank dive on the Ocean Spirit(includes tanks, lunch, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages)
- Sunday 2 tank costal dive on the Ocean Spirit (includes tanks, snacks and Non-alcoholic beverages)
- Saturday night dining out and dive social
SEA OF CORTEZ / MIDRIFF ISLANDS
Only 15 Spots left! July 9-16, 2022 * additional dates available
$2895.00 double occupancy deposit by 12/22 $965.00
8 Days / 9 Nights / 6 Days of Diving
The Sea of Cortez, known as the Gulf of California, is a breathtaking destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, and exploration. Legendary diver Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez as the “world’s aquarium”. Dive on untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life. Encounter large and small whale species, snorkel with whale sharks, dive with playful sea lion colonies, and see countless eels, octopus, fish, and jumping mobula rays. It’s a macro photographer’s dream with nudibranchs, colorful blennies, dancing jawfish, and sea horses.
Between dives, you can hike and explore remote uninhabited islets. At night you can gaze at the Milky Way. Give us one week and we will help you create a lifetime of memories while forging new friendships. You will dine on incredible cuisine and enjoy the friendly service that has made many of our guests come diving with us again and again.
Below is our scheduled diving itinerary. Weather and sea conditions may require changes to this itinerary. If unique animal sighting opportunities arise, we may suggest alternative options to divers.
Day 1 – Board the boat at 5pm in Puerto Peñasco / Depart at approximately 6pm / Dinner is served at 7pm
Day 2 – Wake up at Refugio Bay on Angel Island
Potential Dive sites: Angel Rock, La Vela, Lolo’s Cove
Sunset Zodiak Cruise with Sea Lions
Day 3 – Angel Island
Potential Dive sites: Andrea’s Eagle, El Aquario, Las Vivoras, Las Vivoras including a night dive
Day 4 – San Pedro Martir
Potential Dive sites: El Arroyo, Punta Martir (Sea Lions), Chayo’s Cove
Day 5 – San Pedro Martir
Potential Dive sites: Ravijunco, Xareni’s Pinnacle, Coromel, Morrito
In the afternoon we go looking for whales!
Day 6 – Salsipuedes & Animas
Potential Dive sites: Los Cuervos, El Caballo, In Animas, El Lavadero, El Lavadero including a night dive
Day 7 – Baja and Snorkeling with Whale Sharks in Bahia de Los Angeles
Potential Dive sites: El Pescador, Don Juan
Start heading back to Puerto Penasco in the afternoon
Day 8 – Disembark at 7am
AVERAGE WATER TEMPERATURES
The Sea of Cortez is a very seasonal sea which means it changes rapidly based on the seasons. Our trips begin in early July where the temperatures are approximately 74-78 degrees Fahrenheit. It increases by about 2 degrees Fahrenheit every week and tops off at about 85 degrees mid-August and remains there until about mid-September. After mid-September, the temperatures drop an average of 2 degrees Fahrenheit every week.
The Sea of Cortez has vertical thermoclines! You can see the water shimmer before you feel it. There are cool as well as warm currents. During a single dive, experiencing a temperature difference of 10 degrees is quite normal. But don’t worry, the cool thermoclines don’t last long.
SCHEDULES & RATES
2022 July 9-16 Rocio del Mar / $2895 per person, double occupancy
The Rocio del Mar is extremely seaworthy and is approved by both the US Coast Guard and the Mexican Coast Guard. She is equipped with state-of-the-art electronics and all required safety equipment.
Our vessel is 110 ft long with a 25 ft beam.
Staterooms: 10 comfortable guest staterooms on two decks. All have private bathrooms with hot shower stalls, western style toilets, lavatories, and above height window. Each cabin is carpeted and air conditioned. There are room length windows with privacy curtains and convenient gear and clothes storage drawers beneath the beds. We recommend any private valuables be safely stored in the boat’s secure vault.
There are two staterooms on the second deck behind the bridge on the port and starboard side. Each features a full size lower bed and a single size bed on top with adjustable reading lights.
The spacious dining area is in the lower forward part of the boat to minimize any sense of movement during meals.
We will carefully select anchorages to minimize any wave action on the 200 ton stiff steel vessel while anchored for the night.
Oversize engines designed to operate at low working loads with high efficiency, producing less engine noise and vibration at normal cruising speed.
Deep V hull design and wave breaking bow knuckle to minimize surface wave action against the hull as the Rocio Del Mar moves forward through the sea.
Eight cabins on the main deck – four on the port and starboard side. 6 cabins feature two single beds with reading lights. 2 cabins feature a double bed with lots of storage space underneath. Adjustable reading lights to focus the illumination without disturbing your cabin-mate.
- Salon is comfortable with sofas, a TV, a computer table set up, books and DVD’s
- Huge, well organized dive deck with gear storage for all your diving equipment
- Spacious camera table with lots of power outlets
- Dive platform for easy access to the inflatable pangas
- 2 Rinse showers on the dive platform
- 2 on-board compressors
- Large shaded sundeck with lawn chairs – perfect for relaxing between dives
- 2 inflatable pangas with drivers to get you to and from the dive sites – each has a sturdy ladder for the safety and comfort of our divers
- All power is 110 (just like the US)
- Wet gear storage is available on the diving deck, so there is no need to lug gear or clutter your stateroom with it
- Smoking is allowed only on the top sun deck.