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The 27m Rocio del Mar liveaboard offers fantastic dive trips year round to the iconic dive areas of the Socorro Islands, Sea of Cortez and Baja California. 20 guests are catered to in 10 comfortable staterooms spread over 2 decks. Each stateroom aboard the Rocio del Mar has air-conditioning, carpets, windows, storage space and en-suite bathrooms. For relaxation guests can choose the 2nd deck salon or sun deck with BBQ. The spacious dining area is located on the lower forward part of the Rocio del Mar, to minimise and sense of movement whilst you are enjoying your tasty meals.
Rocio del Mar offers guests three itineraries to choose from: Divers can go to the Socorro Islands to swim with giant manta rays, hammerheads and humpback whales, to Baja California to dive with mobula rays and playful sea lions or the Midriff Islands in the Sea of Cortez with abundant marine life from nudibranchs and colorful jawfish to fin whales and whale sharks.
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2 Twin Beds. Located on the main deck. 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.
Double bed. Located on the main deck. 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.
Full double bed and Twin. Located on the second deck. 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.
Route Description - Socorro Island 9 Days / 8 Nights
9 Days / 8 Nights (Approximately 20 dives in total)
The Revillagigedo Islands (also Revillagigedo Archipelago or Islas Revillagigedo) are a group of four volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, known for their unique ecosystem. The islands are home to many endemic plant and animal species, and are sometimes called Mexico's "little Galapagos". Socorro island is the most diverse in flora, fauna, and topography.
The islands lie 250 miles off Baja Mexico's southern shore. When embarking on a trip to the Socorro Islands; possible destinations on the itinerary are San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida and Clarion Islands.
The islands are home to many endemic plant and animal species, and are sometimes called Mexico's "little Galapagos".
Day 1Board the boat the day of departure at 8 a.m. Departure 9:00 a.m.
Day 2 - Rocio del Mar arrives to San Benedicto around 11:00 a.m. Start Diving! 2 dives scheduled...
Day 3 - San Benedicto, 4 dives scheduled.
Day 4 - Roca Partida, 3 dives scheduled.
Day 5 - Roca Partida, 3 dives scheduled.
Day 6 - Socorro Island, 4 dives scheduled.
Day 7 - San Benedicto, schedule 4 dives. At the end of this day we will start our departure to San Jose del Cabo.
Day 8 - Arrive at San Jose del Cabo around 11pm - Guests may sleep on the boat
Day 9 - Disembark by 8:30 a.m.
These islands are a spectacular magnet for the largest ocean pelagic animals in the world. Schooling Hammerhead sharks, Tiger sharks, dolphins, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, clouds of jacks and barracuda, tuna, wahoo, oceanic white tips sharks, whale sharks and mantas.
Mantas are the claim to fame for Socorro Islands; the island on which they seem to congregate the most is San Benedicto! The magical dive site called "The Boiler" is a submerged sea mount and cleaning station. More than a half dozen Mantas frequent this pinnacle regularly. The Mantas here are the friendliest I have ever experienced, they seem to enjoy the presence of humans. This is truly an exceptional place if you wish to really experience the Manta Magic.
Humpback whales visit during the winter months of January through April. This is a splendid time to hear the sound of the singing mating male escorts underwater. This destination can only be dived by a live aboard dive vessel. It takes approximately 26 hrs one way to reach the islands. This is an excellent dive destination for large pelagics due to the open ocean nature of the islands, which sometimes include currents and choppy conditions. The underwater topography consists of rocky outcroppings, boulders and some walls. There is not much in the way of coral as this is a cooler water destination.
Route Description - Sea of Cortez
8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 3 dives in total)
Day 1. Embark at 5:00 p.m. Puerto Peñasco, leave at 6:00 p.m.
Day 2. Wake up at Refugio Bay on Angel Island
Potential Dive sites: Angel Rock, La Vela, Lolo’s Cove, El Jardin
Day 3. Angel Island
Potential Dive sites: Andrea’s Eagle, El Aquario, Las Vivoras, Las Vivoras Night Dive
Day 4. Salsipuedes
Potential Dive sites: Los Cuervos, El Caballo, In Animas, El Lavadero, El Lavadero Night Dive
Day 5. San Pedro Martir
Potential Dive sites: Ravijunco, Xareni’s Pinnacle, Coromel, Morrito
Day 6. San Pedro Martir
Potential Dive sites: El Arroyo, Punta Martir (Sea Lions), Chayo’s Cove
Day 7. Start trip back to Puerto Peñasco
Potential Dive sites: El Pescador, Baja Ca., Animas in Bahia de Los Angeles with whale sharks, La Ventana.
Day 8. Disembark between 7:00 am.
Encounter large and small whale species, whale sharks, jumping mobula rays, and sea lion colonies.
With clear, deep waters, abundant sea life, golden sandy beaches and inspiring vistas, the Sea of Cortez - known as the Gulf of California - is a breathtaking destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, boating, and exploring diverse marine creatures. 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, whale sharks, jumping mobula rays, and sea lion colonies. Hike and explore remote uninhabited islets. Dine under the stars in a calm anchorage, socialize with your shipmates and make new friends. Then melt into a luxurious bunk in your own finely appointed cabin with private bathrooms and hot showers. All in a day aboard Rocio, combined with personalized service to enhance your live aboard safety and fun. Dive into your dreams and see what Sea of Cortez diving is all about
Route Description - Explore Baja - San Jose Del Cabo - Puerto Penasco
13 Days / 12 Nights (Approximately 36 dives in total)
Explore Baja - Puerto Penasco to San Jose del Cabo The Sea of Cortez's isolation provides a unique series of contrasting ecosystems from the vast solitude of the desert to the rich underwater realms and black coral gardens.
Abundant sun light and clear nutrient-filled waters inspired Jacques Cousteau to call this area "the aquarium of the world". A breathtaking destination for amazing scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, boating and exploring. Dive on untouched walls and reefs. Encounter large and small whale species, whale sharks, jumping mobula rays, and sea lion colonies. See Mobula rays jump in the air and make a magnificient night dive among them.
This trip is also an amazing opportunity to dive in Cabo Pulmo, one of the best kept Marine Protected Areas in the world.
Day 1. Check in at boat at 5:00 p.m. - Puerto Peñasco
Day 2. Angel Island
Day 3. Bahia de los Angeles - Whale Sharks, El Pescador
Day 4. Animas and Salsipuedes
Day 5. San Pedro Martir
Day 6. Isla Alfonso
Day 7. Coronado, walk Loreto Mission Square in the evening
Day 8. Animas
Day 9. Early hike on San Francisco Island, Dora's Pinnacle, los Islotes
Day 10. El Bajo, Ship wreck (fang ming). Visit La Paz for the afternoon
Day 11. Cerralvo
Day 12. Cabo Pulmo
Day 13. Disembark 8:30 a.m.
THINGS TO SEE: Jacques Cousteau and John Stienbeck saw the magic that the Sea of Cortez has to offer. Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez the worlds aquarium. John Stienbeck wrote "The Log of the Sea of Cortez" a journey through a remote and beautiful corner of the world, a diary filled with the daily excitements and triumphs of skillful and energetic men. It is also an invitation to see the world anew from a fresh vantage point and perhaps with a broader and more understanding spirit.
The bio-diversity between the Northern and Southern Sea of Cortez is incredible. Diving the entire Baja is spectacular. The sea life we witness on the surface from the boat, dingys or snorkling is fantastic.
Dolphins, sea lions, pilot whales, humpback whale, blue fin whales, orca and sperm whales. Flying mantas, blue and brown footed boobie birds, cormorants, frigate birds and the endemic yellow footed gulls.
ACTIVITIES: Diving, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and explore small towns and missions.