Welcome to the Rocio Del Mar & Quino El Guardian Liveaboards!
Our destinations are world class and our reputation is second to none. Because of this many our guests come back year after year. Whether you enjoy the luxury of the Rocio Del Mar or the incredible value offered by the Quino El Guardian, you will appreciate the splendor of our destinations and the personal attention of our crew.
Below please find details regarding our boats, destinations and more:
ROCIO DEL MAR
110’ with a 25’ beam Custom built specifically for divers In operation since 2009 10 Staterooms o Private bath complete with lavatories, hot shower stall, toilets o 6 Staterooms – twin bunks o 4 Staterooms – double bed for couples Large salon with oversized furniture, television, computer stations All areas of fully air-conditioned including cabins, salons and bathrooms Patio with comfortable outdoor furniture for relaxing Shaded sun deck Bathroom on dive deck Two showers on back deck Maximum 20 divers
QUINO EL GUARDIAN
90’ with a 23’ beam Fully refurbished commercial fishing vessel In operation since 2015 5 Cabins o 4 cabins with 4 bunks with privacy curtains 4 large drawers – one for each guest Under bunk storage Rooms are typically reserved by gender o 1 cabin with 2 bunks (typically reserved for a couple)
4 Bathrooms on the dive deck with full size shower – one assigned to each cabin so guests can leave their personal items in the bathroom Salon with seating for 16 with television, computer stations, projector and drop down screen for presentations All areas are fully air-conditioned including cabins, salons and bathrooms Shaded sun deck Fresh water shower on back deck Maximum 16 divers
Both boats have been designed specifically with divers in mind: Spacious camera table with multiple outlets and dry storage Each diver has their own dive station with storage for their gear Two inflatable skiffs each with their own driver Experienced divemasters lead all dives Nitrox available at additional charge
This is one of the things that our liveaboards are best known for … the food! Each day starts early with a continental breakfast with fresh fruit, cereals, bagels, yogurt, breads, and freshly brewed coffee. After your first dive guests enjoy a full, plated breakfast. After your second dive, you will be served a full, plated lunch each with a hot homemade soup to start. In the afternoon, we serve a large snack often of sandwiches, fruit, cheeses and more. For dinner guests enjoy a three course, plated meal with a salad, entrée and dessert. Hot and cold beverages are always available including canned soft drinks. Divers also enjoy complimentary beer and wine after their last dive of the day. We are happy to accommodate any special dietary needs.
The only thing better than the food aboard the Rocio Del Mar and Quino El Guardian is THE CREW! Our Captains, stewards, zodiac drivers, divemasters and engineers work together as a team to ensure your comfort and safety. No request is too big or too small and we are here to make your dive trip memorable.
Our guests on both boats enjoy Tempur-Pedic® mattresses and quality bed linens. Our stewards clean all rooms, bunks and bathrooms during the first dives of the day. We provide bath towels and dive deck towels. On the Quino, each cabin is assigned a bathroom. This way guests can leave their personal items and towels in the bathroom. UPGRADES Both the Rocio Del Mar and Quino El Guardian receive upgrades throughout the year. Whether it is new deck furniture or changing the layout of the dive deck, we strive to make every improvement conceivable for the comfort of our travelers.
We know Mexico like no one else! Our destinations include:
REVILLAGIGEDO ISLANDS – SOCORRO ISLAND
November – May Also known as Revillagigedo Archipelago, these 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 Galapagos”. Socorro island is the most diverse in flora, fauna, and topography. These islands are a spectacular magnet for the largest ocean pelagic animals in the world. Animals include schooling Hammerhead Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Dolphins, Silky Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, clouds of Jacks and Barracuda, Tuna, Wahoo, Oceanic White Tip Sharks, and Whale Sharks. Yet it is the Manta Rays that are the claim to fame. Humpback whales can be seen January through April.
SEA OF CORTEZ – MIDRIFF ISLANDS
July – Mid-September Easy to get to yet impossible to forget! 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. All in a day aboard Quino el Guardian, 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.
Mid-September – November Three times a year, we offer a very special, 13-day trip that covers all of Baja California. Your trip begins at one location and ends at the another … Puerto Penasco to San Jose del Cabo or San Jose del Cabo to Puerto Penasco. The Quino El Guardian is also available for custom charters and destinations.
The Quino El Guardian offers a truly unique experience – our Citizen Science Program. These trips include a marine biologist specializing in subjects such as Mantas, Sharks, Marine Ecology, Geology, Astronomy and more. Included in their research is animal tagging, identification, fish/animal counts and more. Divers can be involved in as much or as little as they like including hands-on research and presentations.
PRICING & DEPOSITS / INDIVIDUALS
All pricing is listed on our website and is subject to change without notice prior to receipt of a deposit A 25% deposit is due to hold the reservation 25% is due six months prior to travel Remaining balance is due three months prior to the trip CANCELLATIONS: There is no penalty for cancellations made 9 months or more prior to the scheduled trip date. 50% of the full rate will be forfeited for cancellations made 60 to 90 days prior to the scheduled trip date. No refunds for cancellations made 60 days or less prior to the scheduled trip date. o There is no penalty for cancellations made 9 months or more prior to the scheduled trip date o 25% of the full rate will be forfeited for cancellations made 3-9 months prior to the scheduled trip date o 50% of the full rate will be forfeited for cancellations made 60 to 90 days prior to the scheduled trip date. o No refunds for cancellations made 60-90 days prior to the scheduled trip date
GROUP RATES, PRICING & DEPOSITS
All pricing is listed on our website and is subject to change without notice prior to receipt of a deposit Free of Charge Spots – If you’re interested in forming a group to take a trip on either of our vessels, we offer a 10% commission to clients who bring a group of 5 or more people. The commission is deducted from your last group payment. We also provide free of charge spots depending on the vessel: o Rocio Del Mar – 1 free with 9 paid o Quino El Guardian – 1 free with 7 paid A $5,000 non-refundable deposit is due to hold the reservation 25% of the trip price is due one year prior to travel 25% is due six months prior to travel The balance less your commissions are due three months prior to travel 5 | P a g e CANCELLATIONS: o 25% of the full rate will be forfeited for cancellations made 3-9 months prior to the scheduled trip date o 50% of the full rate will be forfeited for cancellations made 60 to 90 days prior to the scheduled trip date. No refunds for cancellations made 60-90 days prior to the scheduled trip date
WEBSITES AND FACEBOOK
Rocio Del Mar Website http://www.RocioDelMarLiveaboard.com Facebook http://www.Facebook.com/RocioDelMarLiveaboard Quino El Guardian Website http://www.QuinoElGuardian.com Facebook http://www.Facebook.com/QuinoElGuardian Please get in touch with me if you have any questions or want more information about any aspect of our vessels. We hope to welcome you or your guests on one of our exciting adventures soon.
With best regards, Susan Susan Long Sales & Marketing SLong@RocioDelMarLiveaboard.com