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Schedule

Citizen Science Trip schedule

Please note this is a general schedule that describes how the seven-day trip normally works. The schedule will change based on the scientist we have on board for the trip.

GETTING TO THE BOAT

The Quino El Guardian is located at the Marina Fonatur in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. Marina Fonatur is approximately a 4-hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is the most convenient and closest airport to fly into to reach our port. We can coordinate transportation services to and from Phoenix and the Marina for you through Head Out to Rocky Point. This shuttle service has 15 passenger vans that haul trailers for gear. The cost is $125 per person, round trip has been included in the Kids Sea Camp July 2-9th trip.  If you require this service, please indicate this on your passenger forms.

 

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

Passengers must arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport no later than 11 am on the trip departure date. If you choose the shuttle service, Head Out to Rocky Point will pick up all passengers between 12 noon and 1 pm at Terminal 4, door 8 on the south side. Meet the shuttle curbside. All passengers must have reached the Marina and be aboard the Quino El Guardian between 5 pm and 6 pm. Should you arrive earlier, you can spend your time site-seeing or shopping. Departure from Puerto Peñasco occurs at approximately 6 pm. Dinner is served at 7 pm. Once aboard the Quino El Guardian, you will be shown to your cabin and dive station. Our dive master will ask you to provide your scuba diving certification cards and proof of dive insurance. Proof of diving certification and dive insurance is required. Without proof, you will not be able to dive. NO EXCEPTIONS!

 

ITINERARY

This is the itinerary. As always, we remain flexible depending on conditions, currents, etc.

Day 1 – Embark at 5 pm in Puerto Peñasco. Depart at 6 pm
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 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, Baja Ca., start heading back to Puerto Penasco in afternoon
Day 8 – Disembark at 7 am

 

RETURN

The boat will return to the Marina in the early morning and passengers need to be ready to depart by 7 am. A continental breakfast will be served. The shuttle will pick up passengers promptly upon disembarking. Please remember to book your departing flight from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport no earlier than 3 pm.

 

SUGGESTED GEAR & CLOTHING

Besides your normal dive gear, every diver is required to have the following: dive computer, safety sausage
(SMB) and a whistle. We absolutely recommend exposure protection (wetsuits/light drysuits) on our trips. The Sea of Cortez is a dynamic body of water and this exploration covers such a span of islands that the water temperatures can change significantly from day to day. Water temperatures range from 70°-85°F (21°-29°C). We do have regulators, BC’s, and dive computers available for rental at $50 each. Please let us know prior to your arrival if you want to rent equipment so we have it on board for you. We do not rent exposure suits, fins, or masks. Dress is casual. Bring a light jacket in the Spring and Fall. Do not forget your hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Capture of sharks: Capture Galapagos sharks with hook and line off the stern of the boat in the evening
Participant Presentations:
  • Abundance of sharks and mantas, main results 
  • Movements of sharks and mantas, main results 
  • Diversity of sharks, main results 
  • Conservation issues, problems, and solutions 

HOTELS NEAR PHOENIX SKY HARBOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The Shuttle Service Head Out to Rocky Point will pick up and drop off at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport:
Terminal 4, Door 8 on the South Side Out of Curb Area
RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT LA QUINTA INN (Near the Airport)
PHOENIX AIRPORT 911 S. 48th Street
801 North 44th Street Phoenix, AZ 85281
Phoenix, AZ 85008 (480)967-4465
(602)293-4439 Direct (800)738-8767
(602)273-9220 Hotel www.lq.com
(602)273-7221 Fax

www.residenceinnphoenixairport.com

QUALITY INN COMFORT SUITES

1550 S. 52nd Street 1625 S. 52nd Street
Tempe, AZ 85281 Tempe, AZ 85281
(480)967-3000 (480)446-9500
(800)4-Choice www.choicehotels.com

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS COAST HOTEL

3401 E. University 4300 E. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85034 Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602)453-9900 (602)273-7778
www.hiephoenix.com Res: (800)716-6199

BEST WESTERN AIRPORT INN DOUBLE TREE SUITES BY HILTON PHOENIX

2425 S. 24th Street Near the Airport
Phoenix, AZ 85034 320 N. 44th Street
(602)273-7251 Phoenix, AZ 85008
(800)528-8199 (602)225-0500
CROWNE PLAZA PHOENIX AIRPORT HILTON GARDEN INN PHOENIX AIRPORT NORTH
4300 E. Washington St. 3838 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034 Phoenix, AZ 85008
 (602)306-2323