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Quino El Guardian

A whole new diving experience on the Quino El Guardian

July 2nd-9th, 2017

Sea of Cortez: Join Kids Sea Camp for our first ever Citizens Science Week on the Quino El Guardian.

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 Kids Sea Camp 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.

Although the conditions in the Sea of Cortez are mostly calm, there are times that the sea is rough. Please be prepared for this type of situation. There are several over the counter remedies that can help you in case we are faced with rough seas during your trip.

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Q:  What is a “Citizen Science” trip?
A:The Citizen Science Program merges marine scientists with enthusiastic and mindful divers who want to make a difference. This program has successfully brought together scientists and volunteer divers to the Socorro Islands to study manta rays and sharks as well as to the Sea of Cortez to study geology and marine ecology. Recreational divers benefit from observing and participating with scientists as they conduct research, assist with tasks, and receive nightly presentations.

Q: Do I need special qualifications to go on this trip?
A: No! All that is required is to be a certified diver and have a love for the ocean. Data collection will be guided by our expert scientists. There will be training dives and nightly presentations to help you feel comfortable working alongside the scientists. You will learn about the ecological context in which animals of the Socorro Islands and the Sea of Cortez live. Potential experiences may include learning how to photo-ID and take skin samples of sharks and mantas.  You can be as involved with the research process as much or as little as you want

Total cost for the seven day trip is only $3,595.00.

The price includes three meals per day, snacks, beverages including soft drinks, juice, all domestic beer and wine. Tanks, weights and weight belts are also provided.


  • National Park Fees of $28.00 per person Included
  • Hyperbaric Chamber Fee $15.00 per person Included
  • Transfer from PHX $125pp Included.
  • Nitrox fee of $120.00 per person, per week due on the boat or can be added to the invoice.
  • Gratuity fee of 10-15% per person recommended.
  • Passports: A copy of your passport prior to trip is required.
  • Dive Insurance is required. You must show proof of insurance and dive certification when boarding. Without proof, you will not be able to dive. 
  • Prices include three meals per day, snacks, beverages including soft drinks, juice and water, beer and wine.
  • Tanks, weights and weight belts are also provided.


“The Citizens Science week on the Quino El Guardian was one of the best diving experience of my life.” Tom Peyton, Vice President of Family Dive Adventures.

Welcome to Quino El Guardian!

Quino El Guardian 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 90 ft long with a 23 ft beam.

Quino comfortably accommodates 17 passengers with additional space for two of the group leaders in the crew quarters

  • 5 cabins:
    4 cabins with 4 beds: 2 bunks on each side equaling 4 beds
    Each bed has a privacy curtain, light and power outlet
    Dresser with 4 large drawers – one for each guest with additional storage under the beds
    Rooms are assigned by gender
    1 cabin with two beds that sleeps 2 (typically reserved for a couple)
  • There is air conditioning throughout all interior areas for everyone’s comfort – each cabin can be individually controlled
  • 4 spacious bathrooms with a full size shower in each on the dive deck (also air conditioned) – each bathroom is assigned to a cabin so guests can leave their personal items inside
  • 2 community lavatories on the dive deck
  • Large galley that comfortably accommodates all passengers with a projector and a drop-down screen for group presentations.
  • 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 and a spacious camera table
  • Dive platform for easy access to the inflatables
  • Rinse shower on the dive platform
  • 2 on-board compressors
  • Large shaded sundeck with lawn chairs – perfect for relaxing between dives.
  • 2 inflatable pangas to get you to the dive spots and back to the boat with very sturdy ladders for the safety and ease of our divers.
  • All power is 110 (just like the US)