Welcome to the little Galapagos
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Why Mexico? Every year we look for unique and amazing places to dive, all needing to be family friendly and Kids Sea Camp safe. Along the way, we often run into surprising adventures and find hidden jewels of the sea. Dora Sandoval, the owner of two liveaboards, Quino El Guardian and Rocio Del Mar out of Cabo and Phoenix, operates a pair of boats which chart a path to the discovery of some of those hidden gems.
Both boats travel to the Sea of Cortez, Baja and the Socorro “Mexico’s Galapagos” Islands in the Pacific ocean. Here’s a breakdown of the diving with these wonderful and excellent family-friendly liveaboards.
Sea of Cortez: 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” and the “Galapagos of North America.” Dive on untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life.
Encounter great and small whale species, whale sharks, manta and 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 liveaboard safety and fun. Dive into your dreams and see what Sea of Cortez diving is all about.
Revillagigedo – Socorro Islands: Dive and interact with the friendliest giant mantas in the world. At Socorro, these giants choose to interact with divers. They come in very close, sometimes less than 1 meter, make eye contact and then swim along beside you, totally on their terms. It is very likely that bottle-nose dolphins will also move in close to divers during your trip. Shark sightings are also very good at Socorro Island with common sightings of silky, Galapagos, hammerhead, white tip and silvertip sharks. Humpback whale sightings and whale sharks are possible in the season.
Baja: Observe gray whales pilot whales, sperm whales, humpback whales, and dolphins. No telling what you will find in the Baja California also known as the Sea of Cortez. Scuba with sea lions and explore the sea’s depths. Jacques’ Cousteau calls the Sea of Cortez the aquarium of the world with over 600 species. Join us where the desert meets the sea. Expect to spend your time doing 3 to 4 dives daily and hiking remote islands, as well as spending an evening in La Paz. Kayaks are also on board for your enjoyment.
The Citizens Science Program
As stated at the top of the page, Kids Sea Camp and Family Dive Adventures are always looking for ways to offer more unique adventures and higher quality diving vacations. The Citizens Science program is just the week of diving and education that takes a vacation to a whole new level.
Imagine you and your family spending a week or even two diving and exploring the Pacific Ocean with experts in the field of Marine Biology. Learn how to photo-ID, tag and skin samples from sharks and mantas, learn about their biology and ecology, assist the scientists in the censusing and behavioral studies.
Check it out for yourself with this video (link)
Call Family Dive Adventures for a full charter of The Quino El Guardian 1-803-419-2556
Rocio Del Mar, Explore the coasts of Mexico in luxury
Family Dive Adventures is proud to announce a new partnership with the luxury Liveaboard the Rocio Del Mar. The Rocio Del Mar travels to The Socorro Island, Baja and the Sea of Cortez. All the trips are different diving adventures. Here’s a list of the trips and prices. The 110 foot Rocio Del Mar has 10 spacious, two passenger air-conditioned cabins with convenient gear and clothing storage and a private bathroom.
Socorro Islands trip: Embark on the greatest adventure to the Revillagigedo Islands. Also known as the Socorro Islands they are located 250 miles off the shores of Mexico Baja southern shore. The trip is blue water diving with encounters with Whale Sharks, Oceanic Mantas, dolphins, six different shark species and even schooling hammerheads.
Days on the Rocio Del Mar: 9 to 14 days
Days diving: 7 to 12 days depending on the length of trip
2019 pricing: $3,795
Months for the trips: Jan to April then Nov and December
The Baja trip: Explore all of the Baja California from port to port Puerto Penasco and San Jose del Cabo. The trip is a combo of amazing dive sites and land-based encounters. No roads, very few people and almost no other boats what a way to get away from it all.
Contact Family Dive Adventures directly for current information and pricing. Pricing is not guaranteed until paid in full. Package prices may not include some or all of the following: departure tax, round-trip airline reservations, luggage fees, gov’t taxes, port taxes, fuel surcharges, and marine park fees. These are beyond our control and generally payable to the vendor directly. Family Dive Adventures and its agents act solely as a reservation service for selected suppliers and operators. It is your responsibility to provide proper documentation for international travel. We highly recommend DAN Trip Insurance and DAN Dive Insurance.