Sea of Cortez Open Boat Trips 2019

Sea of Cortez 2019 Open Boat Trips on August 3 - 10, 2019 & August 10 - 17, 2019

 Sea of Cortez Open Boat Trips 2019

Join us for Sea Lions, Sperm Whales and Whale Sharks on the Rocio Del Mar.


 August 3 - 10, 2019


August 10 - 17, 2019


Starting from $2,695


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Why Join This Trip? - Why Travel with Bluewater?

Trip Overview - Package Details - Accommodations

How to Get There - Booking & Payment - Underwater Photos


Why Join This Trip?

 ✓ The top liveaboard sailing in the Sea of Cortez 

 ✓ Dive in an area Jacques Cousteat called the Aquarium of the World

 ✓ Awesome big animals like whale sharks, sea lions, dolphins, sperm whales and much more

 ✓ Easiest liveaboard in the US - fly or drive to Phoenix, AZ


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Why Travel with Bluewater?

 ✓ We book liveaboards that offer the best overall value

 ✓ Fun, engaged trip leaders who care about the guest experience

 ✓ Repeat customer discounts, gear discounts and other benefits

 ✓ Great support if flight/weather issues occur


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Trip Overview

We will jump in the water with sperm whales, pilot whales and dolphins as much as possible. Maximum of 20 divers on the trip, including hosts. Sail and dive in comfort on the incredible Rocio del Mar.

You can either meet the boat in Puerto Penasco, Mexico or pay a shuttle fee of $125 per person for roundtrip transportation from/to Phoenix, Arizona. If you want to come to Puerto Penasco on your own, there is secured parking available in Puerto Penasco for $5 per day right next to where the boat is docked. Prices include three meals per day, snacks, beverages including soft drinks, juice, domestic beer and wine. You can read a wonderful report of this trip here and see how our 2014 trip to the Sea of Cortez went.

Read the great reviews of the Rocio del Mar! Read the reviews on diving Sea of Cortez here

Dive Overview

The Sea of Cortez is home to sea lions, whale sharks, manta and mobula rays, dolphins, huge schools of fish and some fascinating macro life. It is one of the easiest "big animal" destinations to reach and enjoy. La Paz, Cabo, Loreto, and the northern Sea of Cortez all have excellent diving.

Diving Conditions

After careful research, we have decided that the August and September months are the best time for the Northern Sea of Cortez. Good visibility, not too much wind, warm air and warm water - a 3mm wetsuit is all that is needed, at the most! Water temps will be 82-85 F.

Webinar About Sea of Cortez & Rocio Del Mar


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Package Details


 ✓ Three meals per day & snacks

 ✓ Beverages including soft drinks, juice, domestic beer & wine

 ✓ One full day of whale shark snorkeling, & several dives with a friendly sea lion colony

 ✓ Tanks, weights & weight belts



 ✗ National Park Fees: $28

 ✗ Hyperbaric chamber mandatory contribution: $15

 ✗ Nitrox: $120 for the week

 ✗ Fuel surcharge: $100

 ✗ Gratuity


What is an Open Boat Trip?

There will be no trip leader from Bluewater Travel onboard. But the great crew of the Rocio Del Mar will be there along the way to help you with all your diving needs and to make sure that you will have the best liveaboard experience possible on your Sea of Cortez trip! 


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About the Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar offers 10 comfortable guest staterooms on two decks. 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.



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Flight Information

 > Trip attendees will fly in and out of Phoenix, Arizona, which is the closest international airport. You should fly in on Saturday morning and arrive before 11am. A shuttle will arrive for pick-up at the airport at 12pm. The shuttle ride is approximately 4 hours to the boat and costs $125 roundtrip (paid directly to shuttle driver).

> Disembarkation is Saturday at 7:00am. For returning flights, book anytime after 3pm.


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Payment & Booking

Payment Schedule


Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call Bluewater Travel at 310-915-6677 or email and let them book your dream vacation at the best price!



Underwater Images

Sea of Cortez Underwater Photos from Previous Trip



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Marine Life: 
Top Macro Spot
Whale Sharks
Manta Rays
Type of Trip: 
Great for non-divers & snorkelers


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