Explore Baja Underwater Photo Workshop 2020

Explore Baja Underwater Photo Workshop on October 3 - 15, 2020

 2020 Explore Baja Underwater Photo Workshop


October 3 - 15, 2020


12 Nights for only $4,295

Optional 7-Night Land Extensions in La Paz:

The Hotel CostaBaja Resort & Spa - $2,087 p.p

La Concha Beach Resort - $1,803 p.p. 

Hotel Catedral La Paz - $1,670 p.p.


Click here to read Rocio del Mar Liveaboard's COVID-19 Coronavirus Statement


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Why Join This Trip? - Trip Overview - Inclusions & Exclusions

Accommodations - Daily Workshops 

How to Get There - Booking & Payment  - Trip Extensions - Underwater Photos


Why Join This Trip?

 ✓ 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo

 ✓ The top liveaboard sailing in the Sea of Cortez 

 ✓ Daily photography workshops by photo pro at no extra cost, suitable for beginners and experienced photographers alike 

 ✓ Trip designed to shoot photos - We select liveaboards that provide photographer-friendly facilities. The dive guides are also there to enable you to get photos, not just show you the reef 

 ✓ Unique itinerary sailing the entire length of the Sea of Cortez from south to north 

 ✓ See the unexpected in remote locations: dolphins, sea lions, whales, mantas etc

 ✓ Sail with one of the best liveaboards in the Sea of Cortez, the Rocio Del Mar

 ✓ Easy travel: fly into San Jose del Cabo to start the trip and end in Phoenix, Arizona


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Trip Overview

Experience what very few people have. A journey where there are no roads, very few people, and almost no boats. At night you hear something splashing. It could be anything - dolphins, marlin, a school of bonitos? Then you hear a huge sound of blowing and water spouting. It's a whale! You can't see him, but he sounds big. At a distance, you hear sea lions and pelicans. What a splendid way to end a magnificent day.

There will be a maximum of 20 divers on the trip, including hosts. During the day we move from one island to the next, diving 3 to 4 times daily. If you wish to hike the remote islands during surface intervals, there is always a dinghy available to take you to shore. Kayaks are also always available for a serene cruise around the islands. 

Exploring one island to the next is a magical experience - one that will linger in your memory for years to come. The Sea of Cortez remains a secret oasis where the desert meets the sea.

Read the exciting report from our previous Explore Baja trip.

The bio-diversity between the Northern and Southern Sea of Cortez is incredible. The sea life we witness on the surface from the boat, dinghies, or snorkeling is fantastic. Potential to see dolphins, sea lions, pilot, humpback, blue, fin, sei, orca and sperm whales. Also, flying mantas, blue and brown-footed boobies, cormorants, frigate birds, and the endemic yellow-footed gull.

Average water temperatures in October are in the low to mid-80s. A full 3mm wetsuit is recommended. 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 and bring seasickness medication if necessary.

Here's a sample day-by-day itinerary of this trip:

 > Day 1 - Check in at boat at 5:00pm - San Jose del Cabo (October 3, 2020)

 > Day 2 - Cabo Pulmo

 > Day 3 - Isla Cerralvo

 > Day 4 - El Bajo, shipwreck (Fang Ming), visit La Paz for the afternoon

 > Day 5 - Early hike in San Francisco Island, Dora's Pinnacle, Los Islotes

 > Day 6 - Animas

 > Day 7 - Coronado, walk Loreto Mission Square in the evening

 > Day 8 - Isla Alfonso

 > Day 9 - San Pedro Martir

 > Day 10 - Animas and Salsipuedes

 > Day 11 - Bahia de los Angeles - whale sharks, El Pescador

 > Day 12 - Angel Island

 > Day 13 - Disembark 7:00am (October 15, 2020)

You can read the reviews on diving Sea of Cortez here.


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Inclusions & Exclusions


 ✓ Three meals per day, snacks, beverages including soft drinks, juice, domestic beer & wine

 ✓ 3-4 dives per day; tanks, weights & weight belts are provided

 ✓Activities included: Diving, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling & several land excursions exploring small towns & missions

 ✓ 16% Mexican tax, port fees & fuel surcharges


 ✗ Airfare

 ✗ Airport transfers ($75 per person from Puerto Penasco to PHX airport and $20 per person from SJD airport to Puerto Los Cabos)

 ✗ National park fees ($43.00)

 ✗ Nitrox ($120)

 ✗ Fuel surcharge ($100)

 ✗ Dive/travel insurance

 ✗ Gratuity


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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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Daily Photo Workshops

Throughout the trip, several workshops will be given, covering topics such as wide-angle shooting, ambient light photography, snorkeling with large animals, use of strobes, avoiding backscatter, creative macro photography and photo editing. Individual help with equipment, technique, and editing will also be offered and there will be daily photo reviews and discussion. 

Check out this page for more information on what to expect from our photography workshops as well as some testimonials!


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Flight Information

 > Arrival: Guests should fly into San Jose del Cabo airport (code: SJD). You may board the boat between 3:00p and 5:00pm on October 3, and departure from the San Jose del Cabo Marina occurs at approximately 5:00pm. The marina is about 25 minutes from the airport and guests are responsible for their own transportation to the boat. Taxis are readily available, or you can take a shared or private transfer. We recommend Cabo Transfers, as they provide shared ride vans and private shuttles at reasonable prices. www.cabotransfers.com 

 > Return: Our trip will end in Puerto Penasco, Mexico and you will fly out of Phoenix airport (code: PHX). A continental breakfast will be provided on the last morning of the trip (October 18) and guests will disembark by 7:00am. The shuttle to PHX will pick up passengers promptly upon disembarking to Rocio Del Mar. The transfer from the marina to PHX is at least 4 hours, so please book your departing flight from Phoenix no earlier than 1:00pm on October 15th. The cost for this one-way shuttle service is $75 per person, payable directly to the driver.


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Payment & Booking

Payment Schedule

 > Deposit: $800 

 > Payment 2: $800, 9/1/19 

 > Payment 3: $1,100, 3/1/20

 > Payment 4: $1,595, 6/1/20

Got Questions? Ready to Book?

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


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Updated March 10, 2020


The health and safety of our guests and crew are paramount at Rocio del Mar and Quino el Guardian Liveaboards. While we have always had procedures in place to provide a clean and sanitary experience, we know that additional steps must be taken during this time and communicated with our guests. In addition, we are closely monitoring travel and cleaning recommendations by the World Health Organization as well as staying in contact with other dive and travel agencies and practices.

Our guests come to us from all over the world and we are committed to providing the best experience possible. We want to assure our guests that we are doing our utmost to protect the health of them and our crew. This includes but not limited to:

  •   All guest rooms and public areas are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between trips.
  •   Handrails, doorknobs, and hallway walls are cleaned and sanitized a minimum of twice a day.
  •   The salon, galley, and outside lounge area are sanitized twice daily.
  •   Hand sanitizer is available in all public areas and in each guest room. All guests and crew are required to use this before entering the galley for meals.
  •   Clorox wipes are in all guest rooms and on the camera table.
  •   Disinfectant is available for our guests to use on their masks and regulators. There are no communal rinse tanks for masks.
  •   Disinfectant is added to all neoprene rinse tanks.
  •   Tissues are available throughout the boat along with receptacles for used tissues. These are emptied throughout the day.
  •   Should you arrive at the boat with a cough, fever, or flu-like symptoms, you may be denied boarding for the health and safety of the other passengers and crew. We will be happy to provide you documentation for your travel insurance provider. Should you not have travel insurance and we deny you boarding, we will provide you with the opportunity to return on another trip in the next twelve months.



If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Susan Long - slong@rociodelmarliveaboard.com or Dora Sandoval - dsandoval@rociodelmarliveaboard.com 


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Want to Extend Your Trip?

We can help with that! See more of Mexico before or after your trip with Bluewater in the Sea of Cortez. Flying all that way merits a multi-destination vacation! La Paz is an amazing destination nearby that offers a range of additional unique experiences. Here are some examples of packages we can add on to your trip reservation:

*Rates are subject to change any time, please contact us for the most updated pricing.


Price: $2,087 per person based upon double occupancy

The Hotel CostaBaja Resort & Spa is the first and only luxury hotel & spa in the city of La Paz. This boutique hotel offers a selection of ocean, mountain and marina views. North of the hotel is Espiritu Santo Island, where you will find the greatest marine life in the world and the best sport fishing within Baja Sur.

✓ 7 nights in a king or twin room

✓ Full buffet breakfasts

✓ 5 days of 3 tank dives

✓ Lunches & drinks on the boat

✓ National park permit fees

✓ Roundtrip Cabo transfers

✓ Free WiFi: Yes

✓ Swimming Pool: Yes

Costa Baja Resort La Paz Costa Baja Resort La Paz

Costa Baja Resort & Spa



Price: $1,803 per person based upon double occupancy.

A beach resort offering a peaceful and mellow atmosphere on the Sea of Cortez. Over a hundred sea view rooms are featured in La Concha Beach Resort. Located in front of the ocean and with full view to the beach and pool, the accommodations include from essential details to luxury amenities. 

✓ 7 nights in a king or twin room

✓ Full buffet breakfasts

✓ 5 days of 3 tank dives

✓ Lunches & drinks on the boat

✓ National park permit fees 

✓ Roundtrip Cabo transfers

✓ Free WiFi: Yes

✓ Swimming Pool: Yes

La Concha Beach Resort La Paz La Concha Beach Resort La Paz

La Concha Beach Resort



Price: $1,670 per person based upon double occupancy.

Hotel Catedral La Paz is a new concept of accommodation to suit the needs of today's travelers. It is part of the historic center of the city, surrounded by major attractions next to Our Cathedral Lady of La Paz. With its sophisticated contemporary modernist architecture, Hotel Catedral La Paz it focuses on every detail to offer its guests an excellent service and quality, both in the rooms and its gourmet restaurant.

✓ 7 nights in a king or twin sea view room

✓ Full breakfasts

✓ 5 days of 3 tank dives

✓ Lunches & drinks on the boat

✓ National park permit fees

✓ Roundtrip Cabo transfers

✓ Free WiFi: Yes

✓ Swimming Pool: Yes

Hotel Catedral La Paz Hotel Catedral La Paz

Hotel Catedral La Paz


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Underwater Photos from Previous Trips



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