Sea of Cortez Photo Workshop 2020

Sea of Cortez 2020 Photo Workshop July 25 - August 1, 2020, Rocio del Mar
 

 Sea of Cortez 2020 Photo Workshops

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

 JULY 25 - AUGUST 1, 2020

Led by Nirupam Nigam

7 Nights for $2,695  Now $1,995!

 

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

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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.

 

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

Accommodations - Workshops - Trip Leader - How to Get There

Booking & Payment - Webinar  - Trip Extensions - Underwater Photos

 

Why Join This Trip?

 ✓ 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo

 ✓ The top liveaboard (Rocio Del Mar) sailing in the Sea of Cortez

 ✓ Daily photography workshops

 ✓ Dive in an area Jacques Cousteau 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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Trip Overview

This trip offers a great combination of awesome big animals and fascinating macro life. There's always something for everyone. PLUS, it's really easy to get to - only a 4-hour drive from Phoenix, AZ!

The Sea of Cortez is home to sea lions, whale sharks, mantas and mobula rays, dolphins and huge schools of fish. Sperm whales, pilot whales, and dolphins are also commonly spotted! 

It doesn't just stop there as the Sea of Cortez is also a perfect place to practice your macro photography skills. You will get to see nice varieties of nudibranchs, Panamic arrow crabs, Pacific seahorses, jawfish, small and big octopuses, frogfish and blennies. 

Some macro photos from our 2016 trip to the Sea of Cortez

The boat will depart from Puerto Peñasco at 6 pm on Saturday and then travel for 12 hours to arrive the next morning for a 7 am dive. You will be diving 3-4 times per day on this trip. Here's a sample day-by-day itinerary of this trip:

 > Day 1 - Embark at 5pm in Puerto Peñasco. Depart at 6pm 

 > 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 the 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 7am.

To learn more about what you can expect from this Sea of Cortez trip check out this trip report and see how our 2016 trip to the Sea of Cortez went. You can also read the reviews on diving Sea of Cortez here.

 

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions 

 ✓ 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

Exclusions 

 ✗ National Park Fees: $28

 ✗ Hyperbaric chamber mandatory contribution: $15

 ✗ Nitrox: $120 for the week

 ✗ Fuel surcharge, if applicable (none currently)

 ✗ 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.

 

Check out this page to see more details and customer reviews on the Rocio Del Mar.

 

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Daily Photo Workshops

Workshops will be given daily on topics such as wide-angle underwater photography, ambient light shots, snorkeling with large animals, strobe exposure and positions, avoiding backscatter and composition. Help underwater is also given. 

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

 

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ABOUT THE TRIP LEADER

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. He spent some time as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos.  Nirupam is one of the world's few full-time underwater photography editors. You can get in touch with him at nirupam@uwphotographyguide.com or through his website www.photosfromthesea.com

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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 11 am. A shuttle will arrive for pick-up at the airport at 12 pm. The shuttle ride is approximately 4 hours to the boat and costs $125 roundtrip (paid directly to shuttle driver).

 > Disembarkation is Saturday at 7:00 am. For return flights, book anytime after 1 pm.

 

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Webinar About Sea of Cortez & Rocio del Mar

 

Payment & Booking

Payment Schedule

 > Deposit: $800

 > Payment 2: $800, 7/1/19

 > Final payment: $1,095, 4/1/20

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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ROCIO DEL MAR LIVEABOARD - COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT

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.

7 NIGHTS AT THE 5 STAR COSTA BAJA RESORT & SPA 

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

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Costa Baja Resort & Spa

 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 3 STAR LA CONCHA BEACH RESORT

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

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La Concha Beach Resort

 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 4 STAR HOTEL CATEDRAL 

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 Images?

Sea of Cortez Underwater Photos from Previous Trips

 

 

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