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WDHOF Dive Trips

Women Divers Hall of Fame
2019 Dive Trip to the Sea of Cortez / Midriff Islands 
aboard the Rocio Del Mar

 
August 17 - 24, 2019 • 7 Nights $2,595. pp
 
Twenty spots available •  $600 deposit due to reserve your spot.
Deposit fully refundable until December 1, 2018
2nd payment: $600 due Dec. 1, 2018 • 3rd payment: $600 due Feb. 1, 2019 • Final payment: $795 due May 1, 2019


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, mantas 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 live aboard safety and fun. Dive into your dreams and see what Sea of Cortez diving is all about.

 
The trip runs from Saturday to Saturday. The boat departs from Puerto Peñasco, Mexico at 5pm. We travel for 12 hours and arrive by 7am the next morning ready for our first dive.
 
The Sea of Cortez is very diverse and has a vast array of nudibranchs, blennies, jawfish, rays and guitarfish, schools of fish, eels, octopus, sea horses, frogfish, Mexican horn sharks, and the list goes on and on. We also have a lot of whale activity on this trip. We consistently see Pilot, Fin, and Sperm whales. On Saturday, the last day of diving, we do a dive in the morning then snorkel with whale sharks at Bahia de Los Angeles. By 3pm we start motoring back to Puerto Peñasco. Divers enjoy 3 - 4 dives per day and 2 night dives.
 
The trip has dive masters on board to lead dives and assist divers. We also have two zodiac drivers vigilantly watching for bubbles and retrieving divers upon surfacing. We provide 80 cubic ft. aluminum tanks that are both DIN & yoke compatible.
 
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE OF YOUR TRIP
The price of your trip INCLUDES:
• Taxes & Port Fees
• All meals, snacks and beverages including canned soft drinks
• Complimentary local beer and wine
• Tanks and weights
Guests are welcome to bring along their own beverages if there is something special they would like.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE OF YOUR TRIP
• Shuttle fee from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to the boat and back - $125 per person, round trip, paid directly to the shuttle service: www.HeadOutToRockyPoint.com
• National Park Fee $28 per person
• Hyperbaric Chamber Fee $15 per person
• Nitrox Fee $120 per person (if desired)
• Crew Gratuity (10%-15% of trip price is customary)
• Fuel Surcharge* if applicable
These fees can be paid in advance or the boat.
 
Contact Erin O’Neill, WDHOF Dive Trip Coordinator to reserve your spot or for additional information.
P.O. Box 3367, Idyllwild, CA 92549 • ph: 951.659.2668 • cell: 951.663.0505 • email: divergal42@gmail.com
 

ITINERARY
This is the itinerary. As always, we remain flexible depending on conditions, currents, etc.

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
 
ABOUT THE BOAT

The Rocio Del Mar is 100’ long with a 25’ beam.

There are ten air conditioned cabins that sleep two guests each. There are six cabins with two twin bunks each, 2 cabins with a full bed and twin bunk each, and 2 cabins with a double bed. Each cabin is outfitted with drawers for storage. There is also storage space under the bottom bunks and clothing/towel hooks. Each cabin also has its own bathroom with lavatory, shower, and toilet.

Our guests enjoy Tempur-Pedic® mattresses and quality bed linens. Our stewards clean all rooms, bunks, and bathrooms during the first dives of the day. We provide bath towels and dive deck towels.

The galley is located in the bow of the boat and comfortably accommodates all 20 passengers. The galley also has a television and DVD player should the group want to do presentations.

The salon is comfortable with full-sized sofas, a TV, and a computer table set up. There is an outside, covered deck with comfortable patio furniture and perfect for relaxing between dives.

There is a large shaded sundeck with lawn chairs, too.

The dive deck is large, well organized with a spacious camera table. There is a dive platform for ease of boarding the inflatables with two outdoor showers. There is a restroom located next to the dive deck.

The Rocio has two 18’ Achilles inflatables for the safety and ease of our divers with very sturdy ladders.

All voltage aboard the Rocio Del Mar is 110, just like the USA.
 
GETTING TO THE BOAT
The Rocio Del Mar is located at the Marina Fonatur in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. Marina Fonatur is approximately a 4-hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is the most convenient and closest airport to fly into to reach our port. We can coordinate transportation services to and from Phoenix and the Marina for you through Head Out to Rocky Point. This shuttle service has 15 passenger vans that haul trailers for gear. The cost is $125 per person, round trip, payable directly to Head Out to Rocky Point. If you require this service, please indicate this on your passenger forms.



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