Quino el Guardian is professional liveaboard built for scuba diving and scientific research. It offering dive liveaboard trips to Socorro Islands and Sea of Cortez according to the dive seasons. It can accommodate up to 16 guests.

Valerie

20/09/2017

I spent a week onboard of El Quino in the sea of Cortez. It was absolutely unforgettable, I would highly recommend it ! The Mexican & Colombian crew were amazing, the food was delicious and the...

Description

Boat

Quino el Guardian is a 27.5 meters long, 7 meters wide dive liveaboard, fully refurbished in 2015, it is extremely seaworthy and is approved by both the US Coast Guard and the Mexican Coast Guard, runs by the same team who runs the Rocio Del Mar.

Quino el Guardian is a specialty vessel designed for scuba diving, conservation, education, scientific research, and unique charters such as Citizen Science programs, videography workshops, rebreather diving and teaching children how to save our oceans etc.

There is air conditioning throughout all interior areas for everyone’s comfort, a large indoor dining area that comfortably accommodates all passengers with a projector and a drop-down screen for group presentations. A indoor salon with sofas, a TV, a computer table set up, books and DVD’s.

The meals onboard will start with a heavy continental breakfast with bagels, toast, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereals, fresh juices, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. After the first dive, there is an American style breakfast consisting of pancakes, waffles, eggs, breakfast meats, and potatoes. After the second dive guest will come back to a hearty lunch that starts with a home-made soup followed by a plated meal such with fish, beef or chicken, fresh vegetables, home-made pasta salads, burgers, fish tacos, and more. In the mid afternoon our chef will prepare a lovely snack with items such as mini sandwiches, sliced cheese and meats, nachos, guacamole, etc. The day will end with a wonderful, three course dinner that starts with a salad, a main course with seafood, beef, chicken or pork cooked with savory spices, paired with vegetables, pastas and potatoes. Desserts are a sweet surprise made fresh daily.

Quino el Guardian also provides complimentary beverages throughout the day including canned soft drinks, and beer & wine after your last dive of the day.

The huge, well organized dive deck comes with gear storage for all your diving equipment, spacious camera table with lots of power outlets, rinse showers, easy access to the inflatable pangas etc.

Onboard power is 110V, just like in the U.S., please bring your own plug converter.


Cabin

Quino el Guardian has 5 basic guest cabins, it can accommodates up to 16 guests per trip:

All cabins have air conditioning, additional storage under the beds, reading light, power outlet (110V) etc.

4 Quad Cabins:
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with 2 sets of bunk beds, each bed has a privacy curtain, there are 4 large drawers, portholes.

1 Twin Cabin:
Located on the lower deck, this cabin comes with 2 single beds in bunk style, each bed has a privacy curtain, there are 2 large drawers, portholes.

4 Shared Bathrooms:
All the guests will use the shared bathrooms, located on the dive deck.
Each bathroom comes with a full size shower, toilet, sink and storage area.


Diving

  • 3 to 4 dives per diving day, depending on conditions.

  • All divers must have a submersible console (SMB).

  • No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.

  • All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.

  • Divers must reach AOW with at least 50 logged dives for Socorro.


Other Informations

  • Nitrox:Available with additional charge
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional charge
  • REBREATHER Dive:Available with additional charge
  • Technical Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available with additional charge
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Not available at the moment
  • Laundry Service:Not available at the moment
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:Cash (USD/MXN/EUR) or Credit Cards
  • Crew Number:Unknown, include 2 dive guides

Itineraries

Socorro Islands - 10D/9N

Day 0 : Arrive at Los Cabos San Lucas (SJD), spend the night at a local hotel. (Arrangements on your own).

Day 1 : Board the boat between 5pm - 7pm, dinner is served at 7pm, relax on board the boat, the Quino El Guardian will departs at approximately 10pm. The crossing from Los Cabos San Lucas to the Socorro Islands takes approximately 26-28 hours. It is open sea so please be prepared in case we are faced with rough seas.

Day 2 : Traveling on the Sea, cruising to San Benedicto

Day 3 : San Benedicto Island, 4 dives scheduled

Day 4 : Socorro Island, 3 dives scheduled (check in with Naval Station)

Day 5 : Socorro Island, 4 dives scheduled

Day 6 : Roca Partida Island, 3 dives scheduled

Day 7 : Roca Partida Island, 3 dives scheduled

Day 8 : Benedicto, 4 dives scheduled. At the end of this day we will start our departure to San Jose del Cabo

Day 9 : Arrive at San Jose del Cabo around 11pm. Guests may sleep on the boat.

Day 10 : After breakfast, disembark by 8:30am.


Sea of Cortez - Midriff Islands - 8D/7N

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 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


Sea of Cortez - Explore Baja Expeditions - 13D/12N

Day 1 – Check in at boat at 5:00pm in San Jose Del Cabo
Day 2 – Cabo Pulmo
Day 3 – Isla Cerralvo
Day 4 – Los Islotes, Shipwreck “Fang Ming”, visit La Paz for the afternoon
Day 5 – Dora’s Pinnacle in the morning, Los Islotes in the afternoon, Ensenada Grande and Mobula night dive
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 – Snorkeling with Whale Sharks, El Pescador
Day 12 – Angel Island
Day 13 – Disembark 8:30am in Puerto Penasco
The trip can be run in a reverse way, from Puerto Penasco to San Jose Del Cabo.


Sea of Cortez - Southern Baja Safari - 8D/7N

Day 1 – Check in at boat at 5:00pm
Day 2 – Cabo Pulmo
Day 3 – Isla Cerralvo
Day 4 – Los Islotes, Shipwreck “Fang Ming”, visit La Paz for the afternoon
Day 5 – Dora’s Pinnacle in the morning, Los Islotes in the afternoon, Ensenada Grande and Mobula night dive
Day 6 – Animas
Day 7 – Isla Alfonso
Day 8 – Disembark 8:30am

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Destinations Sea of Cortez, Socorro
Facilities Nitrox support, Camera station, Rebreathe Friendly
Languages spoken English, Spanish

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
25/08/2019 to 01/09/2019 7 nights Sea of Cortez Puerto Penasco - Puerto Penasco From $2,200.00 Detail
01/09/2019 to 08/09/2019 7 nights Sea of Cortez Puerto Penasco - Puerto Penasco From $2,200.00 Detail
08/09/2019 to 15/09/2019 7 nights Sea of Cortez Puerto Penasco - Puerto Penasco From $2,200.00 Detail
15/09/2019 to 22/09/2019 7 nights Sea of Cortez Puerto Penasco - Puerto Penasco From $2,200.00 Detail
03/11/2019 to 12/11/2019 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
14/11/2019 to 23/11/2019 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
25/11/2019 to 04/12/2019 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
06/12/2019 to 15/12/2019 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
07/01/2020 to 16/01/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
12/01/2020 to 21/01/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
18/01/2020 to 27/01/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
29/01/2020 to 07/02/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
09/02/2020 to 18/02/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
20/02/2020 to 29/02/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
02/03/2020 to 11/03/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
13/03/2020 to 22/03/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
24/03/2020 to 02/04/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
04/04/2020 to 13/04/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
15/04/2020 to 24/04/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
26/04/2020 to 05/05/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
07/05/2020 to 16/05/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
18/05/2020 to 27/05/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
28/05/2020 to 06/06/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
05/07/2020 to 12/07/2020 7 nights Sea of Cortez Puerto Penasco - Puerto Penasco From $2,200.00 Detail
12/07/2020 to 19/07/2020 7 nights Sea of Cortez Puerto Penasco - Puerto Penasco From $2,200.00 Detail
19/07/2020 to 26/07/2020 7 nights Sea of Cortez Puerto Penasco - Puerto Penasco From $2,200.00 Detail
26/07/2020 to 02/08/2020 7 nights Sea of Cortez Puerto Penasco - Puerto Penasco From $2,200.00 Detail
02/08/2020 to 09/08/2020 7 nights Sea of Cortez Puerto Penasco - Puerto Penasco From $2,200.00 Detail
09/08/2020 to 16/08/2020 7 nights Sea of Cortez Puerto Penasco - Puerto Penasco From $2,200.00 Detail
16/08/2020 to 23/08/2020 7 nights Sea of Cortez Puerto Penasco - Puerto Penasco From $2,200.00 Detail
23/08/2020 to 30/08/2020 7 nights Sea of Cortez Puerto Penasco - Puerto Penasco From $2,200.00 Detail
30/08/2020 to 06/09/2020 7 nights Sea of Cortez Puerto Penasco - Puerto Penasco From $2,200.00 Detail
06/09/2020 to 13/09/2020 7 nights Sea of Cortez Puerto Penasco - Puerto Penasco From $2,200.00 Detail
13/09/2020 to 20/09/2020 7 nights Sea of Cortez Puerto Penasco - Puerto Penasco From $2,200.00 Detail
01/11/2020 to 10/11/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
23/11/2020 to 02/12/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
04/12/2020 to 13/12/2020 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail
27/12/2020 to 05/01/2021 9 nights Socorro San Jose del Cabo - San Jose del Cabo From $3,300.00 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Socorro 9 nights Quad Share From $3,300.00
Sea of Cortez 7 nights Quad Share From $2,200.00

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Dive guide service
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

Sea of Cortez

Period : Liveaboards only run trips during July/August every year for the diving season.

Visa's : Certain foreign nationals receive a Mexican tourist card upon arrival which is included in the price of airfare. Otherwise, individuals should attain a visa before arrival. Please check with your closest Mexican Consulate for the most up-to-date entry requirements.

Climat : Average daily temperature ranges from 22°C to 25°C depending on the season.

Water : Water temps range from a low of 21°C in the winter months, to a high of 25°C in the late fall and spring months. But strong current fluctuations mean that there can be cooler water below.

Clothing : We recommend casual and cool cotton attire while on board. Nights can be chilly and/or drizzly so bringing a sweater, light jacket or windbreaker is recommended.

Plugs : Type A & B (US Standard) electrical plug with 127 V @ 60Hz

Flights : International flights from the US arrive directly to Puerto Peñasco International Airport, otherwise Mexico City has daily domestic flights.

Currency : Local currency is the Peso(MXN). Major credit cards are widely accepted. A surcharge may apply for credit card payments or a discount given for cash. US dollars is the most easily exchangeable foreign currency. And international ATM's are available.


Socorro

Period : Liveaboards only run trips during November to May every year for the diving season.

Visa's : Certain foreign nationals receive a Mexican tourist card upon arrival which is included in the price of airfare. Otherwise, individuals should attain a visa before arrival. Please check with your closest Mexican Consulate for the most up-to-date entry requirements.

Climat : Average daily temperature ranges from 22°C to 25°C depending on the season.

Water : Water temps range from a low of 21°C in the winter months, to a high of 25°C in the late fall and spring months. But strong current fluctuations mean that there can be cooler water below.

Clothing : We recommend casual and cool cotton attire while on board. Nights can be chilly and/or drizzly so bringing a sweater, light jacket or windbreaker is recommended.

Plugs : Type A & B (US Standard) electrical plug with 127 V @ 60Hz

Flights : International flights from the US arrive directly to Los Cabos San Lucas, otherwise Mexico City has daily domestic flights.

Currency : Local currency is the Peso(MXN). Major credit cards are widely accepted. A surcharge may apply for credit card payments or a discount given for cash. US dollars is the most easily exchangeable foreign currency. And international ATM's are available.

Diver's reviews (1)

Valerie, 20/09/2017

I spent a week onboard of El Quino in the sea of Cortez. It was absolutely unforgettable, I would highly recommend it ! The Mexican & Colombian crew were amazing, the food was delicious and the dives great. I've been lucky enough to take part to a citizen science trip, therefore we had a fabulous &knowledgeable marine biologist on board. Big up to Carlos Sanchez !

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