Jacques Cousteau described the waters of the Midriff Islands as the world’s aquarium; they attract whales, whale sharks, mobula rays and are home to sea lion colonies. Just three times a year guests have a unique opportunity explore Baja. Combine diving, marine life watching and exploring the islands on foot and by kayak for the ultimate experience. This itinerary offers a remote, untouched wildlife experience.
The Rocio Del Mar Liveaboard features ten en-suite staterooms with plenty of storage. Each room is air conditioned and enjoys plenty of light from picture windows running the length of the cabin. Two staterooms are located behind the bridge and have a full sized lower bed and single bunk. The remaining eight cabins are on the main deck, six of these have two single beds, and two have double beds. Each cabin has individually adjustable reading lights, and every cabin enjoys a daily clean. Deck and cabin towels are provided for your convenience.
Diving works up an appetite, and the crew of Rocio Del Mar aims to satisfy. Expect an American style breakfast of pancakes, waffles, muffins, toast, eggs, fresh fruit, fruit juices, tea, and coffee. For lunch, you can expect burgers, sandwiches, tacos and pasta salads. Dinner is three courses and typically commences with a salad or soup followed by a main of fish or meat. Look out for the chefs savory spiced local fish specialty. Desserts are freshly made and complete the evening menu. Some special dietary requests can be accommodated. Local beer and wine are complimentary.
There’s plenty of space to relax onboard the Rocio Del Mar Liveaboard. The sundeck has plenty of room and is complete with easy chairs and loungers. There’s shade for when you need it too. Guests will also appreciate an indoor saloon with a library, comfortable sofas, and large TV. For those who prefer the sea air, just through the doors, an outdoor lounge with relaxing sofas is available for unwinding. The dining room comfortably accommodates twenty guests at meal times.
Piloted tenders and kayaks are available to explore and visit islands.
Choose a Socorro Island Liveaboard itinerary, and you will be treated to the best big animal encounters, think manta rays, dolphins, humpback whales and many shark varieties. Gloves, knives, and torches independent of camera gear are forbidden. The Socorro diving trips are available between November and May. The Midriff Islands itinerary operates between July and September, and you will be treated to great diversity, expect everything from the smallest nudibranch to pilot, fin and sperm whales. The Baja trip operates in September and October only.
The dive deck has plenty of space and is well organized to offer guests convenient access to gear; camera gear is securely stowed but within easy reach once geared up. The dive platform has been designed for easy boarding and features two warm water showers for convenience. The crew include dive masters to both lead and assist you. The Rocio Del Mar comes with two zodiacs which are always on hand to taxi you back to the mothership when you surface. Nitrox is available for a supplement, and both DIN and yoke tanks are onboard. Aside from the standard dive gear, it is mandatory for each diver to have a computer, SMB, and whistle.
The Rocio Del Mar Liveaboard have regulators, BCDs and dive computers available for hire but these need to be reserved before arrival.