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Explore Baja: Sea of Cortez

The World’s Most Successful Protected Marine Reserve:
Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico (Rocio del Mar)

October 5 – 17, 2019
$4,999 (per person + airfare)

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Note: The trip starts in San Jose del Cabo, and ends in Puerto Peñasco. We fly into San Jose del Cabo (SJD) and fly out of Phoenix, AZ (PHX).

The earth is covered by about 139.7 million square miles of ocean, containing approximately 320 million cubic miles of water . . . according to the internet. Thereforetohence, it is fact. Furthermore, Wikipedia’s oceanographers claim less than 5% of this World Ocean has been explored. If we do some quick math, that is a mere 6,985,000 square miles. Figure, of that 5%, Jacques Cousteau probably explored 6,756,895 square miles (my rough approximation). And of all places he visited, it was the Sea of Cortez he proclaimed as the “world’s aquarium.” Granted, it is not the same sea he visited many years ago, it is still one of the most exciting places to dive, in my never humble opinion.

We have been diving the Sea of Cortez the past 4 years, and every trip has been remarkable. Thus far, we’ve concentrated our “research” on the southern end of its 700 glorious miles. Diving and snorkeling areas like La Paz, Cabo Pulmo, Los Frailes Bay, and Chileno Bay, we’ve encountered sea lions, spotted eagle rays, electric rays, turtles, bull sharks, eels, nudibranchs, giant schools of big eye jacks, large grouper, snapper and grunts schooling by the hundreds, and garden eels like you’ve never seen! Imagine what else we can see during a 12 day SCUBA bender aboard the Rocio del Mar, exploring the entire sea.

Besides the usual fare, encounters with whales, Orcas, dolphins,various species of sharks, and many more thrilling wild life, are not uncommon in the Sea of Cortez. When your mind and heart need a break from all the pelagic action, take some



time to explore the reefs, rocks, and sand for the little guys who need your camera’s love as well. You will find a myriad of alien looking blennies, nudibranchs, jawfish, and critters I’m still trying to identify. No, that’s not exciting enough for you? Maybe a night dive with the elegant mobula rays will satisfy your underwater cravings. Check out this cool video of the rays gliding through the light of the night: Mobula Rays of Espiritu Santo (by IN2 Focus Media).

On Saturday October 5, 2019, at about 5:00 PM, we will board our home, the Rocio del Mar, for this 13 day adventure. The boat will depart from the Marina in

Puerto Los Cabos (San Jose del Cabo NOT Cabo San Lucas). That evening, we will make our way north into the Sea of Cortez, and begin diving the following morning. I would love to tell you exactly what we are doing each day, and where we are diving, but things change. And, those of you who know me, know I change my mind more often than Chicago raises its taxes and changes its weather. What I can tell you is, working with the crew, our mission is to put you on the best diving we can while making our way north through the blue, thriving waters of the sea. Each day, we will enjoy up to 4 dives, including 2 to 4 night dives, throughout the trip.


Of course, as your fearless SCUBA filed trip leader, it is my responsibility to inundate you with unforgettable underwater experiences until you’ve had enough (which is not possible). But, along the way, it is important to stop and take in some of the local land sites and experience the culture. Time, logistics, and weather permitting, we will spend a morning hiking Isla San Francisco, an uninhabited island north of the Bay of La Paz. After a day of spectacular diving around Isla Coronado, we will enjoy an evening walk about at Loreto Mission Square. The next day we may be snorkeling with Orcas or surrounded by whales while dolphins and sea lions circle around us, stealing fins and cameras. Or we may see a turtle. Anything is possible on the Sea of Cortez, but nothing is guaranteed 😉

I got sidetracked day dreaming about the trip, and forgot to tell you about where it all ends. I know, you’re on the edge of your seat thinking, what else could there be. We’ve had, maybe, Orcas, whale sharks, sea lions, turtles, sharks, Loreto Mission Square. What more can I handle? Nothing. The trip has to end at some point, some where. That where is north Baja California’s up and coming tourist destination, Puerto Peñasco, a.k.a. Rocky Point. We will arrive at port between 7:00 am and 8:30 am. After having breakfast, we will disembark, and take a shuttle to Phoenix airport. From there we can either fly home, or . . .

The above video shows one of the areas we will be diving, Cabo Pulmo.

What’s Included in the $4,999 Price

  • Accommodations in a Double Occupancy Stateroom
  • Up to 4 dives a day with 2 to 4 night dives throughout the trip
  • Unlimited Nitrox
  • Tanks and Weights (Aluminum 80 – DIN or Yoke)
  • All meals, snacks, water, soft drinks, juice, beer, and wine
  • National Marine Park Fee
  • Hyperbaric Chamber Fee
  • Port Fees
  • 16% Mexico IVA Tax
  • Transportation from Puerto Peñasco to Phoenix Airport on 10/17/2019

What’s Not Included in the $4,999 Price

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to the boat/marina upon arrival in San Jose del Cabo
  • Tips on board
  • Any gear other than tanks and weights
  • Other on-board purchases
  • Any accommodations outside the Rocio del Mar
  • Anything else not listed in the included section

Accommodations

  • Double Occupancy Stateroom
  • Toilet, Shower, and Sink in Each Stateroom
  • AC
  • Large Windows

Trip Requirements

  • Each traveler must have DAN Dive Insurance (Guardian or Preferred)
  • Must have been diving within the last six months or complete a refresher
  • Must have a dive computer (or arrange to rent one)
  • Have a safety sausage/signal tube (& finger spool recommended)
    • Also, a good idea to know how to use them 🙂
  • Other than tanks and weights, provide or rent all necessary gear

Payment

If you have not done so, and would like to understand why I need deposits and scheduled payments, besides I want your money, please take a couple minutes and the Trips Information Page.

Now that you’ve done that, and hopefully are still awake, send in your deposit of $499 and reserve your spot today.

Payment Deadlines:

  • Sep. 1, 2018 an additional $1,500 is due (total due $1,999)
  • Mar. 1, 2019 an additional $1,500 is due (total due $3,499)
  • Jun. 1, 2019 the final $1,500 is due (total due $4,999)

Note: The 4% service charge does not apply to the $499 deposit. You may use your credit card with no fee for the deposit only.

Payments may be made by:

  • Cash or Check Payable to Scuba Sensations
  • Chase QuickPay to rami@scubasensations.com
  • Credit Card or PayPal (rami@scubasensations.com)
    • There is a 4% service charge for these 2 payment methods

Please Contact Me with any questions.