Rocio Del Mar


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Rocio del Mar is a liveaboard dive vessel taking guests to some of the most amazing dive destinations in Mexico:

November through May

The Revillagigedo Islands (also Revillagigedo Archipelago) are a group of four volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, known for their unique ecosystem. The islands are home to many endemic plant and animal species.  Socorro Island is the most diverse in flora, fauna, and topography.  The islands lie 250 miles off Baja Mexico’s southern shore.   

These islands are a spectacular magnet for the largest ocean pelagic animals in the world. Animals include schooling hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, friendly bottlenose dolphins, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, clouds of jacks and barracuda, tuna, wahoo, oceanic whitetip sharks, and giant, inquisitive manta rays – Socorro’s claim to fame! 

Humpback whales visit during the winter months of mid-February through mid-April. We often hear the sounds of the singing mating males as they provide escort underwater. Sightings are common during this time.  Whale sharks can be seen during the months of November, December, and May. Bait-ball season is May.

9- days
July – September

This is a breathtaking destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, and exploration. Legendary diver Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez as the “world’s aquarium”. Dive on untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life. Encounter large and small whale species, snorkel with whale sharks, dive with playful sea lion colonies and see countless eels, octopus, fish and jumping mobula rays. It’s a macro photographer’s dream with nudibranchs, colorful blennys, dancing jawfish and sea horses.

September & October

This is truly an exploration as we start at one end of Baja and end at another – over 700 miles! In addition to all of the amazing diving around the Midriff Islands, divers will enjoy the clear, calm waters of the southern Sea of Cortez. While we have an itinerary, we remain open to what Mother Nature brings our way!


– 110’ with a 25’ beam
– Custom designed & built specifically for divers
– In operation since 2009
– 10 Private Staterooms with ensuite bathrooms
– Large salon with oversized furniture, television, computer stations
– All areas are fully air-conditioned including cabins, salon, galley, and hallways and individually controlled in each cabin
– Covered patio with comfortable outdoor furniture and bean bags for relaxing between dives
– Outdoor kitchen area
– Shaded sun deck
– Bathroom on dive deck
– Two fresh water showers on back deck
– Maximum 20 divers


Rocio del Mar is the sister boat to Quino el Guardian. Both boats offer our renown crew and food.

Rocio del Mar is available for individual bookings, half and full private charters.

Come join us on an amazing adventure!

  • Member Since: January 28, 2016
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January 28, 2016

booked this socorros islands trip in hopes of seeing some palegics without the normal travel to get to these type of destinations—was not disappointing at all—-boat ride to get there was high seas but thats where you are 250 miles from the coast …in the middle of the sea—bring some Dramamine!!! the boat is outfitted nicely with all the normal live aboard amenities but was the crew that topped it off—-they ran a tight ship and everything done like clockwork down to the meals which were btw super fantastic—-my gear never made the airport so they were excellent in renting me stuff and making sure it all working to my liking–.diving was great—dolphins/sharks and mantas and not really a coral diving destination but more palegics and watch and wait—mantas were with us everyday………….everyday.massive and very playful.all dives done to plan and would consider it moderate to aggressive diving with some pretty strong currents.sometimes anchoring self to wall and watching it all go by—thats where the action is….in the was just as great and no short supply—chef poncho is amazing.liked boat so much and way it ran that going to book another with them for inside the peninsula to the sea of cortez.if you are reading this to do research just stop reading and book it…..wont be disappointing. 5star all the way with very little airport aggravation to get you to the trip!!!!!!

  • Member Since: January 15, 2016
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January 16, 2016

Dec 6th 2015 safari

Hola amigos ….well it was a long trip from the UK but I really wanted to see the Mantas and I was not disappointed …………there were huge inquisitive Giant Mantas on virtually every dive! amazing encounters too and that is not to forget the dolphins (and the whale on the journey out!!) and the crew and guides on RDM, who were fantastic and really made the trip perfect…….nothing was too much trouble ….not that I am trouble of course 😉

I would definitely try to go again even if I need a week off to get over the jet lag haha!

Gracias x

January 7, 2016

We enjoyed another fine expedition on the Rocio del Mar. We did the Explore Baja Cruise from Puerto Penasco to San Jose del Cabo, experiencing the incredible biodiversity of the Sea of Cortez. A new treat was the Mobula Manta encounter near La Paz. A one of a kind experience! We spent three days in San Jose del Cabo, then went off on another expedition to the Revillagigedos Islands. The Manta action on this trip was outstanding, especially at the Boiler off San Benedicto Island.

I have taken many cruises on the Rocio del Mar and continue to return again because of the excellent diving opportunities in the Sea of Cortez and the Revillagigedos Islands as well as the excellent service we receive on the boat. Thank you to Dora & LoLo Sandoval and the entire crew of the Rocio del Mar.

  • Member Since: September 10, 2014
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August 18, 2015

Just finished a week of diving off the Rocio Del Mar around the Midriff Islands in the Sea of Cortez. Everything about the trip was 5 star. We started the trip from Colorado and a short flight to Phoenix. From there it is only a short 4 hour van ride to Puerto Penasco where we boarded the Rocio Del Mar. At the very first view, the cabins and the beds are small, being 6’8″ tall, I was not sure how the week would go as far as sleeping arrangements. The reality is after a day of eat, dive, rinse and repeat, nobody should have trouble falling into deep sleep! The boat had everything we needed and the crew was fantastic. The food was plentiful and delicious, especially when they served Mexican food, it was terrific and authentic cuisine. Several birthdays, and anniversaries were celebrated with special cakes that definitely topped off each day.

The diving operation was top notch. During peak preparation for a dive, the dive deck was a little crowded but manageable. In some spots, the dive deck is very hot due to lack of circulation but it is Mexico after all and could be fixed with a couple well placed fans to move some air. The camera table was large and accommodated many divers that were using cameras and there were plenty of outlets to recharge camera batteries. All the diving takes place from Pangas (inflatable Zodiacs) that allow divers to easily get close to the dive sites. Entry was always coordinated back rolls (IMHO more fun than a giant stride!) and an easy climb up the ladder after passing all your gear up to the crew. Dive masters were great at finding small and large marine life for divers to see and photograph. Special call out to Pato who was our DM for the week. Pato was a great guide and very well informed on all aspects of the trip as well as all his other boat duties. Hopefully the Rocio Del Mar management appreciates their great staff and should keep them around.

The water visibility was not great, if you are expecting clarity like the Caribbean then you may be going to the wrong place. For the most part it was probably 40-50 feet although hard to really measure. The upside is the visibility is mostly effected by krill, plankton and other “stuff” that other marine life feeds on, so they are there in large numbers. The definite high points included diving with the Sea Lions, and an abundance of macro life like nudibranch.

We topped the week off with a morning of snorkeling with Whale Sharks near Bahia de los Angeles. Having spent many a dive trip in search of Whale Sharks, this is the place to go. The most amazing experience being in the water with many whale sharks as they gracefully feed at the surface. To me, a once in a lifetime experience that cannot be topped. A few weeks later and I can still close my eyes and see them swimming bye. During this excursion we also took a rest break on a small deserted beach that was rugged and beautiful.

All told, the week on the Rocio Del Mar was one of the best dive trips we have done and I would recommend it to anyone who loves diving!

July 24, 2015

The Sea of Cortez – a must dive destination aboard the Rocio Del Mar!

Back from one week aboard de Rocio del Mar. The Sea of Cortez is always amazing and full of surprises and this trip in the Northern portion (Midriff Islands) was no exception. The reefs are virgin and untouched. Never before had we seen so much black coral. Macro life is abundant; the night dives were amazing with a host on weird and unfamiliar creatures everywhere we looked. But the Midriffs are not only about macro: sealions, whale sharks, rays of many kinds, dolphins, Humboldt and whales can all be encountered.

The boat’s dive deck and camera table are spacious. The food is incredible and the staff is friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. One interesting note on the rooms, each has its individually controlled AC unit. It is definitely a plus on a dive liveaboard. Great operation, and great diving. What else can you ask for?

July 16, 2014

7/16/14 I took a group out on the Rocio del Mar to the Socorro’s and we had a great time. You have to fly into Cabo San Juan Intr. airport and then shuttle down to Cabo San Jose to board their boat. To get to the Socorr’s it take over 24 hours and it can seem like a long trip. Sometimes the conditions get a little rough. Once at the destination you find unbelievable diving! The boat was full service, just have to bring your own hard liquor. They offer NITROX since you will be doing up to 4 dives per day and some of the dives are deep. The food is great and the cabins are similar to most live aboards. the dive stations give you plenty of room to gear up and they have chase boats to get you to and back from the dive sights. I would recommend the Riocio Del Mar!

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