2019 Explore Baja Open Boat Trip


Explore Baja 2019 Open Boat Trip

Join us September 21 - October 3 for Rocio del Mar's best liveaboard trip!!


September 21 - October 3, 2019

12 Nights for $4,295 p.p.*

Optional 7-Night Land Extensions in La Paz:

The Hotel CostaBaja Resort & Spa - $2,087 p.p

La Concha Beach Resort - $1,803 p.p.

Hotel Catedral La Paz - $1,670 p.p.

*Only 13 spaces available


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Why Join This Trip? - Why Travel with Bluewater?

Dive Information - Package Details - Itinerary - Accommodations

How to Get There - Booking & Payment - Trip Extensions  - Underwater Photos


Why Join This Trip?

 ✓ Unique itinerary sailing the entire length of the Sea of Cortez from north to south
 ✓ See the unexpected in remote locations: dolphins, sea lions, whales, mantas etc
 ✓ Sail with one of the best liveaboards in the Sea of Cortez, the Rocio Del Mar
 ✓ Easy travel: fly into Phoenix, Arizona to start the trip and end in San Jose del Cabo

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Why Travel with Bluewater?

 ✓ We book liveaboards that offer the best overall value 
 ✓ Repeat customer discounts, gear discounts, and other benefits
 ✓ Great support if flight/weather issues occur


Trip Overview

Experience what very few people have. A journey where there are no roads, very few people, and almost no boats. At night you hear something splashing. It could be anything - dolphins, marlin, a school of bonitos? Then you hear a huge sound of blowing and water spouting. It's a whale! You can't see him, but he sounds big. At a distance, you hear sea lions and pelicans. What a splendid way to end a magnificent day.

During the day we move from one island to the next, diving 3 to 4 times daily. If you wish to hike the remote islands during surface intervals, there is always a dinghy available to take you to shore. Kayaks are also always available for a serene cruise around the islands. 

Exploring one island to the next is a magical experience - one that will linger in your memory for years to come. The Sea of Cortez remains a secret oasis where the desert meets the sea.

Read the exciting report from our previous Explore Baja trip.


Marine Life to Photograph

The bio-diversity between the Northern and Southern Sea of Cortez is incredible. The sea life we witness on the surface from the boat, dinghies, or snorkeling is fantastic. Potential to see dolphins, sea lions, pilot, humpback, blue, fin, sei, orca and sperm whales. Also, flying mantas, blue and brown-footed boobies, cormorants, frigate birds, and the endemic yellow-footed gull.

Diving Conditions in September/October

Average water temperatures in September/October are in the low to mid-80s. A full 3mm wetsuit is recommended. Although the conditions in the Sea of Cortez are mostly calm, there are times that the sea is rough. Please be prepared for this type of situation and bring seasickness medication if necessary.


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Package Details


 ✓ Three meals per day, snacks, beverages including soft drinks, juice, domestic beer & wine 

 ✓ 3-4 dives per day; tanks, weights & weight belts are provided

 ✓ Activities included: Diving, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling & several land excursions exploring small towns & missions

 ✓ 16% Mexican tax, port fees & fuel surcharges

 ✗ Airfare 
 ✗ Airport transfers ($75 per person from Puerto Penasco to PHX airport and $20 per person from SJD airport to Puerto Los Cabos) 
 ✗ National park fees ($43.00) 
 ✗ Nitrox ($120)
 ✗ Fuel surcharge ($100)
 ✗ Dive/travel insurance 
 ✗ Gratuity

What is an Open Boat Trip?

There will be no trip leader from Bluewater Travel onboard. But the great crew of the Rocio Del Mar will be there along the way to help you with all your diving needs and to make sure that you will have the best liveaboard experience possible on your Sea of Cortez trip! 


Trip Schedule

Puerto Penasco to San Jose del Cabo

 > Day 1 - Check in at boat at 5:00pm in Puerto Peñasco

 > Day 2 - Angel Island 

 > Day 3 - Bahia de Los Angeles - Whale Sharks, El Pescador 

 > Day 4 - Animas and Salsipuedes 

 > Day 5 - San Pedro Martir 

 > Day 6 - Isla Alfonso 

 > Day 7 - Coronado, walk Loreto Mission Square in the evening

 > Day 8 - Animas

 > Day 9 - Early Hike on San Francisco Island, Dora's PInnacle, Los Islotes

 > Day 10 - El Bajo, Ship Wreck (Fang Ming) - Visit La Paz for the Afternoon 

 > Day 11 - Cerralvo 

 > Day 12 - Cabo Pulmo 

 > Day 13 - Disembark 8:30am in San Jose del Cabo

About the Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar offers 10 comfortable guest staterooms on two decks. All have private bathrooms with hot shower stalls, western style toilets, lavatories, and above height window. Each cabin is carpeted and air-conditioned. There are room length windows with privacy curtains and convenient gear and clothes storage drawers beneath the beds.

Read the boat info & great reviews of the Rocio del Mar!


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Flight Information

 > Arrival: Passengers must arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport no later than 11am on the trip departure date. If you choose the shuttle service, Head Out to Rocky Point will pick up all passengers between 12 noon and 1pm at Terminal 4, door 5 on the south side. Meet the shuttle curbside. All passengers must have reached the Marina and be aboard the Rocio Del Mar between 5pm and 6pm. Departure from Puerto Peñasco occurs at approximately 6pm. Dinner is served at 7pm.

 > Return: Explore Baja North to South trips will end in San Jose del Cabo (SJD). The boat returns to the Marina during the evening and passengers will be ready to depart the morning of the last day of your trip. A continental breakfast will be provided the last morning of the trip and guest must disembark by 8:30am on the last day of our trip. At the end of your trip, the crew can call taxis to return everyone to the airport or hotel depending on where you want to go.

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Payment & Booking

Payment Schedule

 > Deposit: $800

 > Payment 2: $800 - due 9/1/18 

 > Payment 3: $1,100 - due 3/1/19 

 > Payment 4: $1,595 - due 6/1/19

Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call Bluewater Travel at 310-915-6677 or email info@bluewaterdivetravel.com and let them book your dream vacation at the best price!


Want to Extend Your Trip?

We can help with that! See more of Mexico before or after your trip with Bluewater in the Sea of Cortez. Flying all that way merits a multi-destination vacation! La Paz is an amazing destination nearby that offers a range of additional unique experiences. Here are some examples of packages we can add on to your trip reservation:

Note: Rates are subject to change at any time, please contact us for the most updated pricing.


Price: $2,087 per person based upon double occupancy

The Hotel CostaBaja Resort & Spa is the first and only luxury hotel & spa in the city of La Paz. This boutique hotel offers a selection of ocean, mountain and marina views. North of the hotel is Espiritu Santo Island, where you will find the greatest marine life in the world and the best sport fishing within Baja Sur.

✓ 7 nights in a king or twin room

✓ Full buffet breakfasts

✓ 5 days of 3 tank dives

✓ Lunches & drinks on the boat

✓ National park permit fees

✓ Roundtrip Cabo transfers

✓ Free WiFi: Yes

✓ Swimming Pool: Yes

Costa Baja Resort La Paz Costa Baja Resort La Paz

Costa Baja Resort & Spa



Price: $1,803 per person based upon double occupancy.

A beach resort offering a peaceful and mellow atmosphere on the Sea of Cortez. Over a hundred sea view rooms are featured in La Concha Beach Resort. Located in front of the ocean and with full view to the beach and pool, the accommodations include from essential details to luxury amenities. 

✓ 7 nights in a king or twin room

✓ Full buffet breakfasts

✓ 5 days of 3 tank dives

✓ Lunches & drinks on the boat

✓ National park permit fees 

✓ Roundtrip Cabo transfers

✓ Free WiFi: Yes

✓ Swimming Pool: Yes

La Concha Beach Resort La Paz La Concha Beach Resort La Paz

La Concha Beach Resort



Price: $1,670 per person based upon double occupancy.

Hotel Catedral La Paz is a new concept of accommodation to suit the needs of today's travelers. It is part of the historic center of the city, surrounded by major attractions next to Our Cathedral Lady of La Paz. With its sophisticated contemporary modernist architecture, Hotel Catedral La Paz it focuses on every detail to offer its guests an excellent service and quality, both in the rooms and its gourmet restaurant.

✓ 7 nights in a king or twin sea view room

✓ Full breakfasts

✓ 5 days of 3 tank dives

✓ Lunches & drinks on the boat

✓ National park permit fees

✓ Roundtrip Cabo transfers

✓ Free WiFi: Yes

✓ Swimming Pool: Yes

Hotel Catedral La Paz Hotel Catedral La Paz

Hotel Catedral La Paz


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Underwater Images

Underwater Photos from Previous Trip