Explore Baja 2021 Photo Workshop

Explore Baja 2021 Photo Workshop

Join us September 20 - October 2 for Rocio del Mar's best liveaboard trip!!


September 20 - October 2, 2021

Trip Leader: Nirupam Nigam

12 Nights for $4,495 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.


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Dive Information - Package Details - Itinerary - Accommodations

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


Why Join This Trip?

 ✓ 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
 ✓Daily photography workshops by photo pro at no extra cost, suitable for beginners and experienced photographers alike
 ✓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 
 ✓ Leaders who care about their guests' experiences
 ✓ 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.

Sea of Cortez October 2018 from Dan McGanty on Vimeo.


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. 

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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.

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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 sea sickness 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

 ✗ Airfare 
 ✗ Airport transfers ($90 per person from PHX airport to Puerto Penasco and $20 per person from SJD airport to Puerto Los Cabos) 
 ✗ National park fees ($28.00) 
 ✗ Nitrox ($120)
 ✗ Gratuity
 ✗ Dive insurance 
 ✗ Fuel surcharge. Rocio has never charged a fuel surcharge to date but reserves the right to implement a fuel surcharge on all trips in the event that the cost of fuel surpasses 20 pesos per liter. Should this occur, all guests will be notified prior to boarding.


Trip Schedule

Sample itinerary from Puerto Penasco to San Jose del Cabo, subject to weather and other conditions.

> Day 1 - Board the boat at 5 pm. Depart from Puerto Peñasco around 6 pm.
Day 2 - 105-mile crossing to Puerto Refugio in Angel de la Guarda Island. Check-out dive at Lolo's Cove. Great macro dive at La Vela and La Muela. Sunset cruise at a sea lion colony.
Day 3 - Bahía de los Angeles. Morning dive at El Pescador and Paraíso. Lunch and then snorkeling with the whale sharks. Depending on timing and conditions, sunset hike at La Gringa or just relax after heavy swimming with the whale sharks.
Day 4 - Morning dive at Punta Don Juan or Elias Point and then whale watching on the "Canal de Ballenas" heading south to Sal Si Puedes. 3 pm dive at Lavadero followed by a great night dive at the same location. Lavadero is located at Las Animas Island in the chain of San Lorenzo - Las Animas - Sal Si Puedes.
Day 5 - San Pedro Martir Island. Enjoy 1 or 2 days of fabulous diving with sea lions, incredible black coral fields and some of the best macro of the Midriff Islands (3-4 dives).
Day 6 - If staying at San Pedro Martir, we do 3 dives. If not, day 6 will be at San Ildelfonso Island where we will do 4 dives. Don't miss the Green Moray City!
Day 7 - Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto, visiting Coronado Island: macro and sea lions. We do 3 dives and then a nice evening with dinner in Loreto.
Day 8 - Danzante Island, part of Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto. Dive at Submarino, Silouette and the artificial wreck, C-54 Agustin Melgar. Afternoon hike at Honeymoon Beach.
> Day 9 - Las Animas, near San José Island. Great dives on the east and north pinnacles and afternoon diving at San Dieguito for a 3 pm dive followed by a night dive.
> Day 10 - Los Islotes, in the northern part of Espiritu Santo Island. Dive with the friendliest sea lion colony in the Sea of Cortez. Depending on weather and ocean conditions (visibility and current), we hope to dive "El Bajo", known for big schools of hammerheads. At night we will do the spectacular mobula night dive!
> Day 11 - Dive at La Reyna – a great spot for sea lions, school of barracuda and occasionally oceanic manta rays.
> Day 12 - Last day at San Lorenzo Channel, diving the Fan Ming wreck, Salvaterra wreck, and Suani Reef.
> Day 13 - Arrival to San José del Cabo, disembark 8:30 am.

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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About the Trip Leader

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. He spent some time as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. As the Editor-in-Chief of the Underwater Photography Guide, Nirupam is one of the world's few full-time underwater photography editors. You can get in touch with him at nirupam@uwphotographyguide.com or through his website www.photosfromthesea.com.  


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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. Departure flights from Phoenix can be scheduled any time after 12:00 pm.

Contact us for flight recommendations.



Payment & Booking

Payment Schedule

 > Deposit: $500

 > Payment 2: $800 - due 9/1/120

 > Payment 3: $1,100 - due 3/1/21

 > Payment 4: $1,595 - due 6/1/21

Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call Bluewater Travel at +1-310-915-6677 or email trips@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

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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


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Underwater Images

Underwater Photos from Previous Trip

Photo by Michael Johnstone


Photo by Bogdan Alexandrescu

Photo by Vivien Lee

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