Sea of Cortez 2018 Underwater Photo Workshops


 Sea of Cortez 2018 Underwater Photo Workshops

Join us for Sea Lions, Sperm Whales and Whale Sharks on the Rocio Del Mar. Trip led by Craig Dietrich


July 28 - August 4 & August 4 - 11, 2018


Starting from $2,595


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Why Join This Trip? - Why Travel with Bluewater?

Dive Information - Itinerary - Trip Leader - Accommodations

How to Get There - Booking & Payment - Underwater Photos


Why Join This Trip?

 ✓ The top liveaboard sailing in the Sea of Cortez 
 ✓ Dive in an area Jacques Cousteat called the Aquarium of the World
 ✓ Awesome big animals like whale sharks, sea lions, dolphins, sperm whales and much more
 ✓ Easiest liveaboard in the US - fly or drive to Phoenix, AZ

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Why Travel with Bluewater?

 ✓ We book liveaboards that offer the best overall value
 ✓ Fun, engaged trip leaders who care about the guest experience
 ✓ Repeat customer discounts, gear discounts and other benefits
 ✓ Great support if flight/weather issues occur


Trip Overview

We will jump in the water with sperm whales, pilot whales and dolphins as much as possible. Maximum of 20 divers on the trip, including hosts. Sail and dive in comfort on the incredible Rocio del Mar.

You can either meet the boat in Puerto Penasco, Mexico or pay a shuttle fee of $125 per person for roundtrip transportation from/to Phoenix, Arizona. If you want to come to Puerto Penasco on your own, there is secured parking available in Puerto Penasco for $5 per day right next to where the boat is docked. Prices include three meals per day, snacks, beverages including soft drinks, juice, domestic beer and wine. You can read a wonderful report of this trip here and see how our 2014 trip to the Sea of Cortez went.

Read the great reviews of the Rocio del Mar! Read the reviews on diving Sea of Cortez here

Dive Overview

The Sea of Cortez is home to sea lions, whale sharks, manta and mobula rays, dolphins, huge schools of fish and some fascinating macro life. It is one of the easiest "big animal" destinations to reach and enjoy. La Paz, Cabo, Loreto, and the northern Sea of Cortez all have excellent diving.

Diving Conditions

After careful research, we have decided that the August and September months are the best time for the Northern Sea of Cortez. Good visibility, not too much wind, warm air and warm water - a 3mm wetsuit is all that is needed, at the most! Water temps will be 82-85 F.

Webinar About Sea of Cortez & Rocio Del Mar


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Package Details

 ✓ Three meals per day & snacks
 ✓ Beverages including soft drinks, juice, domestic beer & wine
 ✓ One full day of whale shark snorkeling, & several dives with a friendly sea lion colony
 ✓ Tanks, weights & weight belts
 ✗ National Park Fees: $28
 ✗ Hyperbaric chamber mandatory contribution: $15
 ✗ Nitrox: $120 for the week
 ✗ Fuel surcharge: $100
 ✗ Gratuity

Daily Photo Workshops

Workshops will be given daily on topics such as wide-angle underwater photography, ambient light shots, snorkeling with large animals, strobe exposure and positions, avoiding backscatter, and composition. Help underwater is also given.

About the Trip Leader

Craig Dietrich is an award winning underwater photographer based in Jupiter, Florida. From an early age Craig felt the need to express himself artistically and the first time he picked up a camera, he knew he had found the perfect outlet for his creativity and sparked what would become a life altering passion for photography. Craig served our country as a Naval photographer during both Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, when he was given the opportunity to travel the world and his thirst for adventure was born.

After the Navy, Craig learned to scuba dive. Upon breaking the surface the first time, he knew this was a world he wanted to be a part of and a second passion was ignited. Longing to share that world with others, he put together his two greatest loves and ventured into the world underwater photography.

Craig’s underwater photography has been featured in multiple dive publications, won multiple awards and has been sold in upscale galleries from Carmel, California to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He now makes his living teaching underwater photography and selling his photography at art shows throughout the southeastern United States. 

To learn more about Craig's work, visit


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About the 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 curt deposit ains and convenient gear and clothes storage drawers beneath the beds.

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Flight Information

 > Trip attendees will fly in and out of Phoenix, Arizona, which is the closest international airport. You should fly in on Saturday morning and arrive before 11am. A shuttle will arrive for pick-up at the airport at 12pm. The shuttle ride is approximately 4 hours to the boat and costs $125 roundtrip (paid directly to shuttle driver).

 > Disembarkation is Saturday at 7:00am. For returning flights, book anytime after 3pm.


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Payment & Booking

Payment Schedule

Got Questions? Ready to Book?

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



Underwater Images

Sea of Cortez Underwater Photos from Previous Trip




About the Trip Leader

Mark Strickland’s life-long interest in the sea has included over 10,000 dives and careers as lifeguard, boat captain and scuba instructor. His passion for underwater photography has led him to many top dive locales, including Virgin Islands, Australia, and Thailand, where he spent 17 years as Cruise Director on a series of liveaboards. Mark now resides in Ventura county, California.

An avid marine naturalist, Mark has discovered several nudibranch species. He is co-author and principle photographer for Lonely Planet’s award-winning book, “Diving and Snorkeling Thailand”, and his work appears in many magazines, books and displays around the world. Currently, Mark leads several dive trips each year to his favorite destinations, while working on a career-spanning large-format pictorial book.

Mark's photos and articles have appeared in magazines and books around the world, including Action Asia, BBC Wildlife, National Geographic World, Natural History, Scuba Diving, Skin Diver, Sport Diver, Sportdiving, Unterwasser and many others. In addition to representation by several stock photo agencies, Mark operates his own photo library, Mark Strickland Photography,