Saturday, May 23, 2009

Rocio del Mar Dive Boat Ready to Go in Puerto Penasco

In February 2009 I wrote about a new, liveaboard dive boat being readied for duty in Puerto Penasco. The 110-ft Rocio Del Mar, conceived and built by husband and wife team Dora and Francisco (Lolo) Sandoval, has now passed its final certification and is ready to take passengers on an exploration of the Sea of Cortez.

The exploratory dive voyage of the Rocio Del Mar is targeted for May 30th - June 6th, 2009. The main dive focus is the midriff islands off Kino Bay between San Carlos and Puerto Penasco, though custom itineraries can be arranged.

Regular departures for the week-long adventures will take place on Saturdays around 4:00PM, arriving in the Kino Bay area early Sunday morning. Guests will disembark back in Puerto Penasco the following Saturday morning after breakfast. You can click here to view schedules and prices.

The following YouTube video will give you an idea of what you can expect to experience when diving in what Jacques Cousteau famously called "The world's aquarium".

The Rocio can accommodate 22 overnight guests in ten staterooms, 8 on the lower deck and 2 on the second deck. All staterooms have private bathrooms with hot shower stalls, western style toilets, lavatories, and above height windows. 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.

Smoking is allowed only on the top sun deck.

All meals and snacks are included in the price. American style breakfast consists of pancakes, waffles, muffins, toast, egg dishes, fresh fruit, juices, hot chocolate, coffee or tea - served to fuel your active morning. Lunch is typically sandwiches, burgers, fish tacos, vegetable, fruit, and pasta salads. The promenade deck bar opens at 5PM, serving frosty fruit concoctions or coffee and chocolate body warmers. Domestic beer, wine and tequilas are stocked, but note that alcoholic beverages are extra charge and drinking and diving is a no-no. At 7PM, dinner starts with fresh vegetable salads and homemade soups. Local fresh seafood dishes are chef’s specialty, paired with vegetable and pasta fusions of pork, chicken, or tofu. Desserts are made fresh daily.

The Rocio del Mar will be available for private functions when not scheduled for a scuba excursion and can easily accommodate fairly large groups. The crew can also prepare for special cuisine and dietary requests; special diving programs geared for mixed gas/tech or shark cage equipment; biological and oceanographic research; photographic safaris; whale shark and great whale encounters and more.

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