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We flew into Phoenix Arizona and took a van on a four hour road trip south across the Mexican border to Rocky Point, Mexico (Puerto Peñasco) on the Sea of Cortez and the Midriff Islands to begin this exciting seven day dive adventure.
This body of water separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland. It is bordered by the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur. Sonora, and Sinaloa with a coastline of approximately 4,000 km (2,500 mi.)
Our hosts are Dora and Francisco (Lolo) Sandoval, owners of the luxurious 110 foot long Rocio Del Mar liveaboard, based out of Rocky Point. It’s the only liveaboard based on the Sea of Cortez. The Sea of Cortez season is from the end of June until the end of October every year.
It’s here we snorkel with whale sharks in the emerald waters off the coast, dive with sea lions, and view one of the largest pods of dolphins ever, churning up the ocean surface.
Here you can dive on untouched walls and in reefs abounding with sea life. With clear, deep blue waters, abundant sea life, white sand beaches and inspiring vistas, the Sea of Cortez - known as the Gulf of California - is a breathtaking destination for exploring diverse marine creatures.
Legendary diver Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez as the “world’s aquarium” and the “Galapagos of North America.” Dive on untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life. Encounter great and small whale species, whale sharks, manta and jumping mobula rays, humpback whales, and sea lion colonies as well as sperm whales. Hike and explore remote uninhabited islets in this picturesque sea.