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Quino El Guardian


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Quino El Guardian is a re-purposed fishing vessel, refurbished in 2015 to become a Mexico liveaboard operated by the people behind Rocio Del Mar. This sturdy boat can accommodate up to 16 divers on budget liveaboard diving tours around Socorro Islands and the Sea of Cortez.

Length: 90 feet / 27 meters
Beam: 25 feet / 8 meters
Cruise: 7.5 knots
Divers: 16
Enriched air nitrox is available here
Liveaboard trips in Mexico with Quino El Guardian

Quino El Guardian has 4 shared bathrooms rather than ensuite facilities, so it is not really a luxury option. However there is no better value-for-money option for diving the best sites of Mexico. Facilities include a saloon area and a separate dining area, both of which are air-conditioned. You can also enjoy the library of movies, books and magazines. The complimentary beer and wine throughout the trip is a nice touch.

You can relax in the communal places on the main deck or stretch out on a lounger on the sun deck, either in the sun or the shade. There are both 12 and 15 liter tanks on board, DIN adapters, nitrox, a large camera table and 4 bathrooms accessible from the dive deck and exit ladders on the dive dinghy.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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July 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Jul 9 Jul 7 Sea of Cortez North & Midriff Islands 24 US$ 2,100
9 Jul 16 Jul 7 Sea of Cortez North & Midriff Islands 24 US$ 2,300
16 Jul 23 Jul 7 Sea of Cortez North & Midriff Islands 24 US$ 2,100
23 Jul 30 Jul 7 Sea of Cortez North & Midriff Islands 24 US$ 2,100
30 Jul 6 Aug 7 Sea of Cortez North & Midriff Islands 24 US$ 2,100
August 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
6 Aug 13 Aug 7 Sea of Cortez North & Midriff Islands 24 US$ 2,300
20 Aug 27 Aug 7 Sea of Cortez North & Midriff Islands 24 US$ 2,100
27 Aug 3 Sep 7 Sea of Cortez North & Midriff Islands 24 US$ 2,100
September 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Sep 15 Sep 12 Sea of Cortez 38 US$ 3,450
17 Sep 29 Sep 12 Sea of Cortez 38 US$ 3,450
November 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Nov 10 Nov 9 Socorro Islands 21 US$ 3,000
11 Nov 20 Nov 9 Socorro Islands 21 US$ 3,200
21 Nov 30 Nov 9 Socorro Islands 21 US$ 3,200
December 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Dec 10 Dec 9 Socorro Islands 21 US$ 3,000
11 Dec 20 Dec 9 Socorro Islands 21 US$ 3,200
January 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
15 Jan 24 Jan 9 Socorro Islands 21 US$ 3,100
February 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Feb 13 Feb 9 Socorro Islands 21 US$ 3,100
March 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
26 Mar 4 Apr 9 Socorro Islands 21 US$ 3,100
April 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
25 Apr 4 May 9 Socorro Islands 21 US$ 3,100
May 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 May 14 May 9 Socorro Islands 21 US$ 3,100
15 May 24 May 9 Socorro Islands 21 US$ 3,100
25 May 3 Jun 9 Socorro Islands 21 US$ 3,100
July 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Jul 8 Jul 7 Sea of Cortez North & Midriff Islands 24 US$ 2,100
8 Jul 15 Jul 7 Sea of Cortez North & Midriff Islands 24 US$ 2,100
15 Jul 22 Jul 7 Sea of Cortez North & Midriff Islands 24 US$ 2,100
29 Jul 5 Aug 7 Sea of Cortez North & Midriff Islands 24 US$ 2,100
August 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 Aug 12 Aug 7 Sea of Cortez North & Midriff Islands 24 US$ 2,100
12 Aug 19 Aug 7 Sea of Cortez North & Midriff Islands 24 US$ 2,100
September 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Sep 14 Sep 12 Sea of Cortez 38 US$ 3,550

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More Trip Details...

Notes: Mexico is a popular destination with limited liveaboard spaces. We recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, local beers and wine, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemasters (1 guide for 8 divers), standard tanks, weights and weightbelts, port fees.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment, surface marker buoy, dive computer, whistle, diving insurance, national park fee (Sea of Cortez and Socorro) US$ 28, hyperbaric chamber fee: US$ 15. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Transfers to the boat from the airport/hotel (US$ 125 rtn from Phoenix airport), nitrox fills for enriched air divers (US$ 120 per trip), trip insurance (recommended). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Socorro: Quino El Guardian liveaboard departs in the morning from San Jose del Cabo for trips to the Socorro islands. Guests fly into the nearby Los Cabos international airport. You should plan to arrive the day before departure. Boarding is at 08:00 with departure at 09:00 hrs. The marina is 25 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from downtown San Jose del Cabo. An airport shuttle service can be arranged. The boat will spend the last night of the cruise in the harbour and disembark the morning of the last day.
Sea of Cortez: For diving tours to the Sea of Cortez, Quino El Guardian departs in the evening from Puerto Penasco, Mexico, on the northern coast of the Sea of Cortez. Most guests fly through Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, 4 hours drive from Puerto Penasco. An airport shuttle service can be arranged. The boat departs at 17:00 with the first dive at 07:00 the following morning. Guests disembark on the final day at 07:00 and should book flights from Phoenix no earlier than 14:00 hrs.
For more information see our Mexico tourist information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 17:00hrs on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: None.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 50% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 14 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge (total 16 guests).

Whole boat charter rate (per night): 2016: Socorro - US$ 4,900, Sea of Cortez - US$ 4,000, Baja Peninsula - US$ 3,792. 2017: Socorro - US$ 5,250, Sea of Cortez - US$ 4,200, Baja Peninsula - US$ 4,025.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
Quino El Guardian has four air-conditioned 4-share cabins all on the lower deck.There are 4 shared bathrooms on the main deck. Another twin bed cabin is available for full charters.

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Shared bathroom with toilet, hot water shower, hand basin, toiletries & towels
  • No windows or portholes
  • Reading lights
  • Cabinet and mirror
  • U.S. wall sockets for 110V electricity
  • Bedding and luggage space
  • Life jackets
  • Fire warning system
No. of bathrooms / showers - 4 / 4 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The liveaboard crew of 8 comprise:
  • 2 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • Engineer
  • 3 Deck Hands/Stewards
Nitrox - 2 motorized dive dinghies - 365ft² (34m²) dive deck & 194ft² (18m²) platform with ladders, 4 hot water showers & toilets - Camera table, separate rinse tank & charging stations - main deck air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD, music system, movie library, fish ID books, general books - main deck dining room - Satellite telephone - Partially-shaded sundeck with sun beds & mattresses - 2 drinking water dispensers

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
The dining experience on board Quino El Guardian liveaboard begins with dinner on the check-in day. All meals are plated and served and all dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice. You can enjoy pre-breakfast before dive 1 followed by a cooked breakfast and then lunch and dinner. The menu consists chiefly of western food and flavoursome Mexican dishes. There may also be special meals served on the sun deck.
  • Mexican & international meals - 3 different dishes per sitting.
  • Waiter served air-conditioned dining area.
  • Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Snacks include ice cream, fruit, bread and toast.
  • Coffee, tea, drinking water, soft drinks, beer & wine are all provided free of charge.
  • All dietary requirements can be catered for - please send advanced notice.
  • Cruise dining service begins on boarding.

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 1980, refurbished 2015 and annually
  • Size - 90ft x 25 ft (27.5m x 7.5m)
  • Weight - 151 tonnes
  • Top speed - 10 knots
  • Cruising speed - 7.5 knots
  • 1 x 620 HP CAT engine
  • 2 x 100 & 40 KW Perkins generators
  • 2 x Nuvair & Mako dive tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox system
  • 12 & 15 liter aluminum & steel tanks with Int valves (DIN adapters available)
  • Electricity - 110V 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 20,000 liters
  • Fresh watermaker - 2,000 liters per day
  • Fuel capacity - 40,000 liters
  • Waste storage tank

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 2 x Life rafts
  • 2 x 75 HP Honda dinghies
  • Radios
  • Furuno and Horizon global positioning system
  • Furuno Radar
  • 2 x Furuno depth sounder
  • Simrad autopilot
  • EPIRB
  • Satellite phone and mobile phone
  • Searchlight & horn
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Oxygen - 36,000 liters
  • Medic first aid box
  • Full alarm system
  • Fire extinguishers throughout
  • Life jackets in each cabin
  • Customer dive insurance NOT provided and is MANDATORY - see our insurance program for a competitive quotation

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