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.
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.
Notes: In the event of cancellation by the operator for any reason, there will be no reimbursement so the operator states that it is mandatory for all guests to have travel insurance coverage for this event.
Mexico is a popular destination with limited liveaboard spaces. We recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Dive experience: The only requirement is an open water diving certification. Quino El Guardian always suggest that divers do their best to be comfortable at diving before coming on board.
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 and Mexican taxes on cruise price.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): BCD, regulator/octopus set, surface marker buoy, dive computer, whistle, dive and travel insurance, national park fee (Sea of Cortez US$ 28) and Socorro US$ 93 per dive day). 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 per person return from Phoenix airport), nitrox fills for enriched air divers (US$ 120 per trip, except Magdalena - free!). 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 begins at 17:00 hrs with departure in the late hours of the evening. 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 at 08:30 hrs. 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. Boarding is at 17:00 hrs and the boat departs at 18:00 hrs 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.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 17:00 hrs on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more information see our Mexico tourist information section.
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: See whole boat charter rate below.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 14 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge (total 16 guests).
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
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.