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Dive Review of Quino el Guardian in
Mexico (Western)/Sea of Cortez

Quino el Guardian: "Explore Baja, great adventure.", Oct, 2019,

by Mary Adams, MD, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 11231.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was Quino el Guardian’s October 10-day re-positioning cruise from northern summer diving to southern winter diving in the Sea of Cortez. Shuttle bus from Phoenix airport to Puerto Peñasco very comfortable. QeG is a well-designed dive boat. There are 4 sleeping cabins, 4 bunks each, in lower deck. Four toilets and showers are on the dive deck. Convenient to doff gear, shower, and put on dry clothes between dives. Diving is from 2 Zodiacs, 8 divers plus a DM and a Zodiac driver. All dive sites close to QeG. We did 3-4 dives per day. After each dive, swim up to Zodiac, hand up weights, BCD, and fins, then climb ladder. Crew hefted BCD+tank and weights up to dive deck between dives, and filled tanks. I tipped them generously for all that muscle work. Diving excellent on enormous rocks. No coral reefs. Lots of fish. Whale shark snorkel one morning - whale sharks are amazing! Lots of sea lions, they are fun to swim with and above water are loud and stinky. Visibility was never great. Food was slightly above okay, and deteriorated as the trip went on, but there was plenty of it. DMs Edgar and Tico were hard-working and fun. This is not an Aggressor luxury dive trip, but it is good diving in an interesting water body with a solid outfitter. Highly recommend.
Websites Quino el Guardian   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cuba, Bonaire, Cozumel, Florida Keys, Clearwater FL, Bimini, Roatan, Kona, North Carolina, Flower Garden Banks, Caymans,
Closest Airport Cabo San Lucas Getting There Fly to Phoenix, shuttle bus to Puerto Peñasco.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60-minute dives from Zodiacs.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Big camera table with lots of charging outlets. Crew helpful with cameras getting in and out of Zodiacs.
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