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Rocio Del Mar Liveaboard - Sea of Cortez Midriff Islands Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is included in the full-board package?
A: Your accommodation and housekeeping, all meals, snacks and beverages including complimentary beer and wine, port fees, up to four guided dives per day (conditions permitting), tanks, air and weights, dinner on the day of embarking and breakfast on the day of disembarkation.
Q: What additional expenses will I be responsible for?
A: Anything purchased on board such as gear, clothing and sundries, dive training and certifications, equipment rental, National Park fees, and transfers. All gratuities are appreciated and we ask for them to be given at the end of the trip. Recommended Gratuity: 10% to 15% of full fare.
Q: Does the ship have NITROX (EAN) available?
A: 32% NITROX (EAN) is available for an additional $120 per week, per person.
Q: How can I pay for any extras?
A: We accept US, Mexican and European currency; Traveler’s checks and Credit Cards. Gratuities are preferable in cash so that the crew can get paid at disembarkment.
Q: How do I get to Puerto Peñasco, more commonly referred to as Rocky Point?

Most passengers Fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, in Phoenix Arizona and take the shuttle going straight to the boat, (additional fees apply). You may visit www.headouttorockypoint.com or contact our office to make the proper arrangements.

We suggest to arrive into Phoenix, Arizona no later than 11:00 am and to depart from Phoenix no earlier than 3:00 pm. We do not accept responsibility for anyone missing the boat due to airline or driving delay. Travel insurance is recommended.

If you plan to drive please see the southwestern US road map for US and Mexican connected highways to Puerto Peñasco. It is a four hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona, well maintained road all the way and an interesting view of the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Drive to the twin border towns of Lukeville, Arizona and Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico. Follow the signs through central Sonora. Follow the highway south to Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point). Secured parking is available next to the marina at $5 per day.

For guests DRIVING into Mexico, (including riding the Head Out To Rocky Point shuttle), you must stop at immigration and purchase a Mexican Tourist Card (FMM). Some refer to it as a visa, but it is not officially a visa.

The cost is $36 US in CASH. Credit cards are not accepted, and immigration officials will not give change.

This is not a new law; it has been in effect for years, yet it was not often enforced. However, it is now, and we must provide these to the Harbormaster. If we do not have an FMM for every passenger, the boat cannot leave the port. Should you lose your FMM, there is a fine of $50 US.

All passengers FLYING into any foreign country, the fee is included in the airfare. Guests will complete the necessary immigration papers on the plane. You will need to return your FMM Card when you exit Mexico.

More information on this and traveling to Mexico can be found on the following websites:


Q: Once in Puerto Peñasco what do I do?
A: If you come days early, or want to stay after the cruise, luxury beach hotels to economical in-town accommodations can be arranged; and activities like golf or sport fishing. Or you can simply hang out and walk around the small waterfront area shops and restaurants.
Q: How do I get around Puerto Peñasco?
A: Taxis are plentiful. Several of the beach hotels offer shopping tours to town.
Q: What is the Rocio’s departure and return schedule?
A: We leave port on Saturday afternoon about 6:00 pm. Check in time is not earlier than 4:00 pm. We will disembark the following Saturday morning after a continental breakfast at 7:00 am. Please schedule your travel and shore activity plans accordingly.
Q: Any special travel documents required?
A: Only your passport. Bring it to avoid any immigration problems. Everyone should consult their home country’s immigration status with Mexico for the necessary travel documents to avoid problems.
Q: What should I bring?

A: Don’t pack the closet; keep your packed clothing to a minimum. Dry-fit clothing is better, light shirts and shorts, maybe a pair of long pants and sweater for breezy evenings. Bring your private toiletries. Anything common that you forget can be purchased at nearby shops in town. Most importantly bring your complete dive gear. We supply the tanks, air and weights.

Water Temperatures

One of the most popular questions we receive is about water temperature. The Sea of Cotez is a very seasonal sea which means it changes rapidly. Our trips begin in early July where the temperatures are approximately 76-78 degrees Fahrenheit. It increases by about 2 degrees Fahrenheit every week and tops off at about 85 degrees mid-August. After mid-August, the temperatures drop an average of 2 degrees Fahrenheit every week.


Besides your normal dive gear, each diver is required to have one dive computer as well as a safety sausage (SMB) and whistle. We absolutely recommend exposure protection (wetsuits/light drysuits) on all of our trips. What you will need greatly depends on your personal comfort level. For most divers, we suggest a 3mm to 5mm wetsuit. Having additional items to layer works best such as a hood and/or hooded vest. Gloves are allowed in the Sea of Cortez.

Finally, remember to bring your C-card or proof of diving certification. The dive master requires proof of certification before you can dive.

Q: What are the meals like?
A: We do hope you bring an appetite too. If not, diving is sure to work up a good one. All meals and snacks are included. American style breakfast consists of pancakes, waffles muffins, toasts, egg dishes, fresh fruit, juices, hot chocolate, coffee or tea –served to fuel your active morning. Lunch is typically sandwiches, burgers, fish tacos, vegetables, fruit, pasta salads to keep you energized for the afternoon’s fun. Domestic beer and wine are stocked. Dinner starts with fresh vegetable salad and/or homemade soups. Local fresh seafood dishes cooked with savory spices are our chef’s specialty, paired with vegetable and pasta fusions of pork, chicken, or meat. Desserts are a sweet surprise made fresh daily. We can accommodate limited dietary requests.
Q: Drinking and diving?
A: Never wise and prohibited aboard Rocio Del Mar. When your alcoholic consumption starts, your diving is done for the day – no exceptions. Your safety is our primary concern. So remember, no happy hour if you plan to go on a night dive. Afterward, toast to the fascinating things you saw on the house.
Q: Smoking?
A: Yes, you may on the uppermost sun deck only.  Just please be considerate of your non-smoking shipmates.
Q: Are insurance and waivers required?
A: . Yes. Before you can dive we require proof of dive accident insurance. Inexpensive and comprehensive coverage can be purchased from DAN, Dive Assure, PADI and other organizations. You will also be asked to complete a medical statement and liability release waiver. This can be downloaded from our website.

We also are requiring the use of dive computers.
Q: Do you offer private charters and custom itineraries?
A: Absolutely, we can customize a trip itinerary around the special desires of the charter group. We can also prepare for special cuisine and dietary requests; special diving programs; biological and oceanographic research; photographic, safaris; whale shark and great whales encounters. Or you can just charter the boat for yourself and good friends or family to enjoy a memorable adventure together. Contact us to design a custom charter agenda tailored to your specifications and make the Rocio Del Mar your private luxury yacht.
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