Mexico, Liveaboards – Quino El Guardian

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Quino El Guardian

Mexico, Liveaboards


Discover the magic of Mexico with Quino El Guardian.

Quino’s mission carries the awareness that while we are privileged to have experienced the wonders of the underwater world, we also carry the responsibility to protect it. Quino was once a fishing vessel and was redesigned into a ship whose sole purpose is for scuba diving and scientific research. Quino was created because of the time their team spent with marine biologist groups on their sister ship, Rocio del Mar. The experience with them was so incredibly rewarding that they wanted more. They believe that they can make the world a better place one diver at a time.

Quino gives divers the opportunity to visit magical destinations such as Socorro (Archipelago de Revillagigedo) and the Sea of Cortez. They offer the same diving along with the same amazing crew and delicious food guests have come to know on Rocio del Mar at an incredible value.

Quino el Guardian offers fun and exciting scuba diving experiences including their truly unique Citizen Science Expeditions. Quino is available for individuals, one-half and full charters as well as custom private charters. We can design a trip itinerary around the special desires of the charter group. Quino is wonderful for single travelers, too!

Quino el Guardian takes 16 divers in 4 quad cabins and 1 double cabin with 4 community bathrooms. Each bathroom is assigned to a cabin so guests can leave their personal items inside. Quino has a comfortable salon with a TV and computer station, a galley with plenty of seating for everyone with a pull down screen for presentations and a shaded sundeck for relaxing between dives. The camera table is large and with plenty of outlets to satisfy even the most fastidious of photographers. Quino is the perfect size – big enough to get privacy when you want it and small enough to get to know everyone. You’ll be one, happy family by the end of the first day of the trip!

Many of the trips on Quino are Citizen Science Expeditions giving divers the experience of working side-by-side with scientists as they study sharks, mantas, reef ecology, marine biology and more. Activities include animal tagging, identification, DNA sampling, and daily presentations on migration, reproduction, conservation and daily observations.


Socorro Islands. Season: November – May

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE! The Archipelago de Revillagigedo is 250 miles off Baja’s southern shore and are a spectacular magnet for the largest oceanic pelagic animals in the world. In addition to the inquisitive giant manta rays, the islands attract schooling hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, silky sharks, galapagos sharks, clouds of jacks and barracuda, tuna, wahoo, oceanic white tip sharks, and friendly bottlenose dolphins. Mid-February through mid-April is humpback whale season and November, December and May are whale shark season.


Sea of Cortez / Midriff Islands. Season: July – Mid-September

EAST TO GET TO YET IMPOSSIBLE TO FORGET! Called “The Worlds Aquarium” by Jacques Cousteau, divers experience untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life. Encounter large and small whale species, giant pods of dolphins, sea lion colonies, turtles, rays, octopuses, eels, mobula rays and countless species of fish in unheard of quantities. It’s a macro photographers dream with nudibranchs, colorful blennies, dancing jawfish and seahorses. Between dives, enjoy a hike or kayak remote islets. This trip is great for snorkelers, too. A trip highlight is snorkeling with whale sharks.


Sea of Cortez / Explore Baja. Season: Mid-September – October

EXPLORE OVER 700 MILES! Go off-the-grid for 13-days to experience the incredible diversity of the Sea of Cortez by diving from one end to the other. In addition to the Midriff Islands itinerary, enjoy a night dive with mobula rays, see schooling hammerheads and dive wrecks, Fan Ming and Salvaterra. And you are seeing giant, oceanic manta rays again! See the incredible life on the surface including pilot whales, humpback whales, blue fin whales, orcas and sperm whales along with blue and brown footed booby birds, cormorants, frigate birds and the endemic yellow footed gulls. While the boat has an itinerary, they stay open to what Mother Nature may bring your way.


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The crew of Quino el Guardian is here to help you in any way possible to make your visit an unforgettable experience.

They provide 80 cubic ft. aluminum tanks that are both DIN & yoke compatible, weights and weight belts.

Quino’s trips have two dive masters on board to lead dives and assist divers. They have two inflatable pangas with drivers vigilantly watching for bubbles and retrieving divers upon surfacing. When divers surface, the pangas will come to the divers.



Quino el Guardian is extremely seaworthy and is approved by both the U.S. Coast Guard and the Mexican Coast Guard. It is equipped with state-of-the-art electronics and all required safety equipment.

Quino el Guardian is 90’ long with a 23’ beam.

Quino el Guardian comfortably accommodates 16 guests and crew.

There are four air-conditioned cabins that sleep four guests each. There are two bunks on each side. Each bunk has a privacy curtain. Each cabin is outfitted with four large drawers, one for each guest. There is also storage space under the bottom bunks and clothing/towel hooks in the main cabin area. Cabins are typically assigned by gender. Each bunk has its own light and power outlet.

There is one cabin with 2 bunks that sleeps 2. This cabin is typically reserved for a couple. This is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Quino is often able to accommodate a second couple in their own room as they have a total of 18 beds but we take only 16 divers. However, this is subject to availability. Guests enjoy Tempur-Pedic® mattresses and quality bed linens. Stewards clean all rooms, bunks, and bathrooms during the first dives of each day. The boat provides bath towels and dive deck towels.

Quino el Guardian has four air-conditioned bathrooms with a full-size shower in each bathroom on the dive deck. Bathrooms are also assigned by gender. This way guests can leave their personal items and towels in the bathroom. There are two lavatories on the dive deck that are shared by all passengers.

The galley comfortably accommodates all 16 passengers. The galley also has a projector and a large drop-down screen should your group want to do presentations.

The salon is comfortable with sofas, a TV, DVDs, books, and a computer table.

The dive deck is large, well organized with a spacious camera table. There is a dive platform for ease of boarding the inflatables. Quino el Guardian has two 18’ Achilles inflatable boats (pangas) for the safety and ease of our divers with very sturdy ladders.

There is a large shaded sundeck with lawn chairs and bean bags for relaxing between dives during the day and gazing at the stars at night.

There are ample outlets throughout the boat and all voltage aboard the Quino El Guardian is 110V; just like the USA.

Quino el Guardian reserves the right to allocate room assignments as needed.



· 4 cabins with 4 beds: 2 bunks on each side equaling 4 beds

· Each bed has a privacy curtain, light and power outlet

· Dresser with 4 large drawers – one for each guest with additional storage under the beds

· Rooms are typically assigned by gender

· 1 cabin with two beds that sleeps 2 (typically reserved for a couple)

· Quino does their best to put a second couple in their own room whenever possible, however this is subject to availability due to the mix of men/women on the boat

· There is air conditioning throughout all interior areas for everyone’s comfort – each cabin can be individually controlled

· 4 spacious bathrooms with a full size shower in each on the dive deck (also air conditioned) – each bathroom is assigned to a cabin so guests can leave their personal items inside

· 2 community lavatories on the dive deck

· Large galley that comfortably accommodates all passengers with a projector and a drop-down screen for group presentations.

· Salon is comfortable with sofas, a TV, a computer table set up, books and DVD’s

· Huge, well organized dive deck with gear storage for all your diving equipment

· Spacious camera table with lots of power outlets

· Dive platform for easy access to the inflatable pangas

· Rinse shower on the dive platform

· 2 on-board compressors

· Large shaded sundeck with lawn chairs – perfect for relaxing between dives.

· 2 inflatable pangas with drivers to get you to and from the dive sites – each has a sturdy ladder for the safety and comfort of our divers

· All power is 110V


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