Eco-Tourism in Rocky Point is a growing business. There are boat trips to Bird Island; a place where you can experience a colony of Sea lions up close. People choose to kayak or dive in, you can actually swim with the young and curious animals.
The nearby Pinacate Biosphere Reserve is popular with those who love a true wilderness experience. Over six hundred square miles of black lava flows, cinder cones, and seas of rippling sand dunes spread to the horizon, inviting the adventurous to see Mexico at its’ wildest.
Puerto Peñasco is also the point of departure for voyages to the remote Islands that dot the Northern Sea of Cortez. Much of the treasure of Mexicos’ natural world lives in its’ oceans. The 110 foot Rocio del Mar takes divers to explore places that can be seen no other way. This fourth of July weekend, the Rocio heads out for a week long live-aboard dive trip to the Midriff Islands.
Once called ‘The worlds’ aquarium” by dive pioneer Jacques Cousteau, the Sea of Cortez still maintains an attraction for those who want to encounter the large pelagic species that frequent these waters. Schools of hammerhead sharks, humpback whales, manta rays and more are a regular part of a dive trip. A live-aboard allows for multiple days in remote locations, as well as the ability to dive in more than one spot.
Dora and Francisco Sandoval, experienced dive masters, own the Rocio del Mar. Beginning its’ sea going life in 2009, the Sandovals built her from scratch, with the intention to provide a ship designed around the experience of diving, unique in a sport where most are modified fishing boats. The Rocio accomodates twenty divers, and is in service with multiple trips per year to not only the Sea of Cortez, but out to the Revellagigedo Islands, known as Mexicos’ Gallapagos. Having just completed her yearly maintenance in the docks of Rocky Point, she readies for her next adventure.
These voyages are for experienced divers, coming from over the globe. Normally sold out months in advance, the next voyage departs this Fourth of July from the Fonatur docks. Over a dozen dive sites are possibIlities as the Rocio del Mar plys thewaters around Angel Island and others.
*Rocio del Mar departs out of Rocky point and Cabo San Lucas during the spring and fall
*Trips exlore the Sea of Cortez and Soccoro Islands
*Twenty divers maximum, with a very experienced staff and state of the art supporting equipment.
*Visit rociodelmarliveaboard.com or contact 602-558-9580