Aboard Quino el Guardian

Sea of Cortez - Southern Safari



The Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California is a strip of water separated from the Pacific Ocean by the Baja Peninsula. This isolation, on land and underwater, provides a unique series of contrasting ecosystems from the vast solitude of the desert to the rich underwater realms and black coral gardens.

Our Southern Safari is a unique opportunity aboard Quino el Guardian where we will be at the right place at the right time to see blue whales, bull sharks, and flying mobula rays. Go on day and night dives at remote islands, encountering the abundant sea life of the southern Sea of Cortez. We will also explore popular dive sites such as Los Islotes where you will encounter friendly sea lions and El Bajo known for its schools of hammerhead sharks. We will also spend a day diving in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, the only living reef on this side of the hemisphere where divers can experience schools of fish that are over 40' tall. This is a voyage you don’t want to miss!


8 Days / 7 Nights / 6 Days of Diving

Below is our scheduled diving itinerary. Weather and sea conditions may require changes to this itinerary. If unique animal sighting opportunities arise, we may suggest alternative options to divers.

Day 1 - Board at 5pm in San Jose Del Cabo / Marina Puerto Los Cabos. Dinner at 7pm / Depart shortly thereafter

Day 2 - La Paz - Famous sea lions of Los Islotes Island - 4 dives

Day 3 - La Paz - Fang-Ming Wreck, Salvatierra Wreck, Swanny Reef and Mobula rays night dive at Ensenada Grande

Day 4 - Isla Las Animas - 3 dives

Possible encounter with hammerhead sharks, small sea lion colony and night dive at San Dieguito reef

Day 5 - Isla Cerralvo (also known as Jacques Cousteau Island) & La Reyna

Diving in La Reyna - possible mantas and sea lions - looking for sperm whales and orcas at Cerralvo

Day 6 - Cabo Pulmo National Park

2 dives inside the park and 1 dive outside the park

Day 7 - Cabo San Lucas

2 dives in Cabo San Lucas: Pelican Rock and Lands End and 1 dive Gordo banks with a possible school of hammerheads and silky sharks

Day 8 - Disembark by 8:30 am


One of the most popular questions we receive about the Sea of Cortez is about water temperature! This time of year you can expect temperatures in the high 70's and low 80's Fahrenheit.


This unique and fun destination is only available aboard Quino el Guardian


$2300 per person, quad occupancy


$2400 per person, quad occupancy

Prices include all taxes, port fees, meals, beverages, tanks, weights, and complimentary beer and wine. The only things not included are:
$28 Park Fee
$120 Nitrox (if you want it)
Transfers to and from the boat
Crew gratuity (typically 10%-15% of the fare)

Park fees are subject to change without notice