Quino el Guardian, Mexico

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The 25m Quino el Guardian was custom built for scuba diving and scientific research in the amazing Pacific Mexico waters. The Quino el Guardian caters to up to 16 divers in 4 quad cabins, each with 4 beds with privacy curtains and a storage drawer for each guest.  4 spacious community bathrooms are equipped with full size showers. In between dives guests can relax on the large partially shaded sundeck with with lawn chairs or in the salon with comfortable sofas, TV and computer table. Meals are served in the dining room, and start with an American Breakfast to fuel the morning and end with homemade soups, salads and local fresh dishes. Beers and wines are included.

Diving takes place from the huge dive deck, which is well organised for gear storage and has spacious camera tables. Divers can choose between 3 itineraries depending on the time of year. The Socorro Islands, known for the worlds friendliest manta rays, humpback whales and pods of dolphins, the Sea of Cortez where you can dive untouched walls with abundant marine life and the chance to spot whales and whale sharks, and the final itinerary is Baja California, where divers will explore this amazing region and even Cabo Pulmo, touted by Jacques Cousteau as ‘the aquarium of the sea’.

There are only a limited number of spaces for these trips each year and they fill up fast! Don’t miss out and book your dive trip of a lifetime on the new and exciting Quino el Guardian today.


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Included: VAT, Alcoholic Beverages, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Kayaks, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Dive Insurance, National Park Fees (28 USD).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Nitrox, Nitrox Course (245 USD), Rental Gear.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • BBQ Area

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Full-board Option
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


Diving

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English.


Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.


Accommodation


Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1980
  • Year renovated 2015
  • Length 82ft
  • Top speed 10 knots
  • Cruising speed 7.5 knots
  • Engines 1 x Perkins
  • Max guests 16
  • Number of cabins 5
  • Number of bathrooms 4
  • Tenders 2 x Yamaha 75hp
  • Water capacity 25000 liters
  • Fuel capacity 40000 liters
  • Freshwater maker 7000 lts per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid

Quino el Guardian Reviews

  • 8.6 Fabulous
  • 23 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    6.4
  2. Crew
    9.7
  3. Food
    9.7
  4. Diving
    9.0
  5. Value
    8.3
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Sharon E
  • United States United States
Cramped sleeping arrangements

Diving with a pod of 18 dolphins, watching breaching humpback whales far out to sea, playful and curious magestic manta rays.

Recommended for
Diving with sharks, rays, dolphins; food; comraderie among divers and crew
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Stephen F
  • United States United States
Occasionally intense diving but well rewarded for the effort.

Loads of sharks; white tips, silver tips, Galapagos, Hammerheads and occasional Tiger. Whales, mantas, dolphins.

Recommended for
The diving, crew, the diving
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Martin C
  • Ireland Ireland
I got to live my dream diving with Humpback whales and lots of sharks also with Manta's

Diving with Humpback whales, lots of sharks and Mantas. Meeting great people.

Recommended for
Diving, food, staff.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Nigel David M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
An amazing trip with 20 dives in super Viz and so much to see..

The highlights were closely interacting with the Giant Manta's, And visiting local areas and dive sights in Baja before the sailing, esp. Cabo Pulmo.

Recommended for
The Pelagics were fabulous ...The crew were brilliant...and the food was really great.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Daniela H
  • Germany Germany
Very nice Staff and the best cook ever

Nice boat, nice diving,

Recommended for
Roca batida, Mantas, miguel the cook
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Larry N
  • United States United States
Best crew ever.

Fun crew and great service. The sleeping cabin was very noisy.

Recommended for
Crew, food, diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • jack A
  • United States United States
This trip was a the top of the list of the best trips I've taken

Getting to know the crew, and the total experience

Recommended for
The dive masters, the crew, the friendly atmosphere
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Francesca D
  • Australia Australia
Trips with wonderful underwater surprises.

Each dive surprised us with Mantas, School of sharks: Hammerheads, Silky, Tiger, dolphins. Huge morays, sea lions, and friendly dolphins swimming around us for a long time. There are also many species that are appreciated when there is little current. During the sunrise and sunset, we can still be enjoying the dolphins and sharks from the deck of the boat. The food was really nice and a lot all day. I really liked the diving operation, the whole crew taking care of us.

Recommended for
Safety / Crew - Warm Atmosphere - Wildlife
  • 7.2 Good
  • Salvatore A
  • United States United States
All the good stuff was above 20 feet or snorkeling

Sperm whales, whale sharks, sea lions and dolphins And Joshua the chef. He was extraordinary

Recommended for
The chef, the crew and of course the sperm whales
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Luvellynne K
  • South Africa South Africa
Unique and amazing

Snorkeling with Whale Sharks, diving with the Sea Lions, WOW memories for me

Recommended for
1. Definately the food. We had dietary requirements the Chef and assistant staff bent over backwards to accommodate us. 2. Captain and crew all excellent and friendly. 3. Panga trips to the dive sites these guys made sure we stayed safe
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Paolo Martino C
  • Italy Italy
Very nice trip. Cabins are quite small.

Whalesharks and sealions

Recommended for
Crew and diving staff
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Aurélie L
  • France France
Nice trip to Socorro with Quino El Guardian team!

Oceanic Mobula - Vortex - Hammerheads

Recommended for
Atmosphere on the boat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Linus N
  • Sweden Sweden
Amazing

Small cabins amazing value top quality diving great crew amazing food great relaxed vibe safe boat clean no fumes or diesel smells great tenders small groups personal attention when needed would come back

Recommended for
Diving, food, crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • seulky K
  • South Korea South Korea
It was just great!

Dolphins and Oceanic Mantas!

Recommended for
Diving Guide, Food and Drinks, The crews
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Joel G
  • United States United States
the crew went way overboard!

the work the scientists were doing for tracking species. getting to watch them perform an ultrasound on a wild Rey.

Recommended for
variety, the energy the crew took for us
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • miguel L
  • Argentina Argentina
Excellent

Giant Mantas

Recommended for
Dive, crew, food
  • 7.2 Good
  • Alexander C
  • United States United States
Weather plays the ultimate role in this trip

Manta rays, dolphins

Recommended for
Owners, crew, small size
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Pier-Luc D
  • Canada Canada
Great experience

Dive sites were all incredible, I had great time diving Socorro and strongly recommend any divers who like big pelagic animals to go there. The dive we had at El Canon with dolphins was the best of all.

Recommended for
diving sites quality, scientists sharing their works, food on board