Quino el Guardian, Mexico



  • Choice of 3 incredible itineraries
  • Dive with the world’s friendliest mantas at the Socorro Islands
  • Custom-built for scuba diving and scientific research

Join the Quino el Guardian for an unforgettable diving vacation in Pacific Mexico. Custom built for scuba diving and scientific research, she easily caters to 16 divers with 4 quad cabins (two upper bunks and two lower bunks) and 1 double cabin (one upper bunk and one lower bunk), each assigned by gender.  All bunks have a privacy curtain and a storage drawer for each guest. There are 4 spacious community bathrooms equipped with full-size showers (also assigned by gender). Social areas include the indoor salon with comfortable sofas, a TV, and a computer table. Meals are served in the dining room, starting with an American Breakfast to fuel the morning and ending with homemade soups, salads, and fresh local dishes. Beers and wines are included. In between dives, guests can relax on the large partially shaded sundeck with lawn chairs.

The Quino el Guardian liveaboard offers divers the choice of four itineraries depending on the time of year.  The Socorro Islands are known for being home to the world's friendliest manta rays, 7-species of sharks, including schooling hammerheads, friendly bottlenose dolphins, whale sharks, and humpback whales.  The Sea of Cortez/Midriff Islands, where you can dive through untouched walls with abundant marine life, play with sea lions, and snorkel with whale sharks.  Sea of Cortez/Explore Baja, where divers experience over 700 miles of the Sea of Cortez, and Southern Safari, where divers are in the right place at the right time for Mobula rays, wrecks, whales, and more.  Divemasters lead all dives, and the diving takes place from two pangas with their own captains and sturdy, easy-to-use ladders.  The huge dive deck is well-organized for gear storage and has a spacious camera table.

Book online today to reserve your space aboard the Quino el Guardian liveaboard.

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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: National Park Fees (100-1,736 MXN per day).

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

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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.


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

The crew speaks English and Spanish.

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.


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

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • 35 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 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
  • 8.4 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
  • 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
  • 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

Giant Mantas

Recommended for
Dive, crew, food
  • 7.2 Good
  • Alex 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
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Albora S
  • Spain Spain


Recommended for
Amabilidad y profesionalidad del staff
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Philippe G
  • France France
Super Kreuzfahrt mit Seelöwen und Wahlhaien

- Scuba Diving and Playing with Sea Lions - Diving with Whale Shark - Nice Crewe

Recommended for
- Diving with Sea Lions / Mexican Party on the boatroof / The MexicansIslands