The Baja Experience

      22980 Bahía de los Ángeles, Baja California, Mexico

      Vermilion Sea Institute
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      Jul 20 - 27, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 20
      The Baja Experience
      22980 Bahía de los Ángeles, Baja California, Mexico

      Vermilion Sea Institute
      • Email address verified

      Jul 20 - 27, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 20

      About this trip

      Prepare for an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind adventure as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Baja Experience—a journey so remarkable that it’s unlike anything we’ve ever done before, and may never do again! Your hosts, Meghann, Executive Director of VSI, and her mother, Janet, will guide you through this truly exceptional live aboard expedition in the captivating Midriff Islands of the Gulf of California. Dive into crystal-clear waters, explore vibrant marine life, and make lasting memories on this once-in-a-lifetime trip celebrating the 50th anniversary of our first field course to the Vermilion Sea Field Station!

      Our adventure begins in Puerto Peñasco where we’ll board the spacious and stable Rocio del Mar for an unforgettable sunset cruise heading south to Bahía de Los Ángeles. As the sun rises on our first morning near Isla Angel de la Guarda, we’ll dive into the sea, refreshing our SCUBA and snorkeling skills in one of Earth’s most extraordinary underwater habitats.

      After rediscovering our sense of wonder in the sea, we’ll visit the vibrant fishing village of Bahía de los Ángeles and the Vermilion Sea Field Station. Learn about the station’s century-long legacy and the 50-year history of “The Baja Experience.” Connect with the future of the Gulf through discussions and presentations led by enthusiastic young Aventureros.

      Our skilled captain will navigate the pristine Midriff Islands, including Esteban, Las Animas, and Ángel de la Guarda. Over seven days, enjoy five days of immersive diving and snorkeling adventures in these captivating locations. Plus, experience the thrill of snorkeling alongside majestic whale sharks in the Bahia de Los Angeles Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO Mexican Heritage Site.

      Throughout the trip, our experienced Divemasters will assist you with equipment and underwater exploration. Enhance your navigation skills and embark on a thrilling night dive. SCUBA divers can also benefit from Nitrox certification, graciously offered by Meghann at no extra charge (excluding PADI fees).

      The Gulf of California is a haven for SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and exploration, often referred to as the “world’s aquarium” by legendary diver Jacques Cousteau. Encounter large and small whale species, swim with playful sea lions, and explore a vibrant underwater world inhabited by eels, octopus, fish, and leaping mobula rays. Macro photographers will relish capturing nudibranchs, colorful blennies, dancing jawfish, and seahorses. Between dives, explore remote, uninhabited islets and gaze at the Milky Way.

      Onboard the comfortable Rocio del Mar vessel, enjoy delectable cuisine and attentive service. With a maximum of 20 guests, each cabin features a private bathroom for two people.


      Our trip begins when we board the boat in Puerto Peñasco.

      Most guests choose to fly into Phoenix, Arizona Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) as their gateway to Puerto Peñasco. You can use the services of “Head Out To Rocky Point,” a private shuttle company offering a convenient round trip for $150 (special pricing for Rocio passengers). Enjoy a scenic 3-hour journey through saguaro forests with restroom breaks and opportunities to purchase snacks and beverages.

      For your return to Phoenix, the shuttle will pick you up at 7:30 am.


      During our Baja Experience, we encourage you to embrace being “unplugged” with limited access to cell/wifi (except for emergencies). This allows you to connect more deeply with the local environment and fellow travelers.


      Cruise on the 110-foot Rocio del Mar with 10 staterooms on two decks, each with a private bathroom/shower. Rooms are double occupancy, with singles having the option to choose a roommate or be paired. See boat layout and vessel photos HERE.

      What’s included

      • Travel on Rocio del Mar
        Round trip travel aboard the Rocio del Mar from Puerto Peñasco to Bahía de los Ángeles, México
      • Lodging
        7 nights of onboard lodging on the Rocio del Mar
      • Incredible meals
        Delicious chef-prepared meals and snacks while aboard the boat
      • All beverages
        Beer, wine, soda, coffee, and tea are included!
      • Land and Sea Excursions
        Shore excursions, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving for certified divers
      • Certain SCUBA Gear
        Tanks, air, and weights
      • Marine Park Entrance
        Marine park fees and port fees
      • Nitrox Certification
        Nitrox certification course (optional for certified divers)
      • Donation to Aventureros
        All proceeds of this trip directly support science activities for Bahía's youth leaders

      What’s not included

      • Travel to/ from Home
        Travel to/from Puerto Peñasco from home location
      • Lodging before/after
        Lodging in Phoenix or Puerto Peñasco before/after the trip (optional)
      • Travel Insurance
        Mandatory Travel & Medical Emergency Insurance
      • SCUBA Equipment Rental
        BCDs & Regulators $50 each; Shearwater Computers $75 (for the week)
      • Nitrox
        If used, Nitrox gas is $140 for the week

      Available Packages

      Dive/Snorkel Liveaboard Experience
      Available until June 20, 2024Sold Out
      Deposit: $950

      Available options

      Washington Residents add 7%
      Transportation Services To/From Phoenix
      Sold Out

      Transportation to and from the Phoenix Airport to the ship in Puerto Peñasco via the shuttle service, Head Out To Rocky Point. Add by May 15th. 


      Board the Rocio Del Mar
      Day 1

      Embark the Rocio del Mar at 5 pm in Puerto Peñasco / Dinner and departure at approximately 7 pm. 

      Your Organizer

      Vermilion Sea Institute
      At the Vermilion Sea Institute, we engage our local community alongside visiting students, scholars and researchers in science-based programs that strive to build a more sustainable future. Our interdisciplinary approach to research in ecological, cultural, economic and sociopolitical aspects of environmental issues inspires and educates our future leaders.