Quino El Guardian Liveaboard Review

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Expensive, and Luxury!

Quino El Guardian dive boat review

The 25 meters liveaboard Quino El Guardian is taking divers to the pacific Mexico’s best scuba diving! Indeed, with the choices of the Socorro Islands, the Sea of Cortez and the Baja California, it sure won’t disappoint. Custom built in 1980, the Quino el Guardian was updated in 2015 and is made for scuba diving and scientific research.


Boat Cabins & Layout

The Quino El Guardian can cater to a maximum of 16 guests. The dive boat has 5 bedrooms on-board. Four of the cabins are quad-shared and one cabin can sleep maximum two guests, all beds are bunks. Also, the air-conditioning run through the whole boat, enhancing everyone’s comfort. Plus, the vessel is equipped with 4 full bathrooms, each with a shower.

You can check the latest schedule & prices for this liveaboard here.

Quino El Guardian’s On-board Facilities

The dive boat is not huge but it sure is well organized! Indeed, the dining area can comfortably sit all 16 divers and is also equipped with a drop down screen. Group presentation can conveniently be done there, while you can take notes and sip on a coffee. Moreover, the galley is also where the meals are served, freshly prepared everyday, with beers and wines included!

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Furthermore, the spacious salon is the perfect place to relax indoor. Indeed, you will enjoy the cozy couches, the TV and even the computer table, which you can use to work on your latest pictures!

Also, the outdoor sun deck is equipped with chairs and loungers, making it a great place to relax in the afternoons. Plus, it’s partially shaded and allows a stunning view of Mexico’s pacific coast!


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Take a peek at their Science Program as the camera takes you down in the deep blue… Warning : highly tempting images are shown in this video!

Quino El Guardian is quite unique but can compare to the Rocio Del Mar, as they both have the same itineraries available and are owned by the same people. That being said, the Quino is slightly smaller but also provides a more personal experience and uncrowded diving as only 16 guest are on-board.

You can also take a look at our top Best Mexico Liveaboard of 2016.


Scuba Diving with Quino El Guardian

The massive and well-organized dive deck is definitely a must on the Quino el Guardian. Indeed, with plenty of storage space and large camera table, rinse tanks, etc., it’s got everything you need! The platform allows an easy access to the water or to the diving tender.

dive deck quino el guardian liveaboard mexico socorro

The Quino El Guardian offers scuba diving cruises to some of the best spots of the Pacific Mexico. The manta rays, dolphins and whales will surprise you around the Socorro Islands while the Sea of Cortez is your best shot for whale sharks. Finally, the Baja California will charm every passionate diver and underwater photographer as it truly is a gigantic aquarium!

Price starts at
3,200$US – 9 days / 8 nights – Socorro Islands
2,100$US – 8 days / 7 nights – Sea of Cortes
3,450$US – 13 days / 12 nights – Explore Baja

Where does this liveaboard dive boat go?

Check out the fabulous places where this dive boat travels to.
Note: some destinations may not be listed below, please enquire for more details.

Yucatán, Mexico

Mexico’s Yucatán offers outstanding reef diving, wall dives, drift dives and the largest underwater art museum in the world.

Yucatán, Mexico Diving Review


Mexico offers divers choices, Great liveaboards and large marine life encounters in the west, great reefs and cenotes in the east

Mexico Diving Review

Baja California, Mexico

The Baja offers outstanding diving and is one of the best shark diving destinations for liveaboards.

Baja California, Mexico Diving Review

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3 liveaboard reviews for “Quino El Guardian”

  1. I’ve been on two trips with this dive outfit – The Sea of Cortez and The Socorro Islands. The crew is outstanding – pleasant to work with, diligent and enthusiastic. The food was quite excellent and the diving was wonderful on both trips!

    • Hi Doug!
      I simply want to thank you for taking the time to share your liveaboard review on Divezone! It sure will be helpful to future divers eyeing on the Quino El Guardian!
      Best bubbles, always!

  2. My liveaboard experience on quino was absolutely incredible! The whole crew was amazing and working very hard to make our trip as good as possible.

    Darío was on top of coordinating everything, scheduling dives and
    giving briefings (very knowledgeable with a lot of information about the divesites and safety). Darío and David were very good and knowledgeable guides, leading the dives in a fun manner and finding all the animals.
    The chef, Jorge and his help Manuelito were taking care of our stomachs serving top quality food with a presentation of a finest restaurant. Most days I could fit only half portion thought, because food was served between every dive! Jimmy, our panga driver was knowledge about the divesites and always dropped us in the right spots. Capitan Pablo was great and together with engineer Abram was always around to help us out. I really loved the attitude of our crew, everyone was always smiling, making the trip super fun!

    Boat (Quino) is very nice itself, I liked spacious terrace upstairs to rest between the dives. It also has special stabilizers that keep the boat more steady in an open ocean.

    Diving in Revillagigedo was extraordinary, it exceeded all of my expectations. We saw giant mantas on most of our dives, seven different species of sharks – white and silver tips, galapagos sharks, silkies, dusky, and big schools of hammerheads. We had amazing interactions with dolphins. Saw schools of tuna, tornado of silver jacks and much more. We did 22 dives and every one was different and beautiful.

    All in all, it was the best diving experience I’ve ever had and I will definitely go with them again in the future

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