Liveaboard Review

El Duque - Review 2023

El Duque brings the saying “the more, the merrier” to life! With its maximum 20 guest capacity, this cruiser is definitely the first pick when it comes to space and hotel-like accommodation. El Duque provides luxury cabins to all its guests. With the combination of over 3000 marine creatures that can be seen on the trip and the scenic view of the Sea of Cortez, nothing would really go wrong in this package. The crew is also well-equipped and experienced with things they need in order to serve the onboard guests fully.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Several divers commended the experience of diving with sea lions as other tourist did not have that same luxury.
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    Many people were happy with the large cabins and amenities on board the El Duque.
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    Some people noted that the crew were helpful and helped whenever they were ask questions about the boat and activities.
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    The diving instructor knew where the best places were to dive and he was very insightful and cared about the environment.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome divers said that the lower deck occupants had to contend with the noise from the engine room.
  • check-markA couple of people noted that fish was served daily and they wanted the chef to be more original.

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Diving on the El Duque in Mexico

The El Duque cruiser is the top choice for people wanting to explore the Sea of Cortez with luxury in mind. The cruiser also does this in an effortless way. With fully air-conditioned rooms and lobbies, guests can peacefully enjoy any activities they pick. This includes watching a film, reading a book, and even sunbathing. These activities, however, are just secondary and the real deal would happen on the distant seas of Mexico.

The Sea of Cortez is the perfect spot for any kind of diver, albeit beginners or experts. Even though it is a place for over a thousand marine species, these harmless creatures wouldn’t become a nuisance at the very least. They would then become a reason to enjoy the gallant sea of Mexico.

Sightings of some particular species, however, are uncertain as some of these creatures are seasonal. This means that if you want to see a particular marine creature, you need to monitor the itinerary in order to have a higher chance of encountering the species you are interested in.

La Duquesa, one particular spot on the Sea of Cortez is one of the famous diving spots in this package. Divers are free to use the diving deck located at the back of the cruiser.


The El Duque packages can be easily modified to suit the taste of the group, collectively. The itinerary can be adjusted too, if possible, in order to give way to the activities that the guests want to try out. Some activities to try-out, excluding diving, would be kayaking, day hiking, snorkeling, stargazing, and many more!

There are so many possibilities that can happen in this wonderful cruise adventure, so we highly recommend bringing your friends in order to enjoy the El Duque tour completely.


Orientation is required for the guests in order to make sure that safety and security is well-enforced on-board. Marina is the usual meeting place for the trips, and after that, a breakfast would be served to welcome the guests. Some notable places that the cruiser would be going through include La Paz, Los Islotes, El Duque, and La Duquesa.
These indicated places are only examples and can be changed upon request or a management decision. Activities are also available as determined above so its really better and recommended to check with the management before booking.

Being on time and attending the orientation is important to keep things organized. The orientation will also present any information that you might need, also frequently asked questions may be answered on the spot.

With a customizable route and list of activities, the El Duque package is perfect for groups wanting to unwind while still on a budget. With a high-quality interior and exterior, guests wouldn’t worry much about the cruiser anymore. The experienced crew is also trained to handle any type of people who will be on-board, so expect to be greeted and treated with the utmost kindness.

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