Liveaboard Review

The Quino el Guardian was built in 1980 and renovated in 2015. It was established because of a need for research, investigation and education ships in the area. The aim is to accommodate scuba divers and scientific researchers in the region. The liveaboard has a length of 24 meters/82 feet and can house up to 16 guests and there is extra space for 2 group leaders in the crew quarters. The Quino el Guardian can reach a maximum speed of 10 knots and a cruising speed of 7.5 knots. It is a brilliant liveaboard that mixes scuba diving with scientific research.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Divers said they got to see sperm whales, whale sharks and dolphins
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    Many people were happy with the hospitality shown by the crew and staff
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    A couple of people noted that the scientific aspect of the trips gave the trip more meaning
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    Some people noted that the chef caters to specific dietary requirements
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Things we don't like:

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    Some people noted that the cabins are fairly small
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Diving on the Quino el Guardian in Mexico 

Quino el Guardian liveaboard

This is not your normal liveaboard and has been specially designed as a research, investigation and education ship. Moreover, the Quino el Guardian delivers world-class diving for avid dive enthusiasts, scientists, and marine biologist. You will have your choice of three itineraries that take you to the best dive sites where you can see dolphins, mantas and humpback whales. To sweeten the deal you will be served with 3 meals a day diligently prepared by the chef daily. This is a great liveaboard to be part of if you are environmentally concise.

Interior and features of the Quino el Guardian

The liveaboard is spacious and well kept to improve your stay on the liveaboard. You can expect 4 quad cabins that can house a maximum of 16 divers. The cabins are simplistic and come with private curtains and a small storage drawer for your belongings. Four community bathrooms are equipped with full-sized showers.

Other features on the liveaboard include a partially shaded sun deck that you can use to get that perfect tan. The deck is also equipped with lounge chairs. If the sun gets too hot you can always head to the salon that provides comfortable sofas, a flat-screen TV and a computer table. The dining room has a minimalist look but it is where most of your meals will be served.

Dive deck areas

The dive deck is large and has enough room for you to move freely. Moreover, the deck area is specially designed for scientist and marine biologist that join the liveaboard in their endeavors. There are spacious camera tables and gear storage platforms that make it easier for diving and conducting experiments or research.

Food on the Quino el Guardian

The Quino el Guardian takes pride in preparing meals that are well planned and caters to different pallets. In the morning before your first dive will get a continental breakfast to get your day going. Just after your first dive, you will get treated to an American style breakfast that consists of eggs, breakfast meats, waffles or pancakes. When you return from your second dive you will have lunch that starts with a bowl of soup than a plated meal. Moreover, between lunch and dinner, you will be treated to snacks. For dinner, you will get a wonderfully prepared three-course meal.


The Quino el Guardian is a well-kept liveaboard that will take you to various destinations around Mexico. You will be taken across Socorro and the Sea of Cortez that will present you with an abundance of marine life and diverse corals.

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