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Quino el Guardian

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.

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Quino el Guardian Liveaboard

The Overall Review

We spent 5.5 hours reading reviews from experts and divers about Quino el Guardian Liveaboard.
In summary, this is what divers think:

The Quino el Guardian
Quino el Guardian liveaboard
Good liveaboard

4 reasons to dive

  • Divers said they got to see sperm whales, whale sharks and dolphins
  • Many people were happy with the hospitality shown by the crew and staff
  • A couple of people noted that the scientific aspect of the trips gave the trip more meaning
  • Some people noted that the chef caters to specific dietary requirements

1 reasons NOT to dive

  • Some people noted that the cabins are fairly small

Key facts

Year (re)built: 2015
Max divers 16
Internet No
Nitrox Yes ($)
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes


The avarage price for diving with this liveaboard is
per day.

We've calculated this price based on a 7 day stay.
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The passion behind this guide is run by passionate scuba geeks - and our liveaboard guides are no exception.

    Boby Taylor

    Liveaboard Director

    Boby has been diving and guiding on liveaboards since 2005, and love it

    Ron Simon

    Dive instructor/Liveaboard director

    Ron has been a Cruise Director on 10+ Liveaboards throughout the world and has a keen understanding...

    Torben Lonne

    PADI Instructor

    Torben is the Editor of Divein and a true water lover. 


  • Great itineraries that take you to Socorro and the Sea of Cortez
  • The marine life and corals are abundant and beaming with life
  • Weather conditions are always good for diving all year round
  • The crew are multilingual and can speak English
  • You get three meals a day with snacks included throughout the day
  • This is scuba diving as well as a scientific research vessel
  • Air-conditioned indoor lounge and open-air dining space.
  • The liveaboard reaches a max speed of 10 knots and cruising speed of 7.5 knots
  • Large dive deck with camera rooms
  • Four spaces community bathrooms and showers

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Description and details

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.

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

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