RDM is the divers dream liveaboard!! RDM is geared towards divers and the staff is the greatest! Just got back from a dive trip to the Socorro Islands on the Rocio Del Mar!! Amazing food, amazing dive sites and amazing crew! We had a great week of diving on the RDM! I find this vessel is best equipped to handle a pacific ocean crossing with it's "down rigging birds" that help keep the ship very stable during the long trip to the Socorro Islands!
The dives themselves were the most amazing I have ever seen!! San Benedicto Island with dive sites "El Boiler" and "The Canyon" were amazing! Tons of hammerheads and playing with the Manta's were highlights of the trip! Roca Partida with it's sheer dropping wall into the abyss was magical! Swimming side by side with white tip sharks and watching the thousands of fish speckle the ocean all around you is truly hard to top! Yellow fin Tuna and even a sea lion made an appearance!
The staff of RDM could not be more accommodating!! Food was delicious! Food in between dives and 3 filling and tasty meals only made me wish we didn't have to leave!
I loved the hot shower right on the dive deck when you complete your dive! The valet service of the RDM spoiled this diver all week! Long dives with no set limit (your air supply sets your limit!), stable panga boats with easy on ladders, and a huge ship dive deck for great "long stride" water entries makes this ship perfect for any diver of any ability!
Rooms are cozy with comfy mattresses and lots of leg room! Very hot showers at the end of the day were the best! Day or night they had munchies available for everyone and the meals were large and great variety! My hubby gain 8lbs in the week!
The staff is so helpful and friendly! BBQ up on the top deck under the stars! I was struck by how all the staff kicks in. All staff is there during meals to answer questions and just chat with everyone! Made us feel right at home!
They have a great video room with anything you need to edit your footage from you days dive, to a library with tons of books, everything from novels to fish ID books.
At anytime, you could go down to the galley and ask for something you need. Coffee is ready by around 5am for the early risers, like me. And meals and dives are scheduled at a nice even pace! You never feel rushed or confused.
We will be going back to visit the RDM for their Sea of Cortez trip! I can't wait, I miss the RDM staff!!
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