Maira Rozado Thomas

Hola! I’m Maira!

I am the founder, owner, and operator of MAR Hosted Trips, and I am so happy to have you here! 

Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, I started scuba diving in 2008 through an internship in Huatulco, Mexico. I immediately fell in love with the biodiversity of the Pacific, and the quiet coastal life of Huatulco – I knew I could never return to the city full-time. 

After my internship, I continued diving and training around Mexico. Over the years I continued training until I became a PADI Master Instructor, a Free Diver, and a Cave Diver while working as a full-time scuba instructor in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

In my time in Cancun, I met my husband on a dive boat while he was living in Mexico. Eventually, we decided to start fresh in his hometown in Texas.

In 2018 we moved to Dallas, Texas and I grew connected to the local diving community. I was amazed at how little my fellow divers knew about diving in Mexico! I grew passionate about sharing the incredible underwater world of Mexico with my fellow divers, and MAR Hosted Trips was born.

MAR Hosted Trips

MAR Hosted Trips was inspired by divers. After moving to Texas in 2016, Maira found that few members of the diving passionate divers had no idea of the amazing and unique diving opportunities available just across the border!

In 2018 Maira started reaching out to her contacts in Mexico, and began putting together unique, diving-centered adventures. These first trips were met with tremendous success, and MAR Hosted Trips was born. 

While the trips were amazing, Maira wanted something more. After planning her first few trips, Maira noticed a lack of women-centered diving opportunities. Pairing that with her passion to support women in diving, Scuba MAR Maids was born in February 2020.

Scuba MAR Maids aims to support and encourage more women to get into diving and magnify the importance of female friendships. The Facebook community is home to more than 3,500 women who dive, with more joining every day! And every Scuba MAR Maid trip ends with new friends, dive buddies, and unforgettable moments.

MAR Hosted Trips is a nod both to “mar”, the Spanish word for ocean, and Maira’s initials.

What Makes Mar Hosted Trips Special?

#1 – The Diving!

I will take you fun places! One of the great things about going on a group trip is that the diving and your activities are planned by an expert with local knowledge. You will dive places and experience things you might never have thought of if you had gone on your own!

#2 – The Travelers!

You might have noticed that you can’t just click a button and book a MAR Hosted Trip. A big part of my success is that I also curate the divers that go on each trip. Some trips are great for beginners, others are great for more experienced divers. I want to make sure everyone is safe and taken care of on my trips, so I make sure to match the groups up well!

You will make lifelong friends on a MAR Hosted Trip! 

#3 – The Trips!

Every trip I put together is carefully curated to allow my travelers to have a full, local, immersive experience in any destination. Every meal, activity, and of course the diving is planned to give travelers a seamless, relaxing experience.  

We are on the trip because we love to dive, but there is more to the trip than being under the surface! On a MAR Hosted Trip you will also experience local food, culture, music, and activities like hiking, surfing, yoga, and whatever else we can find! 

I lead most of the trips, and for the ones I can’t attend I have carefully chosen and trained a group of trip leaders. On a MAR Hosted Trip you also get to draw on the experience of your leaders to further your skills!

#4 – Accessibility

We all know diving is not a cheap hobby! That’s why MAR Hosted Trips offers a variety of dive holidays to meet you where you are. 

From budget-friendly weekend trips to Mexico, to 2 week luxury liveaboards in the Galapagos, I aim to offer something to anyone who wants to dive! 

Ultimately, MAR Hosted Trips trips are about connecting with other like-minded divers, experiencing local culture, and diving unique destinations. While we started out in Mexico, MAR Hosted Trips now leads excursions around the world!

I aim to make you feel comfortable and welcome, why I am passionate about diving, and help you explore the amazing things the world has to offer!

Join our Dive Communities!

There’s more to MAR Hosted Trips than just the journeys! We have Facebook groups for all our divers to connect, learn about the trips, and chat all things diving!

Scuba MAR Maids

Scuba MAR MAids is our women’s dive community! Join us there for meet-ups, women-only dive trips, and ask your gear and diving-related questions to the community!

Scuba Travelers

This is our general dive community page! Join this group to see all MAR Hosted Trips, find dive buddies, and other dive-related fun!

See our Upcoming Trips

Book your MAR Hosted Trip now!