Superlative Socorro! – Join us aboard the Solmar V
June 8 to June 16, 2019
LED BY THE DYNAMIC DUO – Georgienne Bradley (Scientist, Writer & Producer) & Jay Ireland (Filmmaker & Photographer)
Diving in Socorro Island and the Revillagigedo Archipelago is one of the most popular liveaboard experiences in the world. This group of islands is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, approximately 250 nautical miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, at the tip of the Baja peninsula.
These islands have been compared to the Galapagos Cocos Islands in Costa Rica because of the high adrenaline, big animal encounters, such as giant mantas, humpback whales, dolphins, tuna and seven shark species. Wow! If you are lucky you could also encounter orcas, false killer whales, bait balls and plenty of other surprises.
The Revillagigedo Archipelago consists of four islands; San Benedicto Island, Socorro Island, Roca Partida and Clarion. They are wild, remote and unpredictable let’s go and explore!
San Benedicto Island is our first stop and the third largest in the Revillagigedo group. It has two prominent peaks, one a 1/2 a mile wide dramatic volcanic crater. The north half of the island is green with lush vegetation. Here we will dive the renown “El Boiler” a large pinnacle that reaches from the depths to within several feet from the surface and is a favorite gathering point for marine life from miles around. This site is the “hometown” of the world-famous Giant Pacific Manta. They often greet our divers even before we get into the water and swim with us all day. Divers may observe many mantas who come here to be cleaned by the endemic clarion angelfish. They seem to enjoy swimming closely over divers and stopping directly above to experience the jacuzzi on their bellies formed by exhaling bubbles from the divers. They often swim from one diver to the next posing for every photographer along the way.
On the other side of the island is “The Canyon”. Here we commonly dive with mantas, whale sharks dolphins, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Socorro Island is about 30 miles south of San Benedicto and is the second stop on our Revillagigedo diving adventure. Solmar V will carry us to world class sites including Aquarium, Punta Tosca and Cabo Pearce
The Island itself is very impressive. In the center rises volcanic Mt. Evermann, 1130 meters above sea level. It’s most recent eruption was in 1993. The island is covered with vegetation—sage, some grass and a dense growth of cactus that grows around the lava outcrops and lines.
Our last stop in our Revillagigedo diving adventure is Roca Partida. Guests commonly encounter schools of hammerheads, white tip sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, giant manta rays, dolphins, an occasional whale shark. Roca Partida is a small pinnacle located west of Socorro and San Benedicto, about 250 miles south of Cabo San Lucas. It is only 115 feet high and 300 feet from end to end. It’s the smallest island in the Revillagigedo Archipelago.
This stony pillar attracts pelagics and large schools of jacks and tuna. Beneath the surface, the wall drops straight down to deep water. There are many shelves and ridges that afford refuge, a cave is a favorite gathering place for sleeping white tip reef sharks. This is a perfect dive to nestle in and
At about 40′ there are large caves where groups of whitetip sharks can be found sleeping most of the time. Depending on the current, is possible to swim around the pinnacle several times in the course of one dive. Other times divers prefer to just hang out in one area and watch the pelagics swim by.
The Revillagigedo Islands diving trips are only available November through June due to weather conditions.
The water temps are 75F – 80F in November, December, and sometimes into January and also in late April, May and June.