Rocio Del Mar Liveaboard
Diving the Socorro Islands
The Revillagigedo Islands (also Revillagigedo Archipelago or Islas Revillagigedo) are a group of four volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, known for their unique ecosystem. The islands are home to many endemic plant and animal species, and are sometimes called Mexico's "little Galapagos". Socorro island is the most diverse in flora, fauna, and topography.
The islands lie 250 miles off Baja Mexico's southern shore. When embarking on a trip to the Socorro Islands; possible destinations on the itinerary are San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida and Clarion Islands.
These islands are a spectacular magnet for the largest ocean pelagic animals in the world. Schooling Hammerhead sharks, dolphins, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, clouds of jacks and barracuda, tuna, wahoo, marlin, oceanic white tips sharks, whale sharks and mantas.
Mantas are the claim to fame for Socorro Islands; the island on which they seem to congregate the most is San Benedicto! The magical dive site called "The Boiler" is a submerged sea mount and cleaning station. More than a half dozen Mantas frequent this pinnacle regularly. The Mantas here are the friendliest I have ever experienced, they seem to enjoy the presence of humans. This is truly an exceptional place if you wish to really experience the Manta Magic.
Humpback whales visit during the winter months of December through March. This is a splendid time to hear the sound of the singing mating male escorts underwater. This destination can only be dived by a live aboard dive vessel. It takes approximately 24 hrs one way to reach the islands. This is an excellent dive destination for large pelagics due to the open ocean nature of the islands, which sometimes include currents and choppy conditions. The underwater topography consists of rocky outcroppings, boulders and some walls. There is not much in the way of coral as this is a cooler water destination.
Arrive a day before departure, dinner will be served at 7 p.m. on the boat for those who wish to join us. Guests are asked to spend the night on the boat for early departure.
Day 1 - Departure 11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Day 2 - Rocio del Mar arrives to San Benedicto around 6:00 a.m. Start Diving! 4 dives scheduled...
Day 3 – San Benedicto, 4 dives scheduled.
Day 4 – Roca Partida, 3 dives scheduled.
Day 5 – Roca Partida, 3 dives scheduled.
Day 6 – Socorro Island, 4 dives scheduled.
Day 7 – San Benedicto, schedule 4 dives. At the end of this day we will start our departure to San Jose del Cabo.
Day 8 – Arrive at San Jose del Cabo. Guests may sleep on the boat.
Day 9 - Disembark after breakfast.
*PRICE IN US CURRENCY, DOES NOT INCLUDE $28 National Marine Park Fee*
NITROX (EAN) is also available for an additional $120 per week!
PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE UNTIL CONFIRMED BY DEPOSIT
Individuals are responsible for their transportation to and from the airport. If you need assistance with this, please contact us and we will gladly help you.
National Park Fees of $28.00 per person due on the boat.
Nitrox fee of $120.00 per person, per week due on the boat or can be added to the invoice.
$15.00 mandatory contribution to hyperbaric chamber.
Gratuity fee of 10-15% per person recommended.
DAN Insurance is required. You must show proof of insurance and dive certification when boarding.
Prices include three meals per day, snacks, beverages including soft drinks, juice, domestic beer and wine.
Tanks, weights and weight belts are also provided.
Normal full boat capacity is 20. Trip minimum is 8 divers.
Our trips to the Socorro Islands are 9 days with 6 full days of diving. Please plan on arriving a day prior to your scheduled date of trip.
You will board the boat that day after 4:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m.
You will be sleeping that night on the boat for a very early departure the next day.