Exceptional stay! In terms of marine life, it was just incredible. From the first adjustment dive we saw rays (manta and electric), sharks (hammerhead, galapagos, silky and white tip) and a school of dolphins came to play with us during the safety stop. The mantas were often very close and stayed very long around us, it was great! We had the chance to observe large school of hammerhead sharks including one where we were almost in the middle! Regarding the organization, everything was impeccable. We found ourselves alone on the sites almost the entire stay. The crew of the Valentina was top notch. The meals were incredible (very important for the French ^^) with a high quality cook. This stay comes at a price, especially because of the remoteness and national park fees, but it is well worth it.
Exceptional trip! Comfortable boat. Caring staff. The cook, whom you have to be wary of if you don't want to get too fat, at the top, makes you travel to the 4 corners of the world. Magical dives with very professional guides. Pelagic species are there, curious mantas, playful dolphins, shy and curious sharks. I highly recommend this trip.
Many schools of hammerhead sharks, oceanic manta rays staying up to 30 minutes around us, dolphins, multitudes of whitetip, silky, and Galapagos sharks, large schools of trevally, tuna... the marine life was really gorgeous! The visibility was sometimes average, however out of the 23 dives made, only one did not literally amaze us! The guides give good briefings beforehand on how to behave underwater and for each site. Lorenzo is particularly excellent, communicates well with the group, and knows how to wait when necessary, so that the cash comes to us! The destination has a price, of course, because of the marine park fees which are high, however we were almost every day the only boat on the sites. When there were other boats, they arranged for us not to dive at the same time, so it was a real luxury to have the site to ourselves! Finally we appreciated that the Valentina has a maximum of 20 divers on board, while the other boats have almost twice as many. The boat is very spacious and stable. The cabins are all on the main deck, which I particularly appreciate because there is no smell of diesel in the rooms. The twin cabins with bunk beds have the advantage of having a large 140 cm bed below. A special mention to chef "Luigi" who prepared meals for us worthy of gourmet restaurants, and varied in cuisine, from French, to Mexican, Italian and even a sushi evening! Certainly the best kitchen boat tested so far.
Off the west coast of Mexico, Socorro is a superhighway for pelagic species! Divers and scientists from around the world come to dive with its giant manta rays, some friendly dolphins, and up to ten species of sharks. Between November and January, it's whale shark season. Humpback whales migrate in February and March and you might hear some if you're lucky. Finally, the end of the season in May brings amazing bait balls! With only 20 divers and top-notch service all along the trip, this is the friendliest Socorro liveaboard!
The liveaboard regularly invites onboard scientists working to protect manta rays and other pelagic species.
For passionate, experienced divers. Medium to strong currents attract the pelagic, which is why most sites are challenging. A minimum of 50 logged dives and an Advanced Open Water certification are required.