Oceanic mantas, humpback whales and hammerheads… welcome to Socorro!

Why we love it

From the moment you arrive in Los Cabos you know you are in for an extraordinary adventure. Off the west coast of Mexico, Socorro or the ‘Revillagigedo Archipelago’ is well-known by scientists who go there to study oceanic mantas and whalesharks. Many species of sharks including hammerheads are also present. Between January and April, it is humpback whales season! Enter a fantastic world of volcanic islands and a spectacular marine life… welcome to Socorro!

Conservation

The Guadalupe and Socorro Conservation Funds support since 2004 scientific research and conservation work in the Sea of Cortez, at Socorro, Clipperton and Guadalupe Islands. Support of various charities such as Dive into the Pink and PADI Project Aware.

Who is it for?

For pelagic lovers, advanced divers who have seen it all already. Also available on board: kayaks, paddle boards, open air movie theater, hot tube

Dive briefing!

Marine life

  • Socorro Island is part of the Revillagigedos, a group of small islands off the coast of Baja California, Mexico.
  • Depending on the season, you get to see oceanic mantas, bottlenose dolphins and up to 10 varieties of shark** - schooling scalloped hammerheads, solitary giant hammerheads, Galápagos, whitetip reef, silver-tip, silky, tiger and oceanic whitetips, humpback whales, whalesharks and bait ball
  • Dive sites: all dive sites are localed in Socorro, San Benedicto and Roca Partida. Sites may change due to ocean conditions
  • All dives are planned and executed without deco stops
  • There is a crossing journey of 24 to 28 hours from/to Cabo San Lucas.

Dive conditions

  • Season: from November to July: oceanic mantas, bottlenose dolphins and up to 10 species of sharks all these months. From January to April: Humpback whales. November-December and May to July: whalesharks.
  • Currents: currents can be strong, and the sea, choppy.
  • Visibility: 15 to 45 meters. 20 to 30 meters most days.
  • Water temperature: 23 to 26 degrees with a peak to 28 degrees Celsius in November.
  • Depth: deep dives mostly

The Team

  • Dive operator with over 25 years of experience in the area
  • 3 boats
  • Guests dive into three different groups according to their level and preferences in guidance
  • Dive course possible with additional costs - ask us.
  • Maximum number of people per group: 10
  • English speaking crew

Safety information

  • Equipment needed: 5 to 7 mm wetsuit, dive computer, surface marker buoy, whistle, and the usual diving equipment. Nitrox recommended.
  • Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend Dive Assure that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
  • Hyperbaric chamber: closest one is in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico.

Prices and Dates

What’s included?

  • 8 nights on the boat (for most trips) with daily room service and towels
  • All meals (continental breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert)
  • Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks
  • Use of kayaks
  • In-water divemastering
  • End of trip DVD
  • Onboard facilities such as the hot tub and lounge

What’s not included?

  • Port Fee of $65.00 USD per person payable in cash
  • Transfers between airport and meeting spot
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Dive gear rental and Nitrox
  • Wi-fi access onboard

Visa, Flights & more!

Visa requirements

  • Many countries’ residents do not require a visa to stay in Mexico for up to 180 days.
  • Please check the current visa policy that applies for your country.

How to get there?

  • International flights to San Juan Los Cabos, SJD, Mexico. We always recommend arriving and leaving one day before/after.
  • Another option is going to Mexico city and take an internal flight with Interjet (usually 2 flights a day, starting at 76 USD one way) or Aeromexico (usually 6 flights a day, starting at 170 USD one way).
  • Make sure you have enough time for transfers between terminals &/or airports.

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  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent, a rashguard, a sweater or a light weight jacket