November through May
The Revillagigedo Islands (also Revillagigedo Archipelago) 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. 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, we plan to dive the islands of San Benedicto, Socorro, and Roca Partida. Due to the distance to Clarion, this is only dived on longer expeditions.
These islands are a spectacular magnet for the largest ocean pelagic animals in the world. Animals include schooling hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, friendly bottlenose dolphins, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, clouds of jacks and barracuda, tuna, wahoo, oceanic white tip sharks, whale sharks, and manta rays.
Manta Rays are the claim to fame for Socorro Islands. The island where they predominately congregate 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 in the Revillagigedo Islands are friendly and enjoy the presence of humans. This is truly an exceptional place to experience the manta magic.
Humpback whales visit during the winter months of mid-February through mid-April. We often hear the sounds of the singing mating males as they provide escort underwater. Surface sightings are common during this time.
Whale sharks can be seen during November, December, and May. May is also a time when we can see giant bait balls and pods of false orcas.
This destination can only be dived by a liveaboard dive vessel. It takes approximately 26-28 hours one-way to reach the islands. This is an excellent dive destination for large pelagics due to the islands' open ocean nature, which sometimes includes currents and choppy conditions. The underwater topography consists of rocky outcroppings, boulders, and some incredible walls. There is not much in the way of coral, as this is a cooler water destination.
SOCORRO PARK RULES
Socorro park rules prohibit the wearing of gloves or knives and use of flashlights. It also prohibits night dives. Lights that are attached to a camera are allowed.
10 Days / 9 Nights / 6 Days of Diving
Below is our scheduled diving itinerary. Weather and sea conditions may require changes to this itinerary. If unique animal sighting opportunities arise, we may suggest alternative options to divers.
Day 1 - Board the boat at 5pm / Dinner is served at 7pm / Boat departs shortly thereafter
Day 2 - At Sea
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 - 3 dives scheduled (check in with naval station)
Day 7 - Socorro Island - 4 dives scheduled
Day 8 - San Benedicto - 4 dives scheduled - at the end of the day we will start our return to San Jose del Cabo
Day 9 - At Sea
Day 10 - Arrive at San Jose del Cabo in the early morning hours - disembark at 8:30am
AVERAGE WATER TEMPERATURES
November 80F (26C)
December 80F (26C)
January 75F (24C)
February 75F (24C)
March 75F (24C)
April 75F (24C)
May 80F (26C)
SCHEDULES & RATES
Rocio del Mar / $3995 per person, double occupancy
Quino el Guardian / $3400 per person, quad occupancy
Rocio del Mar / $4095 per person, double occupancy
Quino el Guardian / $3500 per person, quad occupancy
The above price includes all taxes, port fees, meals, beverages, tanks, weights, and complimentary beer and wine. The only things not included are:
$80 park fee per day of diving ($480)
$120 Nitrox (if you want it)
Transfers to and from the boat
Crew gratuity (typically 10%-15% of the fare)
SOCORRO PARK FEES
PARK FEE EXCEPTIONS
CONANP, the park authorities, have changed their two exceptions for the park fee with the main exception for over 60/retired persons:
For people who are over 60 and can provide documentation that they are retired or pensioned, the park fee will be waived. According to the CONANP, any official document with the words "RETIRED" or "PENSIONED" will be accepted along with a photo of a current passport. Any other documentation will NOT be accepted.
For students and teachers: A 50% discount is available for ACTIVE/CURRENT students and teachers. To get this discount, a photocopy of an identification card showing a current date is required.
To apply for this exception, the above documentation is to be sent to Guest Services at email@example.com no later than two weeks prior to boarding. Please note that CONANP has the final word if a document is accepted or not. If it is not accepted, the applicant will be required to pay the full park fees.
Mexico Liveaboards accepts US dollars, Euros, and Pesos as well as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Credit Cards. Mexico Liveaboards does not charge a fee for use of credit cards.