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Socorro, Revillagigedo Islands

In Socorro you go to encounter the large pelagic species of marine life: humpback whales, whales sharks, giant manta rays, dolphins, and different species of sharks. Socorro is a volcanic island that rises abruptly from the sea to 1.050 meters (3.440 feet) in elevation at its summit and is part of Revillagigedo Archipelago, a Mexican territory lying 600 km (370 mi) off the country's western coast. The archipelago of Revillagigedo is made up of 4 wild and remote islands, where the weather is unpredictable: San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida, and Clarion, commonly known together as "Socorro Islands".



The best diving in Mexico

Socorro lies along the junction where the California and Equatorial current mix generating a complex and productive transition zone rich in marine life with important stop overs for wide ranging pelagic species: humpback whales, hammerhead sharks, sharks, dolphins, tuna, manta rays, jackfish, marlins, and wahoo, as renowned world diving destinations as Galapagos and Cocos, but in the case of Socorro easily accessible. It is necessary to remember Socorro Island is at 250 nautical miles from Cabo San Lucas, a port located on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico.

Dive tourism has been restricted by the Mexican Government to a set number of diving boats and fishing is restricted through the marine area zoning system. Socorro initially gaining worldwide fame for the unbelievably close and intimate giant manta rays encounters. Now Socorro is also known for its abundant school of sharks and a large population of up to 2,000 humpback whales visits the islands. While killer whales (orcas) and pilot whales can occasionally be encountered in Socorro waters. At least 10 endemic species of fish, and a few endemic species of birds and lizards.

Giant mantas rays in Socorro Islands

Socorro initially gaining worldwide fame for the unbelievably close and intimate giant manta rays encounters


Socorro diving season

Socorro can only be visited from November to June, a period in which weather conditions are favorable. The water temperature varies from 21 to 26 degrees, while from November to December it is 24 to 26 degrees. During this period manta rays, sharks and dolphins gather. In the months of January to April the water is colder with minimum peaks around 21 degrees, during this period the humpback whales arrive. Diving encounters with these marine giants are becoming more and more numerous. November/December and May/June are the whale sharks seasons in Socorro Islands.

Whale shark season in Socorro

Whale sharks in Socorro Islands

November/December and May/June are the whale sharks seasons in Socorro Islands


Humpback whale season in Socorro

Humpback whales in Socorro Islands

From February to April Socorro hosts one of the event most stunning of the nature: the humpback whales migration


How to get to Socorro

The crossing from Cabo San Lucas to Socorro lasts 24 hours, the sea can be rough and cause discomfort to those suffering from navigation on the high seas. Cruises last 8 or 10 nights.

The diving cruises to Socorro depart from Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, both in Los Cabos, Mexico, in the peninsula of Baja California. The closest international airport is Los Cabos International Airport, which has flights arriving from the United States, Canada and other Mexican Cities. Of course we will organize your arrival, transfers and eventual stay pre-cruise night.


Dive cruises in Socorro

Revillagigedo Islands are only accessible via maritime and being mostly uninhabited the only way to visit and dive Socorro is by liveaboard. Here find the best liveaboards that run diving cruises in Socorro:

Solmar V

The Solmar V has been operating in Socorro since 1994, has 12 cabins, 2 singles, 4 standard twin and 6 deluxe twin for a total of 22 divers, all cabins have private bathrooms and air conditioning. The deluxe cabins are located in the center of the boat and are slightly more spacious. As a common space, an elegant restaurant lounge where meals are eaten and where you can spend your free time.

The Solmar V Liveaboard
Solmar V has been operating in Socorro since 1994 and can accommodate up to 22 divers


Nautilus Belle Amie

The Nautilus Belle Amie is a 41-meter yacht, designed for diving and navigation on the high seas, stable and safe, it can accommodate 30 divers in 17 cabins of different conformations, from standard to premium suites. The common areas include a large sundeck with bar and a lounge also equipped with bar and TV screen. The dives are carried out by three rubber tenders.

The Nautilus Belle Amie Liveaboard
Nautilus Belle Amie is a 41m yacht and can accommodate up to 30 divers


Rocio del Mar

The Rocio del Mar is a 27-meter boat with 10 cabins divided on two decks, it can accommodate up to 20 divers. All cabins have private bathrooms and air conditioning. A lounge and a sundeck with barbecue form the common areas. The restaurant lounge is housed in the lower front part to minimize the roll. The Rocio Del Mar Liveaboard offers 9-night cruises to Socorro.

The Rocio del Mar Liveaboard
Rocio del Mar is a 27m liveaboard and can accommodate up to 20 divers


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