The Nautilus Under Sea is the newest addition to the Nautilus fleet held Mexico. The 27m ex-research vessel has a few stories to tell while you dive among the whales and sharks of the Socorro Islands.
Explore the Baja California Peninsular of Mexico aboard the palatial MV Valentina, a splendid 38m luxury liveaboard. Recently refitted, she offers divers all the necessary comforts and more.
Aboard the exquisite Solmar V you have the opportunity to dive several itineraries to Guadalupe Island and the Socorro Islands of Mexico, sampling the incredible whale and patrolling shark species.Solmar V
Mexico Dive Site : Socorro Island
Socorro, or officially known as the Revillagigedo Archipelago, is a group of four, volcanic, islands located in the Pacific ocean about 400km (250mi) off the coast of the southern tip of Baja California; a south western state of Mexico. Socorro Island is one of these four islands and most popular for the different pelagic species which you will have a chance to see and dive with. The other three islands are Roca Partida, San Benedicto and Clarion; all incredible dive sites in their own ways.
Socorro Island is a year round dive area, but each season brings its own gems. The calmest seas are from November to May with the waters being around 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) in November, 21 degrees Celsius (69 degrees Fahrenheit) in February and back up to 25 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) in May. These winter months also bring with them the main spectacles; the thousands of humpback whales which come here to breed, and many Pacific manta rays. The visibility here depends soley on the plankton in the water which depends on the moon, but in general the visibility varies from 15 - 50m (49 - 164ft).
Socorro Island is a more advanced diving area as sometimes there are strong currents and big waves, and most dive spots are quite deep, however, each liveaboard has their own minimum dive experience level, most expect having your Advanced Open water with at least 50 logged dives, but there are a few which only need you to have your Open Water and no minimum logged dives. Please keep this in mind.
What You Can See
Socorro Island is the place to go if swimming with large marine life is what you desire to do, it is truly a pelagic paradise. From January till March you can swim with some extremely curious and playful pods of wild Bottlenose Dolphins and from January till April there are thousands of Humpback whales in their breeding season which is an impressive, unique and unforgettable experience. Throughout the year there are numerous Pacific Manta Rays; one of the most popular spectacle here, they are some of the largest in the world with extremely wide wing spans measuring up to 7m (22ft) with who you can 'fly' through the water. Sharks are around all year aswell with species such as Silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, white tips and silver tip sharks.
This archipelago of islands are part of a protected biosphere reserve and many conservation organisations are working around here to preserve the unique wildlife which inhabit and pass here. Socorro diving area is not a coral reef, so do not expect bright colours everywhere, but once you spot the spectacular marine wildlife you won't be able to focus on much else anyways!
Getting To Socorro Island
This island is only accessible via Mexico liveaboard, and because this island is mostly uninhabited, this is the perfect way to get away from the busy cities, and get a good quality experience with some of the best the oceans have to offer. Liveaboard.com currently offers six different liveaboards which visit this sites, all different to suit anyone's desires.
There are two ports from which the liveaboards we have to offer depart from, these are Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. These are both cities in the state of Baja California and located in the most Southern municipality; Los Cabos in Mexico. The closest international airport to these two cities is Los Cabos International Airport, which has flights arriving from the United States, Canada and other Mexican Cities.
Socorro Island Diving Reviews
Generally, I had expected more fish there! There were Mantas and sharks, but I was missing the schools of smaller fish.Diving Socorro Island in April on the Nautilus Explorer
Amazing so Dolphins, Sharks and Manta RaysDiving Socorro Island in December on the Solmar V