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Liveaboard Diving in Socorro Island
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 southwestern 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 solely 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 to have 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 spectacles here, they are some of the largest in the world with extremely wide wingspans measuring up to 7m (22ft) with who you can 'fly' through the water. Sharks are around all year as well with species such as Silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, white tips, and silvertip sharks.
This archipelago of islands is part of a protected biosphere reserve and many conservation organizations are working around here to preserve the unique wildlife which inhabits and pass here. Socorro diving area is not a coral reef, so do not expect bright colors 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 that visit these 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
- 9.0 Superb
- 14 Verified Reviews
We saw the most manta from start to finish at Cabo Pierce, making it my favorite dive site. They would follow us nearly the entire dive, and then more would come. We also played with the dolphins here.
Diving Socorro Island in January on the Nautilus Explorer
Roca Pearce was a let down, had 4 dives with not much going on.
Diving Socorro Island in December on the Solmar V
Socorro Island was a nice and calm dive. It was not current at all, but the landscape was huge and always mantas around.
Diving Socorro Island in December on the Quino el Guardian
Excelentes, de los mejores del viaje, con la mayor visibilidad y abundante fauna: mantas (negras y chevron), delfines, tiburon ballena, tiburones punta blanca, punta plateada, sedosos y de Galapagos en abundancia
Diving Socorro Island in January on the Nautilus Under Sea
World Class. If there is anything that beats that experience, I am not sure what it would look like, because i felt like I was in heaven.
Diving Socorro Island in December on the Nautilus Explorer
Always fun to see what is happening at El Boiler. If the big animals aren't in the area, there is plenty of small creatures to see in the rocks.
Diving Socorro Island in April on the Solmar V
Cabo pierce dive site was amazing. Such a great dolphin interaction there.
Diving Socorro Island in April on the Valentina
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