Start the New Year diving on the Rocio Del Mar
Join celebrate with Tom and Margo on the Rocio Del Mar in the Socorro Islands over the New Year holiday season.
Time: Dec 27th to Jan 4th, 2018-19
Cost: 3,795.00 per person
The Rocio del Mar will be glad to help you in any way possible to make your visit to the Socorro Islands an unforgettable experience. The Socorro Islands season runs from the beginning of November to the end of May. Diving at the Socorro Islands is amazing and it provides the chance for large animal encounters.
The main attractions in the Socorro Islands are the large pelagic, mantas rays, dolphins, humpback whales and seven different types of sharks including hammerhead sharks. Due to the Revillagigedo biosphere regulations, divers are prohibited from carrying lights, knifes or gloves when diving anywhere in the Socorro Islands.
Only camera lights are permitted. All diving is daytime diving no night dives. The first day divers enjoy 2 – 3 dives. All other days’ divers enjoy 4 dives per day. Expect at Roca Partida divers enjoy 3 dives. All of the trips have three dive masters on board to lead dives and assist divers. The boat also has two zodiac drivers vigilantly watching for bubbles and retrieving divers upon surfacing. The Rocio Del Mar provides 80 or 100 cubic ft. aluminum tanks that are both Din & Yoke compatible.
About the week
The Revillagigedo Islands (also Revillagigedo Archipelago or Islas Revillagigedo) 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, and are sometimes called Mexico’s “little Galapagos”. 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; possible destinations on the itinerary are San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida and Clarion Islands.
These islands are a spectacular magnet for the largest ocean pelagic animals in the world. Schooling Hammerhead sharks, Tiger sharks, dolphins, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, clouds of jacks and barracuda, tuna, wahoo, oceanic white tips sharks, whale sharks and mantas.
Mantas are the claim to fame for Socorro Islands; the island on which they seem to congregate the most 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 here are the friendliest I have ever experienced, they seem to enjoy the presence of humans. This is truly an exceptional place if you wish to really experience the Manta Magic.
Humpback whales visit during the winter months of January through April. This is a splendid time to hear the sound of the singing mating male escorts underwater. This destination can only be dived by a live aboard dive vessel. It takes approximately 26 hrs one way to reach the islands. This is an excellent dive destination for large pelagics due to the open ocean nature of the islands, which sometimes include currents and choppy conditions. The underwater topography consists of rocky outcroppings, boulders and some walls. There is not much in the way of coral as this is a cooler water destination.
The crossing from Los Cabos San Lucas to the Socorro Islands takes approximately 26-28 hrs. It is open sea, please be prepared in case we are faced with rough seas. There are several over the counter remedies that can help you. In case you have a propensity to motion sickness or are concerned that you might develop symptoms, please arm yourself with preventive measures before hand.