Mexico: Rocio Del Mar

WELCOME TO THE SOCORRO ISLANDS VACATION

Dec 27th, 2018 to Jan 4th, 2019: Why not begin 2019 with some of the best diving in the world off the coast of Mexico with giant oceanic mantas, blacktip sharks, whale sharks, hammerheads and huge bait balls.  Kids Sea Camp can’t think of a better way to celebrate the beginning of a new year than underwater. The Socorro Islands are considered the “Little Galapagos” of Mexico and one of the best places on the planet to encounter giant oceanic Mantas. Let the old year pass away by having a bucket list dive adventure to start 2019.

Mexico, Manta, Kids Sea Camp, 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. 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. Divers often see 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 experience the Manta Magic.

The crossing from Los Cabos San Lucas to the Socorro Islands takes approximately 26-28 hrs. It is open sea so you will need to be prepared in case we face 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 beforehand.

A true big animal adventure

Time: Dec 27th to Jan 4th, 2018-19
Cost: 3,795 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HuBkPVU8Jo

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, knives 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.

 

What you get onboard

  • 8 nights accommodations
  • 6 days of diving
  • 3 meals daily
  • Snacks daily
  • Beverages including soft drinks, juice, domestic beer, and wine
  • Kids Sea Camp tote bags, T-shirts, Flap straps and other giveaways (giveaways vary on sponsors)
  • Transfers to boat
  • Nitrox

What's not included:

  • International Flights
  • All Rental Gear
  • $28 National Marine Park Fee
  • $15 Hyperbaric Chamber Fee*

Please note: All passengers will need to fill out this (Rocio Del Mar passenger information) form and return email it to KSC 3 months before arrival.

 

Board the boat the day of departure at 8 a.m.

Here is the general schedule for the Socorro Islands trip that leaves out of San Jose Del Cabo. It's important to arrive the day before the departure as the ship leaves on Day 1 at 9:00 A.M. Please note, there can be changes to this schedule due to weather or other conditions.

Day 1: Departure 9:00 a.m. (Dec. 27th)

Day 2: Rocio del Mar arrives in San Benedicto around 11:00 a.m. Start Diving! 2 dives scheduled...

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, 4 dives scheduled

Day 7:  San Benedicto, schedule 4 dives. At the end of this day, we will start our departure to San Jose del Cabo.

Day 8: Arrive at San Jose Del Cabo around 11 p.m. Guests may sleep on the boat.

Day 9: Disembark by 8:30 a.m. (Jan. 4th)

Sleeping in luxury for blue water diving

The Rocio Del Mar has 10 comfortable staterooms on two decks. All the rooms have private bathrooms and hot shower stalls, toilets, and lavatories. Each cabin is carpeted and air-conditioned.

There are two staterooms on the second deck behind the bridge on the port and starboard side. These two staterooms each have a full size and a single size bed above.

The ship carefully selects anchorages to reduce wave action on the 200-foot stiff steel Rocio Del Mar for a quiet and peaceful night of sleep.

There are eight cabins on the main deck, four on the port-starboard side. 6 cabins feature two single beds. 2 cabins feature a double bed with lots of storage underneath.

Prices for the liveaboard trip on the Rocio Del Mar, December 27th, 2018 to January 4th, 2019. Come bring in the New Year with a great diving adventure with giant oceanic mantas, humpbacks whales, black tip and hammerhead sharks.

All Cabins (This is a per person, two people per cabin)$3,795

Welcome to the little Galapagos

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.

Average Surface Water Temperatures

December - 80º January - 75º February - 75º
March - 75º April - 75º May - 80º

 

 

Courses offered:

  • PADI Underwater Naturalist: Learn key differences between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds, major aquatic life groupings, interactions and information that dispels myths and responsible interactions with aquatic life. For more info...
  • PADI Digitial Underwater Photographer: Learn how to choose the right underwater camera system for you, the PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great shots quickly, principles for good composition of underwater images, practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera. For more info...

A movable feast

Both the Rocio Del Mar and the Quino El Guardian have wonderful chefs on board. Every day all the meals are cooked fresh. The kitchen is very flexible to individuals with special diets and allergies. Please mark on the passenger information form all dietary needs so the kitchen can prepare the proper foods for your adventures.

Here's what included for dining

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • All drinks
  • Snacks

Plan to arrive early

It is required all KSC guest arrive a day early in San Joes del Cabo (SJD) on the 26th.  All major airlines fly in and out of the airport.

The ship is docked at the New marina in Puerto Los Cabos @Camino de Los Pescadores, Pueblo la Playa San Jose del Cabo.

There not much to do but dive— but it's great diving

Sorry, you are on a liveaboard to dive and do more diving and then eat, sleep and dive some more. There really isn't anything else to do. That being said

Here a few other things to do on the ship

  • Kayaking
  • Hiking remote islands
  • Chillin' on the upper deck and relaxing with new friends