Diving in Socorro has become a popular diving experience on live aboard format, divers form all around the world visit Socorro Island every year for a unique diving experience. Located approximately 250 nautical miles south of Cabo San lucas in the Pacific Ocean Socorro is part of the Revillagigedo Archipelago and has been compared to Galapagos Island in Ecuador and Cocos Island in Costa Rica. Socorro diving offers big animal encounters, such as Giant mantas, humpback whales, playful dolphins, tuna, over 7 shark species plus, occasional orcas encounter giving you the best animal diving on earth!
The Revillagigedo Archipelago consist of 4 islands –Socorro, Roca Partida, Clarion and San Benedicto. They are wild, remote and unpredictable.
Once you arrive on the boat you will be assigned a room and dive station. You will then remove your dive gear from the dive bags and put it in your assigned dive station. You will also unpack your dry clothes and toiletries in the rooms. Both the dive bag and luggage will be stored in a dry storage area throughout the remainder of the trip. The boat departs the harbor at 4:00PM.
The boat will arrive at the first dive site around 4:00PM on the next day and you will have the opportunity to do 1 or 2 dives the first day at the Socorro Islands. Every day after that there are 4 scheduled dives per day. The only exception to that is Roca Partida because the diving at this location is deeper and, therefore, there is a limit of 3 dives for safety considerations.
There is not a more specific diving schedule because the captain goes where diving conditions are best. But under normal conditions each 9-to-11-day trip includes 5 to 7 1/2 days of diving and the opportunity to do about 20-22 to 27-29 dives. After the last full day of diving at the Socorro Islands and after the last dive of the day the boat starts the return back to harbor. The boat returns to harbor around 8:00PM or 9:00PM and you will spend your last night on the boat in harbor.
After breakfast on the last date of the trip, you will disembark the boat by no later than 9:00AM. If your flight departs in the morning or early afternoon, then you will go directly from the boat to the airport and the representative in Cabo San Lucas will help you procure transportation paid via cash then. If your flight departs in the mid-to-late-afternoon then you can be transported to The Bahia Hotel & Beach House at no additional charge. The Bahia Hotel & Beach House welcomes you to relax and use their facilities free of charge, provided you purchase food and beverage during your time there. The concierge at the hotel will help to procure paid transportation from the hotel to the airport when the time arrives for your departure.
The price includes tanks (aluminum 80’s), weights and a weight belt. A dive computer is now required but not provided on Socorro Islands trips. Additional equipment can be rented for the trip BEFORE you leave the dock. PLEASE advise when making your reservation that you will need to rent equipment. Equipment is rented directly at the dive store in the town of Cabo San Lucas at a special rate. National Park regulations do not permit dive knives or lights that are not attached to your camera. There is some extra equipment on board in case your equipment should fail but not a large inventory.
Menus vary and feature a combination of American and Mexican cuisine, using fresh, locally grown ingredients as much as possible. There will be a variety of cooked-to-order choices for breakfast and you can always count on fresh tropical fruit platters, icy cold fruit juice, yogurt, pastries, an assortment of cereals, teas and fresh-brewed and very strong Mexican-style coffee.
Aboard the Vortex, worry not about paying for a beer, a glass of wine or even high quality single malt. There is a complimentary high-end bar that includes the best Mexican wines and a wide variety of handcrafted beer provided by Mexico City based Tres Eles and Ensenada based Agua Mala, two of the finest micro breweries in Mexico.
On all live-aboard dive trips, packed clothing should be kept to a minimum as cabin space is usually limited. You will be in your swimsuit most of the trip and shorts and t-shirts are the common dress. Appear at all meals in dry clothes, as all meals are sit-down in the main salon. At Socorro, daytime temps will be in the 70’s or 80’s and there can be cooler evenings so one pair of sweat pants, and a Polartec, sweatshirt or sweater is a good idea. Be sure to bring a hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen.
Recommended tip amount is 10-15% of the cost of your boat trip. The tips are given to the captain and divided evenly among the crew at the end of your trip. Please tip in person in cash.
Are the rooms nice?
There are three classes of cabin. The Luxury Stateroom is a yacht-like suite located in the lower deck. Independent A/C, private head and shower, a 22” flat screen TV, closet, and two single beds that can turn into one king. Two of the four Luxury Staterooms have two single beds option only.
Junior Suites are located at the bow in the main deck. Each Jr. Suite has a desk, a 40” flat screen TV, larger storage space and bathrooms. Two twin beds can turn into a king size.
The Master Suite is behind the bridge on the upper deck with a panoramic view with one private access from the salon downstairs and one from the outdoor lounge upstairs. Corner desk, sofa, walk in closet, and a big 70” screen TV.
What are the islands like?
Diving in the Socorro Islands became popular around year 2000 among divers, underwater photographers, videographers and wild life enthusiasts. It’s our second stop in the Revillagigedo adventure. Socorro Island is 30 miles south of San Benedicto and with a size of 10 by 9 miles has been a Mexican naval station since 1957.
San Benedicto is home of the “El Boiler” dive spot and is the third largest Island in the Revigagigedo Archipelago. El Boiler is a large pinacle that reaches from the depths to within several feet of the surface. Its small enough to swim around several times in one dive and is large enough to be a favorite gathering point of the world-famous Giant Pacific Manta, this diving spot is perfect for up-close and personal encounters with them. Giant mantas can grow to a wingspan of over twenty feet, yet they are gentle creatures. On a regular dive in San Benedicto we can also have humpback whales, whale sharks, and schooling hammerheads encounters. On the other side of the island is “The Canyon”. Here, we commonly dive with mantas, dolphins, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Roca Partida is the last stop. Roca Partida is the perfect dive spot for hammerheads, white tip sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, giant manta rays, dolphins, an occasional whale shark and even humpback whales visiting from Alaska. At about 40 ft you can explore large caves where groups of white tip sharks can be found sleeping most of the time.
What will the weather be like?
The Revillagigedo Islands trips are only available November through June due to weather conditions. During all these months giant mantas, playful bottlenose dolphins and sharks are plentiful. The water temps are 75F – 80F in November, December, and sometimes into January and also in late April, May and June. In mid-January, February, March and the beginning of April the water varies between around 70F – 74F. The humpback whales visit Socorro during these cooler water months. You can hear these gentle giants singing on almost every dive and as previously mentioned, underwater encounters with these whales are increasing every year.
What crew will be on board?
The boat has a permanent crew of 11 that consist of Captain, Engineer, Engineer Assistant, Chef, Steward, Hostess, 2 deckhands and 3 Divemasters (keeping dive groups of 4-5 divers per guide).
Can I stay in Cabo San Lucas before the trip?
There are pre-negotiated special discounted rates in Cabo San Lucas at The Bahia Hotel & Beach House.
Are NITROX tanks available?
For a safer and more comfortable dive experience, Socorro Vortex is a Nitrox Only vessel. The gas mix is complimentary and PADI certification is available on board if needed, at an extra cost.
What about rebreathers?
Rebreather divers are welcomed on full charters only. Inquire regarding rates and packages.
33% DEPOSIT REQUIRED WITHIN 10 DAYS OF MAKING RESERVATION. FINAL PAYMENT DUE 60 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. CANCELLATION FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
– No penalty if cancelled 9 months before departure.
– 10% of charter rate if cancelled 6 to 9 months before departure.
– 30% of charter rate if cancelled more than 90 days to 6 months before departure.
– 50% of charter rate if cancelled 60 to 90 days before departure.
– No refunds within 60 days of departure.
16% Mexican Tax (IVA) not included. Payment includes all port fees, fuel surcharges and park fees in the price of your trip so you will not be asked to pay for these upon your arrival. You will be asked for a $15 local hyperbaric chamber donation, payable in cash once you board the boat. Nitrox is complimentary but PADI certification comes at an extra cost if required. Nitrox and scuba gear can also be paid in advance. Tips must be paid in cash. For everything else, all major credit cards are accepted on board.
Boat and diving trip run by Pelagic Fleet.