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Socorro on Rocio del Mar, 7-15 February 2018

Socorro on Rocio del Mar, 7-15 February 2018

The Socorro Islands are legendary for their Giant Pacific Mantas, Humpback Whales, numerous Shark species, Dolphins and schooling fish. Shark species include Hammerheads, Silvertips, Galapagos Sharks, Whitetips, Tiger Sharks and Whale Sharks. Socorro’s Mantas and Sharks are year-round residents but the Humpbacks are normally only present January through April. Our Socorro trip has been purposefully timed to coincide with peak Humpback season!

The Socorro Islands (Revillagigedo Islands) 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”. The islands lie 250 miles off Baja Mexico’s southern shore. When embarking on a trip to the Socorro Islands possible destinations 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, Dolphins, Silky Sharks, Silvertip Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, clouds of Jacks and Barracuda, Tuna, Wahoo, Marlin, Oceanic Whitetip Sharks, Whale Sharks and Mantas. Mantas are the claim to fame for Socorro Islands and 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 in the world, 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.

Day 1 – Board the boat in San Jose del Cabo by 8am and depart for the Socorro Islands!
Day 2 – Arrive at San Benedicto and start diving! 2 dives scheduled.
Day 3 – 4 dives at San Benedicto.
Day 4 – 3 dives at Roca Partida.
Day 5 – 3 dives at Roca Partida.
Day 6 – 3-4 dives at Socorro Island.
Day 7 – 4 dives at San Benedicto. The boat will then start the journey back to San Jose del Cabo.
Day 8 – Arrive at San Jose del Cabo and spend a final night on the boat.
Day 9 – Disembark Rocio del Mar after breakfast.

Rocio del Mar is a 200 ton stiff steel vessel perfect for the open ocean crossing to the Socorro Islands. Her oversize engines are designed to operate at low working loads with high efficiency, producing less engine noise and vibration at normal cruising speed. Deep V hull design and wave breaking bow knuckle to minimize surface wave action against the hull as the Rocio Del Mar moves forward through the sea. Rocio del Mar can accommodate 20 guests in 10 comfortable cabins on two decks.

All cabins are carpeted and air conditioned, and have private bathrooms with hot showers. There are room length windows with privacy curtains and convenient gear and clothes storage drawers beneath the beds. There are two cabins on the upper deck behind the bridge on the port and starboard side. Each features a full size lower bed and a single size bed on top with adjustable reading lights. The remaining eight cabins are on the main deck – four on the port and starboard side. Six cabins feature two single beds – one lower bed and one upper bed set perpendicular to each other. Two cabins feature a double bed with lots of storage space underneath. Adjustable reading lights to focus the illumination without disturbing your cabin-mate. Rocio del Mar’s spacious dining area is in the lower forward part of the boat to minimize any sense of movement during meals. Wet gear storage is available on the diving deck, so there is no need to lug gear or clutter your stateroom with it.

There are 5 spaces available on this trip.

Socorro on Rocio del Mar, 7-15 February 2018

Special Offer price is 2,995 GBP or 3,595 USD (normal price 3,795 USD). This includes 8 nights/9 days on Rocio del Mar, up to 4 dives per day (5.5 days of diving), tanks/weights/weight belts, all meals, snacks, soft drinks, juice, local beer, local wine and 16% Mexican Tax. Flights are not included in the price, but can be readily arranged by Equator Diving upon request.

Marine Park fee: 28 USD
Hyperbaric Chamber fee: 15 USD
Nitrox: 120 USD

Rocio del Mar – Socorro Video