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Socorro on Solmar V, 16-26 February 2019

Socorro on Solmar V, 16-26 February 2019

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 in February and March. 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 February and March. This is a splendid time to hear the sound of the singing mating male escorts underwater.

Day 1 – Board the boat in Cabo San Lucas around 1:30pm and depart for the Socorro Islands!
Day 2 – Arrive at the Socorro Islands and start diving! 2 dives scheduled.
Day 3 – 3-4 dives at San Benedicto, Roca Partida or Socorro Island.
Day 4 – 3-4 dives at San Benedicto, Roca Partida or Socorro Island.
Day 5 – 3-4 dives at San Benedicto, Roca Partida or Socorro Island.
Day 6 – 3-4 dives at San Benedicto, Roca Partida or Socorro Island.
Day 7 – 3-4 dives at San Benedicto, Roca Partida or Socorro Island.
Day 8 – 3-4 dives at San Benedicto, Roca Partida or Socorro Island.
Day 9 – 3-4 dives at San Benedicto, Roca Partida or Socorro Island. The boat will then start the journey back to Cabo San Lucas.
Day 10 – Arrive at Cabo San Lucas and spend a final night on the boat.
Day 11 – Disembark Solmar V after breakfast.

The Solmar V is a 112 ft. luxury liveaboard offering diving at Guadalupe Island and the Socorro Islands. She can accommodate 22 guests in 2 Single cabins, 4 Standard cabins and 6 Superior cabins. Each mahogany-detailed cabin features air conditioning with individual controls, a private head, sink and shower and a TV/DVD player for your enjoyment. All cabins have top-of-the-line Pillow-Top mattresses and down pillows. The interior of the Solmar V is outfitted in brass, rich mahogany, granite table tops and is completely carpeted. The salon comfortably seats all guests and offers a large-screen HDTV, DVD player and stereo system.

The dive deck on the Solmar V is very spacious and you won’t need to carry your tanks around at any time during your vacation. The crew will fill your tank between dives and move your gear to where it needs to be. Diving is sometimes done from the pangas and sometimes from the Solmar V, depending on the dive site and conditions. At the centre of the dive deck is a huge multi-level camera table, complete with charging stations and an air gun. There are also plenty of charging stations inside the lounge. On the dive deck there are rinse tanks for cameras. The dive deck also has two fresh water showers so you can rinse off after getting out of the water. Fluffy towels are provided and fresh drinking water is always available on the dive deck.

You will be well-fed from the time you set foot on board until the time you leave. Arriving guests are greeted with snacks and a welcome Margarita. Each day early risers can start with fresh, hot coffee or tea. Before the first dive passengers are served their choice of continental or hot breakfast, both if you like. At lunchtime, divers come back to the lounge for a delicious 3-course lunch which includes fresh homemade soup, a hot entree and dessert. During the day there is always fresh fruit available, hot chocolate and a never-ending supply of guacamole. Following the afternoon dives the Chef will have snacks waiting, which leads to happy hour. There is plenty of Mexican beer and Chilean wine on board and there is no additional charge for either. If you like Tequila be sure to try Pepe’s Margaritas. In the evening there is a 3-course dinner with white and red wine.

This trip is FULL. Please contact us for alternative trip dates or to join the waiting list.

Socorro on Solmar V, 16-26 February 2019

The cost of the trip is 4,870 USD in a Standard cabin or 4,985 USD in a Superior cabin. These prices include 10 nights/11 days on Solmar V, up to 4 dives per day (7.5 days of diving), tanks/weights/weight belts, all meals, snacks, all beverages including alcoholic drinks, marine park fees, port fees and 16% Mexican Tax. Flights are not included in the price, but can be readily arranged by Equator Diving upon request.

Hyperbaric Chamber fee: 15 USD
Nitrox: 150 USD

Trip prices in GBP and EURO are also available upon request.

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