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Socorro on Valentina, 15-24 March 2018

Socorro on Valentina, 15-24 March 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 3pm-6pm and depart for the Socorro Islands!
Day 2 – Arrive at the Socorro Islands in the evening.
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. The boat will then start the journey back to San Jose del Cabo.
Day 9 – Arrive at San Jose del Cabo and spend a final night on the boat.
Day 10 – Disembark Valentina after breakfast.

MV Valentina from the Fun Azul Fleet is a 130 ft. steel yacht, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. She is diesel powered, cruises at 12 knots and has 120-volt power onboard. MV Valentina can accommodate 20 guests in 10 comfortable cabins all with air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms. All cabins are located on the main deck.

MV Valentina’s upper deck salon is air-conditioned and equipped with comfortable sofas, chairs and a bar. The kitchen provides a variety of Mexican, European and Asian inspired dishes. When possible there is also a Mexican BBQ dinner. The sun deck on MV Valentina offers you a shaded area with seating, sun loungers for soaking up some rays and a Jacuzzi. MV Valentina has a spacious dive deck with plenty of space for your dive gear and a camera table complete with air guns. Nitrox is available onboard for an extra charge and all diving is conducted from three zodiacs.

There is 1 space available on this trip.

Socorro on Valentina, 15-24 March 2018

Special Offer price is 2,825 GBP or 3,380 USD (normal price 3,580 USD). This includes 9 nights/10 days on Valentina, 3-4 dives per day (6 days of diving), tanks/weights/weight belts, all meals, tea/coffee, soft drinks, juice, local beer, marine park 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: 120 USD

Valentina – Socorro Video