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Socorro on Vortex, 15-23 March 2020

Socorro on Vortex, 15-23 March 2020

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. The boat will then start the journey back to Cabo San Lucas.
Day 8 – Arrive at Cabo San Lucas and spend a final night on the boat.
Day 9 – Disembark Socorro Vortex after breakfast.

The NEW Socorro Vortex Liveaboard is the sistership to Solmar V. Formerly a Canadian Coast Guard vessel she is currently being redesigned to be the ultimate expedition liveaboard for the discerning diver. Socorro Vortex is 140 ft. and only carries 14 divers on each trip ensuring the highest quality dive experience for the lucky few! Onboard there is a choice of 4 Luxury cabins, 2 Junior suites and 1 Master suite all featuring top-of-the-line beds, linens, towels and bath robes. On this luxury vessel you will also find a salon and bar area, dining room, sky bridge with grill and dining area, and sundeck with jacuzzi. Socorro Vortex will also feature complimentary Wi-Fi, gourmet dining with a complimentary selection of Baja California beer and wine and complimentary Nitrox.

Socorro Vortex – Brochure (pdf)

There are spaces available on this trip.

Socorro on Vortex, 15-23 March 2020

Early Bird Prices with over 20% discount!
Luxury cabin 5,550 USD (normal price 6,960 USD)
Junior suite 5,995 USD (normal price 7,540 USD)
Master suite 6,495 USD (normal price 8,120 USD)

These prices include 8 nights/9 days on Socorro Vortex, up to 4 dives per day (5.5 days of diving), free Nitrox, 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

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