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Socorro Islands

October 26, 2016

Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico

Manta Rays & Hammerheads & Whale Sharks!!!  

March 24 - April 4, 2018

Nine days aboard the Quino El Guardian, live-aboard diving in the Socorro Islands, Mexico.  

 

$3100

includes room, food and diving

 

Optional:  Fly in a couple of days early to give time for flight delays, and enjoy 2 extra days of diving in Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, the place described by Jacques Cousteau described as "The Aquarium of the World.  $450 includes transportation, room and 2 dive days.

 

The Revillagigedo Archipelago are a group of four volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, known for their unique ecosystem. In July 2016, the Revillagigedo Archipelago were inscribed as a World Heritage Site.  The islands are home to many endemic plant and animal species, and are sometimes called "Mexico's Galapagos".  Socorro island is the most diverse in flora, fauna, and topography.

 

The islands lie 250 miles off Baja Mexico's southern shore. When embarking on a trip to the Socorro Islands possible destinations on the itinerary are San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida and Clarion Islands.

 

These islands are a spectacular magnet for the largest ocean pelagic animals in the world. Animals include schooling Hammerhead Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Dolphins, Silky Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, clouds of Jacks and Barracuda, Tuna, Wahoo, Oceanic White Tip Sharks, Whale Sharks and Manta Rays.

 

Manta Rays are the claim to fame for Socorro Islands. The island where they predominately congregate 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 in the Revillagigedo Islands are friendly and enjoy the presence of humans. This is truly an exceptional place to experience the Manta Magic.

 

Humpback whales visit during the winter months of January through April. We often hear the sounds of the singing mating males as they provide escort underwater. Sightings are common during this time.

 

This destination can only be dived by a live aboard dive vessel. It takes approximately 26 hours one-way to reach the islands. This is an excellent dive destination for large pelagics due to the open ocean nature of the islands, which sometimes include currents and choppy conditions. The underwater topography consists of rocky outcroppings, boulders and some incredible walls. There is not much in the way of coral as this is a cooler water destination.

 

 

Contact: Perry Dixon 336-209-7995 / pdixon@ncdiver.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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