Trip Report - Nautilus Belle Amie - Socorro Islands Dec 2020
"A Picture is Worth 1000 Words"
Photographer Brandi Mueller
Socorro Islands - Mexico - Only by Liveaboard!
Mexico’s Revillagigedo Islands are synonymous with liveaboards and big-animal encounters. The archipelago lies about 300 miles off the southern tip of Baja California, requiring a 22-hour transit from Cabo San Lucas.
Four uninhabited volcanic islands make up the Revillagigedos: Socorro, Clarion, San Benedicto, and Roca Partida. They raise up from sea level from 100 to 3,800 feet out of the water from the seafloor, creating exceptional walls, pinnacles and sheer drop-offs that act as cleaning and feeding stations for oceanic mantas and half a dozen shark species, including mass aggregations of scalloped hammerheads.
Revillagigedos is an oasis in the middle of the eastern Pacific. The four islands sit at the convergence of the cool California Current flowing from the north and the warmer North Equatorial Current, creating an ideal spot for nutrients to rise from the deep and attract passing pelagics. This makes Revilla a hotspot for manta rays, humpback whales, whale sharks, dolphins, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks—nearly every variety of hungry traveler.
The Revillagigedos are part of a unique chain with amazing undersea volcanic mounds. Because of the remote nature, there’s just not a lot of pressure on the sites.
Cabo Pierce, the Aquarium, and El Canyon dive sites offer the chance to see just about any big animals you can imagine—humpback whales, pacific bottlenose dolphins, whale sharks, the list goes on.
Because these are important waterways for endangered megafauna, the islands were deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016, and a year later were established as the Revillagigedo National Park. Even though they’re remote, they’re patrolled by the local government to prevent illegal fishing.
Because the archipelago is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, certain protective measures are in place. Night diving, solo diving, and diving in the blue are not offered for safety reasons. Also, reef hooks, knives, dive lights not connected to cameras, and gloves are not permitted. In order to manage the number of divers on each site, liveaboards coordinate the timing of their dives. Because of this, if there are several boats at a site, they may limit the number of dives per day to three. The park has a set limit on the number of liveaboards that can visit, but flexibility is key in these parts.
If you were ever a fan of off-road racing, you remember the fabled Baja 1000 from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas. Now here is the Ocean version...!
Rocio del Mar
Explore Baja Expedition
September 19-October 1, 2020
13 Days / 12 Nights / 11 Days of Diving
Puerto Penasco to San Jose del Cabo
$4000 per person, double occupancy
Save $295 Per Person
Start in Puerto Penasco and end in San Jose del Cabo. Cover over 1000 kilometers in 13 days as you go where there are no roads, a handful of people, and only an occasional boat.
Each day you will awake to a fantastic sunrise amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world…clear skies, deep blue seas, and terrain only millions of years could create. Enjoy 3 to 4 dives daily as we move from island to island. Dive on untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life. The north is a macro photographer's dream with nudibranchs, colorful blennies, dancing jawfish, and sea horses. Encounter large and small whale species, snorkel with whale sharks, see jumping mobula rays, and dive with playful sea lion colonies.
As we go south, you will dive on wrecks, Fan Ming and Salvaterra, do a night dive with mobula rays, and we are seeing schooling hammerheads and giant manta rays again. Last year guests even got to snorkel with an orca.
If you wish to hike the remote islands during surface intervals, there is always a dingy available to take you to shore. We also have kayaks to take a serene cruise around the islands. Between activities get spoiled with amazing meals and the best crew in the industry.
Dive the Socorro Islands & Save 20%
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Baja California, Mexico
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Regularly $3300, you'll dive with giant pacific manta rays, 7-species of sharks (including schooling hammerheads), and playful bottlenose dolphins. And December is whale shark season!
Price includes 10 days/9 nights and 6 days of diving aboard Quino el Guardian Liveaboard with the best crew in the industry, taxes, port fees, meals, beverages, tanks, weights, and complimentary beer and wine. The only things not included are:
$28 park fee
$120 Nitrox (if you want it)
Transfers to and from the boat
Boat departs and returns to San Jose del Cabo
Subject to availability
Cannot be combined with any other offer
Quino El Guardian Liveaboard
Citizen Science Expedition - November 4-11, 2017
In Search of Mobula Rays - $2200 Per Person Quad Occupancy
Contact us by email for complete details about this amazing adventure with marine biologists Marta D. Palacios and Frida Lara Lizardi.