Diving in Socorro Islands.
Wild, remote & unique

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Socorro Islands is the best place in the world for big animal diving

The Socorro Island diving has become one of the most popular live aboard diving experiences in the world! Socorro islands have been compared to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador or Cocos Island in Costa Rica because of the big animal encounters they provide, such as giant mantas, humpback whales, playful dolphins, tuna and over 7 shark species give you the best animal diving on earth!
Fly to Cabo and we will take over the rest. Experience the best dives of your life in one of the best diving destinations in the world.

Socorro Islands Diving Season

NOV → JUN

Socorro Islands diving trips are only available November through June due to weather conditions. During all these months, giant mantas, playful bottlenose dolphins and sharks are plentiful.

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Itinerary for Socorro Islands Diving

9 & 11 days

The trip of a lifetime. We visit Roca Partida, Socorro Island and San Benedicto.

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Socorro Islands DIVING

Socorro Island is usually our second stop on our Revillagigedo diving adventure. This island is about 30 miles south of San Benedicto and is about 10 miles by 9 miles in size and is home to the Mexican Naval Station since 1957. We usually visits dive sites here which include the Aquarium, Punta Tosca and Cabo Pearce

San benedicto diving

San Benedicto Island has two prominent peaks, one that is very obviously a volcanic crater. One of our diver’s favorite sites here is “El Boiler”, a large pinnacle that reaches from the depths to within several feet of the surface. Its small enough to swim around several times in one dive and is large enough to be a favorite gathering point, attracting marine life from miles around. The Boiler is known as the home of the world-famous Giant Pacific Manta, this diving spot is perfect for up-close and personal encounters with the Giant mantas can grow to a wingspan of over twenty feet, yet they are gentle creatures.

ROCA PARTIDA DIVING

This stony pillar attracts pelagics and large schools of jacks and tuna. Beneath the surface the wall drops straight down to deep water. There are many shelves and ridges that give refuge to the animals that hide there.

At about 40′ there are large caves where groups of whitetip sharks can be found sleeping most of the time. Depending on the current, is possible to swim around the pinnacle several times in the course of one dive. Other times divers prefer to just hang out in one area and watch the pelagics swim by.

OUR socorro island liveaboards

Our boats have their own character - they’re unique

It’s a classic

Traditional strong steel hull with wood interiors, the Solmar V is a classic. A 112ft diving and exploration vessel with the best and most experienced crew Mexico has to offer.

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The ultimate diving experience, in and out of the water

The fastest and most luxurious liveaboard in our fleet

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DIVING WITH US AT SOCORRO

  • Best big animal diving
  • Friendly and experienced crew
  • Pioneers. We love it there
  • Safety. We know the islands like no one else
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Frequently asked questions
  • When is the best time to go to Socorro?
    November through June. For specific water conditions and marine life encounters, please go to the individual destination page by using the drop down destination menu at the top of any page.
  • How our Socorro trips are usually run?
    Once our guests arrive on the boat they will be assigned their room and dive station. They will then remove their dive gear from their dive bags and put it in their assigned dive station. They will also unpack their dry clothes and toiletries in their rooms. Both their dive bag and luggage will be stored in our dry storage area throughout the remainder of the trip. The boat departs harbor at 7:00PM.

    The boat will arrive at the first dive site around 4:00PM on the next day, and our guests will have the opportunity to do 1 or 2 dives the first day at the Socorro Islands. Every day after that we schedule 4 dives per day. The only exception to that is when we dive Roca Partida because the diving at this location is deeper and, therefore, we limit the diving to 3 dives for safety considerations. We cannot give you a more specific diving schedule because the captain goes where diving conditions are best, but under normal conditions each 9 to 11 day trip includes 5 to 7 1/2 days of diving and the opportunity to do about 20-22 to 27-29 dives. After the last full day of diving at the Socorro Islands and after the last dive of the day we start our return back to harbor. The boat returns to harbor around 8:00PM or 9:00PM and our guests will spend their last night on the boat in harbor.

    After breakfast on the last date of the trip, our guests will disembark the boat by no later than 9:00AM. If their flights depart in the morning or early afternoon, then our guests will go directly from the boat to the airport and our representative in Cabo San Lucas will help them procure transportation paid via cash then. If their flights depart in the mid to late afternoon then they can be transported to our host hotel, The Bahia Hotel & Beach House, at no additional charge. The Bahia Hotel & Beach House welcome our guests to relax and use their facilities free of charge, provided they purchase food and beverage during their time there. The concierge at the hotel will help to procure paid transportation from the hotel to the airport when the time arrives for their departure.
  • What airlines fly there and to what airport?
    The international airport for our home port in Cabo San Lucas where our Socorro Islands trips depart from is San Jose del Cabo, Mexico (airport code SJD). This is the same airport used by all visitors to the Los Cabos area. It is about a 45 minute drive from the airport to Cabo San Lucas. Most major U.S. airlines fly directly into this airport. In general, the airlines to check out are Alaska, American, Aero Mexico, Delta, Continental, United and Southwest Airlines. There are other airlines and many direct flights from gateway cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Atlanta, Denver, Chicago and New York (out of Newark on Continental) so you can start from anywhere and get to us quite easily through these gateway cities. There are also convenient connections through San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, to name just a few.

    * for the comfort of our european guests, tui airlines just started the first non-stop flight from frankfurt to cabo.
  • What travel documents do I need for immigration?
    As of January 2016, all U.S. citizens require a valid passport for travel in and out of Mexico. You will be asked to fill out a tourist card upon entering the country and present this to the immigration officials in Mexico. For other nationalities, you should ask your airline or call the Mexican Consulate in your country. With so many recent changes to travel policies and requirements, these requirements are subject to change so check before you begin your travel plans. For our Guadalupe Trips you will arrive to San Diego, California and then escorted by our staff in an air conditioned coach to Ensenada, Mexico via Tijuana. Our staff will assist you with your tourist visa when crossing at the border in Tijuana but you must have a valid passport in your possession.
  • Where do I go when I arrive?
    Upon reservation confirmation, we will send you a pre-trip information sheet. If you do not receive it, please ask us for it. This will describe arrival procedures. Basically, for the Socorro Islands arrivals into San Jose Del Cabo airport, once you clear Mexican immigration and collect your bags from the luggage carousel, you will proceed through customs. After clearing customs, if our office has arranged for your pre-paid transportation in advance, then just outside the terminal please look for a representative holding a sign which reads “Cabo Seasons”, our local transport company. Give that person your name and they will take it from there. If you are handling your own transportation into Cabo San Lucas, then look for the “Authorized Taxi” sign inside the terminal where you can purchase shuttle tickets to the hotel where you are staying. If you are arriving the same day the boat departs you MUST arrange pre-paid transportation through our office in advance. However, we strongly advise you arrive one day before departure. It is about a 45 minute ride into Cabo San Lucas. On the day of departure, we provide complimentary pick-up at The Bahia Hotel & Beach House, our Host Hotel. We ask that you be in the lobby at 5:00 pm for pick-up between 4:45 pm and 5:00 pm. Alternatively, you can make your own way to the Marina and will be met by a Pelagic Fleet Representative at 5:00 pm. The Vortex departs port NO LATER than 7:00 PM, so please be sure to abide by the times above for a seamless and timely check-in experience for all passengers.
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