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Socorro Islands liveaboard: Trip Report

[Mexico] Trip Report : JAN.20,2022- JAN.29, 2022, SOCORRO CRUISE

Valentina Socorro !!

【Jan20, 2022 Trip Report #1】

 

Jan20th, DAY1

17:00 Guest arrival, check in to each cabin.

18:00 General orientation, crew introducing.

20:30 Departure

 

Jan21st, DAY2

Navigation

08:00 Activity start

10:30 Safety and diving orientation

13:00 Lunch

15:00 Presentation of Revillagigedo national park

19:00 Diner

 

Jan22nd, DAY3

Isla San Benedicto ( El Cañón )

Very nice ocean condition with visibility 60ft, water temperture 78F.

Per group request, this trip was scheduled with 3dives/day.

Sharks were very active from very first day of diving,

specially hammerhead sharks were all where around the dive area.

Mantas and other sharkes came along with divers as expected,

just looked like telling us ‘welcome to Socorro !!’.

 

 

 

 

Jan23rd, DAY4

Isla San Benedicto (El Boiler)

Ocean condition was great as same as yesterday.

The first dive was “Mas o Menos” with not enough mantas

but the second and the third was so lit!!

Numbers of mantas came super close to divers, swimming around and around.

Condition looked good and decided to vitist Roca Partida next day.

 

 

 

Even the classic rock hole white tip has gone somewhere

The number is small. Even if I check with other cruise ships, it seems that the situation is the same, and I am honestly disappointed.

 

Jan24th, DAY5

Roca Partida

Visibility 75ft, water temperture 78F.

Though water condition was great, marine life was not

not very active, this season Roca Partida has not being able to bring out the full potential.

There was several mantas on our first dive but not very much

sharks. Even genuine classic white tip sharks in the caves were out and only a few left there.

Was happening same to all other dive boat and looked like

Roca Partida can not live up to our expectation this season, we’d decided to dive other site for next day.

 

 

Jan26-27 th, DAY7&8

Isla San Benedicto ( El Cañón )

Definately El Cañón is the best dive site this season,

way better with great potaintial than Roca Partida.

We stayed whole last two days here and played with mantas and sharks.

A whale calf with the mother appeard and surprised us

while our guest was filming video with a drone, just just incredible!!

 

Jan28th, DAY9

Navigation day

09:00 Breakfast

11:00 Souevenir shopping

14:00 Lunch

16:00 account

18:00 group photos

19:00 Dinner

 

Jan29th, DAY10

07:00 Transfer to SJD airport

08:30 Breakfast

10:00 Last team desembarking

11:00 End of the trip, the boat head back to La Paz.

 

 

 

 

 

 


[Mexico] Trip Report : DEC.29,2021- JAN.07, 2022, SOCORRO CRUISE

Valentina Socorro !!

【Dec29, 2021 Trip Report #1】

 

 

Day1 29/12/21

17:00 Guest arrival, emabrking, check in to each cabin.

18:00 General oridntation, introducing crew.

19:30 Dinner

20:30 Departure to Revillagigedo.

 

Day2 30/12/21

Navigation day

08:00 Breakfast

11:00 Safety and Diving orientation

13:00 Lunch

15:30 Revillagigedo national park presentation

19:00 Dinner

 

Day3 31/12/21

Isla San Benedicto ( El Boiler)

08:30 Dive #1

Trip started from the first dive at El Cañón. Condition was

perfect, visibility 60ft, water temperture 82F.

Sharks were very active, very good start of diving.

Mantas and dolphins came to see us from the first dive ♪

09:30 Breakfast

10:30 Dive #2

The second was at Boiler. Condition still great.

Lots mantas were relaxed, swimming around the divers

gracefully.

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Dive #3

Lots manta came close to us, also hammerhead showed up.

16:30 Dive #4

The last one was with some current.

Condition was not good as before, couldn’t stay

very close to mantas.

19:00 Dinner

New year’s eve dinner onboard. Cheers!!!!

 

 

 

 

Day4 01/01/2022

Happy new year 2022 !!

06:30 Activyty start

07:00 Dive #1, Our first dive of 2022 started with great incredible visibility 90ft, water temperture 78F.

From the beginning, dolphins show up to celebrate new year, followed by sharks and mantas,

08:30 Breakfast

10:00 Dive #2 , this was beginning of fire! Not only hammerhead shareks, but also whitetip, silvertip, galapagos, blacktip silky, so gourgeous.

12:00 Dive #3, the third dive was lit !!!!!! countless hammerhead sharks coming and coming, water was overflowing with full of sharks

13:30 Lunch

16:00 Dive #4, still big school of hammerhead in the area, what a cool day!!!!

 

 

Day5 02/01/2022

Our first plan was to dive at Cabo Pierce but found four

dive boats coming to same area, we changed our

schedule and dove at Punta Tosca.

Visibility 60ft, water temperture 78F.

Very peaceful nice day, finished navy inspection without

any problem.

 

 

Day6 03/01/2022

Isla Socorro ( Cabo Pierce)

There were still several dive boat on the site,

Valentina got the third turn which means

total 3 dives this day.

07:00 activity start

07:00 Breakfast

09:00 Dive #1

12:00 Dive #2

13:00 Lunch

15:00 Dive #3

19:00 Dinner

Visibility 60ft, water temperture 78F, current was

pretty much strong.

We could tell there are big school of hammerhead

with mantas but the strong current didn’t let us

get very close to the pelagics all three dives.

 

 

Day7 04/01/2022

Roca Partida

07:00 activity start

08:00 Dive #1

09:00 Breakfast

11:00 Dive #2

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Dive #3

19:00 Dinner

Visitility 90ft, water temperture 77F, no current.

Unfortunately, fish was not very active despite the excellent ocean conditions.

Huge sharks did not appear a lot, mainly horse mackerel herds and tuna diving.

 

 

 

Day8 05/01/2022

Isla San Benedicto ( El Cañón )

07:00 Activity start

08:00 Dive #1, Excellent condition with 60ft visibility, absolutely El Caeñon is the best now rather than other famous point such as Roca Partida etc.

Dolphins swimming freely, between school of hammer head sharks.

Various sharks and manta rays wandering around.

It was just like swimming in an aquarium with full of marine life.

09:00 Breakfast

11:00 Dive #2 , Great encounter with hammer heads all three dives today. Whenwe finished our 2nd dive and heading back to the boat, on of our group met a hammerhead shark !!!!! yeeeeeeeah !!

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Dive #3, We were expecting to find the whale shark again but what we found waaaaas TIGER SHARK ! The party reached its climax and our first trip on 2022 ended with great success.

19:00 Dinner

 

Day9 06/01/2022

Navigating the way back to north.

08:30 Breakfast

10:30 Photo contest

13:00 Lunch

15:30 Onboard souvenir shopping

19:00 Dinner

 

Day10 07/01/2022

08:00 Breakfast

10:00 Airport transportation

12:00 Finish all desembarking, end of the trip.

 

 

 


[Mexico] Trip Report : DEC.- DEC.23, 2021, SOCORRO CRUISE

Valentina Socorro !!

【Dec14, 2021 Trip Report #1】

 

 

 

Feliz año nuevo 2022 from MEXICO !!!

May the new year bring you peace, joy, and happiness End of 2021 was hectic for Fun Azul Fleet, it has been longsince our last trip report….. we have started Socorro season,already finished 3 trip.

Here is the report from our last trip

 

Dec14, 2021 Day1

Guest arrival.

All the guest arrived on time, every program went

smoothly as it was sheduled.

After finishing orientation, introducing crew, dive equipment check,

dinner, the boat left the marina at 21:00.

 

Dec15, 2021 Day2

Navigation day toward Socorro area. Nice and calm way.

08:30 Breakfast

10:30 Orientation of safty and diving on Valentina.

13:00 Lunch

15:30 Presentation of Revillagigedo national park

19:00 Dinner

 

Dec16, 2021 Day3

Isla San Benedicto (El Cañón)

Our first day of diving.

Some north wind, visibility 60ft, water temperture 77~78F。

There was several other dive cruise staying on the same site,

we did 3 dives this day.

Giant mantas and sharks were so activie from beginning,

more than 5 different types of sharks from one to the next,

also met a big school of hammerhead sharks.

Considering the ocean conditions, we have decided to

dive on San Benedicto island again on next day with

active marine life.

photo by Chabelo

 

 

17/12/21 Day4

Our second day at San Benedicto island was awsome!

Of the many dive cruise boats Valentina was able to start first,

was able to cpmplete 4 dives during the day.

The ocean conditions were almost the same as the day before

with little wind.

Not only lots mantas and hammerhead sharks was still there to

swim with us again, we met tiger shark, too!!!!

 

 

18/12/21 Day5

Isla Socorro ( Cabo Pierce)

Navy inspection day, we did 3 dives total this day.

First two dives was full of contact with mantas.

Countless mantas appeared one after another,

all divers were more than happy!!!

Also two dolphins came across but were not very

playful, just passed by.

 

 

December 14-23, 2021

19/12/21 Day6

We stayed another day at Socorro island(Punta Tosca)during waiting for the ocean condition get better.

Visibility 50ft, water temperture 82F, total 4 dives.

Visibility was great at first two dives, sorrounded by lots of giant

mantas and hammerhead sharks.

It was windy in the afternoon, oue boat took shelter in the lee of an island and enjoyed shore dive.

photo by Chabelo

 

 

20/12/21 Day7

We had been expecting the wind to calm down but

untortunately condition didn’t get better and gave up to

visit Roca Partida on this trip.

Came back to San Benedicto island, here it was very nice

again, and guess who was expecting there to surprise us…

whle shark !!!!

We found him near our boat, snorkeled with him for

a while. So exciting !!!

Counting whale shark, we have completed all kind

of sharkes we can find at Socorro Area.

Total 4 dives, it ended as a great day!

photo by Chabelo

 

 

21/12/21 Isla San Benedicto (El Boiler) Day8

Visibility looked extremly good and we were so excited from

the morning.

Countless giant mantas(we counted 12 mantas at one time

and there were more coming!!!) and dolphins were very very

playful. Hammerhead, tiger sharks, everything come together,

it couldn’t be better as the last day of dive.

22/12/21 Navigation Day9

The way back was calm and nice.

We finished with total 21 dives this trip. Guest enjoyed

showing dive pics, videos each other during the way.

23/12/21 Puerto los cabos  Day10

07:00 Covid19 test for people who needs.

08:00 Breakfast and group pictures

10:00 Airport transfer group1

11:30 Airport transfer group2

13:00 All the guest finished desembarking, Valentine left the

marina toward La Paz.