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Socorro Islands liveaboard: Trip Report

[Mexico] Trip Report : MAY.24,2022- JUN.02, 2022, SOCORRO CRUISE

Valentina Socorro !!

【May24, 2022 Trip Report #1】

 

Customers were received and installed in their cabins 18:30 Crew presentation and general orientation 19:30 Dinner 20:30 Start of crossing to Revillagigedo As planned the beginning of the crossing was very moved by the wind that was strong.

 

24/05/22

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

18:30 Crew presentación and general orientation.

19:30 Dinner

20:30 Start crossing to Revillagigedo. As it was reported, beginning of the way was very rough with strong wind.

 

25/05/22

Fortunately after half way the ocean condition had changed, we arrived to Isla San Benedicto without further notice.

 

26/05/22 Isla San Benedicto ( El Cañón )

There was 3 more boats at the area, we had to start diving bit late but was able to do 3 dives.

Visibility 15 mts and water temperture 24ºC, sharks and mantas are very active, second dive was with strong current

but after that condition got better and met school of hammerhead sharks.
After finsh diving, we have decided going to Roca Partida because it looked next day was the only day with good weather to visit there.

 

 

27/05/22 Roca Partida

The condition was great, visibility 20 mts and water temperture 24ºC. Again, we had many other boats there but we were in the second place and did 3 dives. We had good interaction with mantas, big group of jacks and saw big size tunas, had great dives.

 

 

28 – 29/05/22 Isla Socorro ( Cabo Pierce )

With weather condition, we have decided to stay 2 days in this area.

The first day, we did 4 dives which was with lots of mantas and the third dive we saw dolophins, too. Also weather was nice to swim all around the reef.

The second day, we did 3 dives again with lots interaction with mantas was the best part of the day.

The third dive was the best, we had mantas, dolphins and tiger shark.

After diving, went to Socorro Navy Base for routine inspeccion.

 

 

30 – 31/05/22 Isla San Benedicto ( El Cañón )

With weather condition, we decided to stay last 2 days in this area.
The first day was windy,  volcanic ash on sea bed was raised to cause poor visibility 10 mts, water tempreture was 24ºC.

Still, we had very good interaction with mantas, sharks and dolphins on our first dive, also met tiger shark on our 4th dive.

The second day, the condition was better, visibility 20 mts and water tempreture 24ºC.

We did only 3 dives on the second day, again with big hammerhead sharks, they came very closed to us and we enjoyed very much. Mantas, school of yellow tail tunam other sharks with tiger shark again.

With this dive, we closed Socorro season.

 

01/06/22

The way back started with some winds and swells, later it became better.
Everything fine.

 

02/06/22

08:00 Breakfast served

09:30 Group photo

10:00 Started airport transportation

12:00 Last transportation

14:30 Finish all schedule, closing Revillagigedo 2021-2022 season.

 

 

 

★★★ Guest Comments ★★★

*Al lof the crew and guides worked so hard to take great care of us. We really appriciate their service!Thank you so much.     -Catlin Montalbo

*Excellent – thought more sun beds would be good!
*Rental gears Ok though duits a bit too worn/torn.

*Thank you!  -Scott Montalbo

*Overall, the trip was great 😊

*Luigi is an amazing cook and very accommodating.

*Phenomenal crew & guides though. Thanks for keeping us safe the entire time – esp to Diego for when I freaked out a bit under water when I couldn’t catch my breath 😊
Lorenzo & Cesar, you were both amazing too. I liked that we switched up DMs everyday.
*Loved the trip though & can’t wait to come back!
*Also thanks so much for the multiple birthday celebrations! So thoughtful, fun & appreciated.
*Good luck & safe travels for all your future trips. Thanks again, Heather.

 

 

 


[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.