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Socorro Islands liveaboard: Trip Report

[Mexico] Trip Report : JUN.08- JUN.16, 2021, Socorro Islands Last Trip

Valentina SOCORRO Island !!

【Jun08, 2021 Trip Report #1】

 

We had last minutes booking of full charter and added one last trip before ending the Socorro season.

Since June is beginning of storm season, we were concerned about the weather but it ended up as a great last trip !

Here we go the trip report.

 

Day1 Departure day

08:00 Guest arrival

10:45 Departure to Revillagigedo

12:00 general briefing and introducing boat crew.

13:00 Lunch

15:30 presentation of Revillagigedo national park

19:00 Dinner

 

Day2 navigation day

08:00 Breakfast

10:30 safty on Valentina and dive procedure briefing

13:30 Lunch

16:30 presentation about mantas

19:00 Dinner

20:00 arriving to Isla San Benedicto

 

Day3 Isla San Benedicto (El Cañón)

06:30 Start of activity

07:30 Dive #1

09:00 Breakfast

10:30 Dive #2

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Dive #3

16:30 Dive #4

19:00 Dinner

 

Pretty good ocean condition. Visibility 45ft, water temperture 77F.A All four dives this day were specutacular, particulaly the first and the fourth was the best with very active dolphins and mantas. Plenty of sharks such as hammerhead etc came with us and it was a great beginning of the dive cruse.

 

 

 

【Jun08, 2021 Trip Report #2】

 

 

Day4 Isla San Benedicto (El Cañón)

Wind get stronger as wether report said, it was windy all day long.

Though, underwater world was very active as same as yesterday, lots dolphins and sharks, we had a great time.

 

 

【Jun08, 2021 Trip Report #3】

 

Day5 Isla Socorro (Cabo Pierce)

06:30 Start of activity

08:30 Dive #1

09:30 Breakfast

11:30 Dive #2

12:30 Lunch

15:00 Dive #3

Socorro Navy inspection

19:00 Dinner

No wind, low current, we started diving with good condition this day. Visibility 60ft, water temperture 77F.

Our first dive was variety-rich with dolphins, mantas, hammerhead sharks, etc. The second one was simply amazing, lots of mantas gathered at cleaning station and stayed for quite while.

The third one was with less visibility but still lots of mantas around divers and fun, fun, fun!!

【Jun08, 2021 Trip Report #4】

Day6 Roca Partida

06:30 Start of activity

08:30 Dive #1

10:00 Breakfast

11:30 Dive #2

13:30 Lunch

15:00 Dive #3

departure toward Isla San Benedicto

19:00 Dinner

Perfect condition with no current, visibility 69ft, water temperture 77F.

Sorrounded by beautiful school of jacks and mackerel. Lost sharks next to big school of tunas, and what a surprise! Manta came to swim with divers which was the first time at Roca partida this season!!

All 3 dives were great!!!

 

 

【Jun08, 2021 Trip Report #5】

 

Day7 Isla San Benedicto (El Boiler)

06:30 Start of activity

07:30 Dive #1

09:00 Breakfast

10:30 Dive #2

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Dive #3

departure toward San José del Cabo

19:00 Dinner

First 2 dives were with great combination of dolphins and mantas.

All 3 dive groups enjoyed a lot. Water was calm with visibility 60ft, water temperture 77F. Had little current on our 3rd dive.

This was the last dive of this season! Crew are all happy to see guests’ face with lots smiles smiles .

 

Day8 Navigation

08:00 Breakfast

10:30 shopping time

13:00 Lunch

15:00 payment etc

19:00 Dinner

Our way back was calm and nice, very comfortable move.

 

Day9 End of the trip

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 group pictures

10:30 airport transfer start

12:30 last group’s airport transfer

FIN !

 


[Mexico] Trip Report : MAY.22- MAY.31, 2021, Socorro Islands

Valentina SOCORRO Island !!

【May22, 2021 Trip Report #1】

 

Day1 embarking

17:00 guest arrival, guided to each cabin

18:00 introducing the crew and general briefing

19:30 Dinner

21:30 departure

It had been very windy while after the departure.

 

Day2 navigation

Fortunately there was less wind than last night, the way was more comforetable.

08:00 activity start

10:30 Orientation of safety and rules in Revillagigedo national park

13:00 Lunch

15:00 Presentation of Revillagigedo national park

19:00 Dinner

Ocean condition kept calm during the evening.

 

Day3 Isla San Benedicto (El Cañón)

06:30 activity start. Pre-breakfast.

07:30 Dive #1

09:00 Breakfast

10:30 Dive #2

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Dive #3

17:00 Dive #4

19:30 Dinner

 

We started diving with condition of poor visibility with volcane ash but was getting better each dive. Water temperture 74F, visibility 40ft. Total 4 dives this day.

Dive get better in the afternoon, last dive was incredible with hammerhead sharks, silver tips, white tips, black tips, galapagos and Tiger shark ! Also mantas and dolphins came to play swim us.

 

 

【May22, 2021 Trip Report #2】

 

 

Day4 San Benedicto (El Boiler)

06:30 activity start

08:00 Dive #1

09:00 Breakfast

11:15 Dive #2

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Dive #3

17:00 Dive #4

19:30 Dinner

Good water condition. Visibility 60ft, water temperture 74F. All four dives this day was great with dolphins, mantas, tunas and sharks.

This year we’ve had less luck at Boiler but finally, Bolier was Boiler with its original potential !!

 

 

【May22, 2021 Trip Report #3】

 

Day5 Roca Partida

06:30 activity start

07:30 Dive #1

09:00 Breakfast

10:30 Dive #2

12:30 Dive #3

14:00 Lunch

16:30 Dive #4

19:30 Dinner

To be honest, it was not as great as last trip’s super Roca Partidada but it was great enough to enjoy Roca’s high potential dive.

Big schools of tunas and skipjacks, sharks were very active. Group of mackerels were beautiful and impressive.

【May22, 2021 Trip Report #4】

Day6 Isla Socorro (Cabo Pierce )

06:30 activity start

07:30 Dive #1

09:00 Breakfast

10:30 Dive #2

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Dive #3

16:30 Dive #4

19:00 Dinner

Cabo Pierce dive was more than we expected. Visibility 45ft, Water temperture 75F.

Mantas were super friendly and fun to dive with, ridiculous numbers of hammerhead sharks !!! They were swimmng so close to divers, all 4 dives were fun, fun, fun !!

 

 

【May22, 2021 Trip Report #5】

 

 

Day7 Isla Socorro

Yesterday at Cabo Pierce was very good, we have decided to spend another day at this area. It was a great dicision, from the first dive to the last, we had a blast !!!

Lots fish fish fish and playful dolphins, was such a cool day ♡

06:30 activity start

07:30 Dive #1

09:00 Breakfast

10:30 Dive #2

13:00 Dive #3

14:00 Lunch

Socorro Navy inspection.

19:00 Dinner

Departure toward Isla San Benedicto.

 

 

【May22, 2021 Trip Report #6】

 

 

Day8 Isla San Benedicto

El Cañón

Visibility was not great this day with volcane ash, water temperture dropped to 70F. We wished to finish the last day of diving with brilliant dive but it didn’t happen…..

06:30 start of activity

07:30 Dive #1

09:00 Breakfast

10:30 Dive #2

12:30 Dive #3

14:00 Lunch

16:00 Dive #4

back to San José del Cabo

19:00 Dinner

 

Day9

Navigation

08:00 Breakfast

13:00 Lunch

15:00 souvenier sales

19:00 Dinner

wind was getting strong, boat went back to the port slowly.

 

Day10

08:00 Breakfast

09:30 group pictures

10:30 airport transfer

15:00 end of trip

 

Another great success with great people, great ocean. Thank you for coming with Valentina, thank you for following all Covid protocol to have safe trip.

 


[Mexico] Trip Report : MAY.09- MAY.18, 2021, Socorro Islands

Valentina SOCORRO Island !!

【May09, 2021 Trip Report #1】

 

This trip guest was mainly from Europe, they brought back many nice dive stories.

This group was super lucky team, no doubt this was the best trip during this season!!

 

 

Day1 Enbarking day

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

18:30 Staff presentation and general orientation.

19:30 Dinner

22:00 Departure to Socorro islands

It was bit windy with swell during the night.

 

Day2 Navigation day

08:00 Breakfast

10:30 Briefing of M/V Valentina security and diving

13:00 lunch

15:00 Presentation about Revillagigedo national park and rules to dive in the park

19:00 Dinner and next day’s schedule info

23:00 End of activity

Ocean condition was calm nad better than last night.

 

Day3 Isla San Benedicto (El Cañón)

06:30 Start of acitivity

07:30 Dive #1

09:00 Breakfast

10:30 Dive #2

13:00 Dive #3

14:00 Lunch

16:30 Dive #4

19:00 Dinner and next day’s schedule info

23:00 End of activity

Current was stront, visitility 45ft, water temperture 72F. It was the great first day of diving with active pelagic fish. Mantas, Hammerhead, white tip, silver tip, galapagos, silky, black tip, tiger and also dolphin came with us, we were so satisfied with 4 dives of the day.

 

 

 

【May09, 2021 Trip Report #2】

Day4 San Benedicto ( El Boiler)

06:30 activity start

07:30 Dive #1

09:00 breakfast

10:30 Dive #2

13:00 Dive #3

14:00 lunch

16:00 Dive #4

after 4 dives, start navigationg toward Roca Partida.

19:30 dinner

Good condition with visibility 65ft, water temperture 74F.

We were expecting mantas at this dive site but none of the appeard this day for some reason. Though, we had great 4 dives with lots of fish including school of hammerhead sharks.

 

【May09, 2021 Trip Report #3】

Day 5 Roca Partida

06:30 activity start

07:30 Dive #1

09:00 breakfast

10:30 Dive #2

13:00 Dive #3

14:00 lunch

16:30 Dive #4

19:00 dinner

Roca Partida was Roca Partida !! The great day of diving enjoying huge scale of this dive site.

Bit windy and no swell, visibility 100ft, water tempreture 74F, starting with huge school of tunas, fish were very active swimming around the divers.

Sharks school was big, too. Found some hampback whales from the boat, met false killer whale under water and dove with them, it was so perfect and fun, we have decided to dive again next day at same point without doubt.

 

 

【May09, 2021 Trip Report #4】

Day 6  Roca Partido

06:30 start of activity

07:30 Dive #1

09:00 Breakfast

10:30 Dive #2

13:00 Dive #3

14:00 Lunch

16:00 Dive #4

19:30 Dinner

Again this was great dive day with beautigul condition. Yesterday was too perfect, we thought it can’t be better than that buuuuuut !!!!! What a surprise, whlae shark !!!! we played with him snorkeling & diving all day long.

 

 

 

【May9, 2021 Trip Report #5】

Best of the best!!!!

Day 7  Isla Socorro CABO PIERCE

06:30 activity start

08:15 Dive #1

09:30 breakfast

11:30 Dive #2

13:00 lunch

14:30 Dive #3

19:30 Dinner

Visibility was not great, water temperture was lower than previous days, other dive boat was with us in area and did 3 dives total.

2days in Roca Partida were spectacular, we were not expecting today to be better than yesterday……… but miracle happened !!!!

Between school of hammerhead shark, mantas, dolphins, something huge appeared ……. whale shark again!!!

All divers was crazy happy

 

 

 

【May9, 2021 Trip Report #6】

Day8  Isla san Benedicto

06:30 activity start

07:30 Dive #1

09:00 Breakfast

10:30 Dive #2

13:00 Dive #3

14:00 Lunch

16:00 Dive #4

19:30 Dinner

As weather report had told us, wind is getting stronger.

Also water condition has been changed, visibility 50ft, water temperture 72F.

Cañón was full of mantas swimming arround surrounded by huge schools of hammerhead sharks and dolphins.

One tiger shark appered very close to divers and finished our last dive day with great success.

Entire trip was just lucky lucky lucky days, we have to say this trip was the best of this season.

Total dive number 23.

After finishing 4 dives, we started navigation back to the port.

 

 

Day9 Navigation day

08:00 Breakfast

10:30 Shopping time

13:00 Lunch

14:30 payment

19:00 Dinner

On way back was with strong wind and waves, boat had to go very slow.

Day1o End of the trip and desembarking day

08:00 breakfast and group picture time

10:00 Guests desembarking and transfer to airport and hotels.

 

 

Well, the next trip is our last one of this Socorro season.

Hope we will have another great trip to close 2021 season!!