Socorro Island liveaboard
Welcome to Socorro Island
The Revillagigedo Islands (also Revillagigedo Archipelago) are a group of four volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, known for their unique ecosystem. The islands are home to many endemic plant and animal species. Socorro island is the most diverse in flora, fauna, and topography.
The islands lie 250 miles off Baja Mexico's southern shore. When embarking on a trip to the Socorro Islands, we plan to dive the islands of San Benedicto, Socorro, and Roca Partida. Due to the distance to Clarion, this is only dived on longer expeditions.
These islands are a spectacular magnet for the largest ocean pelagic animals in the world. Animals include schooling hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, friendly bottlenose dolphins, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, clouds of jacks and barracuda, tuna, wahoo, oceanic white tip sharks, whale sharks, and manta rays.
Manta Rays are the claim to fame for Socorro Islands. The island where they predominately congregate is San Benedicto. The magical dive site called "The Boiler" is a submerged sea mount and cleaning station. More than a half dozen mantas frequent this pinnacle regularly. The mantas in the Revillagigedo Islands are friendly and enjoy the presence of humans. This is truly an exceptional place to experience the manta magic.
Humpback whales visit during the winter months of mid-February through mid-April. We often hear the sounds of the singing mating males as they provide escort underwater. Surface sightings are common during this time.
Whale sharks can be seen during November, December, and May. May is also a time when we can see giant bait balls and pods of false orcas.
This destination can only be dived by a liveaboard dive vessel. It takes approximately 26-28 hours one-way to reach the islands. This is an excellent dive destination for large pelagics due to the islands' open ocean nature, which sometimes includes currents and choppy conditions. The underwater topography consists of rocky outcroppings, boulders, and some incredible walls. There is not much in the way of coral, as this is a cooler water destination.
Enjoy the exciting Cruise trips, available from November through May!
November through May
Roca Partida, a towering reef in the middle of the open ocean, offers a stunning underwater experience with its impressive drop-off walls ranging from 70 to 80 meters deep. This underwater landscape is teeming with diverse marine life, making it a hotspot for adventurous divers and marine enthusiasts.
One of the highlights of diving at Roca Partida is the opportunity to encounter various species of marine creatures. Schools of Black Jacks, majestic Mantas, and elusive Silver Tip Sharks can often be spotted gliding through the crystal-clear waters surrounding the reef. The underwater scene is further enhanced by the presence of Hammerhead Sharks, forming impressive schools that can cover your field of vision.
Divers may also have the chance to encounter other formidable species such as Whale Sharks and Tiger Sharks, adding an element of excitement and awe to the diving experience. Swimming alongside these magnificent creatures offers a truly unforgettable adventure for those brave enough to explore the depths of Roca Partida.
However, reaching this remote diving destination requires careful planning and consideration of weather conditions. Situated approximately 6 hours by ship from San Benedicto Island, the voyage to Roca Partida is heavily dependent on weather conditions due to its location in the middle of the open ocean.
Despite the challenges posed by its remote location and unpredictable weather, Roca Partida's unique underwater ecosystem and diverse marine life make it a must-visit destination for adventurous divers seeking an unforgettable underwater adventure.
THE BOILER – San Benedicto Island
The Sun Benedicto Island sounds like an incredible location for underwater exploration and marine life observation. With its submerged sea mount and diverse array of species, it offers a rich and exciting environment for diving enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
The presence of Mantas, Hammerhead Sharks, Bottlenose Dolphins, and various migratory fishes like Big Eye Jack, Greater Amberjack, and Black Jack indicates a healthy and thriving ecosystem in the area. The unexpected encounters, such as the large flock of Yellow Fin Tuna during a media shooting, add to the excitement and wonder of exploring these waters.
Exploring the depths around the Sun Benedicto Island must be an awe-inspiring experience, filled with breathtaking encounters with marine life and the natural beauty of the underwater world. It's no wonder that this point is renowned for its diverse marine biodiversity and attracts visitors from around the world eager to witness its wonders firsthand.
THE CANYON – San Benedicto Island
The presence of large Mantas, reaching up to 4 meters in fin tip to fin tip, adds an extra dimension of awe to the underwater experience at the Sun Benedicto Island. Their graceful movements and curious behavior make for unforgettable encounters that captivate divers and leave them mesmerized.
The sight of a Black Manta circling overhead must be truly breathtaking, further enhancing the sense of wonder and connection with the marine environment.
The possibility of hearing Humpback whales singing in the distance adds a magical element to the diving experience, creating a sense of immersion in the vastness of the ocean and its inhabitants' world.
Encountering Humpback Whales underwater is a rare and special event, offering divers a unique opportunity to witness these majestic creatures up close and observe their behaviors in their natural habitat.
The report of a romantic encounter with a Whale Shark at this point adds a touch of romance and wonder to the diving experience, highlighting the beauty and serendipity of underwater encounters.
Overall, the Sun Benedicto Island sounds like a haven for marine enthusiasts seeking extraordinary experiences and unforgettable encounters with some of the ocean's most magnificent inhabitants.
CABO PEARCE – Socorro Island
Located at Socorro Island, this dive spot revolves around a sprawling sea mount that extends into the open ocean. Here, adventurers are treated to an abundance of thrilling encounters with large marine species. From playful Bottlenose Dolphins to the majestic presence of Hammerhead Sharks and Mantas, each dive promises exhilarating encounters with the ocean's giants.
As divers explore the area, they're enveloped in a continuous spectacle featuring formidable creatures like Galapagos Sharks and Silver Tip Sharks, captivating observers with their powerful grace and awe-inspiring presence.
One of the most dramatic sights to behold is the predation scenes involving Mantas, adding a riveting dimension to the underwater experience and highlighting the dynamic interplay of life and survival in the ocean depths.
Additionally, lucky divers may catch glimpses of Humpback Whales gracefully surfacing to breathe, adding a serene and enchanting element to the underwater landscape.
Overall, this dive spot at Socorro Island promises a mesmerizing journey into the heart of the ocean, where encounters with its magnificent inhabitants leave divers breathless and longing for more.
We believe in our guiding ability
Effective guidance is essential for a safe and enjoyable scuba diving experience. We ensure clarity by providing detailed briefings with diving-point maps drawn on whiteboards before each dive. With our experienced guides by your side, you'll explore the diverse marine life unique to the Socorro area, never feeling alone during your underwater adventures.
We continue to develop exciting dive points
One night, we spotted numerous mobula rays drawn to the liveaboard's light. Around 50 rays were counted. Since then, we've consistently illuminated the water nightly, creating a fresh scuba diving spot. While we can't ensure a 100 percent guarantee due to their wild nature, we've achieved a high probability of showcasing the mesmerizing dance of the mobula rays.
Our meals are one of the most important attractions
on the liveaboard
On the liveaboard "M/V Valentina," we offer a selection of international and Mexican cuisine. Japanese dishes are occasionally featured as well. At the bar, guests can enjoy authentic cocktails, local beers, and similar beverages. Limited dietary requests can be accommodated; please indicate these on your passenger forms and inform the crew upon boarding. This includes vegetarians and most common food allergies.