Diving Revillagigedo (Socorro) is renowned for its big pelagic animal encounters of sharks including hammerheads, silky, silver tip and white tips, Humpback whales, dolphins and they are also especially known for the many large Manta Rays which inhabit this area and dolphins.
Socorro Island is one of the islands out of the 4 main islands which form the Revillagigedo Archipelago. Socorro Island along with Roca Partida, San Benedicto, and Clarión make up the Revillagigedo UNESCO World Heritage Site and are all amazing spots for scuba diving. These 4 islands combined are commonly referred to as the Socorro Islands or simply “Socorro”.
They are part of a protected biosphere reserve and many conservation organizations are working in the Archipeligo to preserve the unique wildlife which inhabits the area to protect the animals and the beautiful, uninhabited islands.
Where is Socorro?
The Archipelago of Revillagigedo is an outstanding collection of volcanic Islands situated 400km off Mexico’s west coast. Socorro scuba diving is easily accessible by a liveaboard boat and the majority of trips are for 9/10 days. Divers fly into San Jose Del Cabo (SJD) Mexico where most boats depart from. Flights from around the world are very easy to catch to take th baot and many locations in the US are just hours away.
Socorro Islands Underwater
Completely isolated from our world, the islands are located in the world’s largest ocean. This creates a unique experience; above and below the water, making it an extremely exciting dive tour, you never know what you will see next.
The visibility of the water here varies from 15-50m (49-164ft) and water temperatures range from 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) up to 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit).
Socorro diving allows you to spot the spectacular marine wildlife you won’t be able to spot in another location, the variety is outstanding and each dive is action-packed with an array of animals, sometimes you won’t know where to look.
Dive Sites/Areas Of Socorro Islands
SAN BENEDICTO: The most popular area for coming up and close with Giant Pacific Manta Rays, there is a famous cleaning station named The Boiler. You ae bound to see multiple, curious Mantas with a wingspan up to 8m (24ft) and over the last 5 years this is the place to see tiger sharks and big schools of hammerheads. Dolphins are very friendly and curious around this island and you have a good chance to see the ‘big momma whale sharks and pods of false orcas.
SOCORRO ISLAND: The a paradise for pelagics. From January till April the island is full of Humpback whales in their breeding season and throughout the year there are over 1000 resident Giant Manta Rays and sharks; Silky, Galapagos, white tip, silver tip, tiger and hammerhead sharks. This is one of the locations dolphins approach divers to get a belly rub.
ROCA PARTIDA: The smallest island of the four, this is a pinnacle which attracts large schools of Jacks and giant yellow tail Tuna in schools of thousands. The small cracks in the formation inhabit many smaller species like piles of whitetip sharks and lobsters the size of your head. This is a resting place for animals in the middle of the pacific ocean, there are also stong currents which attract schools of hammerheads, migrations of silkie sharks, whales and their calfs and much more.
CLARION ISLAND: an island made up of three volcanic peaks, it has its own Angelfish named after the island which cleans the mantas.
This is one of the best places in the world to dive, it is often compared to Cocos and Galapagos islands. We offer dive trips to Socorro from November to June, come join us for a trip in 2022 or 2023. Check out our page for more or send us an email with questions or available dates.