Trip N º 9 (January 27th – February 4th)
Las Cuevas, in San Benedicto Island was our very first check dive. Was amazing to watch 3 whitetips sharks resting into the caves and lots of tropical fish. The day after we have a great encounter with bottlenose dolphins at The Boiler. 6 to 10 dolphins at the western corner, when the first Manta Chevron showed up, and after that we had an spectactular interaction with 3 Mantas Chevron and 1 Black Manta.
For the next 2 days we crossed to Roca Partida. Once there we found Galapagos sharks (7) and silvertips. Also big schools of cotton mouth jacks, trevalley jacks, bigeye jacks, 1 manta chevron and massive yellowfin tunas. The whitetips sharks were resting at the ledges and few hammerheads were around! Wonderful experience at this isolated volcanic Island in the Pacific!!
Next stop was Socorro Island and we did 3 dives in Cabo Pearce. The visibility was 20 to 30ft and the current was very strong, specially the down current, challenging dive but very worthy! During the day was fascinating to watch 3 Chevron Mantas within the cleaning stations and a hammerhead in the blue. We saw whitetips sharks, lots of tropical fish, barberfish, trumpetfish, flounders and lobsters. What a beautiful reef!!
We headed back to San Benedicto Island to do 4 dives at El Cañon and we can say that we had a great diving. The action was increasing more and more!! A Manta Chevron at the first dive and at the second dive we found 4 to 5 hammerheads patrolling the area and around the schools of jacks. The rest of the day a couple of groups move to Dos Hermanos to find curious silky sharks and in El Cañon we saw a big Tiger Shark of 4 m/12 ft circling the reef to disappear in the blue to come back, and once arriving to the Solmar V to complete our safety stop a beautiful Black Manta was passing by, schools of amber jacks and 3 to 4 silky sharks were circling around the divers.
Great experience at the Revillagigedo Archipelago, well recognized as Heritage of the World by UNESCO, because of its Biodiversity. And recently declared National Park!!
See you soon!!!
Ignacio Hernan Leyro