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November 21st – December 1st, 2017 #TripReport (Socorro Islands)

November 21st – December 1st, 2017 #TripReport (Socorro Islands)

Nov 30th, 2017, Revillagigedo Archipelago.

A DOLPHIN TRIP!!!
24 hrs crossing to get to a wonderful place to do lots of diving! An easy check out dive at El Fondeadero, Isla San Benedicto with lots of white tips, lobsters, reef fish, green moray eels, sting rays, flounders, juvenile silver tip, silky sharks during the safety stop was just the beginning of a great extended trip!

On the second day of diving it was really hard to leave El Boiler, dive site in San Benedicto, after completing 4 dives! The diving was just spectacular among lots of chevron and black friendly mantas all day long. The current from the South made it more interesting bringing in clear water and making the visibility as good as 30m/100ft. The water temp was around 29℃/85℉ and during one of the surface intervals a 7m/21ft long whale shark came by the Solmar V so we all had the opportunity to jump into the water and snorkel with, but that wasn’t it!!! Dolphins got here early in the morning… about 10 of them! Playful as always, water being so warm and plenty of lobsters! Hammer Heads also made appearance starting with only of them! As the day went on, a school of 25 of them showed up at 15m/50ft, very close to the rock! No swimming was necessary! Thank you, Current! Then, due to it, at the end of the day a mountain of easily 80 hammer heads swam by the same area, from 36m/120ft deep to surface!

Third day of diving we found ourselves at El Cañon, Isla San Benedicto, diving with dolphins and mantas again. Not bad at all for first dive of the morning! Current from the West made us wait at 27m/90ft deep! In front of us an ocean full of fish, we could feel colder water ascending due to current but it was worth the wait… A 2.5m/8ft long tigger shark came up to our depth!! Drifting in the current some hammer heads found us a long the way ending up the
dive with two more than friendly mantas at our safety stop! PERFECT DIVE!!!

Dos Hermanos dive site was also so enjoyable. Vis at least 30m/100ft at 9m/30ft, nice big boulders area with lots of reef fish, the drop off at 18m/60ft was like a big window in front with such big school of striped bonitos surrounding us and a black manta below it. As the dive went on a dusky shark swam by with Galapagos and 4 hammer heads, the shallow rocky area was covered with lots of blue and gold snappers and an octopus trying its best to hide away (wasn’t very successful).

It took us 10 hrs night crossing to get to Roca Partida, the weather treated us very nice, sky partially clouded making sunrise and sunset really spectacular, inside temp 26℃/80℉. Roca was embraced two days with current from West side. Great deal current!! Up-welling!! Cold water 25.5℃/78℉, lots nutrients and fish going crazy in a feast! Cotton Mouth Jacks, Big Eyes Jack, Rainbow Runners, everything in one area!!! Seems the ocean wasn’t big enough for the amount of fish! South West area right where the current turns and takes you in a nice drift dive schooling Hammer Heads showed up several times!

Roca O’neal Dive Site at Socorro Island next, it took 10 hrs to get there. We had the chance of diving in spectacular in blue water, water temp 27℃/82℉, 4 Giant Pacific Mantas extremely friendly every dive for 40 minutes near the drop off and in the shadow area 15m/50ft, the mild current kept all type of fish swirling right at the edge of drop off, during there second dive current picked up a bit more, with 25 friendly dolphins which made the dive extremely enjoyable, at depth great contrast of 25 hammer heads again white sandy bottom!

Punta Tosca Die Site in Socorro Island with water temp of 27 ℃/82℉ offered a nice easy dive not so much of a current along the wall dive with lots of fish, white tip sharks and juvenile Galapagos sharks. Visibility 12m/40ft, Cabo Pearce in Socorro Island water temp 27℃/82℉, in the other hand was fantastic during morning dive with 10 very curious dolphins that found us along the drop off, investigating us! Touching us with the beak, swimming circles right around us, making all king of noises! Adding to it… letting us touch them for long minutes! Then they went up for fresh air then came back down finding us for more and more playing with them!

Of course mantas were there too as friendly as we know mantas are! A few hammer heads made themselves visible to us a few times as well, current picked up along the day making us go in a drift dive escorted by silky sharks while safety stop! At the end of day in low light conditions 12m/40ft deep dive the reef got covered with lots of convict tang fish, rays, white tip sharks, trumpeted fish, octos, green moray eels, etc.

Returning to El Boiler, San Benedicto Island, took us 6 hrs to get there, water temp 27℃/82℉. The early dive 7:00am was rewarded with about 12 dolphins that stayed with us for about 40 minutes! Making the North West corner of El Boiler not only a cleaning station for mantas but the clarion fish cleaning also dolphins from parasites! The West side of the rock at 40m/120ft about 4 Hammer Heads making a big circle right in the same area, Galapagos and silver tip sharks were also part of our dive making it at end of the day a dive to remember!

Oh, and we can’t forget to mention graceful mantas with their slow swimming making you wanting to be with them, swimming under them to blow some bubbles, making eye contact with them, letting them make circle around you by putting one wing down the other one up! WHAT A TRIP TO REMEMBER!!!

 

Dive Inst Daniel Zapata, Solmar V

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