Revillagigedos Archipelago, more commonly called Socorro
is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean approximately
250 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – at
the tip of the Baja peninsula. These islands have been
compared to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador or Cocos
Island in Costa Rica because of the big animal encounters
The Revillagigedos Islands consist
of 4 islands – San
Benedicto Island, Socorro
Partida and Clarion. We simply call them Socorro.
They are wild, remote and unpredictable and have been
called the Mexican Galapagos. This area is famous for
up close and personal encounters with the Giant Pacific
manta ray, which can grow to 22 feet from wingtip to
wingtip. We’ve been interacting with these gentle
giants since 1992 and as a result of having worked with
several manta researchers over the years, we have extensive
ID’s on most of them and special relationships
with many of them. We absolutely do not chase or ride
the mantas, and we allow our interaction with them to
be initiated by the mantas themselves. We believe that
their continued willingness to interact with divers is
due to the respect we have shown for them over the years.
San Benedicto is by far the best location in the world
to experience and photograph these gentle giants. The
feeling of a wild animal this large deliberately interacting
with you is something you will never forget.
are lots of sharks in the Revillagigedos Islands -
hammerhead schools, white tips, silver tips, silkies,
duskies, Galapagos and occasionally tigers.
We have encountered up to 7 species
of sharks on a single dive! There are several hammerhead
cleaning stations that we visit each trip, weather permitting.
Whale sharks are a special treat at the islands, they
find us in November/December and late April/May.
We also encounter pods of wild bottlenose
dolphin on a regular basis and from January through March,
these islands are home to a large population of humpback
whales, that come here to breed and calve. We have observed
several newborn humpbacks in the years we’ve been
fortunate enough to visit these remote and pristine islands.
In the last few years the frequency of underwater encounters
with humpbacks has increased dramatically. The scientists
who visit the Revillagigedos Islands every year to study
the migrating whale population tell us that after twelve
years of encountering the SOLMAR V, the humpbacks now recognize
our vessel and so the opportunity for underwater encounters
improves. Add to the mix extremely large tuna (the world
record yellowfin is from these waters), wahoo, thick schools
of jacks and many other big critters along with endemic
tropicals found nowhere else in the world, and you have
the BEST BIG ANIMAL DIVING ON EARTH!!