Hi All !!
A wonderful last trip of the season!! San Benedicto welcomed us with a very pleasant dive at El Fondeadero, lots of tropical fish and a bunch of curious silky sharks were around to say HELLO. There was a bottle-nose dolphin at The Boiler. Dolphins everywhere, 6 to 8 Dolphins here and there and at least 20 of them playing and swimming around. If that wasn’t enough, then the mantas showed up to interact with the divers. A black manta and a chevron manta were around the reef, and a small whale shark of 4 m/ 12 ft was in the area. Gorgeous dive!!!
We headed to Socorro Island and once we were in Cabo Pearce we followed the wall to find lots of barberfish, flounders, moray eels, lobsters and a Chevron Manta. Once at the shallower cleaning station we were waiting for the Mantas to come, when a bunch of 6 bottle-nose dolphins came straight at us and when they left a black manta came from the blue and swam doing circles to the surface. We then moved To Roca O’neill to pass through the magnificent arch at the 100 ft /30 m and to enjoy the out of this world geography of the site with its canyons and rock formations with plenty of hard corals, tropical fish, lobsters and moray eels.
Our next stop was Roca Partida where we stayed for 2 days to watch all the pelagic activity of the Pacific. At North we found bunch of Galapagos Sharks, 7-8 of them together, swimming around the Big-eyed jacks schools, big silvertips sharks moving around, cottonmouth jacks in big schools, the whitetip sharks at the ledges of the rock, wahoos and huge yellowfintuna passing by. The second day in Roca brought us more action with 2 black mantas in the North, more Galapagos sharks, 12 of them at south mixed with 6 silvertips sharks chasing the jacks, 1 hammerhead at the distance and at the East we seen a bait-ball of mackerels and the silky sharks chasing them around. Meantime the big tunas were forming a wall and they splashed the surface.
We came back to San Benedicto to dive at the Canyon, where we saw silky sharks at the beginning of the dive and silvertips sharks at depth, lots of tropical fish and jacks. To finish the season we dove The Boiler for the last time and was incredible to pass the last 3 dives with mantas during the entire dive: 2 Black Mantas and a Chevron Manta interacting with the divers, enjoying the bubbles at the belly, swimming up and down and around the divers, just to remind us that Socorro is a unique Mantas sanctuary in the world!!
See you next season!! Bye bye!!
Ignacio Hernan Leyro