Pacific Ocean, May 27th, 2018
Trip Report – Trip N ° 20 (May 20th -May 28th)
Another great trip to Revillagigedo! El Cañon in San Benedicto Island was our first contact with the area. We saw big Galapagos sharks and a couple a hammerheads. The next day we watched a wonderful Chevron Manta circling around the cleaning stations and some curious silky sharks were under the Solmar V waiting for us. Then, during the safety stop we felt a strong surge and current. In the afternoon we dove at The Boiler to play with a black manta and a Chevron manta and when we finally moved to El Pariente’s Rock we found an amazing school of hammerheads and also a Chevron manta.
Once in Socorro Island we dove at Cabo Pearce, fantastic lava flow with lots of tropical fish and whitetips, Galapagos, flounders, octopus and a Manta Chevron was right above of our head when we got to the cleaning stations! A black manta then came out from the blue, and deeper down there was a tiger shark of 4 m/12 ft that showed up for a short while.
Punta Tosca gave us the chance to explore the long bar, plenty of tropical fish, hard coral and a Chevron manta was circling in the shallow. In between dives we watched a bunch of false killer whales from the Solmar V, they were hunting tunas and breaching, showing us the wilderness of Socorro! Then the wind and swell made us go back to San Benedicto and The Boiler gave us the chance to party with 8 to 10 bottlenose dolphins!!!! They stayed at the western side, they were chasing Jacks, swimming up and down, and a dolphin with a twisted dorsal fin passed right next to us while chasing a jack. Absolutely amazing! The rest of the day was all about the mantas, 1 black manta and 3 Chevron mantas swimming around the Boiler, swimming up and down, interacting with the divers, enjoying the bubbles in their belly. As someone said… ‘here, EVERYBODY is happy!’
Finally the weather allowed us to head back to Roca Partida!! It was amazing to interact with the pelagic life there. Big yellowfin tunas everywhere, wahoos, big schools of cottonmouth jacks, 4 Galapagos sharks in front of us, silver-tips sharks, white tips sharks resting in their caves, and during the afternoon dove with a stronger current but also with an explosion of life! Big eyed jacks everywhere, whitetips swimming out of the ledges, schools of amber jacks, more Galapagos and silky sharks… It was fabulous!!
To say goodbye we went back to The Boiler to find more dolphins and at least 3 Chevron mantas. El Pariente’s Rock was a relaxing dive in the reef, with a school of bonitos that was being chased by some silky sharks. And finally, a big Chevron manta came to say goodbye to all of us.
Until the next trip. See you soon!
Ignacio L. Leyro