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BIG Fish Diving in the Tropical Eastern Pacific

With the great news that the Revillagigedo Archipelago has been added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we take a look at Socorro and the other world-class locations in the Tropical Eastern Pacific where the big fish play!

Big fish diving is the highlight of the waters of the Tropical Eastern Pacific which features some of the most remote diving locations in the world.

The journey is long, but the underwater experience, probably the most rewarding you’ll have in your lifetime, especially if you prefer your marine life BIG! Divers will be mesmerised at the abundance of schools of pelagic species, walls of hammerhead sharks and diversity of marine life these island locations have to offer.

This vast expanse of ocean includes the idyllic islands of Cocos, Galapagos, Malpelo and Coiba, the Panama Bight, one of the world’s most biological diverse geographical provinces all recognised as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.  Further north, Isla Guadalupe and Socorro are two equally as important areas with spectacular diving opportunities and shark encounters for all. In July 2016, the Revillagigedo Archipelago was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a small victory for divers who head to Socorro for unforgettable manta ray encounters.

{img_alt} Diving conditions can be challenging, these liveaboard adventures are recommended for experienced divers. The rewards are great, greater than great. Depending on your chosen destination (and why not visit them all?) expect encounters with giant oceanic manta rays, humpback whales, great white sharks, scalloped hammerheads, Galapagos and silky sharks, spotted eagle rays and whale shark. The locations are excellent for shark diving, adventure, blue water diving and photography. Dive in...

{img_alt} Isla Guadalupe

When:  Jul-Oct

One of the world’s premier great white shark diving destinations reached only by liveaboard you can expect plenty of encounters, unlimited dives and exceptional visibility from the safety of a surface or suspended cage. Non-divers welcome.

{img_alt} Socorro

When: Nov-Jun

Just one of four islands in this remote archipelago, Socorro attracts large concentrations of pelagic species and is renowned for close up encounters with Giant Pacific manta rays, up to seven species of shark, wild dolphin and whales in season.

Cocos Island

When: May - Nov

Recognised as one of the most outstanding dive locations on earth this is a rugged, isolated and incredibly beautiful island. The surrounding volcanic pinnacles attract a diverse marine life and large pelagic species - most notably hundreds of scalloped hammerhead sharks.

{img_alt} Malpelo Island

When: Jan-Dec 

“Looking for sharks? Diving Malpelo Island is shark diving at its finest!” Silky sharks often mix with hammerheads forming colossal schools, an amazing encounter. Expect a variety of sharks depending on the season including the rare small sand-toothed sand tiger shark.

{img_alt} Galapagos Islands

When: Jan-Dec

The nutrient rich waters attract an incredible diversity and abundance of marine life, a lot of which is unique, offering unforgettable wildlife encounters. Walls of hammerheads and schools of rays are seen during manta season (Dec-May) and whale sharks aggregate around Darwin Island from Jun-Nov.

So, which one do you want to vist first?!

Diving holidays to all of these amazing destinations can be arranged for you by Dive Worldwide.

Looking for a world-class diving holiday with adventure and BIG fish encounters? Book your trip - call us on 01962 302087.