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The Revillagigedo Archipelago is located about 250 miles southwest of tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and attracts large concentrations of pelagic species making them a spectacular spot for diving encounters. To divers, they are more commonly known simply as Socorro.

The archipelago consists of four islands, San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida and Clarion. They are wild, remote and unpredictable. They also offer divers some of the best big fish diving in the world! The abundance of large marine species has earned the islands the title of the ‘Mexican Galapagos’.

The area is famous for up close and personal encounters with giant Pacific manta rays, observing up to seven species of shark, wild bottlenose dolphin, whale sharks  and humpback whales who come here to breed and calve annually (both seasonal)Other marine life includes yellowfin tuna, wahoo and thick schools of jacks.

Weather permitting, your liveaboard may head to one of a number of hammerhead cleaning stations in the area from Apr-Jun. Another popular time to visit is from May-Jul during the baitball season, when everything intensifies and in general, there are more of each species encountered during this period.

The underwater topography is made up of boulders and walls and the focus in this cool water destination is very much on large pelagic encounters. Remember to pack your wide-angle lens. Suitable for experienced divers and only accessible by liveaboard.

"Socorro, home of the manta ray" by Mat Howell from our expert Dive team, recounts his once in a lifetime experience at this world-class diving location.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: giant oceanic manta ray, humpback whale, whale shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, common dolphin

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Socorro Liveaboard

Exclusive departures in 2018 & 2019

The Revillagigedo islands are acclaimed for majestic manta ray, shark, dolphin and humpback whale encounters. This adventure includes Socorro and some of the best big fish diving in the world.

  • When to go: Nov-Jul
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,675 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip
Suggested liveaboards are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Nautilus Belle Amie

This modern spacious liveaboard offers maximum comfort and stability as it visits world-class diving locations to see the mantas of Socorro and the great white sharks of Isla Guadalupe.

Nautilus Explorer

This luxury liveaboard caters for experienced divers looking for advanced, and sometimes challenging, diving in remote destinations. Itineraries to Guadalupe and Socorro offer remarkable shark and manta encounters.

Nautilus Under Sea

This classic liveaboard caters to adventurous divers looking to spend time at Socorro - renowned for its shark and unique manta encounters - and Isla Guadalupe, famous for its great white sharks.

Rocio Del Mar

This owner operated liveaboard explores the Midriff Islands, Sea of Cortez and Socorro throughout the year, offering expedition diving itineraries, adventure and an incredible marine biodiversity.

Solmar V

Operating itineraries to Socorro and Guadalupe islands, this 34 metre luxury liveaboard offers divers unmatched service and comfort, plenty of adventure and possibly the best big fish diving on Earth!