The Revillagigedo Archipelago is located about 400 kilometres southwest of the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and attracts large concentrations of pelagic species, making it a spectacular spot for diving encounters. To divers, it is 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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