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“Diving is excellent”
Review of Socorro Island

Socorro Island
Ranked #41 of 109 things to do in Cabo San Lucas
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Diving is excellent”
Reviewed May 25, 2014

We dived here with Solmar V and saw Mantas, sharks, dolphins etc. It was really really good diving. We didn't visit the island itself.

Visited May 2014
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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“Nautilus Explorer”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

Great diving trip to Socorro on the Nautilus diving and snorkelling with Humpback whales, Hammerheads, Galapagos, Silky, White tip, Silver tip, and Black tip sharks, giant Mantas and dolphins

Visited March 2014
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Dublin, California
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“A Truly Exhilerating Experience”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

This was my 7th trip to the Socorro Islands aboard the Nautilus Explorer. Due to exercises by the Mexican Navy (perhaps a few chin-ups), we were unable to dive at Socorro Island. A bit of a disappointment since Cabo Pearce is a very nice dive site.

Nevertheless, we had 5 good days of diving with 2 days at San Benedicto and 3 days at Roca Partida. We encountered the usual low visibility at the Canyon dive site at SB although the hammerhead sharks were at the cleaning station at about 90'-100'. Moving over to the Boiler, we had some nice dives with mantas although the viz was a bit low for this dive site. This dive site has a western exposure so it can encounter some swells, which made it a bit challenging getting back on the boat after a dive. It's probably safer just to get picked up by the rubber skiff.

After a day at SB, we headed to Roca Partida where we spent 3 days. The weather was quite cooperative at this sea mount in the open ocean with fairly flat water until the 3rd day when we encountered a bit of chop. At RP, we had encounters with silky, white-tip, Galapagos, hammerhead and silver-tip sharks. The manta rays also were present for the 2nd year in a row after a 2-3 year absence. On this trip, the yellowfin tuna were quite numerous with many encounters near the surface. It was just a bit early for the humpback whales. We did not encounter any mother whales with calves so the whales that we did see at the surface would dive when approached by the skiff.

Returning to San Benedicto Island for our 4 last dives, we found the visibility a bit better and encountered mantas on all dives with about 6-7 mantas on one dive. Very nice.

As usual, the Nautilus Explorer provided first-class service with a friendly, helpful crew. The trip had 25 divers but we separated into 2 dive groups so neither the dive deck nor the dive sites were crowded. Joel and Juan took great care of us underwater. The food is very plentiful and quite savory.

An excellent indicator of a good live-aboard operation is its repeat business. This was my 7th trip to these islands on the NE, and I have booked my 8th trip for January, 2015.

UW Photography Comments: The Revillagigedo Archipelago is a Mecca for large pelagics such as manta rays and several species of sharks. Definitely a wide-angle playground.

The boat facilities can be improved with a larger battery charging station and a bit larger camera table.

Visited January 2014
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“Nautilus Great Liveaboard”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

Did a live aboard dive trip out to Socorro. What a fantastic trip. Its not a 1 day deal. Socorro is a full day sail out so not many go out there. But the marine life out there include humpbacks, manta rays, tons of dolphins and the occasional tiger sharks

Visited March 2013
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Winfield, Illinois
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“Rocio Del Mar is the best!!”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

RDM is the divers dream liveaboard!! RDM is geared towards divers and the staff is the greatest! Just got back from a dive trip to the Socorro Islands on the Rocio Del Mar!! Amazing food, amazing dive sites and amazing crew! We had a great week of diving on the RDM! I find this vessel is best equipped to handle a pacific ocean crossing with it's "down rigging birds" that help keep the ship very stable during the long trip to the Socorro Islands!

The dives themselves were the most amazing I have ever seen!! San Benedicto Island with dive sites "El Boiler" and "The Canyon" were amazing! Tons of hammerheads and playing with the Manta's were highlights of the trip! Roca Partida with it's sheer dropping wall into the abyss was magical! Swimming side by side with white tip sharks and watching the thousands of fish speckle the ocean all around you is truly hard to top! Yellow fin Tuna and even a sea lion made an appearance!

The staff of RDM could not be more accommodating!! Food was delicious! Food in between dives and 3 filling and tasty meals only made me wish we didn't have to leave!

I loved the hot shower right on the dive deck when you complete your dive! The valet service of the RDM spoiled this diver all week! Long dives with no set limit (your air supply sets your limit!), stable panga boats with easy on ladders, and a huge ship dive deck for great "long stride" water entries makes this ship perfect for any diver of any ability!

Rooms are cozy with comfy mattresses and lots of leg room! Very hot showers at the end of the day were the best! Day or night they had munchies available for everyone and the meals were large and great variety! My hubby gain 8lbs in the week!

The staff is so helpful and friendly! BBQ up on the top deck under the stars! I was struck by how all the staff kicks in. All staff is there during meals to answer questions and just chat with everyone! Made us feel right at home!

They have a great video room with anything you need to edit your footage from you days dive, to a library with tons of books, everything from novels to fish ID books.

At anytime, you could go down to the galley and ask for something you need. Coffee is ready by around 5am for the early risers, like me. And meals and dives are scheduled at a nice even pace! You never feel rushed or confused.

We will be going back to visit the RDM for their Sea of Cortez trip! I can't wait, I miss the RDM staff!!

Visited January 2014
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