Socorro | December 2019 | Vortex

Less than five hours on a plane?

Tons of pelagics?

Amazing Liveaboards?

Yes, yes, and yes!

Socorro has been added to our list of places we can’t wait to get back to. We spent 11 nights diving the Revillagigedo Archipelago from the comfort of the massive Socorro Vortex and a few days snorkeling with their Pelagic Safari’s day boat out of Cabo afterwards. Once out in Socorro we hit all the hotspots from The Boiler to Roca Partida and El Cañon and had almost all the hot encounters. Dolphins, mantas, silvertips, Galapagos, white tip reef, silkys, hammerheads and whalesharks. Giant yellowfin tuna that stare right through you as they come close enough to make you take your eye away from the viewfinder instead of snapping the photo you’ve been waiting for.


The giant pacific manta rays of Socorro are one of the big draws of the archipelago.  These massive elasmobranchs make close passes in the clear waters surrounding the pinnacles.


White tip reef, silver tip, silky, whale and Galapagos sharks are some of the sharks commonly seen on the reefs and pinnacles throughout the islands.


What better encounter to have on the first and last dives of the trip. Dophins came to visit on the checkout and final dives.


Snorkeling off the coast of Cabo you alternate between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific.  The mobile rays speed along the coastline making a cool snorkel opportunity.


One of the scariest animals in the ocean, these massive torpedos come creepily close at high speed making even the sharks change course.


A mother and calf humpback whale, along with an escort,  appeared while we were snorkeling with the mobula rays, maybe in appreciation for us working with the local whale rescue to free a calf stuck in a net.