Socorro Diving Mexico
Socorro Island diving is known for its pelagic interactions in this remote area that can be reached only by a liveaboard cruise.
Socorro Island is famous for the close up encounters with the giant Pacific manta rays.
The dives here are unique as the manta rays seem to seek out divers wanting to connect with them during their underwater visits. Divers should remain calm and relaxed with eye contact to make the most of the fantastic experience.
The diving here is not for novices due to unpredictable currents that can be very strong.
November to May is the best season for this area as it is when the weather is more predictable and the seas at their calmest. The manta rays are here year around, but at this time whale shark sightings are also increased. There is also the bonus of the migration of the humpback whales.
Take a look at the Liveaboard Cruise options below.
Socorro Diving Mexico - 10 LIVEABOARDS
Nautilus Belle Amie
Nautilus Belle Amie Liveaboard in Mexico is a purpose-built liveaboard, 41 metres in length, designed with diver comfort and safety in mind. She has a large, spacious interior with 16 bright and airy cabins accommodating up to 30 guests. There is a camera charging station and a spacious dive deck. The three high-speed skiffs ensure quick and easy access to the dive sites while providing for additional safety. Along with her sister ships, she offers fantastic itineraries to Guadalupe and the Socorro Islands.Book Now
Rocio Del Mar
Rocio del Mar Liveaboard in Mexico is 27 metres in length and offers three amazing itineraries through the year. She accommodates 20 guests in 10 comfortable cabins all with en-suite facilities and climate control. There is an indoor lounge, dining area and a sundeck with loungers and BBQ. The dive deck is spacious and organised with excellent storage and seating. There is nitrox available plus for photographers, there is a camera table or prep area.Book Now
Nautilus Gallant Lady
Gallant Lady liveaboard in Mexico is a 35m vessel offering a spacious luxury option for 12 guests in Mexico. She has six suites, including one premium which can be set up as a double or twin, all with en suite bathrooms and climate control. The main saloon combined with dining area has wrap around windows for a perfect sea view. The upper level has a sky lounge and a sundeck with cushioned beds. The dive deck is well organised with nitrox available and rebreather support.Book Now
Revillagigedo Islands Dive Sites
The Revillagigedo Islands are a group of four volcanic islands, of which Socorro Island is the most well known. The other three islands are San Benedicto, Roca Partida and Clarión.
The Boiler is a dive site at San Benedicto Island. It is a pinnacle that rises from the deep to just a couple of meters below the surface, many pelagic species have been seen here including humpback whales, whale sharks and schooling hammerhead sharks. But it is the giant Pacific manta rays that school here in the cleaning station that is the highlight. The mantas are cleaned by the endemic clarion angelfish and seem to enjoy interactions with divers and the bubbles they create often swimming between groups of divers for close encounters.
The Canyon has two cleaning stations. This dive site often has manta ray and dolphin interactions for divers to enjoy, and scalloped hammerheads can appear in the blue water with Galapagos and silky sharks along the reef.
Cabo Pierce on the east of Socorro Island is one of the best sites in Mexico to see the larger pelagic life. Divers find protection next to the boulders. The Pacific manta rays and whale sharks in the season will be circling you along with many other shark species.
Lucky divers can have an interactive experience with the bottlenose dolphins that will sometimes spend the whole dive with you, from the moment you enter the water until exiting in pods of 20+.
Punta Tosca is a dive site known for the humpback whales and plenty of swimming with sharks. Silky and Galapagos sharks are resident here, but lucky divers will also get to see tiger sharks.
There can be playful bottlenose dolphin interactions here too.
The Aquarium is on the east of Socorro Island and known for the macro life. As the name would suggest, reef fish are found in large numbers, the schooling Clarion angelfish are present too.
Also known as Hammerhead Central, is a pinnacle dive with a flat plateau at 10m where many hammerhead sharks can be seen schooling. There is a cavern below this which makes interesting photographs.
Clarion Island has an endemic species of angelfish named after it. This species is known to be at cleaning stations working on larger pelagics. Humpback whales can be passing this area from January to April.
Also called split rock is a pinnacle dive that is a magnet for sea life in Socorro, it is the smallest of the island group. Descending to 50m+ this site attracts jacks and tuna in large schools. At around 14m there are caves which have whitetip sharks inside.
Larger pelagic life can be hammerheads, Galapagos, oceanic whitetip and silky sharks here, with manta rays and occasional dolphins and whale sharks.
Between February to April humpback whales migrate through these islands for breeding and delivering the offspring. There have been encounters around this small island.
The islands are under military control, so there is no time allowed onshore, scuba diving is the primary purpose of the liveaboard cruise. Whale watching is possible onboard and even snorkelling with them but no diving.
Marine Park and Conservation in Socorro
There is some protection in place around the island with a Biosphere reserve and Marine protected area. There are moves to get the islands to be UNESCO world heritage listed.
Fishing is banned entirely within 12km of the islands.
Due to the biosphere rules, divers are prohibited from using knives, lights (except on cameras) or gloves.
Socorro Island is occasionally closed to divers due to military operations.