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Tourists have been coming to Mexico for years thanks to its golden beaches, fascinating Mayan history and the laid-back charm of its people. Nowadays ever more liveaboard divers are realizing that Mexico promises such a variety of incredible underwater experiences, that it can take its rightful place at the table of world-class scuba diving destinations. And at the head of that table is Socorro.

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Socorro is part of a Mexican archipelago called The Revillagigedos, 4 small islands over 250 miles (400 km) south-west of Cabo San Lucas on the tip of the Baja California peninsula. The 4 islands are Socorro, Roca Partida, San Benedicto and Clarion. The term 'Socorro' is often used collectively to refer to all 4 islands. Sometimes referred to as 'Mexico's Galapagos', Socorro is even preferred to the legendary Galapagos by many divers in the know.

A lot of the diving here typically involves finding a suitable spot to nestle in and watch the parade of creatures go by. Sharks are in abundance. You can expect to see large schools of hammerhead sharks, plus silvertip sharks and, less frequently, silky sharks and Galapagos sharks.


Liveaboard Diving Safari Options in Socorro


Due to the distance from shore, there are no Socorro charters shorter than 7 nights' duration, so you can expect between 7 and 10 nights. The diving here is exciting with big creatures and sometimes challenging conditions, so your experience level needs to match the challenge.

Availability can be a problem here in Mexico. Few other places around the world can boast such vast marine riches and it is no wonder that the limited number of spaces on the liveaboard cruises fill up early, so we advise you to book well in advance.

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Nautilus Belle Amie Nautilus Belle Amie
From USD 241 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

41m / 135 ft
Max 32
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Socorro islands, Guadalup...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Nautilus lifeline lost diver dev...
  • Rebreather diving available
  • Free trip video and photos
  • SOLAS safety standards
  • Large boat with steel hull
Nautilus Explorer Nautilus Explorer
From USD 241 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

35m / 116 ft
Max 27
Nitrox
  • Visits Socorro Islands, Guadalup...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Camera: table, rinse tank, compu...
  • Nautilus lifeline lost diver dev...
  • Sun deck with hot tub
  • Large boat with steel hull
MV Solmar V MV Solmar V
From USD 400 per day

Customer rating: Good

34m / 112 ft
Max 22
Nitrox
  • Visits Socorro Islands, Guadalup...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Camera: table, rinse tank, charg...
  • Free beer and wine
  • Large boat with steel hull
MV Southern Sport MV Southern Sport
From USD 283 per day

Customer rating: Good

35m / 116 ft
Max 18
Nitrox
  • Visits Socorro Islands, Guadalup...
  • Cabins with private bathrooms
  • Re-compression chamber onboard
  • Complimentary soft drinks, beer ...
  • Large boat with aluminum hull
Nautilus Under Sea Nautilus Under Sea
From USD 241 per day

Customer rating: Good

32m / 106 ft
Max 18
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Socorro islands, Guadalup...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Nautilus lifeline lost diver dev...
  • Free trip video and photos
  • SOLAS safety standards
  • Large boat with steel hull
Quino El Guardian Quino El Guardian
From USD 269 per day

Customer rating: Good

27m / 89 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Visits Socorro Islands, Sea of C...
  • Good value for money Mexico live...
  • Trips from 7 to 12 nights
  • Complimentary beer and wine
  • 12 and 15 liter tanks available
Rocio Del Mar Rocio Del Mar
From USD 330 per day

Customer rating: Good

34m / 112 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
  • Visits Socorro Islands, Sea of C...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Kayaks, 12 & 17 liter tanks
  • Dive deck with hot water showers...
  • Steel-hulled boat
Socorro Aggressor Socorro Aggressor
From USD 399 per day

Customer rating: Good

41m / 135 ft
Max 26
Nitrox
  • Dive cruises to Socorro and Guad...
  • All cabins have en-suite bathroo...
  • Complimentary local beer and win...
  • 3 18 ft/5m dive tenders
  • Large steel hulled yacht
Socorro Vortex Socorro Vortex
From USD 667 per day

Customer rating: Good

42m / 139 ft
Max 14
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Socorro islands, Guadalup...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Complimentary alcohol
  • Helipad for emergencies
  • Large boat with aluminium hull


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The Climate, Diving Season and Best Time to Visit

Socorro is normally said to be best between the months of November and May, when the surface conditions are good.

Water temperatures range from 82°F (28°C) in November to 77°F (25°C) in May, dipping to 70°F (21°C) in February. Whale sharks are most commonly seen in November and December, while December through February sees humpback whales at the islands.


Liveaboard Ports of Departure for Socorro and How to Get There

Socorro liveaboard cruises normally depart in the morning from Cabo San Lucas (or San Jose del Cabo) in the southern Baja Peninsula. Guests fly into Los Cabos International Airport (a.k.a. San Jose del Cabo international Airport) the day before departure, a 45 minute drive from Cabo San Lucas. There are many direct flights from the U.S and Canada from cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Newark, Portland, Salt Lake City, Calgary and Vancouver. Airlines include Delta, American, United, US Airways and Aeromexico. There are also direct flights from many Mexican airports including Mexico City and Tijuana. More information on: How to get to Mexico.

You can view which ports the various boats use on their trips in the 'Departures & Prices' section of each boat's webpage. Whichever ports your boat uses, normally the boat operator provides a transfer to the boat from local hotels (if you overnight beforehand). We will send you full departure details during the booking process.

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Places to Stay

If you plan on staying in Mexico before or after your Socorro liveaboard diving safari, you can find a large range of accommodation options at hotelscombined.com, our affiliated hotel reservation specialists. Browse their website, use their on-line chat to ask questions, then simply use your credit card to make your booking:

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Useful References for Liveaboard Cruises in Socorro Islands


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