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.
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.
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.
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.
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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