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Dive Review of Rocio Del Mar in
Mexico (Western)/Socorro Islands

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Sandy Falen, KS, US
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6588
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean, Fiji, Tonga, Palau, Kosrae, Costa Rica, Bahamas,
Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
72   to 73    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive time was generally no more than one hour.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Plenty of room on the dedicated camera table, and a large rinse bucket on
the dive platform.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
4 stars    
The Rocio Del Mar sailed from San Jose Del Cabo, heading to the remote
Socorro Islands, a 250 mile journey (30+ hours). The remote islands of the
Revillagigedos Archipelago promise pristine diving with abundant
pelagics... and they delivered. For two days, we were treated to schools of
white tips, Galapagos sharks, huge jacks, eels and lobsters by the dozens,
and the balletic displays of giant Pacific mantas.  Throw in the schooling
Moorish Idols, squadrons of puffers and other tropicals, and you have the
kind of diving for which a 250-mile boat ride seems more than worth it.

Unfortunately, at the end of the second dive day there, we received the
crushing news that a severe tropical storm was on a direct path for our
location. There was no option but to head back to the safety of the Sea of
Cortez, where the diving conditions were highly unfavorable. For this
report, my dive ratings will be limited to the conditions at the Socorro

The Rocio Del Mar is a comfortable boat with a terrific crew. The dive deck
is smartly designed: your assigned dive station has room for all of your
gear, and once a tank is mounted in your bc, it stays there for the
duration of the trip. The efficient compressor setup allows for tanks to be
refilled at each dive station -- including Nitrox. Once you suit up, you
make your way down the steps to the dive platform, and either giant stride
from there, or hop into a panga for a quick ride to the dive site.

The boat was designed with the galley and dining area below deck, which
allows every guest cabin to be above deck with a full-size window.  Cabins
have plenty of storage, good water pressure and plenty of hot water,
generous electrical outlets, a reading light above each bunk, and a ceiling

The upper deck includes a comfy outdoor, shaded lounge area, and an
air-conditioned TV lounge, with a small book library, a decent selection of
movies, and a desk area which was handy for laptops. The lounge frig was
always stocked with cold soda and beer. 

Food was generous and tasty, and barbeque night on the top deck was a
highlight. There were always snacks available, and water coolers stationed
in two locations made it easy to stay hydrated.

On different occasions, we were treated to a stunning show of jumping
mobula rays, pods of dolphins, and a flock of pelicans night fishing in the
lights off the back of the boat.

Despite the shortened stay at the Socorro Islands, I enjoyed my trip and
would absolutely sail on the Rocio Del Mar again. The crew did everything
they could to give us the best trip possible under unfortunate


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