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

Rocio del Mar, Mar, 2011,

by Christophe Beraud, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 6004.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving California, Cozumel, Roatan, Mexico, Thailand, Burma, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 68 to 73 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Duration. No night diving due to park regulation. No deco diving.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Table on dive deck for cameras. Lots of plugs to charge batteries.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My partner and I just returned from an AMAZING trip to the Revillagigedo archipelago (aka Socorro islands) on the Rocio del Mar. The Revillagigedo archipelago is composed of 4 islands: San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida (a rock really) and Clarion. We boarded the Rocio del Mar in San Jose del Cabo and after a 28-hour crossing, reached our first destination. The seas were rough and sea sickness medicine is highly recommended. Over 6 days of diving with visited San Benedicto, Socorro and Roca Partida. This is deep wall diving, almost all dives were over 100 fsw with bottom well over the limits of recreational diving. Currents can be strong and visibility varied between 30 to 70 feet during our trip. Water temperature were in the high 60s to low 70s. We dived with 7mm full suits and hoods and were comfortable. These islands are famous for pelagic action with giant pacific manta rays, various shark species (hammerhead, galapagos, white tips, silver tips, silkies), dolphins and humpback whales. The boat is simple but very stable and functional, the crew is great, the food is delicious, and diving is only limited in terms of duration and no deco diving is allowed. You can choose to do your own diving or follow the DMs. Nitrox is available on board (which is really necessary due to the depth of the dives), and night diving is not allowed by park regulations. We did 3 to 4 dives a day with long surface intervals (at least 2 hours) either from the boat or from the zodiacs. These islands are very isolated so it is important to dive conservatively; the closest chamber is in Cabo San Lucas. Diving there is definitely for experienced divers.
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