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

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Christophe Beraud, CA, US
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 6004
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
California, Cozumel, Roatan, Mexico, Thailand, Burma, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
68   to 73    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Duration. No night diving due to park regulation. No deco diving.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
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  
Table on dive deck for cameras. Lots of plugs to charge batteries.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
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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