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

Rocio Del Mar, Feb, 2013,

by Gary & Robin Schiendelman, PA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 29 reports with 44 Helpful votes). Report 6919.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Boat layout was a bit different. Top deck had salon, outdoor area and 2 cabins. Main deck had all the other cabins plus dive deck. Rooms were small but ok. Eating area was on lower deck. The problem with this boat was the dive deck. Way too small for 20 divers. Most of the gear stations had no bench so you had to stand up to put your gear on and there was limited storage for "stuff". If you are short, the stand up situation was difficult. There is a bench at the back and they will give you that area if you are one of the first to ask! Some people had to carry their gear over to the bench. Divers were broken up into 3 groups and you were supposed to wait until the first group was aboard the skiff before you began gearing up. That made some people feel rushed. The camera table is right in the middle of all this so access was limited when everyone was on deck at the same time. Fortunately, on our trip no one had really big camera rigs so it was not much of an issue.

Food was very good. Cold breakfast before the first dive with fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, toast, coffee, tea. Hot breakfast after the first dive. Lunch, dinner and drinks. All meals were served (no buffet lines) and requests were always honored.

Crossing on the way out was rough. Many guests were sick and there were lots of flying dishes during meals. On the return trip, the seas were flat calm. Some of the crossings between islands were a little rocky also.

The crew on this boat is fantastic. They are friendly, fun, well organized and they communicated well with the guests. You always knew what was going on that day. The dive crew and skiff drivers did a great job getting everyone on and off the boat. A previous post had mentioned being pulled into the skiffs because there were no ladders but we did not find this to be true. The boat driver would take your weights, bc and fins and then you climb up a ladder into the skiff (rigid hull inflatables).

Divers had to stay with the divemaster as a group and generally the dives were limited in time to under 45 minutes because someone in the group ran low on air.

We chose this trip at this time of year with the hopes of seeing humpbacks. We knew this was a long shot but we had heard that mantas, sharks and dolphins were almost guaranteed. We did see mantas multiple times, one or two at a time. We saw a group of 4 or 5 dolphins swim past us on two dives. There were many many white tip sharks and we saw a fair number of large Galapagos sharks, one or 2 hammerheads, silkies, & blacktips. The highlight of the trip was the whales. At the beginning of the trip, we were seeing them at the surface. Fin slapping, tail slapping and breaching were seen almost daily. We could also hear them singing while underwater. When we arrived a Roca Partida, there was a mother, baby and escort who allowed us to snorkel with them multiple times. We also saw them underwater while on scuba. It was an incredible experience. At times, they surfaced right in the middle of the snorkelers...literally feet away. One of the most amazing experiences of our diving.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Maldives, PNG, Solomons, Cocos Island, Galapagos, Various Caribbean locations
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy, dry Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 69-72°F / 21-22°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 50- Ft/ 15- M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Must stay with divemaster. Most dives under 45 minutes
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Water conditions for still photography were not great when we were there. Surge, current and low vis. Boat had camera table on dive deck but crowded conditions made it hard to access.
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