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Dive Review of Rocio del Mar in
Mexico (Western)/Revillagigedos Archipelago

Rocio del Mar: "Revillagigedos, nice but no whales again", May, 2017,

by Frederick R. Turoff, PA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 9569 has 4 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving USVI, BVI, lesser Antilles, Bonaire, all three Caymans , Coco Island,
Revillagigedos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines,
Micronesia, Red Sea
Closest Airport San Jose del Cabo Getting There easy flights from US

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 73 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All dives led by divemaster and lasted around 45 minutes. Only a few dives went below 100' for a short time. Divers asked to stay within sight of each other. All had to check tanks for Nitrox mix and record it on log, which also asked for air usage.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Large camera table in dive prep area. Plenty of power sources. If everyone had a camera, it would be overcrowded bu ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Revillagigedos trip Mar 1-9, 2017
When I last went to the Revillagigos Archipelago in May, 2001, although we saw whales from our boat breaching and playing on the surface in the distance and heard them clearly while underwater, we didnt have any underwater encounters. A divemaster at that time told me that January-March is prime whale season, and if I came back during that period he could guarantee whales. So, having enjoyed a trip on the Rocio del Mar in the northern Sea of Cortes in September, 2015, I booked a trip for early March, 2017 on the RdM along with a group of friends, expecting to see whales in the water. Of course, no one told the whales - so once again, although we heard whalesong while underwater, we didnt have any encounters. The crew explained the whales had been absent on most dive trips this year and last, so Ill have to await another trip to realize that goal.
But that didnt spoil the trip at all, as we had numerous encounters with mantas and sharks. It was thrilling to have several dives where large mantas enjoyed us divers enough to stay with us for most of the dives, which generally lasted around 45 minutes. Our captain and divemasters always tried to find us relatively calm water around the three islands we visited, which made diving from the pangas less challenging that it might have been. Our group of 20 included nine Amer ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Gregory Bruce in CA, US at May 07, 2017 09:53 EST  
That was a great report. Thanks for taking the time to post.
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