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Dive Review of Rocio del Mar in
Mexico (Western)/Socorro or Revillagigedo Isles

Rocio del Mar: "The easiest place to go to see the big stuff!", Mar, 2017,

by Randall S Preissig, TX, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 37 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 9545 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments "The Galapagos of Mexico" is a fitting description. Mantas(big! lots!) are a guarantee, as are lots of sharks, especially white tips, hammerheads and galapagos and up to 4 other species. Whale sharks and whales are seen in season most years--I've dived with both. Porpoises are commonly dived with. Schools of jacks, freight trains of yellow tail tuna and lots of schooling life are commonly seen. Leave your macro lenses at home. This was my third trip for a total of over 30 days and having done 3 Aggressor trips in Galapagos I can tell you that if Galapagos is a 10 (IT IS), then Socorro is a 9 on the scuba scale--and with a MUCH easier flight and 1/2 the cost. I plan to dive there every 2 or 3 years for the rest of my dive life.
Dora and her husband run the company. Dora used to go on most trips, but less so lately. Her influence has not dimmed--the crew, from the experienced captain to the chef are excellent. Anxious to help in any way, including showing you stuff you may have never seen on guided trips instead of just babysitting. The boat is large, as are the rooms and common areas. The boat is a little slow for the long trip.
Diving here is exploding--for years only the Solmar 5 and Rocio del Mar regularly dove this area, but now 5 companies do. If you want to dive this area, I suggest sooner rather than later.
Websites Rocio del Mar   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Raja Amphat, Lembeh, Komodo, Alor, Thailand, Sipadan, PNG, BVI, Bahamas, Tahiti, Palau, Australia, Hawaii, Myamar, Fiji, Cocos, Galapagos, Socorro, 3 Caymans, Bonaire, Cozumel, Belize, Etc.
Closest Airport Cabo San Lucas Getting There Many easy and reasonable flights to Cabo from the US

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 75-76°F / 24-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-70 Ft/ 15-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Nitrox limits. Mix varied from 28 to 32% depending on the planned dive. Buddy diving, you can dive separate from the guided groups, which we sometimes did. Most dives limited to 50 or 60 minutes. NO decompression dives.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments First class rinse tanks and camera table. Cameras carefully handled by the crew. No problems, and Norberto, the engineer, is anxious to help with any repairs, rigging, etc.(as is everyone else).
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By report author: Randall S Preissig in TX, US at Apr 19, 2017 18:23 EST  
In response to a readers questions, I'll add the following: Towels on deck after dives, but not warm. Two on deck showers. Each cabin had it's own toilet and shower. Diving was from RIBs, but they have a special set up where the front of the RIB is driven ONTO THE LOWER DIVE DECK and secured, allowing easier and safer entry/exit. The AC was perfect. And as I mentioned above, the food and crew were excellent--plus all the wine/beer you want after diving is finished.
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