Giant Manta Diving
| Scuba diving with giant mantas,
hammerheads and other sharks.
| March 19-26
4 SPOTS LEFT.
| Isla Socorro, Revillagigedo Archipelago, 200
miles south of Baja.
| MV Sea Escape (liveaboard dive vessel)
Read the Socorro Manta
and Shark Adventure 2013 Trips Report
Come diving with friendly Giant Manta Rays and encounter
migrating Humpback Whales.
Also, expect to dive with playful bottlenose dolphins, Galapagos
sharks, silkies, hammerheads, whitetip sharks and other
pelagic predators at spectacular Socorro
Join me for the trip of a lifetime!
Join me on
this 8 day expedition to beautiful Isla Socorro which lies
240 miles south of Cabo San
Lucas (our point of departure for this epic adventure).
The Giant Mantas at Socorro are huge and
extremely social creatures. Its hard to imagine until you
dive there but these mantas actually seek out divers, returning to them dive after dive for
attention. Some researchers believe that the mantas enjoy
the feeling of bubbles cascading over their bodies, others
think that the mantas are actually curious about the divers
and enjoy their companionship. What ever the reason is, the
result is extremely close encounters with enormous animals
dive after dive.
Socorro is one of the few places where you
can see giant black mantas as well as the more conventional black and white
variety. Spending an hour long dive with a six meter wide
black manta that won't leave you alone is an experience you
will never forget!
At Socorro, massive mantas block out the sun!
The expedition is specifically timed to
arrive in the heart of the giant manta season but it is also
the best time to witness the humpback
whale migration when mothers are looking after their newborn
calves. The calves are sometimes curious and occasionally
approach lucky snorkelers and divers.
Humpbacks are also known for their haunting
whale songs and their acrobatic displays during which they
often launch completely out of the water. Bring along a
topside camera to catch these epic leaps and expect to see
them slapping the surface with their enormous pectoral fins
and tail flukes.
SHARKS, DOLPHINS AND OTHER MARINE LIFE
The abundant marinelife at Socorro attracts
sharks and other pelagic predators from far and wide.
Although its possible to see any number of different
species, the most common sharks at the archipelago are
Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, silvertips, scalloped
hammerheads and whitetip reef sharks.
Also expect to see sea lions, huge stingrays and more moray eels
and octopuses than you can point a camera at.
We depart from Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico at 11:00 a.m.
You will be picked up at
your hotel at 9:00 and taken to the pier where the crew will
transfer you in a tender to the Sea Escape. It takes about
22 hrs to navigate to the first island. You can whale watch
along the way, bring your
favorite home movies to play in the tv room or
take advantage of this lazy day to take a nitrox
class. Diving Nitrox will increase your bottom time on your
dives at the archipelago.
We arrive early in the morning and enjoy a hearty breakfast.
The first 'check out' dive is for testing buoyancy, new
dive equipment and/or cameras. This is usually at a shallow,
well protected dive site. Even the shallow inshore sites at
Socorro attract big animals so get ready with your wide
angle lens! We will likely attempt 3 to 4 dives during the
first day depending on
We will dive at most of the epic dive sites in the Revillagigedo islands
including famous spots like 'The Boiler' and 'Roca Partida'.
Although giant mantas will be the focus, we will also target
sites that are known to have schools of hammerhead sharks
and other marine mega fauna. If there are lots of whales
between dives we will also try to jump in with them to take
some underwater images in the clear blue water around the
After 3 dives we say farewell to Socorro and start the journey back to Cabo
San Lucas. By this time you should have thousands of digital photos and
hours of video to keep you busy on the overnight sail back
We will arrive back in Cabo San Lucas some time in the
will then be transferred to your hotel. If you have any
energy left after this dynamic adventure, the group usually
reunites for dinner and a night on the town before departing
the next morning.
Don't miss this trip! Its one of the most well rounded
adventures in the world!
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SOCORRO GIANT MANTA EXPEDITION:
Join me for
the trip of a lifetime.