Giant Mantas of Socorro Description
The Revillagigedo islands are one of Mexico's most impressive treasures. This marine park is home to droves of pelagics, making it well deserving of the nickname Mexico's Little Galapagos. It's best known residents are the giant Pacific manta, who come to be cleaned by the Clarion angel fish. These are huge manta by any standards and can grow up to 7m from each wingtip. Just jump in and let one of the most magnificent shows on earth unfold before your eyes. But the remarkable pelagic sightings don't stop there. Here you can dive with sharks in their droves. And then there are seasonal humpbacks and bait balls. What is there not to love about one of the world's last true wildernesses?
You can only reach this remote island chain by liveaboard, but it is well worth the 22 hours sail from San Cabo. Each voyage to the Revillagiedo islands starts in San Benedicto, which is more than just a check dive! Cabo Pearce and El Boiler are two of the top manta cleaning stations on these islands. Simply look for the bright orange Clarion angel fish and wait for the manta to arrive. The distinctive Pacific manta swoop in to get close and investigate divers. Experience for yourself their inquisitive nature. Bottlenose dolphin also come in close to check divers out. Then the boat will head to Roco Partida. If you love sharks, you will not want to leave here! Dive after dive you have the chance to watch hammerheads, silkies, Galapagos sharks and, if you are really lucky, tiger sharks too, as they weave around the rocky reef. There are more white tips than you could ever hope to see elsewhere in the world. Many simply rest in alcoves along the rock wall, whilst others chase through the vast schools of creole fish and cotton mouth jacks. During our winter months humpbacks migrate into the area. If they are about some of your dives will be dedicated to snorkelling with humpbacks, often with their calves. Humpback numbers are strong and to be in the water with them is one of the most profound experience you could ever hope for.
Due to the remote nature of the islands, divers do need to be advanced and have some experience of diving over drop offs or in potentially strong currents. Grab your wide angle and capture images like no other. This is quite simply some of the best big fish diving on the planet and a must see destination for anyone serious about diving the best dive sites of the world.
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