Socorro Island is one of four volcanic islands in the Revillagigedo Archipelago (also called the Revillagigedo Islands) and is commonly referred to as the Mexican Galapagos. The only way to reach the islands is by liveaboard as the journey is about 400 km/250 miles from Cabo San Lucas on the southern coast of Baja, so the journey takes around 24 hours..
The area is known for its striking landscapes and diverse flora and fauna, with many endemic species being found here. The reason why people come here isn't for the colourful coral, as there isn't much of it around, but for the big pelagic fish that you don't see so often on the Caribbean side. The open sea mounts attract schools of hammerheads and other sharks, dolphins, manta rays, whale sharks and huge schools of fish such as tuna, jacks and barracuda.
You will have the chance to dive all the islands on a liveaboard. San Benedicto is fabulous for friendly mantas, which like to get rather close to you, perfect place for the special manta experience. The Boiler dive site is a submerged sea mount with a cleaning station where mantas often hang out. The other islands include Roca Partida and the Clarion Island.
During the winter season from December to March, there is a chance you may encounter Humpback Whales and their singing can often be heard on the dives. The conditions can be rather choppy in the open ocean and the currents strong, so it's recommended for divers with some diving experience.
We'd love to hear about your amazing trip out to Socorro Island, or let us know if you want more information about planning your next liveaboard trip and we'd be happy to help you.
(By Kelly Luckman)