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“Rocio Del Mar is the best!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Socorro Island

Socorro Island
Ranked #41 of 109 things to do in Cabo San Lucas
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Winfield, Illinois
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“Rocio Del Mar is the best!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2014

RDM is the divers dream liveaboard!! RDM is geared towards divers and the staff is the greatest! Just got back from a dive trip to the Socorro Islands on the Rocio Del Mar!! Amazing food, amazing dive sites and amazing crew! We had a great week of diving on the RDM! I find this vessel is best equipped to handle a pacific ocean crossing with it's "down rigging birds" that help keep the ship very stable during the long trip to the Socorro Islands!

The dives themselves were the most amazing I have ever seen!! San Benedicto Island with dive sites "El Boiler" and "The Canyon" were amazing! Tons of hammerheads and playing with the Manta's were highlights of the trip! Roca Partida with it's sheer dropping wall into the abyss was magical! Swimming side by side with white tip sharks and watching the thousands of fish speckle the ocean all around you is truly hard to top! Yellow fin Tuna and even a sea lion made an appearance!

The staff of RDM could not be more accommodating!! Food was delicious! Food in between dives and 3 filling and tasty meals only made me wish we didn't have to leave!

I loved the hot shower right on the dive deck when you complete your dive! The valet service of the RDM spoiled this diver all week! Long dives with no set limit (your air supply sets your limit!), stable panga boats with easy on ladders, and a huge ship dive deck for great "long stride" water entries makes this ship perfect for any diver of any ability!

Rooms are cozy with comfy mattresses and lots of leg room! Very hot showers at the end of the day were the best! Day or night they had munchies available for everyone and the meals were large and great variety! My hubby gain 8lbs in the week!

The staff is so helpful and friendly! BBQ up on the top deck under the stars! I was struck by how all the staff kicks in. All staff is there during meals to answer questions and just chat with everyone! Made us feel right at home!

They have a great video room with anything you need to edit your footage from you days dive, to a library with tons of books, everything from novels to fish ID books.

At anytime, you could go down to the galley and ask for something you need. Coffee is ready by around 5am for the early risers, like me. And meals and dives are scheduled at a nice even pace! You never feel rushed or confused.

We will be going back to visit the RDM for their Sea of Cortez trip! I can't wait, I miss the RDM staff!!

Visited January 2014
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“Nautilus Explorer is the best boat for the trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

The Nautilus Explorer is the best boat for the trip for scuba divers. This is bucket list diving. The staff was AMAZING!! I would do this trip again and I would only use this boat. The crossing from Cabo to Socorro has the potential for rough water and I personally would not want to do this in a smaller boat. Expect current and bring your safety sausage.

Visited January 2014
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“Sea Escape: Well-priced liveaboard for excellent Socorro diving”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

Note: I posted the same review to Undercurrent

Our family of four spent the 2013-14 New Years week aboard Sea Escape in the Socorro (Revillagigedo) Islands. We've dived all over the world, recently favoring spots within the "coral triangle" of Southeast Asia. This year we decided to try something different, trading lush reefs for the promise of plenty of big stuff. As an added bonus, the boat leaving from Cabo San Lucas meant only a short flight from our home (northern California), although the other divers on our trip came from around the globe.

In short: We were very happy with the big-stuff diving and the change of pace from our usual diving region. The Sea Escape is a well-run, well-priced liveaboard. The diving is well worth going back to, and if we did return, we'd again pick Sea Escape over the more expensive alternatives.

The boat and the crossing:

Sea Escape isn't especially luxurious, but it's clean, comfortable, seemingly well-maintained (no problems on our trip that we were aware of), and the crew did a good job. The boat holds 18 passengers but our trip had only 11, allowing us to spread out a bit; it's possible the boat might feel a bit crowded with 18. The cabins vary in size, configuration, and location, so if you're fussy you might study the layout and request a specific one. The food was varied and enjoyable -- not always gourmet exactly, but interesting and tasty enough. For better or worse, packaged munchies were ever-present. Soft drinks, beer, and wine were plentiful and free, a nice bonus.

It took a little under 24 hours each way to and from the islands. We were lucky with a moderately smooth crossing in one direction, and downright glassy seas in the other. The boat is nicely set up for just hanging out. There's a pleasant indoor lounge area adjacent to the dining tables, and the upper deck has a large shaded outside area with comfortable chairs. Our whole family did the PADI Nitrox course on the crossing over (Nitrox is critical for the dive profiles on this trip, by the way), but we weren't bored on the way back.

The diving and the water:

We dove in five areas: the two sides of San Benedicto Island, the two sides of Socorro Island, and Roca Partida (just a rock sticking out the ocean with nothing around for miles). Roca Partida is the high-energy site, with tons of fish and sharks. Along with a variety of reef sharks (whitetip, silvertip, silky, Galapagos) on constant parade, we saw a few hammerheads and a whale shark. The downside of Roca Partida is its exposure to weather and swells; conditions cooperated for us so we spent two full days there. One side of San Benedicto Island (The Canyon) was our check-out area, only moderately interesting with a few sharks and a couple of mantas. The other side (The Boiler) is the famed magical site where, in our case at least, up to eight giant mantas circled us closely for the duration of every dive. Socorro Island itself was probably the least interesting, though we did see dolphins underwater, a couple of mantas, and a hammerhead or two. All told, the islands certainly met their reputation. We had assumed the corals and small stuff would be a zero, but that wasn't really the case -- both Socorro and San Benedicto have decent areas of reef and smaller fish.

We dove four times most days, with no night diving permitted. Since dives were often in the 50-90 foot range throughout, they were typically well under an hour (and, as I said, Nitrox really is needed for the profiles). Whenever we dove in a new location we'd tend to stay roughly in our group of 11 following the dive guide, although independent buddy diving was allowed once the guide confirmed we were capable and experienced divers, which everyone was. Apparently when the boat has the full complement of 18 divers, two dive guides are aboard so they can divide into groups.

In late December the water was 75-76 degrees. Those of us with 3mm wetsuits were too cold, those with 7mm too hot, those with 5mm just right! Visibility ranged from an acceptable 30' to a spectacular 150', depending not only on location but also time of day.

The crew and the operation:

Our trip director and dive guide was Julian, who leads (or co-leads) only some of the Sea Escape trips. We thought Julian was excellent. He has the perfect demeanor for a trip director -- authoritative, but still congenial and fun -- and he was enthusiastic yet careful when it came to the diving. There was a crew of eight, including two dedicated dinghy drivers. (Except for the checkout dive, all diving was from dinghies.) Only Julian spoke English well, but all of the crew were friendly and helpful. When our kids came up from one dive shivering, the dinghy driver immediately radioed to the boat to have hot chocolate waiting. The captain himself drapes a warm towel over one's shoulders after each dive, whisking away and hanging up dripping wetsuits.

The only snafus we encountered involved pre-trip logistics, and were fairly minor. Some information we received well in advance of the trip (prices for Nitrox, hotel requirements) turned out to be incorrect or outdated by the time our trip arrived. On departure day, there was inconsistent information across the divers about when and where we would be picked up. But the boat didn't leave until everyone was accounted for, and once we were underway there were no logistical problems at all.

In summary, Socorro delivers the high-energy big-stuff diving, and Sea Escape delivers a solid trip. Highly recommended.

Note: We used Ksenia at Worldwide Dive and Cruise to book the trip. We've used Ksenia multiple times now to help us select a destination and then do the booking. She's superb on both counts.

Visited December 2013
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Poway, California, United States
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“Every divers bucket list.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013 via mobile

2nd time to Socorro, this time on the live aboard Rocio Del Mar. The boat is spacious & accommodating. The crew all know there part to make your stay & diving spot on! Poncho the Chef creates dishes worth every bite. 3 dive master to create 3 different groups placing divers into the water in 15-20 min apart. All skilled & loving their part to make your dives safe & fun.
The Socorro Islands are a very special, remote oasis and refuge for Giant Pacific Manta Rays. The amazing close and personal encounters, the friendly, social nature of these animals, and the intentional and intimate interaction between diver and manta, initiated by the mantas themselves. Lets not forget Dolphins & 5-6 diff Sharks, tons of fish.
Diving with these large, graceful creatures is one of life's greatest wildlife encounters, and should be on every diver's bucket list.
I WILL RETURN,
Rocka Pita Special Place & the other dive sites.

Visited May 2013
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