The Socorro Islands, also known as Revillagigedo Archipelago, is a group of four volcanic islands in Mexico located 400 kilometers off the west coast of Baja California, in the Pacific Ocean. The richness of its waters creates a great habitat for pelagic creatures and the biggest ocean predators. It can be compared to two well known paradise of shark diving or whales sightings: Galapagos and Cocos Island.
In this archipelago, a Biosphere Reserve, commercial fishing is prohibited and the results of it are clear: huge schools of fish and great abundance of sharks, with up to 7 shark species living in these islands lost in the middle of the ocean.
The only way to get to these islands is by boat, on liveaboards where you will spend the greatest diving holidays amongst gray sharks, silky sharks, tiger sharks (rarely, but some show up), whitetip sharks, the largest whale sharks in the ocean, blacktip sharks and huge schools of hammerhead sharks, in groups of up to 60 specimens in some occasions.
Many divers are also attracted to Socorro by manta rays. Huge specimens of this animal, with wingspans exceeding 7 meters, come to these islands to feed and divers can swim with them peacefully. Socorro is a diving destination for the greatest ocean dweller lovers.
Sea mammals also stop by this archipelago during their migrations. It is common to navigate between islands while you have the company of bottlenose dolphins, with which you can dive later. During winter, humpback whales find in these islands an ideal habitat for breeding and reproduction while traveling to the cold waters in Alaska.
What’s more, you will also find the largest ocean tuna, mackerel schools of thousands of specimens and even colorful tropical fish such as triggerfish, Moorish idols, trumpetfish or the precious clarion angelfish, a Revillagigedo endemic fish.
Socorro Island diving areas
San Benedicto Island
San Benedicto Island is a small island with a very popular diving spot. In a small pinnacle emerging from the Pacific depths, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, dolphins and humpback whales merge to feed. Read more about San Benedicto Island>>
Socorro Island is the biggest island in the Revillagigedo archipelago and has become a renowned diving destination with manta rays. On this island you’ll experience the amazing feeling of diving with manta rays, which in this area are especially curious with divers. A real pleasure not easy to found anywhere in the world. Read more about Socorro Island>>
This little rock is the main destination for whale shark diving in Socorro. Here, where you can take a couple of dives around the pinnacle, the only thing you have to do is hanging in the blue and watch the ocean go by. Read more about Roca Partida>>
Diving in Clarion Island is similar to Socorro Island, with an abundance of pelagic creatures, but this island has something particular. Herein lies an endemic species, the clarion angelfish, a beautiful and colorful inhabitant of the archipelago which strives to clean the huge stingrays that visit the island. Read more about Clarion Island>>