Diving Socorro Island with sharks and mantarrays

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During the day, groups of hammerhead sharks patrol the Socorro Island. Image by zlatkarp

Socorro Island is the largest island in the Socorro Island archipelago. This diamond-shaped island has an area 142 square kilometers and is located approximately 45 kilometers south of St. Benedict. In the center of the island stands a volcanic mountain top at 1,130 meters above sea level.

The prohibition of fishing in this area since 2002 makes large pelagics, especially manta rays, to have a peculiar and curious relationship with divers and they seem to enjoy swimming with them. The feeling of peace and unity you can have with these animals in these islands can not be easily found in any other place in the world.

Diving Socorro Island

Socorro Island has several dive sites where you can also dive with some of the most interesting ocean pelagic creatures: dolphins, whale sharks, silky sharks, tiger sharks, Galapagos sharks or large schools of hammerhead sharks. In this island you will also see a great variety of reef fish, perhaps more common than in the rest of the islands of the archipelago, like Moorish idols, boxfish, angelfish clarion or damsels.

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