Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 14 - April 22, 2017 #TripReport

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THE RETURN OF THE FALSE KILLER WHALE

Revillagigedo Islands have always something new to offer to the divers all around the planet and this trip wasn’t the exception with the big surprise we got this week thanks to the visit of the false killer whales around this magical paradise.

Having great weather with sunny days, crystal clear water, mild current and tons of animals around is how we started our journey in San Benedicto Island diving at Las Cuevas for our check out dive, great expectation couldn´t resist to the big Galapagos shark that welcomed us right away at the sandy bottom with a big school of tunas passing behind it and the first manta of the trip hovering close to the surface. The dives at El Cañon where full of sharks, among which the hammerheads, the silkies and the silvertips where the more active coming closer to the divers to pose for the unforgettable moment, suddenly we started to hear a sharp squeak coming from everywhere, the false killer whales where around! We came out of the water and our surprise was huge when we saw them close to the boat, a big group of 50+ individuals jumping and exhaling at the surface, so we took the pangas and snorkeled with them for about an hour, then out of the blue some sailfishes, silkies and black tip sharks where around us trying to figure out what was all that scandal the false killer whale were doing, one of the best moments without a doubt!



After San Benedicto we headed towards Socorro Island and dove at Cabo Pearce, such a beautiful rocky landscape home of tons of different animals. The variety here its outstanding if you put yourself to watch closely to the little details on the rock such as the flounders, octopuses, huge lobsters, tiger snake eels, even we got to see small pipe fishes living on the sea urchins and some nudibranches resisting to the current. The mantas showed up here briefly but they weren’t as playful as we got them in Roca Partida later on, but a group of 7 dolphins did when one of them let the divers pet him for a bit.

Definitely the best diving we got it at Roca Partida, with an amazing 30+ mts / 90+ feet visibility, mild current coming from the north and calm seas made the perfect scenario for easy dives and all kind of pelagic encounters. Along the two days of diving we got around 7 different mantas, one of them, a friendly pregnant female couldn´t resist the bubble jacuzzi and stayed with us for the entire dive coming on and on to show off magnificently.  On the deep zones we got to see big bulky Galapagos, silver tips and a big school of 70+ hammerheads passing by towards the rock and going back to the cold depths. A huge school of thousands of skipjacks surrounded Roca Partida with 5 silkies sharks as shepherds, involving the divers for moments as part of it to the point that you could even loose the dimensions of the huge ball.

Great trip, incredible diving and amazing people on board of the Solmar V.
Happy dives to everyone!

Rodrigo Marroquín, dive instructor.
SOLMAR V.

DIVE CONDITIONS
Currents: Mild
Visibility: 65 ft / 20 m
Water temp: 75 F / 23 C

WEATHER
Climate: Sunny
Sea: Calm

CROSSINGS
To San Benedicto: Calm
To Roca Partida: Calm
To Socorro: Calm

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 2 - April 12, 2017 #TripReport

Hi All!

MANTAS, DOLPHINS, TIGER SHARKS, MAMA AND CALF HUMP BACK WHALE TRIP
    We are so exited about this extended trip, which means more diving time! San Benedicto Island offered quality in diving, Las Cuevas check out dive with green sea turtles, white tip sharks, lobsters, lots of tropical fish and even an encounter with a tiger shark at the end of the dive made it count, El Boiler dive site the following early morning was amazing with dolphins, a few mantas and tiger shark , visibility great but a challenging current made us go around the Island to dive El Cañon, current was still there but more area to drift along the site, towards the end of the day was nice diving with juvenile silver tip sharks, a few hammer heads, of course the whole site is very healthy with lots of fish, silky sharks made every safety stop fun, so curious, up close for great shots. 

On the other hand two days of diving Roca Partida as amazing as always, morning dives spectacular with 16 dolphins for mere than 20 minutes, visibility more than 100ft/30m, water temp 74℉/23.3℃, current mild to manage, surface of the ocean flat as a glass, the number of fish gathering is just insane! Yellow fin tunas, jacks, wahoos, friendly mantas every dive! 

ROCA PARTIDA shelter for for so many species become at the same time a shark place to dive, Hammer Heads, silver tip, white tip, Galapagos, silky sharks in one single dive! Huge Skip Jack bait ball right by the rock chased by dolphins! Difficult to leave but next Island SOCORRO awaits!
ROCA O’NEAL nice wall dive starts at 50ft/15m, drops down to 120ft/40m, 3 chambers cave was nice to explore, white tip sharks, lobsters, sting rays the usual suspects there, PUNTA TOSCA offered nice wall dive as well with lots of reef fish, a  few Hammer Heads and of course manta dives of about 50 minutes, CABO PEARCE great diving! Schooling Hammer Heads! Mantas so playful with six dolphins at the same time! Galapagos Shark, Silky, White tip, Silver tip sharks, very healthy place, reef, flounders, lobsters, zebra eels, octos, mid water flooded of fish! Out of the blue literally speaking a mother and calf hump back whale swam by ahead of us crossing the reef! Great way to end up diving Socorro Island!
Back in San Benedicto Island El Cañon dive site, early dive and all day long Hammer Heads were seen! A great combination of current with blue water vis! Of course Mantas don't want to leave us alone here! A tiger shark made itself visible to us. DOS HERMANOS dive site spectacular diving with mantas, from beginning to end, 60 minutes each dive of friendly mantas in a zero current conditions! We had to go Back to El BOILER once more! About 11 dolphins found us to be with for more than 20 minutes, the constant chirping, playing display made us interact with, big swells conditions made us end up the trip by EL CAÑON, not bad at all considering a very playful manta during the whole dive, safety stop with six silky sharks and a female tiger shark that came up from depth to visit us while drifting in a safety stop!

Average Visibility of trip 70ft/21m
Average Water temp 74℉/23℃
Current conditions from 1 to 5, was 3

Dive Inst
Daniel Zapata, Solmar V.

Friday, March 31, 2017

March 19 - March 30, 2017 #TripReport

The Tiger & Manta Avenue

Hi everybody!!

We've had a relaxing check out dive at El Fondeadero in San Benedicto Island, with lots of tropical fish, blue fin trevalley jacks, white tip sharks, and a black manta.

The Canyon was great for the next two days. Fabulous conditions, water temp72f/23C, average visibility of 50 ft / 15m and a challenging current which brought an explosion of life: mantas right over our heads, hammerheads, white tip sharks, silvertips and a tiger shark!

Cabo Pearce and Punta Tosca dive sites in Socorro Island offered a lot of fun with super friendly mantas, hammerheads here and there, galapagos sharks, and more. In both places the dolphins were very playful and curious to the point that let us pet them for long minutes. The dive was absolutely amazing and out of this world!! A massive tiger shark about 4 m/12 ft came straight to the wall and got the vertical position and we could appreciate the big volume of its body! Big fat guy!! A very playful bottlenose dolphin jumped out of the water in front of us and went down to play with the divers. The fascinating behavior of the 2 chevron mantas we saw continued during the next day.

Amazing roca O'Neill offered a wonderfull wall dive, an arch to pass trough at 100ft / 30m depth and great visibility of 100ft/30m. The wall dive allowed us to entry into another cave and we enjoy the shallow area of the reef with lobsters, moray eels and lots of pacific creole fish.

Then we headed to Roca Partida where we had a very good action with 8 galapagos sharks, schooling cotton mouth jacks in the area, bigeye jacks and tunas .The surge and current were challenging. The area was plenty of life, white tip sharks and a massive yellowfin tuna passed very close to us!! Such a great dive!! We also had a good interaction with 2 chevron mantas.

We then came back to dive the Canyon again. The current was strong and it helped us to find hammerheads, silvertips and mantas. The next day at the Boiler we dove with 4 bottle-nose dolphins, and a chevron manta was near the cleaning station.

To finish our trip we dove the canyon for the last time! A big tiger showed up very close to the reef in a strong current. During the very last dive, the same tiger shark about 4m/12ft came back to us one more time. Meantime, the hammerheads were above us, a manta chevron in front of us, and we were lucky to see the same tiger shark coming back at us to the cleaning station with two silvertip sharks. In between all of this, lots of white tip sharks!!

                                                       Ignacio h.Leyro
                                                       Scuba instructor

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 8 - March 16, 2017 #TripReport

Roca Partida Experience

Photo: Erick Higuera


Hello everybody,

This is the report for the trip number 13, from March 08th to the 16th, nine days of scuba diving on board Solmar V in the Revillagigedo archipelago. The weather was pretty good, and also with good visibility in most of the sites. On this trip we had some guest who were here before with us, so we are very happy to see them again, and flattered that they decided to spend their vacations in Revillagigedo on board Solmar V.

As always the first stop was in San Benedicto, where we did four dives in “El Bolier”. We started at eight o’clock in the morning with some dolphins in the area, so by the time we jumped in the water the first group of divers swam with them. The current was heading north and the visibility was excellent. The mantas were following us and playing with the bubbles of the divers, so we had a great day of diving; everybody was excited and happy with all the mantas we saw.

For the next two days of scuba diving we went to “Roca Partida”, where we had the best dives of this trip. In Roca the current was strong coming from east and the visibility was great. The first dive on the first day we saw a juvenile whale shark! Not too deep and close to the rock. We were hopping that the shark stayed all day but unfortunately we didn’t see him again. We saw Galapagos sharks here and there, a school of skip jacks, huge tunas easily over 100 pounds patrolling the area, and mantas were in the area.

The second day was a blast, on the first dive we went dawn to look for the school of hammerhead sharks on the south side of the rock and we found them at 40 meters! Probably more than 40 animals we saw. On the way back to the rock a black manta joined us for a few minutes and almost at the end of the dive, 12 to 15 dolphins showed up and played with us. But the climax of this dive was when the dolphins left us, and latter on they came back surrounding a humpback whale and her calf! Three guys from my group and me were there to see them! Also, we had some dives with super friendly mantas, two of them stayed with us for over 40 minutes, going from one diver to the other.

After some incredible dives in Roca Partida we headed to Socorro Island, where we decided to go to “Cabo Pearce”. The conditions here were not as good as the previous days, we had strong current most of the dives. We saw dolphins early in the morning, mantas, Galapagos sharks and the school of hammerheads sharks in deep water.

Is not very often to see whales and dolphins at the same time when we are scuba diving. On this trip Roca Partida gaves us the opportunity to have that experience and for that we are very grateful.

Pablo
Dive Instructor Solmar V



Dive Conditions
Current (mild1-strong5) 3
Visibility 60ft/18m
Water temp 73F/23C
Weather
Climate Sunny
Sea (calm1-choppy5) 2
Crossing
to Revillagigedo 1
to Cabo San Lucas 3

Monday, March 6, 2017

February 26 - March 6, 2017 #TripReport

Hi All!
 
A Dolphin and Hump Back Whale trip!

Photo: Erick Higuera

 
Our crossing South to Isla San Benedicto was spectacular, really flat surface ocean
conditions! Las Cuevas our fist dive of the trip as a check out dive in Isla San Benedicto!
Lots of white tip reef sharks, flounders, green sea turtles, 2 chevron mantas, sting rays, lots
of reef fish, in the over heads clusters of lobsters, a great first dive under very friendly
conditions, vis average 40ft/12m, no current at all, water temp 73℉/23℃, air temp 77℉/
25℃, Roca Partida amazing place, great memories to take back home! Lots of videos
and pictures were taken by our happy customers to enter the famous Solmar V photo
contest, as early as 7:20 am we are all ready in the water enjoying the chirping of
more than 15 friendly dolphins for more than 35 minutes, Giant Pacific Mantas as
friendly as always swimming slowly letting us swim under blowing lots of bubbles,
yellow fin tunas hunting, a massive school of stripe bonitos showed up several times
even with dolphins and silky sharks tailing them! A school of 24 Hammer Heads were
there in the South end of the Rock, Silver tip sharks! this is not it! We enjoyed the
opportunity of snorkeling with Hump Back Whales several times, mama, boyfriend
and calf! Even breaches high in front of the zodiacs, other times the came just by our
Boat Solmar V, Cabo Pearce dive site at Isla Socorro, early dives the best! Dolphins
once again! This time one of them came up to us so close so close within inches away
from our hands inviting us to pet, of course we did, we spent minutes and minutes
petting this dolphin while others were swimming circles around us, of course mantas
demanding of our attention above every body! 

Punta Tosca dive site at Socorro as
well made us enjoy of friendly mantas under those easy dive conditions.
Back to Isla San Benedicto to dive El Boiler, the first dive of the morning with
about 14 dolphins chirping so loud! Swimming with them made us go far from the rock
at the same time swimming with them made us return to the rock, the North West
side turned to be a cleaning station not only for mantas but dolphins too at a depth of
110ft/33m, easy 35 to 40 minutes of dolphin joy! Nitrox 32 a great advantage to stay
with chevron and black mantas longer time in shallower water for the rest of the day!
Of course lobsters, octos, white tips jacks and more were there to compliment a
great day!
 
Dive conditions of the trip:
Average Vis 60ft/18m
Air temp average of the trip 77℉/25 ℃
Average Current 2 in a scale from 1 to 5
Average water temp 75℉/23℃
 
Ocean surface conditions: flat.
Weather: Sunny
 
Dive Instructor
Daniel Zapata, Solmar V.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 15 - February 25, 2017 #TripReport


Dive report trip 11



                                                          "The Manta Experience "

    Hi everyone !!

We left from Cabo San Lucas on February 15th and we arrived to do our check dive in Las Cuevitas the next day at San Benedicto island. The first dive was very easy and relaxing and everyone enjoyed their first contact with this area ,specially once into the small cave plenty of tropical fishes. For the second day of diving we anchor near to the Boiler, spectacular dive site which seems as an underwater plateau with several cleaning stations for mantas .we saw a manta chevron coming from the blue and moving to the eastern corner of the site to stay around us! After two dives we moved to Cabo Fearce for another two dives. In Cabo Pearce was amazing to watch all the geography of the site with big rock formations and pinnacles. A manta Chevron was going down while passing in front of us and once close to the ascent line a curious silky shark was turning under the Solmar V. We cross to Roca Partida an isolated island in the Pacific, and once there our trip becomes a blast!! Bottle nose dolphins swimming straight to us, 8 to 10 of them passing in front of us, another swimming up and down, and a very curious dolphin come to check us and meantime a Chevron Manta was swimming with them and a Galapagos shark circling around. We had action with the mantas for the next two dives of the day. Mantas everywhere, circling and interacting with the divers, enjoying the divers bubbles at their bellys. Black Mantas mixed with chevron mantas, 4 mantas coming from everywhere in all directions. Big yellowfin tunas, big school of cottonmouth jacks, big eye jacks, whitetips sharks resting on the ledges and with more current at the northern corner of the rock big and beautiful silvertip sharks and 3 to 4 Galapagos sharks in between an school of skip jacks. The sea was turning rough then was the right time to leave from  Roca Partida, to come back in the next days. 

We moved to the main island and once in Socorro we dove at Cabo Pearce where we notice about the strong current, and we saw 3 Chevron Mantas and 1 black manta during the 4 dives of the day!! We saw few hammerheads and a big Galapagos shark patrolling the area!! The next stop was Punta Tosca, a long reef which has two bars. The conditions weren't the better as we could have, we had surge, but when we went trough a passage which allow to be in between the two bars, we saw lot of tropical fishes as pacific trigger fish, parrot fish, morish idols and lots of hard corals and at last of the dive we found a mobula ray! We had the Mexican Navy check which always is a good time to share time with the sailors which protect the area and for the next to dives of the day we come back to Cabo Pearce where always is good place for mantas and hammerheads! We leave Socorro island and we headed back to San Benedicto Island. Once there we dove at the canyon spectacular site to see Pacific giant mantas and hammerheads. 



The first dive was truly amazing, we had two Chevron mantas the entire dive and a black manta come to check us from the depth, and the rest of the dives gave us a wonderful experience. In the blue we saw a big school of amber jacks, and a big hammerhead was around at the limit of the visibility and meantime the silvertips sharks were around, we had more action with the mantas and for the last dive of the day a 2 groups went to tres hermanos a site close to the canyon and another group repeat the canyon ,but this time we dove in different way to recognize the rock called the submarine or years before was called the manta rock.we saw lots of tropical fishes, morish idols ,clarion angel fish waiting for the mantas to come to clean them up ,lots of pacific trigger fish , lobsters ,moray eels ,trevalley jacks ,pacific trigger fish and in the previous dives and specially in the last dive of the day we had a good action with the silky sharks under the belly of the Solmar V, 4 silky sharks circling around ,looking the big and spectacular school of amber jacks which was very active under the ship .The divers loved to see this sharks coming straight to them and circling very close and very curious , was a perfect time for pictures and videos with all this curious sharks around .The people at diving at Tres Hermanos they have a relaxing dive in an area with hard corals and tropical fish and a manta passing by. After dinner was the perfect time to return one more time to Roca Partida where more action was waiting for us !! This time the conditions were better!! During the day we saw big Galapagos sharks, 3 to 4 of them at the 90 ft / 27 m. All the area was a massive explosion of marine life. Schools of skip jacks, amber jacks, big eye jacks everywhere, trumpet fish and we saw 4 to 5 different mantas, one of them a black one. They were around all the time and they liked to stay at the 50 ft / 15 m to the surface. Every diver felt the kindness of this magnificent creature of the ocean. This gentile animal is unique in its type and Roca Partida gave us the chance to interact with them. Everybody is happy. After the 3rd dive of the day we seen humpbacks whales in the area, then we took the chance to snorkeling with them. We got in the dingy just with snorkeling gear and cameras. The whales went down and took a long time to see them again, but suddenly a whale was blowing and immediately we went to them. The first try was very good, we watched a humpback whale below us. We appreciate a big shade and two white pectoral fins. We saw it for a short time, but the emotion was in the air and we got in the dingy for the second try. We needed to wait because the whales went down for a long time, but when they surface at the distance Andres our boat captain maneuver fast and when we saw the mark in the water like a mirror we enter in the water and bellow as like at 35 ft / 10 m we saw 2 beautiful humpback whales. One of them was big, static and horizontal and the other whale was upside down, and moving slowly. The cool thing is that they stayed in the same place without moving and the divers took very nice pictures. Wonderful time!!  We had the time to watch for the last time the whales showing us the tale and the pectoral fin saying bye!!

 And to see some more we went to El Boiler one more time in San Benedicto Island. Today February 23th was our last day of diving and was a great day. A gorgeous way to close this trip! During the day we saw 4 to 6 different Mantas swimming all together, up and down, at depth at the 90 ft / 27 m while a big hammerhead was around. The Mantas stayed at the 50 ft / 15 to the surface ,swimming and coming straight to our face, showing us their belly and turning all the way to the surface to come down and disappear in the blue. All was about enjoyment and excitement. Every diver is taking home all this memories of Socorro Island and a good memory of our vessel the Solmar V, taking us safe back home to arrive tomorrow February 24th to Cabo San Lucas!! See you next trip!!
                                                                                                                                         
Ignacio Hernan Leyro
Scuba instructor 
Solmar V

Dive conditions:

Current : mild to strong currents 
Visibility : 40 ft / 12 m to 80 ft / 24 m 
Water temperature : 73 f º / 23 ºC to 72º / 22 º C
Weather: 
Sunny except 2 days cloudy and raining

sea :
Rough sea in Roca Partida and Punta Tosca ,and in the boiler the last day - Most of the trip calm sea

Crossing :
1st crossing from San Benedicto to Roca Partida : 9 hours 30 minutes
2nd crossing from San Benedicto to Socorro Island : 11 hours
3rd crossing from Socorro Island to San Benedicto : 4 hours 30 minutes
4th crossing from San Benedicto to Roca Partida : 9 hours 30 minutes
5th crossing from Roca to San Benedicto : 9 hours 30 minutes