Wednesday, November 22, 2017

November 11th - November 19th, 2017 #TripReport (Socorro Islands)

Hello all,

On the second trip of the season we had great dives. San Benedicto gave us three days of incredible dives. “Las cuevas”, where we did the check out dive; so our guests had the opportunity to get familiar with the area. “El Cañón” where we did two dives with different types of sharks like white tip, silver tip, Galapagos, hammerhead and silkies. Two more dives in “Dos hermanas” where we saw mantas, hammerheads and a tiger shark. Finally we dove in “El Boiler” where we had 20 minutes encounter with dolphins, plus mantas, a whale shark, two tiger sharks and finally a school of hammerheads in the last two dives, when the current picked up. San Benedicto Island was amazing on this trip.

After being in San Benedicto we went to “Roca Partida” where we dove two days. As usual Roca gave us fantastic bottom time. We saw mantas, tunas, silver tip, Galapagos and hammerheads sharks; but probably the main attraction was the whale shark that we saw on the first dive of the day.
In Socorro Island we dove in “Cabo Pierce” where we saw playful dolphins in two dives. On the second dive some of the divers were able to touch one of the dolphins. That was an amazing experience for our guest! We saw mantas, some big tunas and sharks like hammerheads and silver tips.

After talking with our guest and watching their faces, we can say that this was a successful trip. This was the first face to face with a whale shark for some of them and first time for everybody to have this type of interaction with dolphins!
Revillagigedo’s Archipelago, one of the best places to dive…

Dive Instructor
Solmar V

November 1st – November 9th, 2017 #TripReport (Socorro Islands)

Watch our trip report here:

Monday, October 30, 2017

October 16th – October 20th, 2017 #TripReport (Guadalupe Island)

We had three days of cage diving in Guadalupe island with the great whites. The first day the action started around eleven; with sharks swimming around the surface cages and good action in the deep cage too. We had five or six different sharks during the day.

The second day was the best, sharks all day coming and going. They were very active chasing bait and a couple of times the animals breached going after the chunk. A couple of females were in the area, one of them probably four or five meters long.

The last day the action was more concentrated on the deep cage. We saw five sharks during the day. This day the sharks didn’t approach much to the surface cages. The big female came back a couple of times close to the deep cage.

In general, our guests were happy with the trip. For some of them this was the first encounter with the Great White and they were excited of being here; for some others this was the tenth time doing this onboard Solmar V.

Thank you all!
See you next season!

Dive instructor
Solmar V

October 11th – October 15th, 2017 #TripReport (Guadalupe Island)

We arrived to Guadalupe Island in a sunny day. The crew set the cages in the water and everything was about expectation and wait. The Great White Sharks were in deeper waters and the first ones to surface arrived in the afternoon .A big female of 4 m / 12 ft was around the cages at the surface, when another 2 males of 3 m / 9 ft arrived to do circles around the submersible cage. The next day the action begun early and we saw 5 different sharks during the day. A big male of 3.5 m / 11 ft with few scratches in the face, another male of 3 m / 9 ft with a rope all around its head. A huge female of 4 m / 12 ft , massive volume, with a couple of pilots fish around was giving hard work to the wranglers, swimming from the depth to the cages at the surface biting and pulling the bait, when another male of 4 m / 12 ft showed up. From the submersible cage we watched 3 to 4 Great Whites at the same time. They've been passing close to all the cages, but when they pass close to the submersible cage at the 20 Ft / 6 m and under the cage was absolutely amazing! The conditions were perfect to enjoy this dives , the water temperature 70 fº / 21C º and the visibility 50 ft / 15 m to 80 ft / 24 m. It makes of Guadalupe the best place in the world to interact with Great White Sharks!

The last day the action remain the same, 5 different Sharks, 2 of them arrived in the morning and a female of 4 m / 12 ft comes close to the cages at the surface while a couple of freedivers of the Pelagios Kakunja foundation were tagging the Great whites out of the cages under the supervision of the recognized Biologist Mauricio Hoyos which has the kindness to give a presentation to all our divers, about his studies about the Great white Shark in Guadalupe. A wonderful experience in the Island, meantime we are heading back to Ensenada with nice conditions and waiting for more adventures to tell!!

See you soon !
Ignacio Hernan Leyro
Scuba Instructor
Solmar V

Crossing : Ensenada to Guadalupe : 20 hs
water temperature : 70 F º / 21 º C
Visibility : 50 ft / 15 m to 80 ft / 24 m
Weather : sunny -temperature 26 º C / 78 fº

Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 6th – October 10th, 2017 #TripReport (Guadalupe Island)

Hi Al!
Guadalupe Island continue to be a great place for Great White Sharks. Visibility was ranging from 50ft to 80ft/15m to 24m, water temp 71/21℃, air temp under the shade 70/21℃, sunny days toasty 77℉/25℃, current was a bit strong from North, it seemed sharks were happy in it swimming tight circles around submersible at 20ft/7m deep, coming from deep water we were able to see that smile they have, lots of bite on them in a up close view,  eye contact was imminent constantly, in deeper very clear the display of dominance! 

The surface was also interesting, completely flat ocean, we can actually see those sharks right below surface, swimming so slow, going around the boat hiding under it to launch a ambush attack, at times ignoring completely the bait by swimming inches below it, they wouldn't even take it! Mouth semi open swimming showing white teeth, pilot fishes along with them almost rubbing its snout, back in deep water mackerel fish swimming along with sharks taking the rear part of it, using it as cleaning station, the panga ride is also something like “u must do” to see those little sea lions in shallow water, a few female elephant seals, the reef below the panga with lots of Garibaldi fish so orange color, even a few lobsters! We had to return to on board to do more cage diving, up in the sun deck cameras ready for half body breaching, sharks started to gather again counting u to 4 in front of cages, at the end of the day we had counted a total of 7 different ones from 2.5 to 4.5m long sharks, 8ft to 14ft long.
Dive Inst Daniel Zapata
Solmar V. 
Traveling time Ensenada to Isla Guadalupe 19.5 Hrs
Isla Guadalupe to Ensenada 21 Hrs

Saturday, October 7, 2017

October 1st – October 5th, 2017 #TripReport (Guadalupe Island)

Hello all,

Once again the Guadalupe trip report 13; started on Monday October 1st to Thursday 5th.

The first trip of the last month of the season was great! We started our trip with a lot of shark activity. We saw six different sharks during the day, three females and three males. They were passing all the time close to the submersible cage and also going after the bait. The guest in the surface cages saw the sharks breaching a couple of times.

On the second day we had non stop activity starting around eight am until 6:00PM. Seven or eight sharks kept coming, one large pregnant female about 15 feet/5 meters long and also we saw Garmin, the male shark.

The last day was a quiet day, the Great whites were less active, they stayed most of the time in deep water. We saw four or fives sharks chasing bait during the day, two females included. In general our guests were very pleased about the trip, and some of them said that the encounters with the great whites were beyond their expectations.

Pablo Dive Instructor
Solmar V

Weather conditions

Wind 0
Clouds 0
Current 2
Visibility 4
Temp 72F/22C
Crossing 20 hours

September 26th – September 30th, 2017 #TripReport (Guadalupe Island)

Dive Report- Trip N 12 (September 26 -30)

Hi everyone!!

One more fun trip to Guadalupe Island to confirm that the population of great white shark is healthy and growing. The weather temperature was 26 ºC / 80 F, sunny and warm, perfect to go inside the cages and watch this magnificent creature of the ocean.

The first day we set the bait and chum in the water and we've been waiting a long time for the great whites to show up, but finally the first one arrived to say "Hi, here we are!" Then later another one came swimming so fast against the bait. We can say that we saw 3 to 4 different sharks.

The next day we moved to another location and early in the morning we had the first great whites circling near the cages at the surface. The water temperature was 72 F /23 C and the visibility was 80 ft / 24 m, very clean and clear. The action was non-stop. We had great whites all day patrolling the area, circling the submersible cage, splashing the water at the surface, showing us their dorsal fin and showing their skills as hunters within the bait. We saw 7 different sharks during the day, one of them was a big male of 4m / 12 ft and was sad to watch that it has a hook and a long fishing line. We also saw a smaller shark which was darker and he had some marks of a rope around its body. A couple of juveniles were very aggressive biting the bait, showing us their jaws and they had no more than 2 m / 6 ft.

The last day in the Island we watched 4 to 5 different great whites in the area and we had lots of movement of divers getting in and out of the cages. Everyone was very enthusiastic about this amazing opportunity to watch the apex predator of the ocean in a shallow water and safe environment. The cage diving in Guadalupe is because the good visibility and number of individuals! It's the best place in the world to dot this!! Another incredible experience with The Solmar V!! See you soon!!
Ignacio H. Leyro
Scuba Instructor

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

September 21 – September 25, 2017 #TripReport (Guadalupe Island)

Hi All! 
Back to civilization from a remote area as Guadalupe Island is, great place by the way!
Amazing visibility made every pict fantastic! Even water temp was nice for a 7 mm thickness wet suit, 70℉/21.1℃, 3 days shark action was spectacular, our two type shark cages were constantly in use due to sharks, wind blowing from west, at times from south, but the fun was there! 30ft/9m deep submersible cage sharks circling it! checking us out! so close to cage that we can make eye contact with them! Some how they actually like sort of hide under our boat Solmar V spending time under the shade, but surface cage also was fun! Lucky sundeck customers waiting for that jump! Didn't have to wait long! it actually did happened, this new in the area shark after chasing bait from different angles decided to jump right there just feet away from cage open mouth showing white teeth taking that bait! Back in deep water more sharks wanted to stay there, below submersible cage in a comfortable zone, seeing them to measure one against other surrounded by yellow tail and mackerel fish, break time for some of our customer during lunch time! Air temp from 68 to 74℉/ 20 to 23℃, also good timing for a panga ride, female elephant seals just laying enjoying direct sun temp, lots of pups barely barking, rock formation and back to more cage diving, at times we had 4 to 5 sharks under submersible cage, at the very last day a 6ft/1.8m shark showed up extremely fast swimmer chasing bait, so close from cage, no scars, eye rolling back to cheek us out, splashing lots of water with tail in the effort get the bait which it did several times showing how its done!

Dive Inst:
Daniel Zapata, Solmar V.
Crossing time to Guadalupe island 19.5 Hrs
Crossing time to Ensenada, Mexico 20.5 Hrs

Friday, September 22, 2017

September 16 – September 20, 2017 #TripReport (Guadalupe Island)

Hello everybody!
This is the report for the trip No. 10 to Guadalupe island.

On this trip we had three good days of cage diving with the Great Whites. On the first day the action started early; the first shark showed up around ten minutes after the first group of divers went in. The rest of the day was great, sharks all the time and some times three of them were in the area. The people in the submersible cage had a great time, one of the groups had four sharks swimming around them. Today we had six or seven different sharks, one big female included.

On the second day the shark activity was more concentrated on the surface cages. This was the best day; we had very active sharks breaching and chasing the bait. As always "Crazy Luis" the wrangler gave us a good show, attracting the sharks close to the cages, so the people could take good shots of the animals. This day we had five sharks in the area.
The last day was the quiet day for the surface cages. The sharks stayed in deep water most of the time, so the action was concentrated around the submersible cage. Today we had four sharks in the area; they breached a couple of times going after the bait.

Overall we had a good trip, our guests had a great time in the water with the Great Whites and out of the water eating, drinking and relaxing.
Pablo Dive Instructor
Solmar V

Weather conditions
Wind 2
Clouds 2
Current 3
Visibility 5
Temperature 70F/20C
Crossing 20 hrs

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September 9 – September 13, 2017 #TripReport (Guadalupe Island)


What can we ask for a better adventure in the Pacific ocean than facing the apex predator? Not much, if we consider the good weather, great company and the best action in the cages for our 9th trip of the Guadalupe season.

This time we had a good variety of sharks coming during the 3 days of cage diving, even since the first moment when we arrive to the island looked that the sharks missed us cause as as soon as we were unloading the cages two sharks were coming around us to welcome the Solmar V. Once we had the cages in place the waiting wasn't too long so the divers hop into the suits and got into the cages to enjoy what they have been waiting for a long time, to have face to face this great specimen.

On the first day we got between 5 to 6 different sharks including some inexperienced juveniles of about 2 and a half meters and a couple of big ones trying to reach the bait at the end of the rope giving the spectacle that the customers were expecting.
On the second day, we got up early to set up the chump so the sharks didn't wait to long to get their breakfast first thing in the morning but we had to wait a couple of hours for this, but when they arrived the action didn't stop. A big female of about 4 meters kept coming toward the lines and coming close to the cages so the divers could get the best shots. This girl had company of about 3 different males around that were quite scared of her due the size of it and never got closer to the bait when she was in the area. At some point we had the quick visit of a well known shark, "Mau" came straight to the chump and surprised our wrangler cutting the rope and getting his meal on a fast breach. During the day the big female kept breaching on and on giving the great show to the divers.
The last day started a little slow due a slight temperature change, there was a thermoclime that kept the divers in the deep areas but not long enough so the sharks started to reach the ends of the ropes to get the bait, a reduce number this time but good quality on breaching and speed coming from one wrangler to the other.

So as usual, as happen in this magnificent island the action is on at the middle of the season and we are waiting for the big girls to come over in the next trips.

Rodrigo Marroquín, dive instructor.

Trip Conditions:

68 F / 20 C

75 feet / 25 mts

In scale 1 to 5

Seas: 1

Current: 2

To Guadalupe: 3

To Ensenada: 2

Saturday, September 9, 2017

September 4 – September 8, 2017 #TripReport (Guadalupe Island)

Hello you all!

This trip to Guadalupe Island was very special! During the crossing from Ensenada to Guadalupe Island, we watched a humpback whale in troubles carrying a big orange buoy  with a several entanglement with a rope all around its body. It was swimming with the tail because the pectorals fins were wrapped with the rope. Immediately we put the panga in the water and all the divemasters got ready to start the rescue. Another boat was on the route to Guadalupe, the Sea Escape and the same ,all their Divemasters and crew were ready to act.The 6 Divemasters of the 2 boats we worked all together, and after study the situation we enter the water to cut the ropes and after few minutes of hard work the job was done and the Whale was free!! Everyone at the 2 boats was happy!! We continued our way to Guadalupe to find the apex predator of the Oceans: the Great White Shark!! The first day we have a good interaction with them, and we can say that we saw 7 different Great Whites during the day, most of them males of 3 m / 9 ft an to 3.5 m / 10 ft. They were around the cages at the surface trying to catch the bait ,showing us all their jaws, splashing the water at the surface and showing the big dorsal fin out of the water and passing close to the submersible cage at the 20 ft / 6 m. The visibility was 60 Ft / 18 m and the water temperature 70 °f / 21 °C. The second was a little bit windy but the action with the sharks continue in the same way. Action all day!! The last day of diving was possible to watch 5 Great whites passing close to the cages at the surface and turning around the submersible cage. Garmin, a male of 3.5 m / 10 ft was very active at the surface, going against the bait and sometimes doing vertical attacks to breech at the surface, taking the bait by surprise. The rest of the day the wranglers were very busy because the action increase more and more with a big rotation of divers, coming in and out of the cages. Everyone was amazed!! Great whites everywhere ! The sharks never stop, they keep more pressure against the bait, biting the bait and pulling the ropes to escape to deeper waters. 

Excellent trip with a succesful and happy rescue of a whale and a unique interaction with the King of all the seas. Waiting for more adventures to come! See you soon!

Ignacio Hernan Leyro 
Scuba Insructor

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

August 30 – September 3, 2017 #TripReport (Guadalupe Island)

Hi All
Trip 07, Sept 02, 2017 Guadalupe Island, Mexico
Our 19 hours crossing time to isla Guadalupe happened so smooth, upon arrival it seems sharks were already there waiting for us to get into the water, our guests so enthusiastic to see the first one, of corse visibility helped out a lot, first rotation got in surface cages, every body else enjoying the spectacular view from sun deck, while  others submersible cage rotation as well, every body at the same time having big time fun!! Water temp 72 ℉/22℃, the number of jumping was insane of these sharks, several times body out of the water while others completely mouth open out of water exposing those sharp white teeth, even thought at times vis decreased a lot just on the surface sharks were still there, counting up to 7 sharks along the day, 24ft/8m deep submersible cage was fun, just another perspective to see these white sharks and surrounded by 4 to 5 of the then in the same frame, we even had such a small female white shark about 6ft/1.8 m long with so much stamina trying repeatedly to get the bait launching its body out of water exposing as well those white teeth, jaw dropping to see the speed of one specific shark, fast as a bullet got the bait, of course lots of photo shooters standing on the upper sun deck didn't even want blink eyes so don't miss that great shot, spectacular panga rides to see those pups seals, rock formations of the island, elephant seals, Cuvier's beaked whales at the distance and then back to great white cage diving, some of the sharks we had were Gunter, Zapata, Crazy Luis, Andy; not easy to leave such a place but! About 2 hours before we got back to Ensenada Port Mexico about 400 hundred Dolphins escorted us leading the way in, so many of them jumping high up in the air, what a great experience and memories, slowing down engines they did speed as well just resting around the boat! spouts every were!

Return time to Ensenada, Mexico 21 Hours, 180 Nautical Miles from Isla Guadalupe Mexico.
Vis average 60ft/18m
Air temperature 75℉/23.8℃

Dive Inst 
Daniel Zapata, Solmar V.

August 25 – 29, 2017 #TripReport (Guadalupe Island)

Hello people!

This is the dive report for trip number six.
From the 25th to 29th of august.
On this trip we had three good days with the Great Whites. The first day the action started early; almost as soon as we anchored the boat. Five sharks were in the area, Garmin and Crazy Luis were two of the sharks chasing the bate. The people in the submersible cage had a blast! The sharks came close to the cage, the divers had the opportunity to take great shots of the animals.
The second day started slow, the sharks were not interested on the bait and they stayed most of the time in deep water. In the afternoon they were more active and playful following the bait. Three or four animals showed up during the day. Finally the last day in Guadalupe and the first shark showed up early in the morning. As the day before, the animals became more active as the day passes and we had great action in the submersible cage. At noon we had six sharks under the boat; and some of them were chasing the fish of the wranglers.On this trip our guests had a blast watching the Great Whites and doing panga rides to see the sea lions colonies.

Dive Instructor

August 20 – 24, 2017 #TripReport (Guadalupe Island)

Dive Report -Trip N º 5  ( August 20 Th to 24 Th )

Hello you all !! We have ,had a wonderful experience in the clear water of Guadalupe Island. Since the crew set the cages in the water took a short time to find the first Great White Sharks. Immediately the sharks were near to the surface showing the dorsal fin and turning around the bait. The divers got ready in theirs wet suits and the most incredible adventure begun!! Great whites Sharks in everywhere all day!! Big males of 3 to 4m / 9ft to 12ft, massive sharks passing right in front of the cages at the surface, looking to attack the bait, opening their jaws and showing the teeth. We watched 6 to 8 different sharks during the first day only!! The next day we had lot of action as well a  hungry male of at least 3m / 10ft was giving hard time to the wranglers attacking and biting the bait at each time ,and when failing comes to bite again and again! A baby female of only 2m / 6ft was very active and it was the attraction of the day, small shark but very interested about the bait, circling and swimming and trying to catch the bait many times. Another male was around, very aggressive, big size 3 m / 9 ft, and it was breaching, showing us the jaws!! 

The water temperature was 72 F º / 23 º C ,the visibility was pretty clear 40 ft / 12 m to 50 ft / 15 m. Around the submersible cage at the 20 ft / 6 m was possible to watch 3 to 4 Great whites at the same time. A couple of them comes in a vertical position from the depth straight to attack the bait at the surface, to come down around the submersible cage. The action was no stop!! The sharks were very active, swimming around, going up and down, very aggressive while attacking the bait and very calm at depth. Garmin, a big male of 3.5 m 11 ft has a big scratch at its head and signs of a fight in the gills .we interacted with the Great whites to the last minute of the trip and we can say that we watched 8 to 10 different sharks during the trip. 

Another fascinating experience with the Solmar V!! Se you soon !!

Ignacio Hernan Leyro
Scuba instructor
Solmar V

Water temperature : 72 º F / 22 ª C
Visibility : 40 ft / 12 m to 50 ft / 15 m
Weather : cloudy in the morning ,sunny the rest of the day .Temperature 26 º c / 80 º F
Crossing : Ensenada to Guadalupe Island 18 hs

Monday, August 21, 2017

August 15 – 19, 2017 #TripReport (Guadalupe Island)

Hi All!

Every trip of Great WHITE Shark is exiting, but adding kids makes it even more, the fist day visibility wasn't cooperating very well but sharks were there, it took a bit longer to spot the first one, they always arrive! Amazingly the following morning visibility changed to a great one, 60’/18m with it more sharks, as early as 6:45 am they took the first bait, from there it was a constant action! A male Cut Caudal shark showed up sneaky, fast, other juveniles in the area had to go, the display of dominance started as soon as male Crazy Luis shark showed up, water temp 72℉/22℃, no wind at all in the area.
    Time later Male called Bruce aka Zapata showed up in the area spending most of the time surface swim right by the cages, slow swimmer, a display of power, meanwhile 3 dolphins swam by near surface cages, not leaving behind two turtles of course, another male joined the celebration GARMIN that among with crazy Luis were launching the body in horizontal position to get the bait, then a Panga Ride time! Visiting those corners and beaches to take great pics of Elephant seals, Guadalupe fur seal and the California sea lion, in our third day by 8:00 am we already had seen 3 different sharks, a juvenile showed up to be the 4th shark not taking a break chasing one and other bait without taking a break, even sticking full head out of water open mouth several times in the attempt  of getting the bait. Submersible cage was another perspective to see those non stop sharks swimming so mellow around this cage even sort of hiding behind cages to launch a sneaky attack straight up for that yummy bait!!
Dive Inst
Daniel Zapata, Solmar V
Traveling time south to Guadalupe Island: 180 NM, 19Hrs
Traveling time North to Ensenada, Mexico: 180 NM,  21Hrs

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 10 – 14, 2017 #TripReport (Guadalupe Island)

This is the third trip report of the Great White Shark Season.
From thursday 10 to monday 14.

The water temperature was 72F/22C and the visibility around 80feet/24m. Three days of hot and sunny days in Guadalupe island.

The first day started slow and around noon the first shark showed up. In total during the day we had five or six different sharks. Zapata aka Bruce, Crazy Luis and Garmin were some of the animals chasing the bait. The second day probably was the best day. The shark activity started early, Garmin was the first shark in the area and latter on the day; Zapata showed up, but just for a couple of times only. Probably today we had seven or eight different sharks.
The last day of cage diving at seven am the first guest was ready to go in the water. Again Garmin and Crazy Luis were here with another three sharks. The animals were very active today, chasing bait and swimming around the submersible cage.

Overall the third trip of the season was great. A lot of activity around the surface cages and the sharks passing by close to the submersible cage. The people came back with great pictures and happy faces.
Th crossing to Guadalupe was a little rough,took us almost 20 hours to get there. The return to Ensenada was nice and smooth.

See you next time
MSDT Pablo

Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 5 – 9, 2017 #TripReport (Guadalupe Island)

Hello !! 
Guadalupe Island, well recognized as the Great White Shark Kingdom, gave us lots of action and this season started very well. The first day we watched 5 different great white sharks circling around the cages at the surface, showing us their dorsal fin, biting the bait and even the buoys and also circling  around the submersible cage at 20 ft / 6 m. All of them were males, most of them of 3 m / 12 ft and another of 4 m /12 ft. The water temperature was 72 ºF / 22 º C, the visibility was 30 ft / 9m to 40 ft / 12m. 

The next day was absolutely amazing! 10 Great White sharks!! A couple of juveniles, 2 males swimming around the cages at the surface and a big male called Bruce or better know as Zapata of 4m / 12ft was breaching and very aggressive against the bait. Bite Face and Mau were also in the area. 

The panga rides were a good chance to appreciate the geography of the island and to watch the elephant seal colonies and Californian sea lions as well. The last day of diving, the action begun early in the morning with the wranglers fighting to keep the bait from the hungry great whites. The first sharks took the bait and one went straight to bite the buoy. We saw 7 sharks including Garmin and Bite Face again. We had a little bit of surge and we were surrounded by lots of sharks (6 to 7 great white) during the day. They really liked to check the cages at the surface, bite the bait and escape with it to the submersible cage. 

Lots of Great White Sharks, lot of action in Guadalupe and everybody came back really happy!! 

See you soon!!

Ignacio Hernan Leyro  
Scuba instructor 
Solmar V 
Water temperature : 72 º F / 22 ª C
Visibility : 30 ft / 9 m to 40 ft / 12 m
Weather : cloudy in the morning, sunny the rest of the day.
Temperature 26 º c / 80 º F
Crossing : Ensenada to Guadalupe Island 18 hs

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 11 – June 19, 2017 #TripReport


Our 22nd journey started with rough seas but once we got to San Benedicto Island calmed down just to start our check out dive at “Las Cuevas” where we could spot the first silkies sharks, turtles and the lazy white tips laying under the caves. We stayed overnight at “El Cañon” and the diving started early morning without current which made the divers performance easier getting the opportunity to have the best shots of all kind of different fishes among which the jacks under the boat were one of the favorites, been patrolled by the 5 silkies that as usual never stop swimming between the divers. On the drop offs we got to see more than 5 silvertips surrounding the cleaning station and the mantas showed their way coming on and off from the blue over the sandy bottom.

The choppy sea made us to move to Socorro Island where we dove the second day at Cabo Pearce with great manta action especially in the south area where the endemic clarion fishes were ready to give the full cleaning service to the mantas along with a bunch of stubborn jacks that stayed under one particular black manta that kept coming towards the divers on and on to get their bubble doze of the day. In total we got to see more than 5 different mantas during the dives and lots of tunas crossing from one side to the other of the reef mixing their shades with big schools of blue jacks, triggerfishes and steel pompanos in the shallow zones.

Our next stop was Punta Tosca where we got a little bit of current closer to the wall, so we ended up diving in the middle bars of the reef looking for countless nudis all over the place, we drifted along a huge variety of tropical fishes like the rock mover wrasses, the Mexican goat fishes, big balls of hungry parrot fishes eating the coral, long schools of yellow snappers and a couple of turtles hovering next to us. We reached a shallow area getting ready to do our safety stop when we heard dolphins and out of the blue we were swimming between 7 of them including a baby that stayed close to the mama who was teaching him how to hunt the jacks, an amazing behavior to watch!

Roca Partida was outstanding with huge schools of all kind of jacks, mantas everywhere chasing each other and hovering where the current was stronger and getting a glance of our divers here and there. The whitetips were out of the ledges and swimming in the south point close to the rock making the perfect scenario for the photographers in turn, meanwhile in the blue we got to see the huge school of skipjacks with silkies, silver tips and a huge Galapagos in the middle moving from north to south. On the outsides we didn´t get to see hammers this time, instead we found big schools of tunas of all sizes swimming from one side to the other of the rock.

Last trip of the Socorro season… Coming back to land from the amazing archipelago of Revillagigedo and the feeling couldn't be other than gratefulness for what we have been so lucky to see along this unforgettable 8 months: thrilling dives with all kind of different species of sharks, big schools of hammerheads, bubble junkies mantas, our lovely friends the dolphins, the epic return of the false orcas along with the vagabond whale sharks and the elusive humpback whales; this year the sea has been so kind with us and our debt with it is huge, thanks Revillagigedo for an amazing journey and see you next season!

Wishing the best from and for the ocean.

Rodrigo Marroquín, dive instructor.

Trip Conditions:

71 F / 22 C

60 feet / 20 mts

In scale 1 to 5

Seas: 3

Current: 2

To San Benedicto: 3

To Socorro: 3

To Roca Partida: 1