Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 14 - April 22, 2017 #TripReport


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.

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

Climate: Sunny
Sea: Calm

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 2 - April 12, 2017 #TripReport

Hi All!

    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.