Revillagigedo Archipelago amazed us one more time! The dive at Las Cuevas was an easy dive, passing trough the caves, lots of tropical fish, diamond stingrays and a beautiful manta chevron showed up at the very first dive! The Boiler was perfect to find a Manta chevron, and El Cañón was the right place to find sharks. We saw 4 hammerheads turning around a big school of amber jacks, a big Galapagos shark was deeper, and few silver tips were also swimming around. Within the cleaning stations there were 3 black mantas and 2 chevron mantas.
We left San Benedicto and once at Socorro Island we explored all the lava flow of Cabo Pearce, plenty of barber fish, hog fish, clarion angel fish, flounders, and small sea life as octopus and lobsters. The blue water was a magnificent scenery to see pelagics. A huge and massive yellow fin tuna passed close to us and smaller tunas were in schools and a couple of silky sharks were around.
Punta Tosca was a good chance to move all across a wonderful reef, plenty of hard coral and a gorgeous marine life composed by tropical fish as Moorish idols, parrot fish, hog fish, clarion angel fish and blue trevally jacks. We found an small cave where 10 whitetip sharks were resting. The current was strong but was fun to drift with it!! We cross to Roca Partida. An explosion of wild sea life was there for us, and during the 2 days that we dove there the action was increasing more and more and everything happen right in front of us: massive schools of yellowfin tuna swimming up and down, coming from the blue forming a wall, right next to the rock and in the blue no less than 30 sharks, big Galapagos sharks and big and fats silvertips sharks swimming around. At the northern corner another 6 or 7 Galapagos sharks very close to us and Pacific Giant Mantas all around. 3 mantas chevron swimming all around, up and down, interacting and playing with the divers and Black Mantas as well. At the moment we believed to have all, but that was just the beginning!! False Killer whales were arriving to the area, we heard them underwater but we saw them during the surface interval when they come very close to the Solmar V and they have been at the southern corner of the rock right in the dive site!! A couple of groups went snorkeling with a group of at least 20 of them. They were been everywhere, showing us their dorsal fin, going down and exhaling and breathing at the surface to go deeper again. The next day conditions were the same, strong current, water temperature 77 º F/ 25 ª C, visibility 80 ft /24 m, nice and clear!! And the action was no stop!! Silky sharks everywhere, circling around us in the blue, a massive bait-ball of bonitas right next to a massive schools of yellowfin tunas, 6 mantas were around, 2 black mantas and 4 chevron, whitetips sharks at the ledges of the rock, big school of cotton mouth jacks, big eye jacks in everywhere, 6 hammerheads at south, Galapagos and silvertips shark remained in the area, and this time we felt the false killer whales singing louder! Then we opened to the blue water at north and BINGO, a huge shade was at the distance, we went straight to this massive shade to find out that a bunch of no less 20 false killer whales were there. It was absolutely amazing to watch this giants of the sea while diving. They been swimming slowly with elegance and majestic, going to the surface and returning deeper all together, the mom were taking care of the calves, an spectacle of mother nature!! The action continued at the surface. After diving we went snorkeling with no less than 30 false false killer whales. They spread in all the area, bunches of 5 or 6 of them breaching right next to the pangas.
For the last dive we saw all of this one more time and, as ours divers said, "once again we saw everything at the Solmar V!"
We came back to The Boiler in San Benedicto to have a wonderful dive with a bunch of 30 bottle-nose dolphins, it was lots of fun. Dolphins everywhere and very close to us! The rest of the day we dove at El Cañón to find a big Galapagos shark of than 3 m /9 ft, 2 black Mantas and big school of yellowfin tunas in the blue. Amazing Trip!!! No doubt!! See you soon...
Ignacio Hernan Leyro
Solmar V - Dive Instructor
Water temperature: 75 º F / 24 ª C to 77 ºF / 25 ª C
Visibility: 50 ft /15 m to 80 ft / 24 M
Currents: moderate to strong current
Cabo San Lucas to San Benedicto: 24 hrs
San Benedicto to Socorro Islands: 4: 30 hrs
Socorro to Roca Partida: 9 hrs