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
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

Monday, February 13, 2017

February 3 - February 13, 2017 #TripReport

Hello everybody,

This is the report for the trip number 10, from February 03rd to the 13th, eleven days of scuba diving on board Solmar V in the Revillagigedo archipelago. The weather this trip was pretty good, and also with good visibility in most of the sites.

We started in San Benedicto island where we dove the day we arrived in “Las Cuevas” for the check out dive. The next two days we dove in “El Boiler” and “El Cañon” respectively.  El Boiler was great with mantas all over the place and one or two Silkies, Galapagos and Hammerhead sharks here and there. As always the mantas were super friendly, staying on top of the divers playing with the bubbles and following us all the time. In El Cañon the ocean conditions, soft current heading south, gave us the opportunity to find the school of hammerheads when we swam into the blue. Silkies, the school of jacks and groupers were under the boat too. At the cleaning station three silver tip sharks and a couple of mantas were there.

The next stop in our trip was “Roca Partida” where we stayed for two days. The days there were superb, excellent visibility and good water temperature. The current on this trip was heading northwest but not to bad for us, it was easy to handle. On the north side of the rock, we had a group of Galapagos sharks, on the south side two schools of hammerheads. Mantas around the rock, dolphins, tunas hunting and a school of skipjacks followed by silkies were there for our delight.
In Roca Partida we had the chance to see the humpback whales from the Solmar V, the mother and her calf breaching and hitting the water with the tales. The pick of the trip was when we had the chance to snorkel with the whales! We were super close to the calf and the mom! Also one of the groups at the end of the dive and waiting to be picked up for the chase boat saw the whales coming towards them from deep!

After two amazing days in Roca, we went to Socorro Island for two more days of diving. In “Cabo Pearce” we found strong current early in the morning and slowed down during the day. Mantas, three Galapagos sharks and a couple of hammerheads were on the site. The second day we went to “Roca O’Neal” where the visibility was great and we had mantas all over the place during the dive. The second dive site this day was “Punta Tosca” for the last dive of the day, where four mantas were at the cleaning station and a group of Clarion Angel fish were cleaning them.

The last stop of this trip was San Benedicto, for the last four dives in El Boiler, where we had the dolphins swimming and playing with us early in the morning. The rest of the dives were with mantas all the time.

This trip was one of the best in the season with humpback whales, mantas, dolphins, and different types of sharks. Our guest came back with great memories and a huge smile in their faces!

Dive Instructor Solmar V

Dive Conditions
Current (mild1-strong5) 2
Visibility 60ft/18m
Water temp 73F/23C

Climate Sunny
Sea (calm1-choppy5) 2

to Revillagigedo 1
to Cabo San Lucas 4