San Benedicto & Socorro Islands

Travel to the exotic islands of San Benedicto and Socorro to see Island Sharks and even Mantas up close and personal!

San Benedicto & Socorro Islands Information

Two Hundred Sixty miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas is a group of islands called Islas Revillagigedos.These islands are famous for their “Big” fish encounters. Particularly the “friendly” Giant Pacific Manta Rays that seem to enjoy having divers interact with them. They actually seek the attention of the divers.

The islands of San Benedicto and Socorro along with the rock islet of Roca Partida have come to be called the “Mexican Galapagos”.The first dive site will be at San Benedicto Island at a spot called “The Boiler”. It’s named for the surface boils that passing swells make.

This spot is where divers swim with the friendly Mantas. Occasionally whale sharks are seen here. Howard Hall filmed the Manta sequence here for his award winning film Shadows in a Desert Sea. This is where Stan Waterman and Howard Hall also filmed The Man Who Loves Sharks.Socorro Island located 28 miles from San Benedicto is where sightings of Silky, Hammerhead, and Galapagos Sharks are common. Tiger Sharks have also been spotted cruising over the lava formations.Socorro is a much larger island with verdant green slopes and unusual lava formations along its shoreline and underwater.

The vessel will need to check in with the Mexican military garrison at the only settlement on the southern point of the island. Once cleared, divers can begin exploring the many sites selected by the captain according to prevailing conditions. Socorro experienced an underwater volcanic eruption in 1993 and is an island still in transition.

Trip Schedule

Marine park fee $75.00 per day per diver.

Socorro - giant mantas, sharks and dolphins - Socorro Giant Mantas
Nowhere else in the world boasts giant mantas that literally seek out interaction with divers and snorkellers. The behaviour these mantas exhibit is almost inexplicable. These gentle giants with wingspans up to 20 feet consistently approach divers for intimate eye-to-eye encounters. If you are can remain calm and still in the water, you are almost sure to experience what we call "manta love." While mantas are the main reason to voyage out to Socorro, there are also: schooling hammerheads and silky sharks, plus 8 other species of sharks, bottlenose dolphins that regularly hang out with divers at some dive sites, large schools of pelagic fish, and, in season, humpback whales.
Dec 29, 2022 - Jan 06, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
Only 1 berth left
USD $3495*
Jan 22 - 30, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
Only 1 berth left
USD $4895*
Mar 11 - 21, 2023
11 days on the Nautilus Explorer
Only 3 berths left
USD $4295*
Mar 20 - 30, 2023
11 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
5 berths available
USD $3795*
Mar 21 - 29, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Explorer
Only 1 berth left
USD $4295*
Apr 16 - 24, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Explorer
Only 1 berth left
USD $4595*
Apr 17 - 25, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
Only 2 berths left
USD $3495*
Apr 18 - 26, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
5 berths available
USD $3195*
May 04 - 12, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
Only 1 berth left
USD $3495*
May 20 - 28, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
11 berths available
USD $3195*
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May 27 - Jun 04, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
Only 1 berth left
USD $3995*
Jun 04 - 12, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
Only 3 berths left
USD $3195*
Jun 05 - 13, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Explorer
11 berths available
USD $3495*
Jun 12 - 20, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
7 berths available
USD $3195*
Jun 13 - 21, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Explorer
12 berths available
USD $3495*
Jun 20 - 28, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
8 berths available
USD $3495*
Jun 21 - 29, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Explorer
6 berths available
USD $3195*
Jun 28 - Jul 06, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
Only 2 berths left
USD $4368*
Jun 29 - Jul 07, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Explorer
24 berths available
USD $3195*
Oct 30 - Nov 07, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
15 berths available
USD $3295*
Nov 09 - 17, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
8 berths available
USD $3295*
Nov 15 - 23, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
6 berths available
USD $3295*
Nov 16 - 24, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Explorer
15 berths available
USD $3295*
Nov 17 - 25, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
29 berths available
USD $3295*
Nov 23 - Dec 01, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
13 berths available
USD $3595*
Nov 24 - Dec 02, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Explorer
Only 3 berths left
USD $3595*
Nov 25 - Dec 03, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
26 berths available
USD $3295*
Dec 01 - 09, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
19 berths available
USD $3295*
Dec 09 - 17, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
9 berths available
USD $3295*
Dec 19 - 27, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
20 berths available
USD $3595*
Dec 22 - 30, 2023
9 days on the Nautilus Explorer
20 berths available
USD $3295*
Dec 26, 2023 - Jan 03, 2024
9 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
10 berths available
USD $3595*
Dec 30, 2023 - Jan 07, 2024
9 days on the Nautilus Explorer
16 berths available
USD $3295*
5 night getaway - Sea of Cortez - Sea of Cortez
The Sea of Cortez is an interesting place. We started diving here many years ago when giant mantas were common and multiple schools of hammerhead sharks would swirl around El Bajo. Commercial fishermen hit the place really hard in the 1990's before the government of Mexico enacted exclusionary zones and marine protected area. Our beautiful sea has come back to life but it is different than before. Whale sharks are still resident seasonally off La Paz. The sea lions at Los Islotes were never impacted. Humpback whales still show up every winter. And the huge schools of panamic fish are as abundant as ever before. We are seeing hammerhead sharks at El Bajo and Los Animas and mantas at La Reyna although not as abundantly as before. We finally figured out where the humboldt squid are and it's quite a trek to get there! We discovered the stunning number of whale sharks at Bahia de Los Angeles in the northern sea of cortez. And there is an excellent chance of seeing bull sharks at Cabo Pulmo. It's not Socorro. It's not Guadalupe Island. The Sea of Cortez is a unique and different destination with it's own charm - and generally calm water - albeit not the same number of big animals as our other destinations. We welcome the opportunity to give you more information and ensure that we meet your expectations.
Aug 20 - 25, 2023
6 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
5 berths available
USD $1795*
Sep 17 - 22, 2023
6 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
17 berths available
USD $1795*
Oct 15 - 20, 2023
6 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
Only 3 berths left
USD $2695*
Magdalena Bay Sardine Run - Magdalena Bay Sardine Run
During October and November, a magical event happens in the nutrient rich swirling blue waters off Magdalena Bay where striped marlin gather to hunt on the second largest sardine run in the world. This thrilling underwater action is spectacular. There is an excellent chance of also seeing california sea lions, dolphin, wahoo, pelicans, different species of gulls, boobie birds, frigate birds, shearwaters and even the awe inspiring albatross. While it's best to snorkel or free dive around the bait balls there will be plenty of scuba diving opportunities on your week long trip with massive schools of fish, turtles and the wreck of a WW1 submarine and the passenger steam ship SS Independence. But wait, there is more! Humpback whales are on the move at this time of year and if we are really lucky, we might even see orcas or blue whales!
Oct 15 - 22, 2023
8 days on the Nautilus Explorer
11 berths available
USD $2995*
Oct 22 - 29, 2023
8 days on the Nautilus Explorer
20 berths available
USD $2995*
* Trip Prices do not include taxes or a $65 per person port and park fee payable in cash ($35 park/landing fee for San Ignacio Lagoon)

Trip Accommodations

Belle Amie

Nautilus Explorer

Nautilus Under Sea

Accommodations

The Nautilus Belle Amie offers accommodations to suit all preferences ranging from luxurious premium suites to cost effective staterooms on the lower deck.

The “Nautilus Belle Amie” is the largest most luxurious live aboard shark diving vessel on Earth. At 140 feet long, 33 feet wide and 500 tons she is incredibly spacious and stable. Built in 2005 at Bollinger Shipyard USA, and completely refurbished in 2014 with a new interior and dive equipment.

The Nautilus Belle Amie has a steel hull and super structure built with the highest standards and craftsmanship. This beautiful ship has everything! With 2 Premium suites on the main deck that can be combined into 1 VIP suite.

The upper deck has 6 Superior suites with ocean views. The lower deck has 8 Staterooms and 1 Triple berth. She has a enormous interior dining room and lounge area. There is a huge sun deck on top with a bar and hot tub.

The Dive Deck is massive with all the space and amenities you can imagine. Rebreather friendly and NITROX is available. The 5 new shark cages are “State of the Art” with some amazing capabilities.

Premium Suites

Emerald & Cortes

Two spacious premium suites are available on the main deck. En-suite bathrooms with double sinks and showers. Large windows, plenty of sunlight, large storage area and personal flat screen TV.

Superior Suites

Cuervo, Inde, Dofleini, Rosario, Swell, Nautilus

The Nautilus Belle Amie has 6 superior suites on the upper deck. Superior rooms have large double windows.

Staterooms

A-H

The lower deck has 8 comfy staterooms with various bed configurations (single and double occupancy). An affordable triple occupancy stateroom is also available .

Room Features

  • Bathrooms with showers in all suites.
  • Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • Windows and/or portholes in every room.
  • Superior windows.
  • Double Portholes.
  • Beautiful bedding, and comfortable details.
  • Air conditioning (AC) and heating throughout the ship.
  • A dedicated and enthusiastic crew of men and women from around the world.
  • Dinning Room.

Nautilus Explorer

The Nautilus Explorer is a Millennium Boat Built and Launched in Vancouver, B.C. in 2000.

For a small ship, the Nautilus Explorer feels “plenty big” (or so our guests tell us). There is ample room to find a quiet place to read, chat, fill out your divelog or journal or work on editing the images you shot that day – whether in the separate dining room, main salon or one of the upper sundecks. And there is nothing like a soak under the stars in the sparkling clear fresh water of our hot tub after a day of diving or exploration. The main salon also serves as the ship’s entertainment center with very “comfy” couches, a great library, a well stocked bar and select evening video showings, presentations and slide shows.

  • 132′ long, 27′ wide. Small ship size with a much bigger feel
  • 11 – 12 mph cruise speed
  • Steel hull and superstructure for your safety
  • 7000 gallon fresh water capacity and 3600 gallons-per-day water maker allowing you to shower as often as you like
  • Quiet twin 70 kw generators operating 24 hours per day with precise voltage and frequency control. Ship’s power is 110 volts ac , 60 Hz)
  • Air-conditioning and heating throughout. Comfort in every climate

Ship Accommodations

Staterooms

( All eight lower deck )

Staterooms have private heads with separate shower stalls, central air conditioning and measure 90 square feet. Six of the staterooms have side by side beds. Two of the staterooms have large double beds and additional storage area. There is also one co-ed triple occupancy stateroom.

Hot Tub Deck

Three superior suites on the hot-tub deck measure 145 sq. ft and have large exterior windows. They each have private facilities, a desk and either bureau or wardrobe. Two of these suites have doors that open directly outside. The third suite boasts a large flat screen TV and DVD player.  The premium suite is also located on the hot-tub deck and is twice the size of the other suites. It has a separate bedroom and lounge each with a large flat screen TV and DVD player, private facilities with a full-size bathtub and shower plus large private windows looking out on an ocean view. The lounge in this suite has a beautiful floor to ceiling picture window.

The Nautilus Under Sea

Vessel Specs:

 

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Accommodations

  • Double Staterooms
  • Triple Stateroom
  • Premium Suite
Belle Amie

Accommodations

The Nautilus Belle Amie offers accommodations to suit all preferences ranging from luxurious premium suites to cost effective staterooms on the lower deck.

The “Nautilus Belle Amie” is the largest most luxurious live aboard shark diving vessel on Earth. At 140 feet long, 33 feet wide and 500 tons she is incredibly spacious and stable. Built in 2005 at Bollinger Shipyard USA, and completely refurbished in 2014 with a new interior and dive equipment.

The Nautilus Belle Amie has a steel hull and super structure built with the highest standards and craftsmanship. This beautiful ship has everything! With 2 Premium suites on the main deck that can be combined into 1 VIP suite.

The upper deck has 6 Superior suites with ocean views. The lower deck has 8 Staterooms and 1 Triple berth. She has a enormous interior dining room and lounge area. There is a huge sun deck on top with a bar and hot tub.

The Dive Deck is massive with all the space and amenities you can imagine. Rebreather friendly and NITROX is available. The 5 new shark cages are “State of the Art” with some amazing capabilities.

Premium Suites

Emerald & Cortes

Two spacious premium suites are available on the main deck. En-suite bathrooms with double sinks and showers. Large windows, plenty of sunlight, large storage area and personal flat screen TV.

Superior Suites

Cuervo, Inde, Dofleini, Rosario, Swell, Nautilus

The Nautilus Belle Amie has 6 superior suites on the upper deck. Superior rooms have large double windows.

Staterooms

A-H

The lower deck has 8 comfy staterooms with various bed configurations (single and double occupancy). An affordable triple occupancy stateroom is also available .

Room Features

  • Bathrooms with showers in all suites.
  • Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • Windows and/or portholes in every room.
  • Superior windows.
  • Double Portholes.
  • Beautiful bedding, and comfortable details.
  • Air conditioning (AC) and heating throughout the ship.
  • A dedicated and enthusiastic crew of men and women from around the world.
  • Dinning Room.
Nautilus Explorer

Nautilus Explorer

The Nautilus Explorer is a Millennium Boat Built and Launched in Vancouver, B.C. in 2000.

For a small ship, the Nautilus Explorer feels “plenty big” (or so our guests tell us). There is ample room to find a quiet place to read, chat, fill out your divelog or journal or work on editing the images you shot that day – whether in the separate dining room, main salon or one of the upper sundecks. And there is nothing like a soak under the stars in the sparkling clear fresh water of our hot tub after a day of diving or exploration. The main salon also serves as the ship’s entertainment center with very “comfy” couches, a great library, a well stocked bar and select evening video showings, presentations and slide shows.

  • 132′ long, 27′ wide. Small ship size with a much bigger feel
  • 11 – 12 mph cruise speed
  • Steel hull and superstructure for your safety
  • 7000 gallon fresh water capacity and 3600 gallons-per-day water maker allowing you to shower as often as you like
  • Quiet twin 70 kw generators operating 24 hours per day with precise voltage and frequency control. Ship’s power is 110 volts ac , 60 Hz)
  • Air-conditioning and heating throughout. Comfort in every climate

Ship Accommodations

Staterooms

( All eight lower deck )

Staterooms have private heads with separate shower stalls, central air conditioning and measure 90 square feet. Six of the staterooms have side by side beds. Two of the staterooms have large double beds and additional storage area. There is also one co-ed triple occupancy stateroom.

Hot Tub Deck

Three superior suites on the hot-tub deck measure 145 sq. ft and have large exterior windows. They each have private facilities, a desk and either bureau or wardrobe. Two of these suites have doors that open directly outside. The third suite boasts a large flat screen TV and DVD player.  The premium suite is also located on the hot-tub deck and is twice the size of the other suites. It has a separate bedroom and lounge each with a large flat screen TV and DVD player, private facilities with a full-size bathtub and shower plus large private windows looking out on an ocean view. The lounge in this suite has a beautiful floor to ceiling picture window.

Nautilus Under Sea

The Nautilus Under Sea

Vessel Specs:

 

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Accommodations

  • Double Staterooms
  • Triple Stateroom
  • Premium Suite

Itinerary

Overview:
The Revillagigedos Archipelago, more commonly called Socorro is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean approximately 250 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – at the tip of the Baja peninsula. These islands have been compared to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador or Cocos Island in Costa Rica because of the big animal encounters they provide.

The Revillagigedos Islands consist of 4 islands – San Benedicto Island, Socorro Island, Roca Partida and Clarion. We simply call them Socorro. They are wild, remote and unpredictable and have been called the Mexican Galapagos. This area is famous for up close and personal encounters with the Giant Pacific manta ray, which can grow to 22 feet from wingtip to wingtip. We absolutely do not chase or ride the mantas, and we allow our interaction with them to be initiated by the mantas themselves. We believe that their continued willingness to interact with divers is due to the respect we have shown for them over the years.

San Benedicto is by far the best location in the world to experience and photograph these gentle giants. The feeling of a wild animal this large deliberately interacting with you is something you will never forget.There are lots of sharks in the Revillagigedos Islands – hammerhead schools, white tips, silver tips, silkies, duskies, Galapagos and occasionally tigers.
We have encountered up to 7 species of sharks on a single dive! There are several hammerhead cleaning stations that we visit each trip, weather permitting. Whale sharks are a special treat at the islands, they find us in November/December and late April/May.Bottlenose Dolphin pods are encountered on a regular basis and from January through March, these islands are home to a large population of humpback whales, that come here to breed and calve.

We have observed several newborn humpbacks in the years we’ve been fortunate enough to visit these remote and pristine islands. In the last few years the frequency of underwater encounters with humpbacks has increased dramatically.

The scientists who visit the Revillagigedos Islands every year to study the migrating whale population tell us that after twelve years of encountering the dive boats, the humpbacks now recognize vessels and so the opportunity for underwater encounters improves. Add to the mix extremely large tuna (the world record Yellowfin tuna is from these waters), Wahoo, thick schools of Jacks and many other big critters along with endemic tropical fish found nowhere else in the world, and you have some of the BEST BIG ANIMAL DIVING ON EARTH!!

How to Book

Reservations and bookings for the white shark trips can be made online by emailing us at: [email protected] You can also phone our office at 619-299-8560 – 7 days a week- 9am-5pm Pacific Time Zone (Pacific Daylight Time during the summer)

Note:
Occasionally we are offshore out of cell phone range and may be unavailable, but there is a voice mail feature on our phone line. Please leave your message and we will return your call when we return to shore.

Payment:
We prefer a personal check , Cashier’s Check, or Money Order made out to San Diego Shark Diving and mailed to our office:

San Diego Shark Diving Expeditions, Inc.
6747 Friars Rd Ste 112
San Diego, CA 92108 USA

Payment can also be made using a credit card (Visa, Master card, American Express, or Discover Card). Many of our foreign white shark divers also like to make their payment via bank wire transfer. Please email or call us for the wire transfer details. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect against unforeseen situations.

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