Diving in Socorro is every divers dream. You've decided to take the plunge and book a scuba dive trip to Socorro (Revillagigedo Islands) Mexico, but now you need to start planning and get prepared for your trip to Socorro. We cover what you need to dive in Socorro, how to dive Socorro, what to do when you are in Cabo San Lucas waiting to board your liveaboard to Socorro and so much more!
There's only one way to dive Socorro and that's by liveaboard. It is a 26 hour sail from Cabo San Lucas, so there is no dive operators or "shore diving" out there. There are around 10 liveaboards currently operating in Socorro, you can see those here. Most liveaboards have the same itinerary and will cover all the best dive sites in Socorro.
We have a video tour of Nautilus Under Sea that we were on in Jan 2020
How to get to Socorro
The only way to get to Socorro is from Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. Cabo has its own airport that you will have to fly into: Los Cabos International Airport (IATA: SJD, ICAO: MMSD) from there you will need to get a transfer to where your boat departs.
All boats depart from Cabo harbour and start the 26 hour sail to Revillagigedo Islands. Your liveaboard to Socorro will most likely depart in the afternoon/late evening from Cabo so you will need either stay in Cabo the night before or arrange for your flight to arrive before your departure. Why not arrive early and do some diving in Cabo San Lucas to get warmed up? We always stay at Cabo Vista Hotel when in Cabo which is only around $40 a night for a spacious private room!
What you need for diving in Socorro
The best time of the year to dive in Socorro is between November - May, this also means the water can sometimes be cold, anywhere from 21c - 27c. Based on this water temp here is what you need to pack for diving in Socorro.
Socorro isn't know for warm waters - but that's why the pelagic's love it! Make sure you bring the right thickness suit with you to avoid any cold divers. 5mm is great and if you are in the market for a new female wetsuit check out the ones we love!
You're likely to hit some current on your dives in Socorro, so some good strong fins are recommended! What we mean by that is no snorkelling fins (long blade freediving fins are good though) and fins that you are used to diving in.
A key to keeping warm is to wear the right undergarments! Make sure you are wrapped up underneath your suit! We wrote a whole article on how to stay warm when diving here.
What animals can I dive with in Socorro?
Socorro is known as one of the best dive destinations in the world, and this is largely due to the animals you can see while diving here. Depending what time of year you dive in Socorro you can expect to see: Schooling Hammerhead sharks, bottlenose dolphins, tiger sharks, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, clouds of jacks and barracuda, tuna, wahoo, marlin, oceanic white tips sharks, whale sharks and manta rays - LOTS of manta rays.
Scuba Diving in Cabo San Lucas
As we mentioned you will have to embark and depart from Cabo San Lucas, and we think you should take some extra days out to explore - well we really mean dive - Cabo.
Right outside the marina, just a 5-10 minute boat ride from downtown , you will find interesting dive spots. Rocky terrain and sandy slopes inhabited by schools of grunts and jacks, a variety of stingrays and eels, nudibranchs, seahorses, lobsters, angelfish and coral. Sheer walls and rock formations packed with life at Pelican Rock, underwater sand falls at North Wall, Guitar rays and colorful macro life at Neptune’s finger and pelagics pass over the shipwreck at Lands End. During the early summer and late autumn months huge schools of acrobatic mobula rays enter the bay for courting and breeding. Nowhere else will you see this spectacular show of jumping, flipping and splashing on the surface, or be surrounded by hundreds of rays while freediving.
Between San Jose and Cabo San Lucas, where the bays and beaches are dotted with lavish resorts, the water teems with life. Coral and reefs are more abundant here and tiny critters and reef fish hang out among the boulders. Eagle rays and Electric rays are a common sight and sharks often cruise the area.
The best dive site in Los Cabos for pelagic marine animal sightings. Hammerheads, Silkies and Mako sharks, Manta rays, turtles, tuna, wahoos and even whales can be seen here. The deep submerged seamount gets strong currents, filled with nutrients, which attract fish of all shapes and sizes. Since the top of the mount is quite deep, about 35 meters/115 feet, most of the dive is spent drifting in blue waters, which is also where most of the big animals spend their time hunting and swimming.
Who to scuba dive with in Cabo?
There are many dive and tour operators in the region, but we’ve picked the GTS approved- and highly recommended one - Dive Ninja Expeditions!
They arrange scuba diving, whale watching and whale shark snorkelling tours in Los Cabos, with a personal touch. They also conduct recreational and technical scuba courses, with experienced instructors, and organize world wide diving trips and expeditions. They are also part of our discount card offering GTS members 10% off diving!