Diverse Travel Private Charter to Socorro

A once in a lifetime chance to experience the incredible marine life of Mexico’s Revillagigedo Archipelago.

Join us in March 2025 for our exclusive Diverse Travel hosted private charter. Destination: The Revillagigedo Islands, a group of four volcanic islands nestled deep in the Pacific Ocean, that can only be reached by liveaboard vessel.

This is the diving of dreams… schooling Hammerhead Sharks, Tiger Sharks, friendly Bottlenose Dolphins, Silky Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Oceanic Whitetip Sharks, Whale Sharks, majestic Humpback Whales, and, of course, Manta Rays.

Strictly limited places available – don’t miss out!

"I can't believe somewhere this wonderful actually exists on this Earth!"

KS - Diverse Travel Guest

The Revillagigedo Islands

Our trip starts in Cabo San Lucas where you board our chosen liveaboard – the superb Rocio del Mar – and head 250 miles sailing southwest towards our incredible dive destination. Four islands – San Benedicto, Roca Partida, Socorro, and remote Clarion – form the Revillagigedo Archipelago, famed for its unique ecosystem which is protected as one of the most significant and celebrated worldwide.

Owing much to their relative isolation, the Revillagigedo Islands, of which Socorro is probably the most famous, are world-renowned for the quality of their open ocean pelagic encounters and spectacular underwater topography which includes stunning deep walls.

The main season is relatively short and from November through to the end of May, a trip to Socorro is one of the hottest dive tickets around, with charters and liveaboard vessels often booked years in advance.

The Revillagigedo Islands offer true bucket list diving with world-beating marine life encounters on a par with the Galapagos Islands. At least seven species of sharks frequent these waters, often in large numbers, and Humpback Whales visit during the winter months of mid-February through to mid-April.

Above all, Giant Pacific Manta Rays (Mobula Birostris) are the reason so many divers want to visit the Revillagigedo Islands. Exceptional Manta sightings are possible throughout the Archipelago but most famously, these gentle giants congregate at the island of San Benedicto. Half a dozen or more Mantas are usually seen at the magical dive site known as “The Boiler”, a submerged sea mount and cleaning station. The Mantas are friendly and enjoy the presence of humans, which allows for epic, and much photographed, encounters.

Exclusive Diverse Travel hosted trip

This trip will be hosted throughout by Diverse Travel’s John Butland who will travel with our guests from the UK. During his 22 years of diving experience, John has dived in more than 25 countries. He knows the diving in Socorro well having visited the Revillagigedo Islands on two previous liveaboards.

Diverse Travel Expert Opinion

"The Revillagigedo Islands should be a bucket list destination for every diver. Make it a once in a lifetime trip... the only trouble is, dive it once and you will want to do it all again! Divers often say: 'I want to see big stuff!' Well, at Socorro, that's nearly all you will see! There's the potential for ten shark species - on my second trip, I encountered no less than seven - plus the ubiquitous Giant Manta Rays. Even the lobsters are the largest you will ever see!

A typical day's diving will usually include hundreds of sharks, plenty of Mantas checking you out, playful Dolphins , and if you're lucky at the right time of year, an encounter with a visiting Humpback Whale. When I am asked where my favourite destination is, I will always say Socorro, often to the reply of 'Where?' Maybe a surprise to many but for me, this destination is ahead of both Cocos and Galapagos. There are just not enough superlatives to do this destination justice. Once in a lifetime? No way!!"

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Dates: 28th February – 10th March 2025

Package Details

The guideline* price for this is £4670 per person and includes £3745pp Ground Package:

  • Return economy class flights to San Jose Cabo with Aero Mexico – 25kgs baggage included
  • 9 nights aboard Rocio Del Mar in twin/double cabins, all meals, drinks including beer and wine, all diving with tanks, weights, boat, and guide
  • Services of Diverse Travel expert tour leader John Butland for the duration of the trip
  • All taxes and port fees
  • All transfers
  • ATOL and full financial protection

Not included:
Hire equipment, National Park Fee (currently c.$500pp – subject to change), Nitrox (currently $120 for the trip), and gratuities.

*Flights will be available to book around 10 months before departure. Once they are launched, we will know the definite price for the full package. 

More information on Rocio Del Mar 

Proposed Itinerary

The itinerary below is a sample and subject to change when flights times are released and confirmed closer to departure. Weather and sea conditions may also alter this itinerary, and if unique animal sightings arise, alternative options may be suggested to divers. 

 Important: This is an adventurous itinerary for experienced divers. Min XX divers recommended.

  • Fri 28 Feb – Heathrow to Mexico City 2230/0425 AM8 (next day arrival)
  • Sat 01 Mar – Mexico City to San Jose Cabo 0825/0945 AM378*
  • Sat 01 Mar – Embark in San José del Cabo / Dinner and departure at approximately 7 pm
  • Sun 02 Mar – At Sea
  • Mon 03 Mar – Isla San Benedicto / 4 dives
  • Tues 04 Mar – Isla Roca Partida / 3 dives
  • Wed 05 Mar – Isla Roca Partida / 3 dives
  • Thurs 06 Mar – Isla Socorro / 3 dives / Check-in with the Naval Station
  • Fri 07 Mar – Isla Socorro / 4 dives
  • Sat 08 Mar – Isla San Benedicto / 3 dives
  • Sun 09 Mar – At Sea
  • Mon 10 Mar – Arrival in San José del Cabo and disembark at 8:30 am
  • Mon 10 Mar – San Jose Cabo to Mexico City 1510/1840 AM385 and Mexico City to Heathrow 2225/1505 AM7 (next day arrival)

* On the day of arrival, we will take everyone to the El Encanto Inn in Cabo – here they can pay $7pp for the hotel to store their bags and they can chill, or enjoy the town’s bars and restaurants before getting a taxi to the boat (about $10 locally) to embark at 17:00hrs.

Strictly limited places available so don’t delay.

Secure your place with a deposit of £800 and no further instalments until 2024.

Click here to register your interest and one of our Dive Travel Experts will call you back to give you more information and answer your questions about this special trip.

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email enquiries@diversetravel.co.uk.

Most of my dives in Socorro have gone straight into my top 20 dives ever out of 600! Four of those took place on the same day!

RB - Diverse Travel Guest

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