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Socorro Islands – Citizen Science Research Expedition with Fins Attached
February 12-19, 2019
We’re headed to the Socorro Islands, known as the Revillagigedo Archipelago, or commonly referred to as the “Mexican Galapagos”. Only accessible by liveaboard, these waters are famous for up close and personal encounters with giant Pacific manta rays, wild bottlenose dolphin, whale sharks (seasonal) and humpback whales, traveling here to breed and calve annually (Jan-Mar). Up to seven species of shark also visit these waters, including schooling hammerheads, Galapagos and silky sharks.
Water Temperature: Water temps range from 21-23C/70-74f during the winter and 24-28C/76-82f during late fall and spring. Usually a 5mm wetsuit with optional hooded vest works well at Socorro. Note that dive gloves are not permitted at Socorro by law.
Depth Range: 33 – 100ft (10 – 30m)
Visibility: varies depending on the dive site, season, currents and other conditions. Roca Partida often has the best visibility, reaching over 100 feet. There are sometimes reports of lower visibility in November/December (when whale sharks are found feeding on plankton).
Typical Socorro Dive:
We recommend Socorro for experienced divers due to the exposed nature of the diving. The islands often see choppy seas and strong currents (which attract the rich pelagic life). The diving is correspondingly rugged, with rocky structure and some huge walls. Liveaboards will typically run 3 to 4 dives per day, diving the best sites at Socorro Island, Roca Partida and San Benedicto.
The objectives of this expedition, besides the incredible diving, will be to tag sharks, and to be able to track their movements. JOIN US on this thrilling adventure of diving and shark research.
Pricing per cabin*:
King Cabin (double occupancy): $4095
Queen Cabin (double occupancy): $3995
Double Cabin (double occupancy): $3895
Triple Cabin (triple occupancy): $3595
Included in the price:
- Round-trip ground transfer to the boat and hotel
- 8-day/7-night aboard the M/Y Sharkwater Research Vessel
- All meals, and drinks incl. beer and social servings of wine
- 6 full days of diving with 3-4 dives/day (incl. tanks, weights)
- Nitrox (must be certified)
- Shark research activities
Package does not include:
- International Airfare to Cabo San Lucas (SJD)
- Hotels in Cabo San Lucas (2 nights)
- Marine Park and Port Fee $80
- Fuel surcharge (subject to change based on current fuel prices at departure-up to $200)
- Rental dive equipment
- Meals not specified
- Trip insurance, dive accident insurance (highly recommended)
- Crew gratuities
- Possible submersible dive ($1200 for 300 meter dive)
Deposit 1: $750 to reserve your space
Subsequent Payment: $750 is due on May 15, 2018
Subsequent Payment: $1000 is due on August 15, 2018
Final Payment: Balance is due on November 15, 2018
Passport requirement – must have 6 months remaining until expiration date upon return to USA.
For all dive trips, consider purchasing travel insurance, and dive accident insurance. Both are highly recommended, and are made available to purchase!
** AIRFARE SOLD SEPARATELY **
Price is per person and based on double occupancy and items specified. Space is subject to availability, price subject to change without notice and not guaranteed until deposit is received. Cost for airfare cannot be guaranteed until paid and ticketed. Some restrictions may apply.
* Credit card payments can expect an additional 3% to be added to the final invoice for all payments made with credit cards. This fee covers the cost of PayPal. Checks are always welcome.
If interested, please contact Andy Skuntz, at Colorado Dive + Travel Adventures, email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call at 719-322-6941.
Trip flyer, terms and conditions, and a trip application will be provided. Once the application is complete, please return to Andy, then an invoice for the designated deposit will be provided.