The Solmar V, currently enjoying the best
ever Great White Shark Diving season at the volcanic island of
Isla Guadalupe will
soon set her compass south and west as we return to the Socorro Islands
(the Revillagigedos Archipelago) starting on October 31st.
This will be our 15th year visiting the
three most popular diving areas in the volcanic Archipelago; the
large islands of Socorro and
San Benedicto, and the tiny pelagic rock known as "Roca Partida".
The fourth island in the group, Isla Clarion, is a bit too far to
reach comfortably on our 9 day cruises as it adds two additional
days of ocean cruising to the trip. Having been to Clarion several
times, we've found the diving exciting , but not measurably more
so than Socorro, San Benedicto, and Roca.
For those that do not know the Socorro Islands well, they are uninhabited
except for a Mexican Navy base. Far removed from land (250 miles),
the islands are the year long home to Giant Mantas, groups of curious
wild dolphins, schools of large tuna and other pelagics along with
at least seven different species of sharks. The diving is high-voltage,
water clarity is usually very clear, and big-animal encounters rule,
including schooling Hammerheads.
These islands also get seasonal visitors
such as Whale Sharks and Humpback Whales. While the average water
temperature in the Socorro
Islands is around 76-80 degrees, it does cool down in mid January
through early April to about 72-74 degrees. This cooler water is "Humpback
Season" and the area plays host to a large population of Humpbacks
from southern Alaska and western Canada that return to the area to
breed and calve each year.
Our crew looks forward to Humpback Season
each year! Their plaintive whale song accompanies us on nearly
every dive (and scientists tell
us that each year it is a different song, but no rap beat as yet),
topside encounters are frequent, and underwater SCUBA encounters
are growing every year. Our dive guides and naturalists are also
exploring how to interact with Humpbacks using snorkeling gear, but
obviously we have no intention to "intrude" on the whales.
But this area of exploration looks very promising.
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