Dolphin Encounters in the Socorro Islands (The Revillagigedos Archipelago)
are not unusual, and dolphins
are seen frequently from
the surface and underwater. In the early years of exploring these
islands, the encounters were fairly "typical' open water encounters
with wild dolphins, that is to say, fleeting and brief!
Indeed, that's the pattern of most wild dolphin encounters just
about anywhere in the diving world. The dolphins rarely show much
interest in divers, and just zoom by...
But in recent years, the dolphins in Socorro have become much
more interested in the divers , approach closer (sometimes just a
few feet away), and stay much longer. And while mantas, whales,
whale sharks, shark, and fish encounters still thrill our guests,
these dolphin encounters are rapidly becoming yet another "once
in a lifetime" underwater treat in the Revillagigedos Archipelago.
" Magical" is the only way to describe the encounters∑ After
all, these are large, oceanic, wild dolphins, and the encounters
are completely on their terms, not ours. No food is introduced, no
invitations offered. Yet the dolphins seem intrigued by our presence,
and we are delighted to interact with them, often for ten minutes
In keeping with our idea that "wilderness is the ultimate
luxury", the Solmar V has always been committed to conserving
the wilderness status of the Revillagigedos Archiplelago. And that
has meant that ALL "big animal encounters", and any
interaction with marine life of any size, is done "on their
terms", not ours". That holds true for mantas, whales,
whale sharks, sharks, dolphins, and anything else we encounter.
It is encouraging, however, that the marine
life apparently finds this formula works for them as well. We pose
little threat to them
as divers, particularly when we stay calm and cool for the duration
of the encounters. Having been reassured from previous encounters
that we mean them no harm, the mantas, whales, and dolphins are venturing
closer and closer each year. Our gracious thanks to previous and
future guests for helping to maintain these practices! The dolphin
activity is present on nearly every trip, but appears to peak in
the Spring months of April and May. Please join us if you can.
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