March 9-17, 2016 from 3,695*
Come with Worldwide Diving Adventures for the best big animal diving on the west coast of North America. The Revillagigedos Archipelago consists of four islands: Socorro, San Benedicto, Roca Partida, and Clipperton Atoll. Most divers simply call this incredible archipelago “Socorro,” because it’s hard for us gringos to say “Revillagigedos”. At any rate, this is high intensity big animal diving close to home.
The Revillas are famous for the friendliest giant mantas in the world. And these are the big boys(!)- Manta birostris (aka manta ray), and should not be confused with the smaller Mobula species, which is seen far more often. The giant Pacific mantas that will greet you at Socorro are the largest of the rays and possibly the most majestic creatures in the ocean. They swim by moving their wing-like pectoral fins, which can spread 23 feet wide (on average, 20 feet wide!). At Socorro, these giants choose to interact with divers. They come in very close – within arm’s reach – make eye contact and swim along beside you – totally on their terms. On our last trip we had up to six mantas at one time playing with us at The Boiler.
On top of the mantas, pelagic action at these islands is prolific. Schools of scalloped hammerheads, bottlenose dolphins, galapagos and silky sharks, AND big pelagic fish like yellowfin tuna and wahoo are to be expected.
We’ll also be there in prime season for the humpback whales. During this time of year humpbacks migrate down from the north Pacific Ocean to give birth and mate. While there is no guarantee you will see these under water, you will definitely see them breaching, tail slapping, and most delightfully: to hear and feel the males sing while you are underwater together. It truly can shake your soul to hear a whale song.
The Nautilus Belle Amie is the most recent liveaboard added to world’s dive fleet. The Belle is a “state of the art” ship that will take you out to the islands in style. She is so new her maiden voyage was just last week (Mar 2015). Diving is done from three 28′ rigid hull inflatables, allowing divers to split into smaller groups, and stealth the way to wildlife in their habitat. After you’re done diving you can jump in the hot tub on the top deck and enjoy a cocktail.
Last but not least, for us on the West Coast: this incredible spot is close to home. There is no 15 hour flight to South East Asia, no 10 hour layovers in a foreign airport waiting for your third connection, and no jet lag on the way home. The flight is just 2-plus hours direct from LAX, and 3-plus from SFO.
Side-trip: Sailing in La Paz on Worldwide Diving Adventures new catamaran Te Poerava.
Reservations: A $1000 deposit reserves your space on-board. A second payment of $2,000 is due 6 months prior to the trip (September 2015). Final payment is due 3 months prior to the trip (December 2015). Airfare booked by Worldwide Diving Adventures must be paid upon flight reservation.
Cancellations are subject to a $300 processing fee and replacement guarantee. Price is based on double occupancy and is subject to change. Reservations and payments will be forfeited if full payment is not received. No refunds can be made after December 2015. Credit cards (VISA & MC) may be charged with a 3% transaction fee.
Please make checks payable to: Worldwide Diving Adventures
Mail to: Worldwide Dive; 616 St. Paul Ave. #334; Los Angeles, CA 90017
INSURANCE: We strongly encourage purchasing Divers Alert Network Travel Insurance. They off competitive rates, and your money goes to a fantastic program. Most divers-in-the-know also have DAN Dive Accident Insurance. Which requires an Membership. Family Membership is $55 annually, or $25 for Individual Membership. We have the Preferred level, but you could go Standard, which costs $30 per person. If you have the opportunity to use my referral number, we get points: 1403373. DAN has helped many of our guests (including ourselves) recoup money for medical expenses and lost dives (from ear infections, etc); unfortunately, we have also seen a few divers need helicopter rides to a decompression chamber. The thought is that insurance gives you the ability to listen to symptoms which otherwise you might ignore.
Contact Dan for more details: email@example.com, 831-428-2756
See photos from our last trip here. See Kristy’s memoir from the trip here.
*Berth rate options (based on sharing), subject to change:
|Single Occ. Stateroom
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