The island of Socorro is located in a group of islands called the Revillagigedo islands and is owned by Mexico and is 250 miles off its coast. The largest of the four islands in the group it, like its sister islands is volcanic in nature. Rising a full 3,445 feet out of the water, this relatively small island is just 51 square miles.
Home to a small naval base and a small population of residents today, the islands, though not known for tourism above the water, is world renown for its tourism below the surface. A truly wild experience, those choosing to dive here, must do so by visiting on live aboard vessels.
Like many islands which are secluded and known to have developed on their own, these islands are also home to a variety of endemic species, similar to development you would see on islands such as the Galapagos. This aside, it is what lives below the surface that draw visitors to this small island group
Ships such as the Nautilus Explorer and the Solmar V are two of the live aboards catering to underwater excursion to Socorro. Known for its gentle giants, the islands are home to giant mantas that are known to be friendly, as well as other species including Pacific Mantas (the largest in the world), sharks including silky’s, galapagos, white tips, silver tips and hammerheads as well as the massive whale sharks. In January, massive groups of humpback whales are known to visit the area as well.
Exotic, luxurious, amazing, wild and unique, a trip to Socorro is truly a trip to remember. A unique, rich and diverse ecosystem, trips here are to educate and enjoy the wild beauty of nature at her finest. Other conservation groups are also active in the area helping to protect and preserve this amazing creatures both above and below the surface of the water.