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Liveaboard to Socorro Islands - Big encounters with big animals
20 - 29 March 2024 with Magnus Lundgren
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Adventure diving at its best. Dance with giant manta rays, play with dolphins, dodge up to seven different shark species and, if you're lucky, be mesmerized by the migrating humpback whales. Join the Scuba Travel ambassador Magnus Lundgren to Socorro, Mexico in March 2024. From January to March, these islands are home to a migrating population of humpback whales that come to nest and have calves. You can also observe manta rays at grooming stations, bottlenose dolphins, wahoo, tuna, marlin and smaller creatures such as moray eels, nudibranchs and octopus.

Help, San Benedicto and Roca Partida are three volcanic islands that make up the Revillagigedo Islands. The three islands go by the name Socorro among divers. The archipelago is best known for the wonderful encounters with large Pacific manta rays, dolphins and up to seven different sharks, including whale sharks, silky sharks, silvertip sharks, whitetip reef sharks and sometimes even tiger sharks.

Your accommodation -  You live aboard the liveaboard boat Cassiopeia. A roughly 40 meter long liveaboard with room for up to 26 divers. All inclusive is included on board and of course there is plenty of diving with up to four dives per day for a total of six diving days. It is planned for 22 to 23 dives during your trip. Please note that night diving is not permitted. 

Our ambassador: Magnus Lundgren - Magnus has 30 years of experience in leading expeditions all over the world, which ensures that the trip gets an extra spice. "It is always my goal to inform and inspire before the fantastic dives and experiences we have ahead of us. Magnus' presentations can be about animals and nature, but also concrete tips about the photo opportunities that lie ahead. It is also about practical tips on how we dive, to "hands on" camera coaching for those in need. The groups are always a mixed collection of photography divers and non-photography recreational divers who focus on experiencing. It's always a mix and everyone is equally welcome.”



DEPARTURE March 20, 2024

JOURNEY HOME March 29, 2024


LIVING Cassiopeia





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About Socorro

The Socorro Islands have long been a dream destination for many divers. The islands have diving of the same caliber as the better known Galapagos Islands and Cocos off Costa Rica. One of Socorro's many hallmarks are the gigantic and almost tame giant manta rays that are known to be extremely swimming up to the divers on site. Many of the giant manta rays have a fin width of 5 or 6 meters. Socorro is dubbed by divers as one of the very best places available to encounter and photograph graceful Pacific manta rays in XL format.

In addition to the large manta rays, Socorro is also known as a shark paradise where we have good chances to experience many different shark species up close. On the possible wish list are large shoals of hammerhead sharks, which then becomes an unforgettable sight that will probably take your breath away. Soccoro's shark list includes: hammerhead shark, silky shark, silvertip shark, Galapagos shark, whitetip reef shark, dusky shark and tiger shark. It happens more often than you might think that divers swim side by side with dolphins and giant humpback whales.

The ship that will take you on this adventure is called the Socorro Cassiopeia. The liveaboard launches from the port of Cabo San Lucas, the southernmost part of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. Then you have a 24 to 27 hour boat ride (approximately 400 km) ahead of you before you reach your remote dive destination of Socorro. Then your Socorro adventure can begin!

Itinerary day by day

Day 1
You leave Scandinavia to fly to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. It is scheduled for you to arrive the same day in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Depending on airline selection and flight availability, an extra night in San Diego may be necessary. On site in Mexico, a transfer will be waiting to take you to the hotel.

Day 2
Now it's time to board your home for the week ahead, the liveaboard boat Cassiopeia. All divers will meet at the San Lucas Marina in the morning and from there be guided to the boat. Then it's departure

Day 3
You arrive at the Socorro Marine Park around 10 am and the day then offers 2 to 3 dives

Day 4-8
Diving around the islands of Socorro Marine Park. It is planned for up to 4 dives per day these days. ATTENTION! - The marine park's rules can limit operations to three dives per day if the park is at full capacity.

Day 8
In the evening, the boat starts its journey back to Los Cabos.

Day 9
Enjoy the Pacific Ocean and relax and maybe be escorted by dolphins or even killer whales. You can also see various whales passing by sometimes. You will return to the marina around 20pm in the evening. 

Day 10
Check-out from the boat in the morning after breakfast and late transfer to the airport.

Please note!
Our program is only a preliminary plan that is influenced based on the external conditions that the weather gods reward us with. This means that we may have to move activities and dive sites to other days and also replace planned activities with alternatives if necessary. We ask you to be flexible.

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