March 23 – April 2, 2017
Join Steve & Jolene Philbrook on this big animal adventure! Socorro is all about amazing interaction with our favorite giant mantas. No other mantas in the world behave like this. We don’t know why but we LOVE it!! And the mantas clearly love us back. Aside from the usual interaction with mantas, dolphins and 10 kinds of sharks, 1200 humpback whales migrate down from Alaska at this time of year to mate and breed. You will see loads of whales on the surface and you will hear them singing when you are in the water. Most incredible of all is the opportunity to snorkel with the whales and sometimes even see them during a dive. Please note that cooler waters and humpback whales go hand-in-hand and you can expect water temps 73 – 74 degrees.
The Revillagigedos Islands consist of 4 islands – San Benedicto Island, Socorro Island, Roca Partida and Clarion. We simply call them Socorro, which is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean approximately 250 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. They are wild, remote and unpredictable and have been called the Mexican Galapagos. These islands have been compared to both the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and Cocos Islands in Costa Rica because of the big animal encounters they provide.
This is humpback whale season and this trip offers a special itinerary (3 extra days of diving)! It is common to hear the whales during your dives and if you are lucky, you may even encounter them while scuba diving. Snorkeling will provide the best and most memorable interaction with these gentile giants!
At Socorro, these giants choose to interact with divers! They come in very close – less than 1 meter! – make eye contact with you and then swim along beside you – totally on their terms. What is even more extraordinary is that the local population of bottlenose dolphins have learned to mimic the behavior of the giant mantas. It is very likely that these wild dolphins will also move in close and intimate to divers during your trip.
You can even encounter up to 7 species of sharks on a single dive! If weather permits, we may be fortunate enough to visit hammerhead cleaning stations.
You may also encounter pods of wild bottlenose dolphin. Add to the mix extremely large tuna (the world record yellowfin is from these waters), wahoo, thick schools of jacks and many other big critters along with indigenous tropicals found nowhere else in the world, and you have the BEST BIG ANIMAL DIVING ON EARTH!!
11-days and 10-nights aboard Nautilus Explorer
8 days of diving
up to 30 dives and 1 night snorkel with the Silkies
Marine ID Shows
Meals with a Mexican andAmerican fare
Non-Alcoholic Drinks including soda
Daily room makeup and evening turndown
Linens, towels, and bathrobes
Daily use of PC with smartcard reader and DVD burner
Airfare (boat departs Cabo) Price TBD
Pricing – 5 Room Types:
Note – Sorry there is no non-diver rate for this trip!
Standard Stateroom Double Occupancy: $4295 per person
Suite Stateroom Double Occupancy (Dofleini, Rosario, & Nautilus Suites): $4925 per person
Premium Suite Stateroom (Emerald Suite): $5550 per person
Single Occupancy Stateroom: $5295
Triple Occupancy Stateroom: $3775 per person
- $500 initial deposit
- $500 deposit due June 15th, 2016
- $1000 deposit due September 15, 2016
- Balance due January 3rd, 2017
NOTE: $500 Non-refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final payment is due by December 15th, 2017. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.