FULLY BOOKED. 24th April – 3rd May 2020. Contact Caroline@scubatravel.com for waiting list places.
“Manta diving in Socorro is special,” says Alex. “First, because the rays seem as keen on encounters as us. These giant oceanic mantas come right up to you and stare you in the eyes. You make a connection and this makes for an incredibly rewarding experience. Add to this the remoteness of the place, the size and black colour of the mantas and the vibrant orange Clarion angelfish cleaners and you have an intoxicating mix. I am excited to be going back, especially with just a small group of photographers on the fabulous new liveaboard the Socorro Vortex.”
The tongue-twisting Revillagigedos, or as they are known to most divers: Socorro (actually the name of the largest island in the group), are in the open Eastern Pacific Ocean off Mexico. These volcanic islands rise up through deep blue ocean water and attract an explosion of marine life, especially large pelagic life. What shows up varies trip to trip, but encounters with the inquisitive mantas, friendly bottlenose dolphins, schooling silky sharks, hammerheads, whale sharks, whitetip sharks, massive schools of jacks & tuna and humpback whales have made the diving here famous.
Alex adds “the other big attraction on this particular trip is that it is on the fabulous new liveaboard the Socorro Vortex. This 140ft former Canadian Coast Guard vessel has been converted into a fast, luxurious and spacious new liveaboard run by the Pelagic Fleet, who have years of experience in these waters with the well known Solmar V, that I’ve previously made three trips on.” The typical liveaboards that visit this area carry 20+ divers, this trip is limited to just 12 photographers + Alex, meaning lots of space underwater and on board for a truly memorable experience.
The Workshop will focus on techniques of shooting the subjects that we are hoping to encounter (mantas, sharks, dolphins etc.) in the more challenging conditions of the East Pacific. Do note that diving in Socorro is cooler than tropical locations and the diving can involve currents and swell (although typically not as extreme as in Galapagos). Alex adds “a small group also allows us to do plenty of image review sessions and benefit from seeing more of the photos produced by the group.
Dates: 24th-3rd May 2020 (in Mexico, arrival night in hotel in Cabo) . Typically 20-22 dives.
Prices vary depending on rooms: £6795 GBP – pp Standard Stateroom, £6995 GBP – pp Junior Suite Stateroom, £7295 GBP – pp Master Cabin (double bed).
Included: all diving and accommodation. Airport transfers and boat. Full board on board. B&B in hotel. Alex Mustard Workshop. Complimentary WiFi, Complimentary Bar (beer & wine), Complimentary Nitrox. Single occupancy is not available on this trip.
Please contact Caroline@scubatravel.com for waitlist reservations and further information. A deposit of £1500 GPB is required to secure your spot, followed by an interim payment of £2500 GBP 10 months before the trip, with the balance due 100 days before departure.