Diving at Socorro Island, Unforgettable Dives Among Pelagics
by Jorge Mezcua on Aug 31, 2023
Socorro Island is the largest island in the Revillagigedo archipelago. This diamond-shaped island covers an area of 142 km2 and is located about 45 kilometers south of San Benedicto. In the center of the island rises a volcanic mountain with its summit at 1,130 meters above sea level.
The fishing ban in this area since 2002 has led to a unique relationship between the large pelagics, especially manta rays, and the divers. The mantas approach the divers curiously, seemingly enjoying swimming alongside them. This feeling of peace and unity with these animals is rarely experienced in many parts of the world other than these islands.
Socorro Island offers several diving sites where we can also dive with the most interesting pelagics of the ocean: dolphins, whale sharks, silky sharks, tiger sharks, Galápagos sharks, or large schools of hammerhead sharks. On this island, we can also appreciate a wide variety of reef fish, perhaps more common than on the other islands of the archipelago, such as Moorish idols, boxfish, the clarion angelfish, or damselfish.