Socorro Island, and the dive site Punta Tosca in particular, is one of the only places in the world to swim with humpback whales. You’ll see several.
As a lonely seamount far offshore, Socorro Island attracts a number of pelagic species, among them are large groups of giant manta rays.
Rather than swim away at the sight of divers, the dolphins of Socorro Island are known to curiously approach divers and remain for several minutes.
Among the parade of pelagic species seen at Socorro Island are schools of hammerhead sharks. They are most often spotted at the dive site Roca O’Neal.
November to May is considered the best time to dive in Socorro Island. Liveaboards set sail for this remote island at this time, because the sea conditions in the Pacific are calmest during these months. The weather is generally sunny with occasional rain showers.
Manta rays can be seen throughout the year in Socorro, but during the winter months, divers also have the chance of spotting a whale shark or one of the thousands of humpbacks that breed and calve in the area. At this time, visibility is negatively impacted is by plankton blooms. These are most common around the full moon.
If you’re headed to Socorro and want the best conditions for manta ray diving, book your holiday between November and May.
Elsewhere in Mexico, November to May is considered high season for general tourism, causing an increase in the prices of flights and accommodation on the mainland.
June and July are offseason for both tourism and diving in the area. The seas become too rough for sailing and too warm to attract pelagic species. At this time, many liveaboards remain in dock and divers on Baja California are limited to land-based dive operations based in Cabo San Lucas. The diving in this far southern region is still good and you’ll find excellent deals at this time of year. However, you will have to battle the hot and humid summer weather. If you’d prefer to look elsewhere, try Caribbean diving for a change. The season on the east side of Mexico is year-round.
On the other hand, from August to October, many liveaboards set their sights on Guadalupe. If you’re interested in a dive holiday to Mexico during these months, consider a liveaboard trip to cage dive with great white sharks at this remote seamount.
In the Pacific, you can come across everything from massive humpback whales to tiny seahorses. In fact, humpback whales are often a highlight of the trip. This is one of the only places in the world to snorkel with them. On the other hand, curious dolphins play near the shoreline, and intimidating sharks patrol the deep. These include hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos sharks, tiger sharks and silky sharks. In the same sea, you can also find starfish, angelfish, and wrasse of various shapes and sizes. Near to Socorro Island, you might be lucky enough to run across whale sharks and groups of playful manta rays. Finally, during the late winter, octopus are a common sight and divers are often able to photograph mating pairs.
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