Big Animal Encounters in Socorro

isla socorro, mexico

Blue Planet Scuba
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Apr 18 - 27, 2023
Group size: 1 - 18
Big Animal Encounters in Socorro
isla socorro, mexico

Blue Planet Scuba
  • Facebook verified
  • Twitter verified
88 reviews

Apr 18 - 27, 2023
Group size: 1 - 18

About this trip

9 nights onboard the M/V Valentina

Join Blue Planet for some incredible big animal encounters in Socorro, the “Mexican Galapagos.” These islands draw sharks, mantas, whales and pelagic fish in large numbers, promising a memorable week of diving from the M/V Valentina liveaboard.


The Revillagigedos Archipelago, more commonly called Socorro, is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean approximately 250 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, at the tip of the Baja peninsula. These islands have been compared to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador or Cocos Island in Costa Rica because of the big animal encounters they provide…like up-close and personal encounters with the Giant Pacific manta ray, which can grow to 22 feet from wingtip to wingtip.

There are plenty of sharks — hammerhead schools, white tips, silver tips, silkies, duskies, Galapagos and occasionally tigers. Divers have encountered up to 7 species of sharks on a single dive! We may even get lucky and see whale sharks.

Add to the mix extremely large tuna, wahoo, thick schools of jacks and many other big critters along with endemic tropicals found nowhere else in the world, and you have the best big animal diving on earth!

The Diving

 Minimum dive certification/experience: As the diving here is usually deeper and more challenging, each diver must have a minimum of Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent) and at least 50 dives. Enriched air/Nitrox certification strongly recommended.

M/V Valentina

The 125 ft long M/V Valentina will be our home base for this incredible trip. It has 10 air-conditioned cabins, each with an en-suite bathroom. The dining room offers excellent cuisine with a variety of Mexican, European and Asian dishes, and also an open bar with a choice of various soft drinks, tea, coffee and draft beer. Relax between dives on the large, partially covered sun deck, or enjoy the stars at night while floating in the middle of the ocean.


We will fly into San Jose del Cabo (SJD) and then embark from the local marina on April 18th. An overnight stay prior to the day of departure is recommended to to ensure you and your bags make it onto the boat! You can then fly home on April 27th. We'll share more details as we get closer to the trip dates. Please email or call the shop before booking any flights!

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a $250 cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 

Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 9 nights accommodations
    Double occupancy in a double or twin cabin with a private bathroom, air conditioning and personal entertainment system.
  • 3-4 dives a day
  • All meals and beverages
  • Airport transfers
  • Tax and service charges
  • Park Fee
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Chamber Support Fee
  • Enriched Air/Nitrox
    $120; for Nitrox certified divers
  • Flights
    international flights to Cabo
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the boat's excellent crew
  • Onboard purchases

Available Packages

Deluxe Twin Cabin, double occupancy
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Twin cabins have spacious wide bunk beds. Each has its own en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, personal entertainment system, etc.

Deposit: $1,000
Deluxe Double Cabin, double occupancy
Sold Out

Double cabins have 1 double bed and 1 single bed (non-bunk).  Each has its own en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, personal entertainment system, etc. 

Deposit: $1,000


April 18, 2023

Upon arrival at the San Jose Del Cabo airport (SJD), you will be greeted and transferred to the marina complimentary as long as it is on the check in and check out date.  If you are already staying in the area, feel free to make your own way to the Marina named “Puerto Los Cabos” by 6:00 PM.  All guests must be onboard by 18:00 on all itineraries so the Valentina departs at 21:00. 

If you'd like to arrive in the area earlier, we can help with hotel arrangements. It's not a bad idea to ensure your bags make it before the boat departs! You can stay in San Jose Del Cabo or head a bit further south to Cabo San Lucas.

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Blue Planet Scuba
88 reviews
Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.


What an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime trip. After a day of travel to this off-the-grid location we were rewarded with remarkable diving, charming accommodations, delicious food, and great company. Blue Planet made the travel easy. I will eagerly sign up if and when this trip comes around again!!
By Gib H for Cold Water Wonders at God's Pocket Resort on 29 Sep, 2022
It was a pleasure diving with you, Gib, and we are happy we all got to share this amazing experience together! Definitely looking forward to the next one.
By Blue Planet Scuba on 30 Sep, 2022
Great trip. Blue Planet did a fantastic job hosting it. I'll certainly be going back with them again.
By John C for Bonaire: Shore Diving Paradise on 26 Sep, 2022
Had a great time with Blue Planet, again!. Third time to Bonaire and Buddy Dive with them and it was excellent. Great boat and shore diving, dive buddies, food and drink, comradery. Hope to go their a fourth time!
By Stephen M for Bonaire: Shore Diving Paradise on 22 Sep, 2022
Thanks so much, Stephen! We're so glad you could join us there again and introduce the newer folks to Bonaire's fantastic shore diving. We hope you'll join us for a fourth time too! :-)
By Blue Planet Scuba on 22 Sep, 2022
Another amazing adventure with Blue Planet! Wonderful people, great diving and good food! Loved adding Bali on as a pre-trip!
By Lauren R for Explore Komodo from the All Star Aurora on 02 Aug, 2022
Thank you so much, Lauren! It was fantastic to dive with you again and explore Bali and Komodo together. Looking forward to the next adventure with you!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 02 Aug, 2022
Fantastic trip, amazing diving at a lovely resort with experienced dive masters and crew, attentive staff and great food. Jonas and Heather provided excellent support. I did 34 dives, including five night dives and two trips to Apo Island. Saw astonishing critters, including blue ring octopus, wonderpus, minuscule frog fish, sea turtles, nudibranchs of every color, a large pufferfish trapped inside an anemone, mating mandarin fish, so much.
By yvonne t for Philippines: Critter Diving in Paradise on 18 Jun, 2022
Thanks so much, Yvonne! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the trip. It truly is critter paradise, isn't it?!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 21 Jun, 2022
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