Socorro Big Animal Trips March & April 2017



Socorro Islands Underwater Photo Workshops

Experience the best place in the world for mantas, sharks, dolphins and humpbacks, on the Rocio del Mar!  Fly into Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico for amazing liveaboard diving in the beautiful Socorro Islands.  March 25 - April 2 trip led by Erik Lukas.  April 4 - 12 trip led by Mark Strickland.

March 25 - April 2, 2017 
April 4 - 12, 2017
For only $3,495

About the Trip 

This trip is timed to offer the best opportunity to see hammerhead & silky sharks, humpback whales, whale sharks, dolphins and large schools of fish. Of course many giant mantas will also be present.  Sail and dive in comfort on the incredible Rocio del Mar.  Trip would be led by a professional underwater photographer and dive travel expert and underwater photo instructions would be give to guide everyone.  Beginner photographers are very much welcome to join and learn.  Price includes local beer and house wine.  You can read a wonderful report of this trip here

Read the great reviews of the Rocio del Mar!

Read the reviews on diving Socorro here

  Not included: 

  • National Park Fees: $28
  • Hyperbaric chamber mandatory contribution: $15
  • Nitrox: $120 for the week
  • Fuel surcharge: $100
  • Gratuity


The Diving

These islands are a spectacular magnet for a wide range of big pelagic animals. Schooling Hammerhead sharks, dolphins, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, clouds of jacks and barracuda, tuna, wahoo, marlin, oceanic white tipsharks, whale sharks and mantas.


Conditions in Mar/April

Water temperature will be around 74-80 degrees F. Hammerheads, silky sharks, whale sharks, humpback whales, dolphins, schools of fish and more will be aplenty.


Trip Schedule

Arrive a day before departure and stay the night in a nearby hotel.

Day 1 - Rocio Del Mar will be ready for embarkment by 8:00am, and will depart at 9:00am. 

Day 2 - Rocio del Mar arrives to San Benedicto around 6:00 a.m. Start Diving! 4 dives scheduled. 

Day 3 – San Benedicto, 4 dives scheduled. 

Day 4 – Roca Partida, 3 dives scheduled. 

Day 5 – Roca Partida, 3 dives scheduled. 

Day 6 – Socorro Island, 4 dives scheduled. 

Day 7 – San Benedicto, 4 dives scheduled. At the end of this day we will start our departure to San Jose del Cabo. 

Day 8 – Arrive at San Jose del Cabo. Guests may sleep on the boat. 

Day 9 - Disembark after breakfast, April 2nd or 12th.


Daily Photo Workshops

Workshops will be given daily on topics such as wide-angle underwater photography, ambient light shots, snorkeling with large animals, strobe exposure and positions, avoiding backscatter, and composition. Help underwater is also given.


Flight Information

Trip attendees should fly in and out of Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico (airport code SJD). Flights should arrive the day before the trip starts (March 24th or April 3rd).

Return flights should be made anytime on the last day of the trip (April 2nd or 12th). There will be a shuttle at the boat around 9-10am for transport to the airport and the cost is $20 per person.



  • $800 - deposit confirms your spot
  • $1,385 - payment due Jun 1, 2016
  • Final Payment due Dec 1, 2016


Trip Leader Testimonials

"Over many decades of diving, I've gone on a number of photo workshops on liveaboard trips, but none come close to the standard set by Mark Strickland! Every day we had an hour or more discussion about some aspect of underwater photography, including some specialized topics that helped a lot, plus an image review of three or four shots each diver had taken that day. Mark's critiques were always constructive and our photos got steadily better. Mark is also a great guy, fun to travel with, fun to dive with. He never minded being asked for help, either! All in all one of the best trips ever! And we for sure will go on another of his trips soon!" - Tom Baker

"I'm a better shooter as a result of Mark's instruction" - Mark Hatter

"Mark was patient, knowledgeable, organized, and friendly. He had a concern for all of us--travel-wise and photography-wise. He was one of the best." and "Mark and Adam made me tremendous fan of Blue Water Travel and will absolutely guarantee that I will book another trip with them again. You guys more than rock." - Dr. Ray T.


Contact Information

Email for more info and to book your spot!

Call  us at (310) 915-6677

Stop by our office at 3961 Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 206 Culver City, CA 90230


Photos from Pervious Trip


Photos of Accommodation

Here are the accommodations on the Rocio Del Mar liveaboard boat. These are the comfortable guest rooms, all of which include a private bathroom with hot showers, windows, carpet and air conditioning.

The Rocio del Mar.

Diver observes the glistening blue water and view from the boat's deck.

Marine Life: 
Lots of Hammerhead or Reef Sharks
Manta Rays
Trip Leader: 
Mark Strickland
Type of Trip: 
Bluewater Photo Instructor leading trip


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