Socorro Big Animal Photo Workshop February 2022

Socorro Islands Photo Workshop on the Rocio del Mar in February 2022 for manta rays, sharks & humpback whales

Socorro February 2022 Photo Workshop

Join Bluewater Travel's February 2022 trip to the Revillagigedo Islands, known to many as Mexico's "little Galapagos" because of the immense variety of flora and fauna. Here you'll find not only sharks, jacks, barracudas, humpback whales, but also the mantas which are Socorro's claim to fame.

February 15 - 24, 2022

Trip Leader: Nirupam Nigam

9 Nights for $3,995, double occupancy

Optional 2-Night Safari Boat Extension with Latitude Encounters: 

Maximum of 6 guests - From $350


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Why Join This Trip?

  • 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
  • As many as 4 guided dives per day (conditions permitting)
  • Beer and wine included
  • Fun, engaged trip leaders who care about the guest experience
  • You'll love the awesome boat, staff, food, and crew!

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Trip Overview

The trip starts and ends in San Jose del Cabo, then goes on to the Revillagigedo Archipelago which includes Socorro Island, Roca Partida, and San Benedicto Island. The Rocio del Mar is one of the better liveaboards cruising to Socorro. Dive to your heart's content as many as four times a day and get to interact with large pelagics up close and personal. 

Socorro March 2020 Trip Report Socorro March 2020 Trip Report
 

 

Itinerary

Here's a sample day-by-day itinerary of this trip (subject to change):

  • Day 1 (Feb 15) - The Rocio Del Mar will be ready for boarding at 5:00 pm, dinner is served at 7:00 pm, and will depart that evening.
  • Day 2 - Rocio del Mar arrives in San Benedicto. 
  • 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 (check-in with naval station)
  • Day 7 - Socorro Island, 4 dives scheduled
  • Day 8 – San Benedicto, 4 dives scheduled. At the end of this day, we will start our departure to San Jose del Cabo.
  • Day 9 – Arrive at San Jose del Cabo. Guests may sleep on the boat.
  • Day 10 (Feb 24) - Disembark after breakfast by 8:30 am.
 
 

 

Dive Overview

The Revillagigedo Islands are where you will have an experience of a lifetime with large ocean pelagic animals including a wide variety of sharks (hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks), dolphins, tuna, barracudas, clouds of jacks, and of course, the friendliest mantas in the world. This is also humpback whale season, and if lucky, you may see a humpback whale swim by underwater. 

Socorro March 2020 Trip Report 

 

Diving Conditions in February

Water temperature will be around 25-27°C (77-79°F).

To learn more about what you can expect from this Socorro trip check out this trip report. You can also read the great reviews of the Rocio del Mar & the reviews on diving Socorro here.

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Inclusions

  • Your accommodation and housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, and beverages, including breakfast on the day of disembarkation
  • Local beer and wine
  • 4 guided dives per day (conditions permitting)
  • Tanks, air and weights
  • 16% Mexican tax
  • Port fees

 

Exclusions

 

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About the Rocio Del Mar

The Rocio Del Mar is an 89-foot liveaboard yacht that offers 10 cabins for up to 20 divers. One of the best parts of the trip is the friendly, knowledgeable staff of the Rocio, the delicious Mexican cuisine, and the spacious room provided for underwater photographers to prepare their equipment before and after each dive, so you can be sure you'll be able to document your underwater encounters with the large pelagics completely.

All of the yacht's rooms have private bathrooms with hot shower stalls, Western-style toilets, lavatories, and above height window. Each cabin is air-conditioned. There are room length windows with privacy curtains and convenient gear and clothes storage drawers beneath the beds.

Rocio Del Mar Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar Rocio Del Mar 

Check this page to see more details and customer reviews on the Rocio Del Mar.

Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar

 

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ABOUT THE TRIP LEADER

 

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. He spent some time as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. As the Editor-in-Chief of the Underwater Photography Guide, Nirupam is one of the world's few full-time underwater photography editors. You can get in touch with him at nirupam@uwphotographyguide.com or through his website www.photosfromthesea.com.  

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Guests on this trip will need to fly into San Jose del Cabo Airport (code SJD) and take a taxi to the Marina Puerto Los Cabos. The boat is located by the Hotel El Ganzo. Boarding time is at 5 pm.

Note: Guests arriving early may avail of day passes at Hotel El Ganzo, where they can spend time before boarding at 5 pm. There's an area for storing luggage and restrooms for changing. First come, first served, but guests can email the hotel before arriving.

  • Rooftop Pool - 1000 pesos, guests can use up to 750 pesos as a food and beverage credit
  • Beach Club - 750 pesos, guests can use the whole amount as a food and beverage credit.

On the way back, we arrive in San Jose during the early morning hours of the last day of the trip, February 24. Guests must disembark by 8:30 a.m. Since transfers are not included in our fees, guests will need to take a taxi to the airport, which the Rocio crew can help arrange. Return flights should be made anytime on the last day of the trip.

Recommended nearby hotels to book for extra nights include the Tropicana Inn, Hotel El Ganzo, or El Encanto Inn & Suites. You can get 10% off at El Encanto Inn by mentioning that you will be staying on the Rocio Del Mar.

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PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Deposit: $995

Payment 2: $1,000 due Feb 1, 2021

Payment 3: $1,000 due Aug 1, 2021

Balance: due Nov 1, 2021

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Socorro March 2020 Trip Report Socorro March 2020 Trip Report

 

WANT TO EXTEND YOUR TRIP?

We can help with that! See more of Mexico before or after your trip with Bluewater in Socorro. Flying all that way merits a multi-destination vacation! La Paz is an amazing destination nearby that offers a range of additional unique experiences. Here are some examples of packages we can add on to your trip reservation:

*Rates are subject to change at any time; please contact us for the most updated pricing. 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 5 STAR COSTA BAJA RESORT & SPA

Price: Starting at $2,087 per person based upon double occupancy.

The Hotel CostaBaja Resort & Spa is the first and only luxury hotel & spa in the city of La Paz. This boutique hotel offers a selection of ocean, mountain and marina views. North of the hotel is Espiritu Santo Island, where you will find the greatest marine life in the world and the best sport fishing within Baja Sur.

  • 7 nights in a king or twin room
  • Full buffet breakfasts
  • 5 days of 3 tank dives
  • Lunches & drinks on the boat
  • National park permit fees 
  • Roundtrip Cabo transfers
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes

Costa Baja Resort La Paz Costa Baja Resort La Paz

Costa Baja Resort & Spa

 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 3 STAR LA CONCHA BEACH RESORT

Price: Starting at $1,803 per person based upon double occupancy.

A beach resort offering a peaceful and mellow atmosphere on the Sea of Cortez. Over a hundred sea view rooms are featured in La Concha Beach Resort. Located in front of the ocean and with full view to the beach and pool, the accommodations include essential details to luxury amenities.

  • 7 nights in a king or twin sea view room
  • Full American breakfasts
  • 5 days of 3 tank dives
  • Lunches & drinks on the boat
  • National park permit fees
  • Roundtrip Cabo transfers
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes

La Concha Beach Resort La Paz La Concha Beach Resort La Paz

La Concha Beach Resort

 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 4 STAR HOTEL CATEDRAL 

Price: Starting at $1,670 per person based upon double occupancy.

Hotel Catedral La Paz is a new concept of accommodation to suit the needs of today's travelers. It is part of the historic center of the city, surrounded by major attractions next to Our Cathedral Lady of La Paz. With its sophisticated contemporary modernist architecture, Hotel Catedral La Paz it focuses on every detail to offer its guests an excellent service and quality, both in the rooms and its gourmet restaurant.

  • 7 nights in a king or twin sea view room
  • Full breakfasts
  • 5 days of 3 tank dives
  • Lunches & drinks on the boat
  • National park permit fees
  • Roundtrip Cabo transfers
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes

Hotel Catedral La Paz Hotel Catedral La Paz

Hotel Catedral La Paz

 

2 DAY SHARK & MARINE LIFE SAFARI 

Discover the rich and exciting marine life around Cape Cabo and the Sea of Cortez in this 2-day shark and marine-life safari. The southern coast of Baja is a unique place for pelagic encounters, with frequent sightings of mobula rays, dolphins, and humpback whales. There is also the possiblity of encountering marlins, sea lions, baitballs, numerous other species of cetaceans, and even orcas.

Swiming with sharks is an incredible experience, and one day will be spent in a prime shark spot, chumming for various shark species. The encounters are carried out with safety as a top priority, allowing guests to relax and enjoy their time in the water, with blue sharks, mako sharks, and silky sharks.

With a maximum of 6 guests onboard, this is an exclusive trip providing intimate encounters with some of Baja's best marine life.

  • Lunch, snacks, water, and sodas on the boat
  • Marine Park fee
  • We can also help you book your accommodation in Cabo. We recommend Hotel Tesoro, which is located in the Cabo Marina, and close to the boat and many options for restaurants.

 

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