Sunday, March 16, 2014

Trip Report, Rocío del Mar. Revillagigedo. February 25 and March 07

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven ... we lost count of how many times a humpback whale was breaching right before us and then a few minutes later another and another .... it was amazing!

The past two weeks Rocio del Mar completed two trips to Revillagigedo Islands. Mantas (Manta birostris) have been very active around divers: great memories, great pictures, great dives, but the best, many smiles ... that's our best reward.

We were very happy to receive passengers from China, Singapore, Italy, Brasil, México, Canada and different cities from the United States. Everybody had an extraordinary time.

As usual we first visited San Benedicto Island. The 5 star dive sites "El Boiler" and "El Cañon" gave us incredible moments: In a single day two tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier)sightings, humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) encounters on scuba, mantas (Manta birostris) on almost all dives. But please read carefully: these mantas were enjoying being close to divers, they really wanted to hang out with us and their were  4, 5 or 6 of them in a single dive for more than 50 minutes "flying" above us. It was magical!

Winnie with her nemo lucky hood.
She saw a humpback whale on scuba

These trips were not only good for diving. Our passengers really felt at home and shared good moments with Poncho (our chef) cooking different dishes from Singapore and China.

Our next stop was in Socorro Island. We enjoyed mantas, silver tip sharks, hammer head sharks diving at Cabo Pearce. Mantas were all over the dive site: at 15 feet, at 70 feet, we even saw one asking us to play at 90 feet.

Our final stop was at Roca Partida. This tiny rock in the middle of the Pacific is a giant dive site. It is for sure one of the best dive sites in the world. It is difficult to believe the variety of species and high density of their population around this rock. 
But the best is that in a single day of diving it is possible to see at least 5 of the 7 species of sharks that inhabit the Revillagigedo Archipelago.

Hammerhead sharks were at peace swimming around 90 feet and we had the chance to see big schools of them around the island several times.

Besides great dives we also had great weather. 
We spent two days at Roca Partida on each trip and enjoyed fabulous food on the top deck celebrating mexican taco nights and sharing with our guests one mexican tradition: the Piñata. It is common in México to celebrate birthday parties with a piñata full of candies and a delicious cake.

We believe everybody had a great time and filled their expectations of marine life encounters. Weather was great and we expect to keep having these great conditions during the following trips.

We want to thank all our passengers who dove with us and shared all these great memories. It is our purpose to make you all feel like home during your 9 days visiting these great islands full of life and magic.

We hope to see you back again aboard the Rocio del Mar.