MV Solmar V; Liveaboard diving in Mexico; 8.7 out of 10 and is rated 'Fabulous'; from £286, $349, €326/day. Customer Review:
”Had an amazing time on the Solmar V. If you you want to see Sharks, Dolphins and Manta Rays Solmar V is the boat to go to. One of the best dives was playing with Manta Rays for a whole hour! We were so impressed we have re-booked for next year!” Recommended for: Boat space, Diving conditions, Great Crew.
MV Nautilus Belle Amie; Liveaboard diving in Mexico; 9.4 out of 10 and ; from £241, $315, €294/day. Customer Review:
”A truly memorable experience with friendly staff, excellent food and the most amazing diving. We picked this trip as we had never seen an oceanic manta, they did not disappoint. In addition we saw dolphins up close underwater and numerous species of shark not seen before plus, on one dive, several amazing encounters with a whale shark. The organisation by the crew to ensure we had the best experience whilst on the boat was truly exceptional, nothing seemed too much trouble. Although the diving was intense, when out of the water we were able to relax and felt cared for by all the staff. Such a good trip with great memories to look back on, until the next time…” Recommended for: The people, crew and divers. The boat, comfortable and relaxing. The diving, incredible!
MV Valentina; Liveaboard diving in Mexico; 9.2 out of 10 and is rated 'Superb'; from £297, $400, €374/day. Customer Review:
”Unique and Unforgettable!! The whole trip was well organised from the initial meeting at San Jose airport to the drop off at the end. Lorenzo (Mexican) is the main guide, and a true gentleman. He is as caring as your own father! Full of enthusiasm for each dive site and seems to have the manta’s and dolphins on speed dial!
We also saw schools of hammerheads and my first tiger shark in 18 years of diving. The other guide was a young Japanese lad called, Rui. Again, he was full of life and knew the dive sites very well, and couldn’t wait to get back in the water for the next dive. This is the enthusiasm that you want on a dive trip. I have been on the odd boat where the guides are tired and can’t be bothered to dive. I don’t mind having a small cabin that doesn’t have the latest flat screen TV, or missing out on warm fluffy towels on the dive deck.
The guides and the crew make ALL the difference on these trips. Both of these guides help make the trip very special with the wildlife encounters which we all had. The whole crew are a credit and know exactly what they are doing. The food was the best that I have ever had on 20+ liveaboards inc The Odyssey in Truk lagoon. The Valentina was a much better trip.
The cabins are quite old, but the boat is clean, hygienic and run so well. Yes there’s quite a bit of sailing to get there, but all the great dive sites around the world entail the same. If they were too easy to get to, they would be over dived and ruined. I can’t wait to book again to try and see the humpback whales on the next trip!” Recommended for: 1) Dolphins, mantas and sharks that are tame and used to seeing divers. These are wild and yet they hang around and play in your bubbles! 2)The guides are fantastic.Really keen, but safe and good fun. 3)All the crew were great – attentive but not over the top.
MV Quino el Guardian; Liveaboard diving in Mexico; 8.8 out of 10 and is rated 'Fabulous'; from £235, $289, €270/day. Customer Review:
”An amazing trip with 20 dives in super Viz and so much to see.. The highlights were closely interacting with the Giant Manta’s, And visiting local areas and dive sights in Baja before the sailing, esp. Cabo Pulmo.” Recommended for: The Pelagics were fabulous …The crew were brilliant…and the food was really great.
MV Nautilus Explorer; Liveaboard diving in Mexico; 8.9 out of 10 and is rated 'Fabulous'; from £259, $315, €294/day. Customer Review:
”Trip of a lifetime! Amazing first live aboard experience. The other divers said that this trip would spoil me, and was much nicer than other live aboards. Service was great. Food was awesome (though I wish they would have served more Mexican food). This is a very expensive trip (and does not include alcohol, gratuities, or equipment), so you are getting what you pay for. As to the diving, I went from April 1-9, 2018. Highlights of what I saw: hammerheads, dolphins, small whale shark (about 10 feet), a sailfish, many mantas, and a few other divers saw a tiger shark. Highly recommended!” Recommended for: The staff, diving, and other divers.
Socorro Island liveaboard diving is best from November to May, which is Socorro liveaboard safari season. The Socorro Islands, known as Revillagigedo Archipelago, are only accessible by liveaboard and known for friendly manta rays and dolphins, plus seeing many shark species and humpback whales too.
The Socorro Islands are also known as Revillagigedo Archipelago, and are a group of four volcanic islands. These volcanic islands include underwater seamounts that are far offshore and ideal for diving due to the currents that bring an abundance of marine life.
Scuba diving in the Socorro Islands is a pelagic lover’s paradise. Be aware of the strong currents around the Socorro Islands, which makes diving in Socorro suitable for advanced divers only.
The Islands of Socorro attract large groups of giant oceanic manta rays, which are possibly the world’s friendliest mantas as they love to swim close beside divers. Not only will you enjoy close encounters with manta rays, but you are also likely to see very friendly bottlenose dolphins too (see video below). These dolphins are also known to approach and play with divers, rather than swim away.
As well as seeing mantas and dolphins, there is also the chance to see whale sharks too in the winter months (November to May), but November is best for whale sharks in Socorro.
When you’re on a Socorro Island liveaboard, there’s also the chance to watch huge humpback whales breach the surface too. These humpback whales come to the Socorro Islands between November and May to breed and calve. You may be even lucky enough to see a humpback mother and a calf too.
Socorro is also known for sharks, such as whitetip reef sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks and hammerhead sharks too.
The visibility around the Islands of Socorro range from 15-50 metres (49-164 feet), and water temperatures range from 21-28°C (70-82°F).
The Socorro Islands are part of a protected biosphere reserve, where many conservation organisations work to preserve the wildlife found here.
Table of Socorro Liveaboards
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