Species: Giant Manta Rays, Scalloped
hammerheads, Silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, Silvertips and Whitetip reef
Encounter: Oceanic Manta rays can be reliably found
at the four remote islands of the Revilladigedo Archipelago. Unlike other manta
encounters, the gigantic black and black/white mantas appear to seek out divers
and enjoy swimming through their bubbles. Schooling Scalloped hammerhead sharks
also congregate at a number of sites around the islands.
At Roca Partida (the smallest and most
exposed of the islands) all five species of sharks can often be seen in good
numbers but the highlight for many divers are the surge carved shelves in the
monolithic rock that are crammed full of whitetip reef sharks. A very unique
spectacle and one that is virtually guaranteed if the weather is good enough to
make it all the way there.
There are at least six liveaboard dive operators that regularly tour the archipelago.
Big Fish Expeditions runs a yearly trip aboard the Sea Escape - a Mexican owned
liveabord vessel with an experienced crew that know all the sites where sharks
can be found.
Trips run from Cabo San Lucas during the winter and spring.
Big Fish Expeditions Socorro Expedition
Fish Expeditions Socorro Trip Report
Elasmodiver Manta Ray Page
Elasmodiver Scalloped hammerhead page
reef shark page