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#1 sharky1961

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 03:08 AM

Hi

I am plannning a trip to Socorro next year what is the best time??


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Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:47 AM

Hi

I am plannning a trip to Socorro next year what is the best time??


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Best time varies depending on what you want to see. I like the first trips when they open up in Nov. Likely encounters with whale sharks, mantas, hammerheads etc and the water is still warm (low 80-high 70's though you might hit some thermoclines). Getting in Jan onward you will see the humpback whales from the boat and if lucky while diving though I think thats not too common. Of course hearing them underwater is nice. Water is cooler at this time. You will also have encounters with mantas dolphin and various species of sharks. I can't talk about the spring months since i never was there then.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 03:24 PM

I was there over Christmas. Saw tons of mantas, lots of galapagos and silky sharks. Quite a few hammies and a few schools of dolphins. water was cooler and not the best vis some dives. But incredible anyway. Whale sharks started showing up at Roca partida on the next trip.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 03:52 PM

I just returned from Soccorro last night. The trip ran from Jan 26 - Feb 3 and this seemed like a great time to visit. The weather was excellent, with temps of about 75F both above and below water. We did see Humpbacks from the boat, and frequently heard them singing under water. Certainly no shortage of Mantas and we saw large schools of Galapagos, Hammerheads, and dolphins who were eager to play with the divers. I was really blown away by this trip, and for me it was even better than Cocos last year.


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Posted 17 May 2012 - 04:34 PM

Resurrecting this thread. Anyone been in Feb/Mar? I know Bonnie Pelnar likes early April...

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:51 PM

Been there a bunch of times between Jan and May.

I'd go with March. Never been there early in the season.
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Posted 18 May 2012 - 09:14 AM

I was there this March. The visibility was not ideal for photography. Weather was cool, windy, hence some sites were not available. Water temps were chilly. You'll need a 5mm with hooded vest or 7mm with hood.
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:39 PM

I was there over Xmas. Pretty decent but the water was rocking. Just getting into the skiffs took acrobatic balance.
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