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diver dave1

Member Since 02 Mar 2008
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Fish ID from Revillagigedos

01 November 2015 - 04:07 AM

Took a trip to Socorro and surrounding islands, aka Revilagigedos Islands and saw this fish.  I have no Mexican Pacific fish ID book so was hoping for some help.  Its not like its a rare fish, we saw plenty of them.




Thanks for your help in advance.

Socorro trip report on Rocio Del Mar

11 June 2015 - 05:11 AM

Dove with 18 others on the Rocio in mid-May 2015.  ~12 of the divers  came as a group and had been on the Rocio before.


Loved the boat and crew.  Certainly a trip I want to repeat and see no reason to change boats.  This one was great.


Loved the cabin.  Had the bottom bunk and could roll luggage out from under it, get whatever I needed then roll it back under.  Perfect.  Plenty of space for storing gear and did not use it all.  Had the perfect room mate who I met on the boat.


The food was both wonderful to eat and had a lovely presentation.  Something I had not expected.  The repeat divers told me this was a new cook since their last trip and this was a BIG upgrade in the food.


I spent my birthday on the boat.  Everyone made it a REALLY special day, including a special cake that was a mix of cream and chocolate that was perfect.


One of my fellow divers on the Rocio wrote a long trip report and links to his pics.  You can read at this link.




Here is a link to my pics from the trip.  Video still to be worked on.




Hope you find a few pics you like.

Single Male for Socorro Trip on Rocio Del Mar, March 20-28 2016

01 June 2015 - 09:33 AM

Plans change I am giving up my spot on the Rocio Del Mar on March  20-28, 2016 trip to the Socorro islands.  The total trip cost is $3395 of which $1700 has already been paid.  To take this trip, a person needs to pay me the $1700 and will owe the remaining $1695 by Nov 15, 2015 to the trip organizer.

March 20-28 is the season for hearing and seeing humpback whales, along with the usual suspects of Manta’s, dolphins, sharks, jacks, etc.

This trip also includes Easter so if you get Good Friday off work, then you need one less vacation day for the trip.

Once someone has shown interest, I will give them the details for contacting the trip organizer and allowing them to confirm the accuracy of the statements above.  Not expecting someone to send me money without independent confirmation of the facts.

Accepted payment methods are paypal, cashiers check or personal check.  Checks obviously must clear before the reservation will be changed.


This is for a male diver, sharing a room with whoever else is assigned.

Send me a PM if interested.

8 inch vs mini dome with 10-17 and 1.4X question

24 March 2015 - 11:35 AM

I am heading to Socorro for the first time in the near future and have an equipment question.

I use a D7000 in a Nauticam housing.  When on the trip, will it be more likely to be using the 10-17 alone or with a 1.4x?

When using the 1.4x, is there any substantial advantage to using an 8 inch acrylic dome over a 4 inch glass mini-dome? 

One reason for the questions – I have the setup with the mini-dome and the 1.4X on the 10-17.

If I am use the 8 inch dome with the 1.4x, I need to buy a Nauticam 20mm extension.  The minidome and its extension are a different brand and use an adpater for them.


Will I gain much using the 8 inch dome over the minidome when using the 1.4X?


Not asking about CFWA applications but rather wide angle applications, which fit Socorro diving.


I can use the 8 inch dome with no extension and no 1.4X with the setup I have.


Trying to decide whether to buy the 20mm Nauticam extension.

Bonaire photos

15 February 2015 - 09:37 AM

Just back from a couple of weeks on Bonaire.  Here are my 2 favorite photos from the trip.