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Here's what I wrote about currents in Socorro in my trip report:What are the currents really like? Are reef hooks required? How might they compare to say Cozumel?
Dive 8 to Dive 14 were all done in Roca Partida with depth around 97 to 128 feet, 80 feet visibility, medium surf, a bit of choppy, typical ocean diving. There were some horizontal currents that our DM swam against, as he spotted something good to see. We tried to follow him to no avail, finning like crazy, but going no where. Some of us tried to swim to the sheer vertical wall of Roca Partida to hide from the current, to use nook and cranny of the wall to hide and push ourselves forward against the current to the other end of the corner, using our naked hands (gloves were not allowed there), but the surging ended up shearing some of the skin off our hands. We were warned and told not to do this, but swimming with big cameras won’t be as streamline as the divers without cameras, and our regular fins won’t be as fast as the DM’s long skindiver-type fins. So some of us (myself included) just gave up, started to drift with the current and left behind. There was an upwelling too, where I just couldn’t swim against it even by deflating all the air out of my BCD. It bought me near to the surface, but the upwelling somehow died down near the surface and I was able to descend back to the deep in relatively short of time. What a ride that was.
Luckily, currents bring pelagic fish. We saw another pod of bottlenose dolphins, schooling of yellowfin tunas, schooling of hammerheads, and juvenile whaleshark, as shown in Figure 26 to 29, respectively, below.
Figure 26: Schooling of yellowfin tuna in Roca Partida
Figure 27: Yellowfin tuna in Roca Partida
Figure 28: Schooling of hammerheads in Roca Partida (courtesy of Nicholas)
Figure 29: Juvenile whaleshark in Roca Partida (courtesy of Matt Niesen)
Another interesting site to see in Roca Partida is the Balcony, where local resident of whitetip reef shark sleep during the day, as shown in Figure 30 and 31, below.
Figure 30: First local resident of The Balcony of Roca Partida (courtesy of Bela Asztalos)
Figure 31: Second local resident of The Balcony of Roca Partida (courtesy of Bela Asztalos)
Thanks Dan. You make a good point, this may be the cheapest of the "Big 3 Eastern Pacific" destinations, and I'm reasonably sure that I will not go to either Galapagos or Cocos, the price is just prohibitive for me.
I have a reservation for January 2023, so I looked at that video of yours with particular interest, to try to figure out what is "in season." So you saw whale sharks on your January 2021 trip? I thought that wasn't the season for whale sharks, but maybe nobody told the whale sharks that.
It certainly was for me Trip Report - Revillagigedos on the Nautilus Explorer, May 24-June 1, 2019 One of the jewels of the Eastern Pacific...So is Socorro really worth the $$$?