Diving the Revillagigedo Islands: Socorro

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The west side of Socorro has “shrubland”.

The island of Socorro is a part of the volcanic Revillagigedo Archipelago, and is inhabited by a small Mexican Navy presence (staff and families) 800 meters from one of the very few fresh water sources on the island. They protect the area from illegal fishing activities and perform rescue operations when needed. Our boat checked in there to register the dive boat’s presence in the area. These islands are located 600km offshore of Mexico, and it takes the Solmar V 24 hours to get to the first island.

Socorro is a shield volcano (not that I completely understand what that means). Divers love these volcanic islands because of the rich underwater life that inhabits them. There is no fishing allowed, and it is always lovely to dive with animals that haven’t been injured by hooks and lines and nets. As far as I know, there is no other place in the world where you can actually interact with dolphins and mantas in the wild. They are the ones who begin the interactions.

Cabo Pearce, a dive site off of Socorro, was the first place we decided to dive. Our daily schedule went like this:

615a Manolo, one of the staff, wakes us up by calling out “breakfast time!”

630a Breakfast…whatever you desire! Pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, yogurt….well, you get the idea!

720a Get suited up and gear ready

745a Dive briefing. What is a dive briefing? The dive master goes over the dive site, tells you where the formations are, what the currents are like, and where, on the site, you are likely to find certain animals. These dive masters are out here for most of the year, and they know these islands and dive sites.

8a in the water! There were 3 groups, and the groups rotate as in who goes in first, second, third. After the first dive, hot chocolate was served and it is delicious. I looked forward to it every day.

1020a Dive!

12 or 1p Lunch…always a soup first. Divers are always hungry.

around 130 or 2p Dive! Then a snack. A different snack daily, from sushi to salami!

around 330 or 4p Dive!

Dinner at 7p. I barely made it until 830p and my eyes were drooping. Four dives a day in strong current is tiring, I can tell you. As the trip goes on you handle it better, but the first few days for me are always exhausting. I was Diver 9.

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Cabo Pearce Dive site.

Taking photos in this location is a completely different experience from taking photos in the Caribbean, where the backgrounds are very colorful with coral. There is not much coral here, it is mostly rock, but there are advantages to that. Coral Reefs can seem like deserts when compared to the number of fish in the Revillagigedoes.  I started out not using a strobe, and took photos by adjusting my White Balance underwater. The photos have a sort of “soft” or “cloudy” look, I think.

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Lobsters everywhere in the rocks!

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The lobsters are beautiful with their blue colors.

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The Crown of Thorns is a fascinating sea star.

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A Bicolor Parrot and a Humphead Hogfish, and a Guinea Fowl Puffer


A Forceps Butterflyfish and a Moorish Idol

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A scorpionfish…they are all over!

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These sea cucumbers were laying eggs.

These are Convict Surgeonfish

These are Convict Surgeonfish

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Clarion Angelfish. I love how colorful they are!


I love the design of urchins.

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Mexican Hogfish. I just love the bump on their head!

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Panamic Green Moray eel

Scuba bubbles

Scuba bubbles

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Our group had Nacho as a divemaster so I called us Team Nacho!

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My next blog will be on San Benedicto Island…and Manta Rays!


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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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  1. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Oh my, Tam, your photos are National Geographic quality. Just gorgeous!

  2. Beautiful photographs. You know, diving is way more technical than I thought. Who knew I’d be learning so much about this past-time?
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  3. I am in awe of your diving abilities and photographic talents. But what purpose, if any, does the Hogfish bump serve?
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    • Tam Warner says:

      Who knows? It does something since it has evolved over so many million years! It’s just so pretty to look at! Did you see the movie clip? They are very curious!

  4. Kimberly says:

    Tam, I’m always so in awe of your diving tales. The pics are fabulous and your dive skills are so impressive! (I’d be scared to death!) Thank you for bringing us along with you!

  5. I look forward to your photos and your travel stories every week. I am amazed with each and every one of them.
    They are all so beautiful!

  6. Wow! Your photos are absolutely incredible! Team Nacho is pretty darn cool. Keep diving, keep sharing… I love your posts, love diving vicariously through you!
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  7. Your pictures are spectacular. They always take my breath away.

  8. Carolann says:

    You photos always blow me away! Love that video too. It’s so much fun living through your images and stories. I really admire you so much!

  9. Tam, once again you leave be speechless with your adventures! I could never do what you do and I love that you share it with us. I would love to share this on my blog soon.

  10. I really enjoyed your post. I’m a scuba diver, too, and love underwater photography as well. Re: the Crown of Thorns sea star – I saw them in Fiji, where the divemaster told us they eat the coral and are considered a predator of the reef. They actually destroy them when they find them to preserve the reef.
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    • Tam Warner says:

      Thank you Debbra! It is a beautiful animal, isn’t it? They aren’t so plentiful in the Revillagigedoes, there’s not enough coral for them to feed on. I know they kill them on the Barrier Reef too, further evidence our ocean is out of order. I love looking at them!

  11. Hung Thai says:

    Oh my these are beautiful pictures and what a great adventure! I’ve only snorkeled and have always wanted to dive for a change. I’m going to look into getting certified soon. Thanks!
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