Location: The Boiler, San Benedicto Island, Socorro, Revillagigedos, Mexico
Comments: Some of our guests have decided that 6 hours in the water is not enough and so we have taken to having a non-working dive first thing in the morning at the Canyon where we have been anchoring. We have been rewarded with the sound of humpbacks singing and shark sightings including a school of hammerheads.
Some of the divers also had the treat of seeing a humpback whale underwater during the filming and diving and on day 4 we had a pod of 8 dolphins show up and join in. They were very interested in the video camera and swam all around us for several minutes. On a typical trip, we dive four times a day at 745, 1045, 1400 and 1700. It has always seemed to us that our best giant manta ray interactions tend to be on the second and third scuba dives. This has been reinforced by our experience here on the Boiler on this trip. Although we have been seeing giant mantas earlier in the day they do not seem to wish to stay around and play until about 11am, at which point they are happy to play with us until around 3:30pm. Luckily, this is also the best time for the photography as the light is at its best.
On day 6, after the work day was done we still had enough light so that we could take some guests in the skiffs back to the Canyon along the shoreline allowing them to not only take a closer look at the island but also to see the sunset behind the Nautilus Explorer as she came around the island to join us at the “El Canyon” dive site.
Weather: air temp 88°F, sunny, light breeze, low swell
Water: water temp 73°F, visibility 100 feet