two divers watch a graceful giant manta ray

Looking for the “Big Five” aboard the Belle Amie

At the Archipelago de Revillagigado (Socorro) with six days in the water and 24 dives. Things started off slow for the divers from Canada, the UK, the US, Switzerland, Estonia, Spain, Denmark, Germany and China (plus a few more).

Over the first four days of diving we covered the three major dive locations, San Benedicto, Socorro and Roca Partida, looking for the elusive “Big Five” – Manta Ray, Dolphin, Whale Shark, Hammerhead and Tiger Shark, and the “Little Five” – Octopus, White Tip Shark, Sting Ray, Moray Eel and Spiny Lobster. Individual groups had some luck as the days progressed with sightings of hammerheads, a few mantas and many of the “Little Five”.

Visibility ranged from 20m to 30m+ and water temperature from 23 to 25 degrees, definitely 7mm wetsuit conditions. After four days, we made the decision to return to San Benedicto for the final two days of diving. This is when things really picked up. Mantas appeared in numbers on all the dives then the dolphins showed up and finally two whale sharks. The Mantas put on the most graceful of performances to the whistles and clicks from the dolphins.

If this wasn’t enough, to have two whale sharks glide majestically between the divers, made for a spectacular site. Night snorkelling with Silky Sharks and day snorkelling with dolphins and Silky’s just added to the trip. The last dive of the trip finished with Silvertip and Galapagos Sharks!!

The trip could not have been possible without the superb support of the dive team, boat crew, and all the staff aboard the Belle Amie. I’m sure everyone will come away with memories that will last a lifetime and I suspect a few will be returning to sample the sites again.

– Dominic & Jason,
Vancouver, Canada

 


 

This was a trip of a lifetime. I am very glad I choose the Belle Amie. Every day is more exciting than the last. The crew is incredible, the diving is the best I have ever done. I will be back!

– Rafik

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