Socorro Photo Workshop Big Animal Trip 2018


 Socorro Islands Underwater Photo Workshop 2018

Experience the best place in the world for mantas, sharks, dolphins and humpbacks, on the Rocio del Mar! Fly into Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico for amazing liveaboard diving in the beautiful Socorro Islands.


March 18 - 26, 2018

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Starting from $3,795

Why Join This Trip?

✓ Daily photo workshops

✓ Amazing boat, staff, food and crew!

✓ Four guided dives per day (conditions permitting)

✓ Beer and wine included

✓ Timed to offer the best opportunity to see hammerhead & silky sharks, humpback whales, whale sharks, dolphins, large schools of fish besides THE GIANT MANTAS

Why Travel With Bluewater?

We book resorts/ liveaboards that offer the best overall value

Gear discounts and other benefits

Great support if flight/weather issues occur

✓ "Bluewater helped me out when I needed it most, the airline wouldn't let me board because of a Visa issue. They saved my butt" - Ray Tsusuki

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Trip Overview - This trip is timed to offer the best opportunity to see hammerhead & silky sharks, humpback whales, whale sharks, dolphins and large schools of fish. Of course many giant mantas will also be present. Sail and dive in comfort on the incredible Rocio del Mar.

Rocio Del Mar Rocio Del Mar


Read the great reviews of the Rocio del Mar! Read the reviews on diving Socorro here

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Dive Overview - These islands are a spectacular magnet for a wide range of big pelagic animals. Schooling Hammerhead sharks, dolphins, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, clouds of jacks and barracuda, tuna, wahoo, marlin, oceanic white tip sharks, whale sharks and mantas.

Diving Conditions in March/April - Water temperature will be around 74-80 degrees F. Hammerheads, silky sharks, whale sharks, humpback whales, dolphins, schools of fish and more will be aplenty.

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 ✓ Your accommodation and housekeeping

✓ All meals, snacks and beverages

✓ Four guided dives per day (conditions permitting)

✓ Tanks, air and weights

✓ Breakfast on the day of disembarkation

✓ Local beer and wine

 ✓ All taxes


National Park Fees: $28

Hyperbaric chamber mandatory contribution: $15

Nitrox: $120 for the week

 ✗ Fuel surcharge: $100

✗ Gratuity


Daily Photo Workshops - Workshops will be given daily on topics such as wide-angle underwater photography, ambient light shots, snorkeling with large animals, strobe exposure and positions, avoiding backscatter, and composition. Help underwater is also given.

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Trip Schedule

 > Arrive a day before departure and stay the night in a nearby hotel.

> Day 1 - Rocio Del Mar will be ready for embarkment by 8:00am, and will depart at 9:00am.

> Day 2 - Rocio del Mar arrives to San Benedicto around 11:00 a.m. Start Diving! 2 dives scheduled.

> Day 3 – San Benedicto, 4 dives scheduled.

> Day 4 – Roca Partida, 3 dives scheduled.

> Day 5 – Roca Partida, 3 dives scheduled. 

 > Day 6 – Socorro Island, 4 dives scheduled.

> Day 7 – San Benedicto, 4 dives scheduled. At the end of this day we will start our departure to San Jose del Cabo.

> Day 8 – Arrive at San Jose del Cabo. Guests may sleep on the boat.

> Day 9 - Disembark after breakfast, March 26th.


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About the Trip Leader

Vijay is an avid diver and underwater photographer, who began his pursuit of underwater imaging back in the film days. His travels have taken him throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Pacific Coast, South Pacific and his favorite region, the Indo Pacific. He particularly enjoys capturing the unique behavior of the smallest of subjects, but also the beauty of wide reef expanses and everything in between. As a member of the sales staff at Bluewater Photo, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience and is eager to help others, whether it be to find the gear that will best suit them for their needs, or to share techniques during a photo workshop, to capture the types of images they can be proud of. Examples of his images can be found here at

Trip Leader Testimonials

"As a new photographer underwater I was excited and a bit timid with the overwhelming possibilities and vast knowledge of the topic. I wanted to prepare myself and decided it best to take a photography workshop liveaboard trip with BlueWater Travel. It was a real pleasure to meet, spend time together and dive with Vijay Raman the trip leader. He was approachable and never aloof or condescending no matter how basic my question from setting up my equipment to composition and effects. Thank you to Vijay for all the wisdom shared and I hope to get many more opportunities in the future. I greatly appreciate his time and commitment to the clients' getting their goals met."

"One of the best land based scuba trips I've ever had. Vijay did an incredible job of planning and execution. Vijay made sure everything went as scheduled while on the trip. He made everybody feel welcomed like family. Our group bonded very well so all good!"

"One of the Best Dive Trips EVER! Vijay is Awesome"

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Rocio Del Mar Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar Rocio Del Mar


About the Rocio Del Mar - Rocio Del Mar offers 10 comfortable guest staterooms on two decks. All have private bathrooms with hot shower stalls, western style toilets, lavatories, and above height window. Each cabin is carpeted and air conditioned. There are room length windows with privacy curtains and convenient gear and clothes storage drawers beneath the beds.

Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar


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Flight Information

> Trip attendees should fly in and out of Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico (airport code SJD). Flights should arrive the day before the trip starts.

> Return flights should be made anytime on the last day of the trip. There will be a shuttle at the boat around 9-10am for transport to the airport and the cost is $20 per person.

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Socorro Underwater Photos from Previous Trip

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