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FEBRUARY 16TH, 2020 – FEBRUARY 28TH, 2020

SOCORRO ISLANDS | #TRIPREPORT

Feb 18th
Dive site: El Canon
Water temperature: 21C/ 70F
Visibility: good, 15 - 20m
We had strong current on all dives. Some dolphins passed by which we saw hunting jacks.
Different mantas that were curious. Cleaning station we found some Galapagos that came close and various silver tips. There was also a big school of amber jacks at the cleaning station.

Feb 19th
Dive site: El Boiler
Water temperature: 22C/ 71F
Visibility: good, 20m
Happy to say that the boiler is back alive. We encountered 8+ different mantas, which were very playful. One dive dolphin passed by the site. Last dive we had a strong current which brought in various sharks. We saw some Galapagos, black tips, plenty of white tips and a big tiger shark.

Feb 20th
Dive site: Cabo Pearce
Water temperature: 22C/71F
Visibility: good, 15-20m
We found various mantas that played with us and as well dolphins. Saw here and there hammerheads in the blue and encountered the big school once, unfortunately they didn’t come close. Above the water we saw different whales breaching.

Feb 21th
Dive site: Roca O’Neil and Punta Tosca
Water temperature: 23C/73F
Visibility: good, 15-20m
We did 2 dives in Roca O’Neil and 1 in Punta Tosca. Strong current on all 3 dives. When we entered the first swim through, dolphins were waiting at the exit. Further, we found 2 mantas and some hammerhead sharks in the blue. On the surface we saw different whales breaching. At Punta Tosca we saw some hammerhead sharks. When we came to the surface, we saw whales close to us. Not yet underwater!

Feb 22th
Dive site: Roca Partida
Water temperature: 23C/ 73F
Visibility: good, 20+m
We did 3 fantastic dives at Roca. All of them full of sharks, Galapagos, silvertip, white tip and hammerhead sharks. We found three different mantas playing together and interacting with our group. Entered the water one dive on top of 8 dolphins. Every dive we had huge tuna swimming in between our groups and saw big schools of them in the blue. 2 times we found schooling hammerheads. We also saw 3 different whales breaching on the surface.

Feb 23th
Dive site: Cabo Pearce
Water temperature: 21C to 23C/ 70F to 73F
Visibility: OK, 10- 20m
A cold current came through the dive site which made the water green. But, it also brought a lot of mantas with. Still managing to see hammerheads, big school of bonitos etc. but the show the mantas put up was unreal. 2dives had silky sharks joining the safety stop.

Feb 24th
Dive site: Cabo Pearce + El Canon
Water temperature: 22C/ 71F
Visibility: OK, 10-20m
We started our day with a dive in Cabo Pearce. 8 mantas put up a show from start to end. Saw some big hammerhead sharks passing by. After we went to El Canon, we did another excellent dive here. Unfortunately there were 4 boats which only allowed us to do 1 more dive. On the dive we saw schooling hammerheads and mantas at the cleaning station and a big school of jacks.

Feb 25th
Dive site: El Canon
Water temperature: 23C/73F
Visibility: good, 20+m
Good dives with humpback whales passing by the dive site. Unfortunately, not on our diving times but good to see them so close. We had dolphins during first dive. Saw hammerheads here and there. Cleaning station had big Galapagos sharks and plenty of silver tips. Occasionally manta swam by.

Feb 26th
Dive site: El Boiler
Water temperature: 23C/73F
Visibility: good, 20m
Rough surface conditions but below the water, very calm. Every dive, mantas came and play. We saw Galapagos, silver tip and hammerhead sharks in the blue.

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