Baja California Sur, Mexico

May 31, 2022:

Roca Partida:

Our second stop in the Socorro Islands was Roca Partida.

This diminutive rocky islet is actually the tip of a large undersea pinnacle.

You never know what you might encounter when diving at Roca Partida.

Possible visitors are multiple shark species, including Whale Sharks and schooling Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Humpback Whales, large schools of fish, Oceanic Manta Rays, and massive Yellowfin Tuna.

The diving at Roca Partida can be fantastic!

But it is unpredictable.

All bets are off!

Unfortunately, some days the dive site can be rather quiet, without much activity.

Despite mostly beautiful water conditions, our three dives at Roca Partida were generally uneventful.

There were no “high voltage” experiences or amazing surprise visitors.

So it goes!

Nonetheless, it was great to spend the day underwater!

Here are a few images from our dive day at Roca Partida:

Schooling Bigeye Trevally; four photos of Whitetip Reef Sharks; and two shots of Schooling Cottonmouth Jacks.


Stay safe, and have a great day!

May 27, 2022:

Baja California Sur, Mexico:

On January 21, 2022, I flew to San Jose del Cabo, located near the southern tip of Baja California Sur State, Mexico.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, it was the first time I had been on a plane for almost two years!

In addition, during the subsequent drive to Cabo San Lucas, I viewed the ocean for the first time since March 2020!

During my twelve day trip, I spent a total of five days in Cabo San Lucas, and a week aboard Nautilus Explorer, an excellent liveaboard dive boat.

My time in Cabo San Lucas was largely spent in a small boat, observing and photographing overwintering Humpback Whales swimming in the adjacent Sea of Cortez and Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Two days of my week aboard Nautilus Explorer were spent traveling between Cabo San Lucas and the Socorro Islands, (a.k.a. the Revillagigedo Archipelago), located in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, roughly 200 miles south of Cabo San Lucas.

While aboard Nautilus Explorer, we were treated five days of world-class diving at three of the four islands comprising the Socorro Islands.

Our first dive day was at San Benedicto Island, the second largest of the Socorro Islands.

Our initial “check-out dive” was at “Fondeadero.”

Subsequently, we dove twice at “The Boiler,” one of San Benedicto’s signature dive sites, a large submerged pinnacle rising almost to the ocean surface.

“The Boiler” serves as a cleaning station for the archipelago’s world-renowned friendly and intelligent giant Oceanic Manta Rays!

Today I’d like to share several images from our initial dive day.

First, three photos from “Fondeadero”:

Longtail Stingray; Trumpetfish; and Tropical Flounder.

Then, seven shots from “The Boiler”:

Schooling Bigeye Trevally; Schooling Bluefin Trevally; Redtail Triggerfish; Whitetip Reef Shark; and three images of Oceanic Manta Rays.


Stay safe, and have a great day!

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