Socorro Islands Underwater Photo Workshop 2018


 Socorro Islands Underwater Photo Workshop 2018

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


April 7 - 15, 2018


Starting from $3,795

One cabin left at $2499!!


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Why Join This Trip? - Why Travel with Bluewater?

Dive Information - Package Details - Itinerary - Accommodations

Trip Leader - How to Get There - Booking & Payment - Underwater Photos


Why Join This Trip?

 ✓ Daily photo workshop
 ✓ Leaders who care about their guests' experiences
 ✓ Amazing boat, staff, food and crew!
 ✓ Four guided dives per day (conditions permitting)
 ✓ Timed to offer the best opportunity to see hammerhead & silky sharks, dolphins, large schools of fish besides THE GIANT MANTAS, and even humpback whales or whale sharks!
 ✓ Beer and wine included

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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


Trip Overview

This trip is timed to offer the best opportunity to see hammerhead & silky sharks, mantas, dolphins, large schools of fish and a chance for humpback whales or whale sharks! Sail and dive in comfort on the incredible Rocio del Mar.

Trip would be led by a professional underwater photographer and dive travel expert (Mark Strickland) and underwater photo instructions would be give to guide everyone. Beginner photographers are very much welcome to join and learn. Price includes local beer and house wine. You can read a wonderful report of this trip here.

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

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 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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Package Details

 ✓ Daily photo workshops
 ✓ 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.


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, April 2nd or 12th.


About the Trip Leader

Mark Strickland’s life-long interest in the sea has included over 10,000 dives and careers as lifeguard, boat captain and scuba instructor. His passion for underwater photography has led him to many top dive locales, including Virgin Islands, Australia, and Thailand, where he spent 17 years as Cruise Director on a series of liveaboards. Mark now resides in Ventura county, California.

An avid marine naturalist, Mark has discovered several nudibranch species. He is co-author and principle photographer for Lonely Planet’s award-winning book, “Diving and Snorkeling Thailand”, and his work appears in many magazines, books and displays around the world. Currently, Mark leads several dive trips each year to his favorite destinations, while working on a career-spanning large-format pictorial book.

Mark's photos and articles have appeared in magazines and books around the world, including Action Asia, BBC Wildlife, National Geographic World, Natural History, Scuba Diving, Skin Diver, Sport Diver, Sportdiving, Unterwasser and many others. In addition to representation by several stock photo agencies, Mark operates his own photo library, Mark Strickland Photography,


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About the Rocio Del Mar

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.

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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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Payment & Booking

Payment Schedule
 > $900 deposit to confirm your spot
 > $1,400 due 1 Sept 2017
 > Balance due 2 Jan 2018


Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call Bluewater Travel at 310-915-6677 or email and let them book your dream vacation at the best price!



Underwater Images

Socorro Underwater Photos from Previous Trip

Soscorro 2017 Trip