Socorro Islands Underwater Photo Workshops 2019


 Socorro Islands Underwater Photo Workshops 2019

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

Choose between 2 dates:

March 17 - 25, 2019

Led by Scott Gietler


March 27 - April 4, 2019

Led by Matt Sullivan

8 Nights for only $3,895

**We also have an Open Boat trip Feb 5 - 14, 2019**


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Why Join This Trip? - Why Travel with Bluewater?

Dive Information - Package Details - Itinerary - Accommodations

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


Why Join This Trip?

 ✓ 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
 ✓ 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, humpback whales, whale sharks, dolphins, large schools of fish besides THE GIANT MANTAS
 ✓ 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, 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.

The trip would be led by a professional underwater photographer and dive travel expert and underwater photo instructions would be given 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 whitetip 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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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 8:00 am, and will depart at 9:00 am.

 > Day 2 - Rocio del Mar arrives at 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.

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 San José Del Cabo, Mexico (airport code SJD). Flights should arrive the day before the trip starts (March 26th).

 > Return flights should be made anytime on the last day of the trip (April 4th). 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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About the Trip Leaders

Scott Gietler is the owner of Bluewater Travel. Scott's areas of expertise include Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, French Polynesia, and the United States.

Scott is the founder of the Underwater Photography Guide and Bluewater Photo. What started out as a small project has grown to a point where it is starting to interfere with Scott's sleep. When it interferes with his diving, then it will be a problem.

An avid marine naturalist, Scott is the author of the Field Guide to Southern California Marine Life. He was the LAUPS photographer of the year for 2009, and his photos have appeared in magazines, coffee table & marine life books, museums, galleries and aquariums throughout California. He enjoys teaching photography underwater and in workshops.


Matthew Sullivan is an award-winning photographer from New Jersey who now lives in Southern California. He has been diving since the age of 10 and had a disposable camera in his hand almost from day one. Wildlife and nature photography is his passion, with a special affection for marine life. All his spare time is spent wandering mountains, deserts, rainforests, or oceans looking for opportunities to make inspiring images that will hopefully help persuade people to stand up for our natural and wild places and to conserve and preserve the amazing animals that inhabit them. To see more of his work visit his Instagram page @_matthugh.




Payment & Booking

Payment Schedule


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Underwater Images

Socorro Underwater Photos from Previous Trip

Soscorro 2017 Trip