After hearing about the Revillagigedo Archipelago (best known as Socorro) a couple of years ago, I knew I had to go. So when I found myself in Mexico this June I jumped at the chance, which I quickly discovered was worth any sea sickness from the 24-hour voyage after I entered the water for the first dive…

The Boiler

After arriving at San Benedicto, the archipelago’s northernmost volcanic island, we descended to the The Boiler site where we were greeted by huge schools of fish, a giant manta and dolphins teaching their calves how to hunt. Then, five minutes into the dive, the divemaster started frantically pointing towards the surface where we saw the huge white belly of a whale shark, which didn’t seem to have any concerns about being surrounded by divers and swam right over my head as she descended into the depths. It was amazing to dive with one of these huge animals having only struggled to keep up with them while snorkelling in the past.

The Dolphin Dance

We did three more dives on the same site that day with each being uniquely special. The divemasters had told us that if we impersonated the dolphins (which are well known for hanging around at this site), they would race over to investigate us. This led to a hilarious contrast in the grace shown by the divers compared with the dolphins, but it did work! During the final dive of the day, we had the first of several dives being circled by giant mantas. Like the dolphins, they were very curious, hovering directly above to feel our bubbles on their bellies. Needless to say, we were a very happy bunch of divers at the end of that day!