Launched in 2018, the Socorro Vortex is a luxury liveaboard exploring the Socorro Islands and offering great white shark cage-diving experiences around Guadalupe Island. She has been built to the highest standards by divers for divers and at 43 meters in length, is the largest (and fastest) liveaboard in the region.
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Come face-to-face with large pelagics, such as dolphins, hammerheads and manta rays, or experience the thrill of being in the water surrounded by great white sharks. The Socorro Vortex combines incredible underwater experiences with a luxurious onboard experience, including gourmet meals and beautifully-appointed public areas and suites.
The Socorro Vortex caters to just 14 guests, with seven luxury cabins spread across all three decks.
There’s one spacious Owner’s Suite on the Upper Deck, which is equipped with a California king-size bed, private bathroom, desk and expansive windows.
There are two Junior Suites on the Main Deck, which feature a queen-size bed or two twin beds, private bathrooms and windows for taking in the views.
There are four Deluxe Suites on the Lower Deck, which feature two twin beds, private bathrooms and porthole windows.
The Socorro Vortex prides itself on offering gourmet dining, with meals served in the spacious indoor dining room or on the alfresco dining deck. Menus feature a combination of American and Mexican cuisine, with the vessel’s talented chefs drawing on locally-grown ingredients as much as possible to create daily meals and in-between snacks.
Fruit juices, sodas and freshly-brewed coffee are always available, together with both hot and iced tea. Guests also enjoy complimentary wine and the best Baja California beer available.
The chefs can accommodate special dietary needs on request, so please notify the team at the time of booking.
The Socorro Vortex features a spacious lounge, restaurant-style dining area and bar on the Main Deck, with plenty of entertainment facilities to enjoy in between dives. There’s another open-air lounge on the Upper Deck with an alfresco dining area and grill, making this the perfect place to enjoy sundowners while soaking up the incredible views.
Upstairs is a Sun Deck with loungers for those wanting to bask in the sunshine, together with a jacuzzi and helipad in case of emergency. Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the vessel so guests can stay in touch with friends and family back home.
The Dive Deck on this Socorro liveaboard is located at the rear of the Main Deck and is equipped with personal dive lockers, two rinse tanks and a camera table with a low-pressure hose. There are two ladders at the aft for easy exit and entry, as well as hot, fresh water showers for when you return from dives.
A detailed briefing is given at the start of each dive, with highly-experienced dive masters and instructors offering guidance in the water. The Socorro Vortex is a Nitrox-only vessel (Nitrox certification is available on board) and is also re-breather optimized. A full line of dive rental gear can be booked in advance for your Socorro or Guadalupe dive vacation, with 15-litre tanks available for a surcharge.
Socorro forms part of the Revillagigedo Archipelago and is often compared to the Galapagos Islands due to its big animal encounters. Divers can expect to see playful dolphins, tuna and around seven different shark species, as well as occasional orcas, humpback whales and giant mantas. The Socorro itinerary includes diving around San Benedicto Island and the “El Boiler” pinnacle (a favourite gathering spot for giant Pacific mantas), as well as exploring the shark-filled cafes of Roca Partida.
Trips to the Revillagigedo Archipelago are only available from November through to June, with water temperatures varying from around 70 to 80°F (21 to 27°C), and sightings of humpback whales are best during the cooler months of mid-January to the beginning of April.
Guadalupe Island is renowned for its great white sharks, with cage diving conducted without scuba tanks. The best season for shark diving in Guadalupe is from August through to October, with water temperatures between 65 and 70°F (18 to 21°C). Most divers are comfortable in either a 5mm or 7mm wetsuit during the colder months, with hooded vests and gloves strongly recommended due to the cold water conditions.
The Guadalupe route offers unlimited cage dives, with both divers and non-divers welcome on this itinerary. The Socorro route requires divers to have at least Advanced Open Water certification and 50 logged dives, with 3-4 dives offered each day.