I’m not long back from what might have been the best dive expedition of my life. It would be easy to overdo the superlatives, but three things made the trip to Socorro in the Pacific Ocean stand out.
First the boat, Nautilus Belle Amie, and its crew. Outstanding in every respect. It can be tough diving in strong and unpredictable currents over very deep water. But the balance between safety and freedom to get on with your dive was perfect. 5 star accommodation and food, wonderful service from a friendly and very interesting crew.
Secondly, the geology above and below water. Volcanic, big, stark, spectacular.
And then the animal encounters. Uber-playful dolphins, huge swirling schools of jacks parading against the azure blue, sharks coming out of your ears. But also what we really went for, which was the giant mantas.
If you follow the brief and don’t chase them, you can get some amazing encounters from these 6 metre wingspan intelligent giants of the ocean. They look like stealth bombers in their sometimes all-black livery as they approach silently out of the deep.
I don’t want to say much more. Just to retain the images and emotions of diving at such a remote location with some of the Pacific ocean’s most charismatic creatures.
Magnificent. Wonderful. Exceptional.
Best wishes, dear friends.