The Revillagigedos Archipelago, more commonly called Socorro Islands, is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean approximately 250 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – at the tip of the Baja peninsula. These islands have been compared to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador or Cocos Island in Costa Rica because of the big animal encounters they provide.
The Revillagigedos Islands consist of 4 islands – San Benedicto Island, Socorro Island, Roca Partida and Clarion. We simply call them Socorro. They are wild, remote and unpredictable and have been called the Mexican Galapagos. This area is famous for up close and personal encounters with the Giant Pacific manta ray, which can grow to 22 feet from wingtip to wingtip.
|The four islands are:|
|Island||Square Area||Highest Point||Elevation|
|San Benedicto||5.94 km; 2.25 miles||Bárcena||310 m; 1018 feet|
|Socorro||132.06 km; 51 miles||Mount Evermann||1130 m; 3700 feet|
|Roca Partida||0.14 km; .05 miles||The entire island||34 m; 111 feet|
|Clarión||19.80 km; 7.5 miles||Monte Gallegos||335 m; 1100 feet|
|While no tourist facilities exist, there are no reliable sources of potable water, there are still visits every year. The seas around Socorro are popular for SCUBA diving where sharks and manta rays are seen. Most visitors are on live-aboard boats or expedition type vessels. This helps prevent the introduction of non-native, invasive, species.The islands are home to many unique plant and animal species and are often referred to as Mexico’s “little Galapagos”. Isla Socorro is the most diverse in flora, fauna and topography. They were established as a Biosphere Reserve on June 4, 1994.|