Best Isla San Benedicto Snorkeling

The 37th most popular snorkel dive spot in Mexico.

  Revillagigedo, Mexico


  October 20, 2017

Located far off the southwestern tip of the Baja Peninsula, the Revillagigedo archipelago consists of four volcanic islands known for their rocky shorelines. Many divers have nicknamed this region as the Mexican Galapagos due to marine life diversity. While snorkeling at Revillagigedo, you may encounter manta rays, galapagos sharks, clarion angelfish, moorish idols, angelfish and triggerfish.

Located off the northwest point of Isla San Benedicto, there is good snorkeling at the Boilers, which is consider the best snorkel spot in the Revillagigedo archipelago. Isla San Benedicto is located about 22 miles to the northwest of Isla Socorro. There is an underwater pinnacle in 25 foot deep water that is about 100 feet wide. This seamount attracts manta rays and whale sharks, along with orange hogfish, pufferfish, clarion angelfish and black/gold moorish idols. The deeper waters off the seamount are frequented by hammerhead sharks.

The Revillagigedo archipelago is located about 220 miles to the southwest from Cabo San Lucas. The main way to get there is by live-aboard boat departing from Cabo San Lucas, and there are two regular dive boats heading out. It takes about 24 hours to reach the archipelago. With hurricanes from June to October and heavy seas from December to April, the best months for snorkeling conditions is November, April and May.

Overall, Isla San Benedicto is the 37th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 37 snorkeling dives in Mexico.

Best Season:  Any

GPS:  19.335109, -110.809423

Date Published:  2/4/2017

Date Updated:  10/20/2017

ID:  25072

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