The Socorro Islands

By | 2017-02-13T10:56:39+00:00 June 27th, 2016|5 Comments

Just a few weeks ago I was diving with giant manta rays, sharks, and even a few dolphins and schools of fish. It was an incredible experience, and after this diving trip I am seriously ruined for diving. The seas were clear, blue, and the life in the ocean was amazing. It was only my second diving trip after getting scuba certified, and I’m already planning my trip back on this boat to do it all over again later next year.

I’m still very new to diving, and it’s interesting how many comments I have received from other divers, something along the lines of it being impressive that I am already diving with such a large camera setup. For me, I guess there is just no other way. Holding a camera in my hands, regardless of where I am, feels natural. With that said, I am a very safe and conservative diver and would never do anything that was outside of my limits (which were definitely tested on this trip!).

Here is a collection of some of my favorite photos from this trip, as well as a video showing what it was like to dive with these beautiful creatures. I had a lot of fun playing with the light beams, and a few times the mantas followed me to the surface! Enjoy :)

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My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.


  1. Marcia Fasy June 28, 2016 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Isn’t Socorro fabulous? Many years ago my husband and I were there on our sailboat. We met the Commandante and his family. They were so wonderful to us. They gave us a hiking guide and two guides to dive with my husband and when we left for further should they gave us leg of lambs to put in our freezer. I don’t know if the base is still so active but your photos brought back such wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. Tom R. June 28, 2016 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Such a lovely and serene video. A majestic place for sure. Can’t wait to show it to my daughter whom I hope to share scuba with some day.

  3. Peter Everitt June 29, 2016 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Fantastic place. Easily one of the top dive sites in the world. I have been out there twice know.
    For myself Roca Partida is outstanding.

  4. Linda June 29, 2016 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing…it was a wonderful window view.

  5. Jim June 29, 2016 at 8:37 am - Reply

    The photos and video are great! I hope you are going to follow up with an extended article with information about camera(s) used, exposure, what it was like to be among these creatures, etc.

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