Travel Guide, Winter 1995-1996
For shark divers, the remote pinnacles and islands of the Revilla Gigedo off Baja California are both punishment and reward. The punishment is the 260-mile boat trip southwest from Cabo San Lucas across open seas. The reward is coming face to face with schools of hammerheads and manta rays (the sharks don't attack; they find plenty to eat without devouring divers).
Visit the volcanic isles of San Benedicto and Socorro aboard Solmar V, a new 112-foot-long live-aboard that takes you to see coffee-table-size groupers, silky and tiger sharks, an aquariumlike tidal pool among shallow rocks, and pinnacles that extend thousands of feet. San Diego Shark Diving Expeditions runs trips November 21-28 and December 12-20, with comfortable digs, all meals, and dive gear ($2,000 per person; 619-299- 8560)