New Years Eve at Roca Partida
New Years Eve morning we would wake up at Roca Partida. This lone rock jutting up from 2000 meters (6000+ feet) in the middle of the ocean is the tip of a now dormant volcano that erupted underwater a long time ago. It still amazes me how anyone managed to found this rock in the middle of the sea. The dives I’ve had here have always been insane, so what better way to end 2017 than at my favorite dive site in the entire world. Our first 2 dives did not disappoint… lone hammers as well as schools of hammerheads, massive tuna, huge mantas, big schools of galagos sharks, mobula rays flying in formation, silver tip sharks, huge schools of jacks, and white tips pretty much everywhere you looked. But Roca had a surprise for us for New Years…one I definitely could not of seen coming.
All of a sudden on the last dive of the day I see Pierreric shooting out towards the blue and hear Juan screaming through his reg…. swimming faster than I had seen either of them swim all trip. I shot off after them thinking it has to be something insane… and boom… what do I see in front of us? The silhouette of a gigantic whale shark slowly swimming by. My year was made. Everyone was hugging and high fiving underwater. But Roca wasn’t done yet… a few minutes later I hear Juan screaming through his reg again and see him pointing below us… Our friendly giant had come back to wish us a Happy New Year. He cruised along the rock wall from maybe 20-30 meters below us, then right up to us slowly cruising by barely a meter (3 ft) away from me, before heading back out into the blue.
That night we went for another silky night snorkel and celebrated New Years onboard before packing up and heading back to San Benedicto to ring in the New Year diving at ‘The Boiler’.