INTRO TO CABO SAN LUCAS
Within easy reach of the US and now Europe Los Cabos and the Baja is a dive destination offering a diverse and exciting range of dive and snorkeling options.
Scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas is not to be missed, it is a great mexican diving destination for all, families, friends and dive groups.
Cabo San Lucas dive sites are situated on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. The sites offer a diverse range of tropical reef and pelagic animals. The dive sites are where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean therefore, the sites are full of nutrients, coral, and sea fans along with big schools of fish, octopus, sharks, nudibranchs, and much more. On the Baja’s southernmost point, the sheltered San Lucas Bay provides ideal diving for everybody, novice divers and pros alike. The topography is dramatic with steep canyons, pinnacles, and rocky reefs. Diving here is fantastic year-round, you can always see a lot of marine life.
Ocean Safari from Cabo
As Cabo is a mecca for pelagic animals one of the best ways to see them is on an ocean safari. You can take a trip on a boat offshore to look for pelagic animals like whales, orcas, and dolphins. Safaris are the perfect opportunity to enjoy pelagic animals, it’s also a great way for non-dives and photographers to enjoy interactions with marine life. These offshore excursions give you the opportunity to swim with whales, mobula rays, whale sharks, and manta rays. This is a great way to include the whole family in a dive trip.
For divers looking for a quieter alternative, inside the Sea of Cortez are the dive sites of the corridor. There are dive sites such as Santa Maria and Chileno Bay and blow hole, great places to discover nudibranchs, crustaceans, big schools of fish and mobula and cow nose rays. There also have the chance to see other critters sheltering under rocky reefs and amongst unique rock formations.
Sea lion Colonies
A highlight of any trip to the Baja is diving or snorkeling in the local sea lion colonies. Some of the colonies have up to 600 individuals that want to play with you. These inquisitive creatures live on the colonies and follow divers and snorkelers with their mischievous antics.
Approximately 8 miles offshore at Cabo San Lucas, Gordo Banks is a seamount that attracts large ocean-going pelagics, the favorite being the big schools of hammerhead sharks. Migrating humpback whales are known to join you on a dive here between December and April. Other regular visitors include tuna, turtles, and a variety of rays including mobula rays.
And 40 miles to the east, the protected marine park of Cabo Pulmo offers a remote village for divers and snorkelers. Cabo Pulmo protected marine park covers 27 square miles of the northernmost hard-coral reef in North America. Fishing has been banned here for 30 years and diving is outstanding as a result of this. You have the chance to dive with bull sharks at a shipwreck along with giant schools of jacks and groupers the size of the divers.
Liveaboard boats leave Los Cabos and go out to the world-class dive sites of Revillagiedo, located in the Pacific Ocean 240 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, the uninhabited Socorro Islands offer a refuge for a wide variety of pelagic species. In Archipeligo you can see some of the 1200 giant mantas, 7 different types of sharks and friendly dolphins.
Many visitors opt to spend a few days diving and exploring Cabo San Lucas at either end of their Socorro trip. The rich Mexican dive scene makes Cabo San Lucas is perfectly located to support combination trips with several other world-class dive destinations.
Two hours north of Cabo San Lucas in the Sea of Cortez, La Paz offers an exciting diversity of dive sites like wrecks, rocky reefs and rich marine life. Depending on the time of year, divers can encounter hammerhead sharks, mobula rays, dolphins and whale sharks. it is one of the best places in the world to swim with whale sharks.
BEST TIME TO DIVE CABO SAN LUCAS
August to February has the warmest water temperatures in the Sea of Cortez, with good visibility and there are many amazing wildlife migrations on the water to enjoy. If you would like to book a trip contact us and we can plan an amazing trip for you.