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Baja Peninsula dive guide

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Find the dive guide for the different regions of the Baja Peninsula on the left.

Diving in the Baja Peninsula is very rewarding as the area has a very rich and varied population of marine life and dive sites. The dive sites include walls, rocky bottoms, overhangs, reefs and a number of wrecks. Whale sharks can be spotted in Autumn and Spring while hammerheads and manta rays come late summer to early autumn. 

Always dive according to your level of training. Never enter the water without checking with the local dive center for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional.

All the information provided is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.

Climate:
Average air temperature during the year 33C (91F) to 8C (47F)
Average Water surface temperature range between 27C (80F) in summer and 16-21C (60-70F) in spring and winter.
Visibility ranges from 18-30 metres (60-100 feet). July to October are the best months.
Coldest time, November-March
Warmest time, June-September
Possible to dive all year round
Best time to dive, July-October.

The Baja Peninsula of Mexico is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez and is renowned for it's big animals like mantas, hammerheads and whale sharks. Most of the diving activities take place in the Mulege, Cabo Pulmo, Loreto, La Paz and Cabo San Lucas areas.

The Cabo San Lucas area has a great diversity of marine life. From here divers can visit Santa Maria Bay, Chilerio, Sea Lion Colony where sea lions can be seen in their habitat and also Gordon Banks which is famous for encounters with the bull and whale sharks just to name a few sites. Many species of whales can be seen in this region all year including the blue whale, sperm whales, humpbacks and grey whales coming to the Sea of Cortez to breed and calve. They mate and give birth to their calves January to March after which they proceed on their trip to the north.

Off Loreto's coastline are 5 islands namely Isla Coronado, Isla Carmen, Isla Catalina, Isla Danzante and Isla Monserrate. They are part of the Loreto National Marine Park. There's a big variety of marine life, counting more than 700 species including some rare ones that can be seen only in the Sea of Cortez. The rocky structures are covered in invertebrate life, black coral and colorful sea fans. There are regular sightings of dolphins, sea lions, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and sea turtles. It's a heaven for underwater photographers.

In La Paz there's great drift diving. The gray whale and sea lions are a good reason to dive in La Paz and Les Animas Island is often visited by sharks

The Sea of Cortez doesn't only have amazing marine life, there are also some great wrecks to be dived here like the Salvatierra Wreck, La Paz 03 and Fang Ming.

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