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Cabo San Lucas Diving

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Cabo San Lucas dive guide


Cabo San Lucas diving in the Sea of Cortez is considered one of the richest bodies of water in the world. There are numerous species of fish, from cold-water California-related species to tropical fish and pelagics such as whale sharks, giant manta rays and hammerhead sharks.  

Cabo San Lucas is located at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula where the famous "lands end" granite archway goes into the sea separating the waters of the Sea of Cortez from the Pacific Ocean.

The best time for diving in Los Cabos is in the summer when water temperatures are pleasant and visibility allows for incredible diving. Visibility ranges from 30 to 50 feet (9-15 meters) in winter months, to over 100 feet (30 meters) from April through October.

The diversity in fish and marine mammals on the southern tip of Baja is unmatched anywhere else in the earth’s undersea domain. This is due to the fact that three major ocean currents meet to create the unique and varied life that exists here. The California current, Panamic current, and the North Equatorial Countercurrent all crash together and bring with them a lot plankton. This staple of life attracts the whole food chain that benefits from its abundance.

Both beginners and advanced divers will enjoy the diving in Cabo San Lucas.
Among the sites that divers can enjoy are:

Santa Maria Bay.
A sheltered cove great for snorkeling and diving. Colorful gorgonians and sea fans line the rock walls where colorful tropical reef fish are in abundance. Great dive for the photographer.

A breath-taking bay know for its diving and snorkeling. A honeycombed maze of finger-shaped reefs covered with coral trees, it hosts a large variety of schooling tropical fish, sea turtles and several species of moray eels. A colorful collection of invertabrates, starfish, seafans, sea urchins and sponges fill the nooks, crannies and sea floor.

Sea Lion Colony.
Join the sea lions in their own habitat. This dive gives even the novice diver an excellent opportunity to join and observe the sea lions.
Gordon Banks (These submerged sea mounts, a few off-shore is best known for its big animal encounters. This is for the experienced diver because of the depths and currents. Here schools of hammerhead sharks, jacks, marlin, tuna and dolphin can be seen just a few feet below the surface. Manta rays, bull sharks and whale sharks are sometimes encountered here.
Discovered by Jacques Costeau, the Sand Falls start at 90 feet (27 meters) and descends to 120 feet (36 meters). Steep sand banks cascading into the canyon with many tropical fish.

Cabo Pulmo. More for the advanced diver. A National Marine Sanctuary, Cabo Pulmo is the only true living coral reef in western North America. It is an expansive reef system consisting of eight long bars. There is a remarkable abundance of colorful tropical fish life to be seen here. Big groupers are often seen at El Bajo and this dive is a photographer's paradise. Due to the windy conditions on the East Cape December through May, this trip is best made June 1 through November 31 only.

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