|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.
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.
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.
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
beginners and advanced divers will enjoy the diving in Cabo
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.
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.