Prepare yourself for an incredible show of nature as you swim side by side with colourful schools of fish, eels, rays, octopus, sea turtles and more. The Sea of Cortez or the “Aquarium of the World” offers many opportunities to experience incredible underwater wildlife.
SCUBA DIVING DESTINATIONS
Note: travel time is from the Cabo San Lucas marina.
Land’s End – Intermediate-Advanced – 50’-60’
Five minutes by boat and you can share the water with sea lions and moray eels, with a sunken boat visible in the Falls.
Sand Falls – Beginners – Advanced – 30’-100’
Steep sand banks drop sharply into a canyon filled with tropical fish. The canyon runs from the depths of the Cabo San Lucas bay to within 30 feet of the beach.
Pelican Rock – Beginners – 25’-80’
This large rock attracts many tropical fish and is only five minutes from shore.
Neptune’s Finger – Advanced – 80’-100’
A spectacular canyon wall dive.
Cabeza de Ballena – Beginners – 20’-40’
A 25-minute boat ride leads to a dive through large boulders with many fish.
Santa María Cave – Beginners – 20’-40’
Reachable from the shore or a 35-minute boat ride, the entrance to Santa Maria canyon has a huge variety of fish which feed right from your hand.
Chileno – Beginners – 30’-70’
This location offers parking, sea turtle sightings, tropical fish, and night dives over a sandy and rocky bottom following a 35-minute boat ride.
El Gavilán – Intermediate/Advanced – 70’-100’
This rocky ledge leads into a canyon where groupers and larger fish are often sighted; 35 minutes by boat.
Blow Hole – Beginners/Advanced – 30’-70’
35-minutes from San Lucas, or just 10 minutes from Chileno beach, this dive offers rocky valleys presenting a variety of fish.
Las Salinas – Beginners – 30’-45’
A sunken Japanese fishing boat attracts a large assortment of fish at this beginners’ dive; about 80 minutes from Cabo San Lucas or one hour from La Playita.
Gordo Banks – Advanced – 110’-120’
A seamount provides views of marlin, hammerheads, skip jacks and at times huge manta rays; one hour from La Playita.
Cabo Pulmo – Beginner-Advanced – 30’-100’
A one hour drive east of San José or five minutes by boat and you’ll find the only living coral reef in the Sea of Cortez.
Cabo offers several methods for snorkelling. You may drive to a local beach and swim out, book a tour with one of the many popular companies, or charter a private boat. Tours are typically two or three hours. Stay away from the Pacific side of the peninsula; its strong currents make it very dangerous for any kind of water sports.
A quick five-minute ride from the Cabo San Lucas marina or Medano Beach is all it takes to get to this fish-attracting rock.
This popular and uniquely-named beach is accessible only by boat. Be on the look-out, however, as the water is not roped off for swimmers.
Santa Maria Bay
Snorkel tours regularly visit Santa Maria Bay. If you choose to drive there, it’s an easy swim from the shore to the reef on the right side of the cove.
Snorkelers will find a safe, roped-off area for swimming at this common tour destination.
A Natural Marine Reserve in the East Cape, and may offer the best snorkelling in the area. This eight-fingered coral reef is about a 2-hour drive from San José del Cabo, but it is well worth it!