Scuba Diving in Cabo
The abundance and diversity of sea life around Cabo can’t be stressed enough. In case you haven’t read our articles on fishing and snorkeling in Cabo, we’ve discussed how the Sea of Cortés is the richest body of water on the planet. There’s no doubt that far away destinations like the French Polynesia have both visually appealing and clearer waters. However, in terms of all the life under the surface, Cabo just can’t be beat.
The convergence of two bodies of water brings an incredible diversity of sea life below.
The Sea of Cortés, Cabo’s famed body of water, provides tropical conditions for divers. In it you will find eye candy such as sea lion colonies and coral reefs to name only a few. Other interesting treats you may find when scuba diving in Cabo include old sunken ships. Water temperatures tend to range from 20 to 30 degrees centigrade. In Fahrenheit terms, that’s from the upper 60s to the 80s. If you’re looking for the most popular area to dive in Cabo, that would be by the Corridor. The Corridor is what separates Cabo San Lucas from San José del Cabo. There are several secluded coves and beaches here, some of which are excellent scuba diving sites. Other great places to dive that are further away include Loreto and La Paz. The best time to dive in Cabo is during the summer months beginning July until about mid-October. During this period, you could expect water visibility to be in excess of 100 feet.
Los Cabos features several protected marine reserves. If you plan to visit these, expect to dive with a guide. The current restrictions prohibit anyone from diving there without one. One thing you should know about Cabo is that scuba diving equipment for sale is scarce. So be prepared to bring your own or rent from the tour operators.
Diving Around El Arco
El Arco, the famous Cabo arch pictured on our homepage, is located just meters away from Land’s End. The interesting thing about El Arco is that it marks the converging point of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortés. The convergence of these two bodies of water brings an incredible diversity of sea life below. The result — a plethora of tropical fish seen swimming in colorful schools. Along the Land’s End rock formations you may see anything from yellow angelfish to red snappers. Frankly, the list is too long to write here. Also in this area are Neptune’s Finger and Pelican Rock, two excellent diving spots. Neptune’s Finger is a huge rock mass that protrudes out of the sea just like, you guessed it, a giant finger. A photo of it is on our Lovers Beach page. You will see Sand Falls when scuba diving around Pelican Rock. Here you will see an endless “waterfall” of sand going on right underwater! The only downside to diving by the Land’s End rock formations is that it is prone to heavy boat traffic, especially motorized boats. You will likely hear the sound of motors running through the water.
Diving in San José del Cabo
San José del Cabo, a city abundant with deeply rooted culture, is also a destination for a different breed of scuba divers. Approximately seven to eight miles off the coast of San José, a diver may find not only tropical fish but hammerhead sharks, rays, and sometimes even dolphins. We recommend diving here during the autumn months. Divers with a limited amount of experience, however, will find the stronger ocean currents to be a bit of a challenge; so only go if you really know what you’re doing.
Diving in Cabo Pulmo
As we’ve already mentioned, Cabo has several beautiful marine preserves. Cabo Pulmo finds itself as one of the most popular of the pack. This is a pristine and practically unspotted national marine preserve found within the Sea of Cortés. If you like scuba diving and have the opportunity to come here, do it. You’d experience excellent underwater visibility as you pass above Cabo’s only live coral reefs. Cabo Pulmo is the place to visit if you want to feel like a fish and take in the best of what Los Cabos has to offer underwater.
How Much Does it Cost?
A single tank will run you around US $50 while a double should cost US $75. Transportation is included. Full-day and multi-day trips (with lunch) are also available at different rates.
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