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Scuba Diving in Cabo San Lucas

Article by Angelika Ludwiczak, Marine Biologist and Guide at Cabo Trek

Submerging into the blue, we enter a completely different, beautiful world. Cabo San Lucas has endless options for the underwater world lovers – colorful coral reefs, shipwrecks, big, pelagic life. Diving is a year-round activity here, with the water temperatures reaching up to 80 degrees and over 100 feet of visibility in the peak season.

In Los Cabos area you can choose from variety of dive sites, both in the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean.

Underwater landscape is a combination of rocky cliffs and soft, sandy bottom with amazing and sharp rocks emerging from it, as well as underwater canyons, hundreds of feet deep. Because of diversity of underwater habitats, Los Cabos area is home to plenty of different groups of animals.

Inside of the Cabo San Lucas Bay, within a 5 minutes boat ride from the marina, there are several diving locations. Pelican Rock with surrounding sandy bottom is a great place for your first dive, with an average depth of around 30 feet and blossom of life. It’s inhabited by dozens of colourful fish species, lobsters, eels, sea stars and octopus. It’s also a great place to spot pretty macro life – nudibranch slugs or christmas tree worms. On the nearby Neptune’s finger, one top life mentioned before, there’s an opportunity to spot some bigger pelagic life – among others, different kinds of rays often passing by, while doing their yearly migration. Lands End, being a great dive site for a bit more experienced divers, gives you an opportunity to discover an interesting old shipwreck and observe playful sea lions. This marine mammals are exceptionally curious, especially pups, which are often interacting with divers.

On the North Wall, around 80 feet deep there are underwater sand falls – mind-blowing phenomenon with sand falling into the deep blue, resembling much waterfalls found on land.

If you’re up for a bit longer boat drive, we could offer taking you across the bay to the corridor area, where another of our great dive spots are. Santa Maria and Chileno, Whales head and Blow hole will give you an opportunity to see corals, big schools of fish, and most probably some sharks and rays.

And for the most demanding divers we offer full day tours to National Marine Sanctuary in Cabo Pulmo – known as the best diving location in Baja California, and one of the best in the Eastern Pacific. Being under protection since 1995 Cabo Pulmo is now home to over 6000 marine species and is considered the most successful marine park in the western hemisphere. It’s on the daily basis to see turtles, sting rays, sea lions or schools of sardines, all surrounded by extraordinary, thriving reef.

Also big, pelagic life appears in Cabo Pulmo seasonally -in the winter if you’re lucky you’ll spot humpback whales or grey whales, or even hear them singing. In the autumn you can hope for schools of hammerhead sharks, bull sharks and possibly tigers harks and whale sharks, the biggest fish in the ocean.

Whatever you decide to choose, one thing is sure – you’ll not be disappointed, because all of Los Cabos dive sites are unique and full of amazing life. Plan your diving trip today!


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Philipp Moser

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