While Los Cabos has great weather conditions for scuba diving year round, the best dive season is from July to November. This is when the water begins to warm up to tropical temperatures and visibility can rival classic dive destinations. Divers from around the world flock to Los Cabos during the summer/fall season to explore the beautiful Sea of Cortez. Keep reading to learn more about scuba diving in Los Cabos.
Scuba Diving in the Sea of Cortez
The Sea of Cortez is often referred to as the world’s richest sea. It houses a beautiful collection of colorful fish and marine mammals. At the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas marks the intersection of the California and Panamic currents with the North Equatorial countercurrent. This brings large amounts of plankton, which allows for vibrant ocean life. Diving in this area offers the opportunity to swim alongside whale sharks, manta rays, sea lions, hammerhead sharks and more! Diving in the Cabo San Lucas Bay is a great way to spend half a day, getting to know the amazing biodiversity of the amazing Sea of Cortez.
Los Cabos Dive Sites
Most of the premier dive sites in Los Cabos are located along the stretch of coast running to Land’s End. Due to the fact that this area has been protected for the past 37 years, there’s been a large increase in fish and invertebrate populations. Many local dive sites are just a 10-minute boat ride from the marina. Popular dive sites include:
- Land’s End – At Land’s End, the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean merge. When diving between these large rock formations, you will find resident sea lions, diving cormorants, massive schools of baitfish and pelagic fish.
- Pelican Rock – Pelican Rock is a rich dive site featuring a resident school of snapper fish. A classic feature of this dive site is the infamous Sand Falls, a unique sand waterfall caused by the steep slope and rock formations down around 50 feet. Divers are sure to see nudibranchs, seahorses, moray eels, seahorses, octopus, blennies and Moorish Idols.
- Neptune’s Finger – Neptune’s Finger is a large, rock formation jutting out of the ocean and into the sky. Divers will be able to see big schools of fish, sea fans and other sea life here. During the spring, banded guitarfish and rays come up from the depths while the water is cooler.
- North Wall – The North Wall features a steep sandy slope where divers can search the area for zebra and jewel eels, stingrays, puffer and boxer fish, cornet fish and trumpet fish, and macro life like seahorses and blennies. It’s also common to see large schools of fish, sharks and large rays out in the open water here.
- The Corridor – Just a 20-minute boat ride away, The Corridor offers a dive site where you’ll never know what you’re bound to see. The area presents a unique opportunity for drift dives. Encounters with pelagic fish, sharks and more are likely. Divers could even find themselves next to a whale here!
- Gordo Banks – If you want to see hammerhead sharks, Gordo Banks is your dive site. They are attracted to this area because of the abundant fish life on the underwater bank. Drivers will also often see schools of jacks and snapper, big rays and pelagic fish like tuna and rays. The boat ride is about 1 hour each way, but it’s definitely worth it for the ocean life you’ll see at this dive site.
Talk to your Lifestyle concierge about adding a scuba diving tour to your vacation itinerary. When you stay with us, in one of our luxury villas in Los Cabos, you can rest assured that we have all your vacation plans attended to. From the accommodations and transportation to ensuring the best vendors for all your activities and adventures, Lifestyle Villas is here to make your trip to Los Cabos a memorable one for sure!
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