Diving in Cabo San Lucas

Diving Los Cabos

Diving in the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas, Baja Peninsula

Diving in the Sea of Cortez is an unforgettable experience, with shipwrecks, caves, reefs, and sandfalls to explore. Since the Sea of Cortez is considered to be one of the most fertile bodies of water in the world, it supports over 800 species of fish. Cold-water California-related species to tropical fish and pelagics such as whale sharks, giant manta rays and hammerhead sharks can be found here.

The Cabo San Lucas Bay provides excellent diving conditions. Diving conditions are great all year. June to December offer the greatest visibility, warmest water and longest periods of calm weather. Visibility can exceed 100 feet, and the temperature averages between 78 and 85 degrees F. A deep submarine trench closely follows the bay and creates an unusual marine environment that attracts an abundance of marine life. The water is warm and the currents are gentle.

All types of dive experiences can be satisfied in Los Cabos, from shallow to deep, night to wreck dives. Every type of marine creature, from playful sea lions to the elusive sea horse exist here. Large congregations of fish can be seen around the rocky slopes covered with gorgonians and graceful sea fans. Sea lions, turtles, eels and huge gropers are common sights.

The commonest dives are right around the famous arches at the entrance to the harbor. This is where Jacques Cousteau found the sand falls. Just inside the harbor, there are big and little flows of sand at various depths, constantly streaming down the sides of steep rocky slopes into the deep water.

Cabo is unique in that several of the finest snorkeling and scuba diving sites are only a 15 to 25 minute boat ride from the downtown marina. At Pelican Rock, which runs 25 to 100 feet deep, there are many colorful fish to see, along with interesting rock and sand formations. If you are looking for dive sites you can access right from the beach, go to Playa Chileno on the Corridor. This is where the famous Chileno Reef lies. It sits in up to 50 feet of water and here you will see all types of tropical fish, eels and urchins.

Divers with experience below 30 meters might want to see the vast submarine canyon which starts just 164 feet off Playa del Amor. This canyon is famous for its 'sandfalls', which are streams of sand tumbling over the canyon rim, forming sand rivers between large rock formations. At about 40 meters they become sheer granite walls, dropping vertically for over 9,000 feet. This amazing phenomenon was first documented by Scripps Institute of Oceanography in 1960. Since then it has been documented by Jacque Cousteau's expeditions. The edges of the canyon walls are covered with marine life and colorful coral, attracting all types of tropical fish not ordinarily seen so close to shore.


Isla San Clemente, Isla San Diego, Isla Las Animas, Rocas de las Focas, Marisla Sea Mount ("El Bajo"), Los Islotes, Isla Ballena, Balandra, La Reina, Isla Cerralvo. The currents flowing over the reef are strong in these areas. There are many caverns for experienced divers to explore. It is possible to see bottlenose dolphins, pilot whates and even giant squid in these areas at night.




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