The Sea of Cortez is filled with reefs, caves and sunken ships, making it a fascinating body of water to explore. For that reason, snorkeling and diving have become one of the most popular reasons to visit Los Cabos San Lucas. You can find some of the best places to dive in Cabo just 15 minutes from the Cabos’ Marina. Also, another alluring aspect of this area is that you’ll find there the convergence point of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. Both bodies of water naturally enrich the endemic flora and fauna of the region. Because of that, an ample variety of exploring opportunities opens up for you when looking to snorkel or dive in the waters of Cabo. Continue reading and discover more about snorkeling and diving in Cabo.
Mostly known for its calm waters, the Sea of Cortez is one of the best places for diving in Cabo. When you’re there, you’ll observe beautiful massive rock formations, coral reefs, and also the famous Arch in Land’s End. Better yet, find settled around the Arch a huge colony of sea lions to meet and greet! The biodiversity this sea offers along with large amounts of plankton inhabiting the area, the Sea of Cortez has become home to many species of aquatic animals. It’s almost assured that you’ll live an incredible experience diving in the company of animals such as rays, sea turtles, sea lions, sharks, octopus, starfish, and many other colorful tropical fish. Local divers also recommend visiting the sand cascades. These cascades are a natural phenomenon that houses exotic animals such as eels and lobsters. In this post we’ll show you some excellent places to dive in Cabo. Be ready to uncover some wonders of the deep!
Snorkeling and diving in Cabo
The best way to get to know the colorful and vivid marine life is diving. The Sea of Cortez is full of biodiversity, as its water is home to more than 800 species of fish. Altogether with the environment, also the crystal clear waters and the sunny weather of the region are perfect for exploring the sea!
It’s important to mention that many of these species are endemic, which means that you can only find them there. Now, the first thing to know is that the best places to dive are those that have calm and shallow waters, rock formations and reefs where marine life abounds. With that in mind, we’ll show you some of the best places for snorkeling and diving in Cabo.
Dive in Santa Maria Bay
This bay offers large rock formations and ridges that lead to deep underwater canyons. These underwater canyons make this place ideal for diving, as corals dance to the rhythm of sea currents between the stones, decorating the reef. Also, expect to find several marine animals along with these rock formations.
Dive in Chileno Bay
The magnificent “finger reefs” emerge from the bay for almost two miles wide, which you can see from the beach in Chileno bay. This place is the best option for novice explorers since here you will find shallow waters where divers feel safer. Some of the most prominent fish in this area are the weakfish and the beautiful “Mulegino.” Both species are very friendly, so don’t hesitate to say hi to them! Another extraordinary fish to observe around is the yellow-tailed fish or the boxwood creek.
Why are these sites the best for diving?
The Sea of Cortez is an important meeting point for marine biodiversity. Food cycles allow the full development of the species. And, some experts have even positioned the Sea of Cortez in sixth place of the 18 most biodiverse areas in the world. That definitely makes it one of the best places for snorkeling and scuba diving in Cabo.
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