Come, discover the depths in Baja California and confirm the reason why the famous biologist, Jacques Cousteau, named the Sea of Cortez the world’s aquarium. Home to approximately three thousand marine species, no matter where you are on the peninsula, you will be able to admire hammerheads, sea lions, stingrays, moray eels, corals and old sunken ships.
The beauty of its beaches lapped by the water of the Sea of Cortez is indisputable, but to experience it up close you have to dive into the deep blue ocean. If you are in the city of La Paz, capital of this beautiful destination, visiting Los Islotes is quite a spectacle, because the rock formations making up this island are home to sea lions. The different water depths allow swimming, in some parts, and scuba diving at least 105 feet deep to watch the colonies of silvery sardines, royal blue and gold angel fish, as well as conchitos, plus the amazing corals found there.
In El Bajo, near the Island of Espiritu Santo, you will be able to dive and discover colonies of tuna fish, giant Pacific stingrays, octopus and morays. This island has also been the favorite place for underwater filmmakers who come to film some examples of hammerheads. West of the Island of Espiritu Santo, Isla Ballena has three different areas where people can scuba dive. On the one hand, you will be able to visit underwater caves, sandy soil with a garden of conger eels or a beautiful, protected reef where you will find a ship full of fish and corals.
If you are just learning to scuba dive, you must visit the Suwanee reef that extends to the south of the Island of Espiritu Santo, where you will be able to see different species of fish. Nearby, you will find a boat used as a ferry between Mazatlan and La Paz, that sank; its more than 295 feet long hulk is covered with black coral and surrounded by parrot fish and groupers.
Do you already know how to scuba dive and want to revel in the beauty of other islands? Cerralvo, east of La Paz, will surprise you with the number of giant stingrays you will be able to see. Near Cerralvo, la Reyna and Reinita are two island with a large reef full of gorgonians, tuna fish, wahoo, goldfish and various species of tropical fish.
Cabo Pulmo is located in the south of the Baja California Peninsula, and is one of the best destinations for scuba diving and discovering the underwater beauty in Mexico. It is home to over 350 different marine species, its crystal clear waters and the protection given to this park by its inhabitants, has turned it into a must see for visitors. Here you will be sure to find giant stingrays, whale sharks, hammerheads, schools of porpoises, sea lions and turtles. It also has a hard coral reef, unique in the Sea of Cortez, and one of three living reefs in North America.
For more experienced scuba divers, islands such as la Partida, Raza, San Lorenzo and Las Animas will pose a real challenge. We have to mention San Jose del Cabo, where you will be able to watch orca whales and groups of stingrays, sea lions, white tip sharks and large schools of fish.
Therefore, no matter which challenge you choose, Baja California has the perfect environment. Here, diving, exploring landscapes, biking, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, water skiing, sailing or practicing your swing at one of the beautiful golf courses are just some of the options for having fun. This destination’s natural beauties will allow you to have the best vacation ever, and, no doubt, return again and again for more.