The Sea of Cortés teems with fish – locals endlessly repeat the late Jacques Cousteau’s quote that the Gulf of California is “the aquarium of the world” – and visitors to the Los Cabos area will find a remarkable diversity of memorable undersea experiences available.
Virtually every tour boat in Cabo San Lucas provides morning or afternoon snorkel trips, and some, like the smooth sailing Ecocat, showcase tours that go to two or three separate bays. Dive trips to sites in Cabo San Lucas Bay are also offered daily, and intermediate options between snorkeling and diving – such as snuba and Sea Trek helmet diving – are a family-friendly specialty of Cabo Expeditions.
True dive enthusiasts will want to explore the living coral reef off Cabo Pulmo on Baja California Sur’s beautiful East Cape. The area’s oldest dive shop, Amigos del Mar, is one of several companies that offer excursions to this spectacular national marine sanctuary, which boasts the highest concentration of marine life in the Sea of Cortés.
For the ultimate undersea adventure, however, visitors will need plenty of time, and a fair bit of money. Eight months a year – November to June - the 112’ live-aboard dive vessel Solmar V hosts 10 day dive trips from Cabo San Lucas to Socorro, chief island in the the distant Revillagigedos chain, where divers will experience an undersea fantasia of dolphins, sharks, giant manta rays, and other incredible marine life.