Undersea Adventures: The 10 Best Snorkel and Dive Excursions in Los Cabos

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.

Cabo Adventures is one of the area's top tour companies, with friendly professional staff, and an impressive roster of exciting outdoor activities. Dolphin swims and encounters through affiliate Cabo Dolphins are probably the most popular...  Read More

Ready to set sail aboard a 98' replica pirate ship that looks (from a distance) as if it could have sailed the Spanish Main? Daily excursions feature up-close looks at Land's End and Lover's Beach, as well as snorkeling adventures in the...  Read More

East Cape community Cabo Pulmo provides easy access to one of the oldest and largest living coral reefs in the Western Hemisphere, in a national marine sanctuary that boasts the highest concentration of marine life in the Sea of Cortés. This is...  Read More

Roomy French-built catamaran Eco Cat provides a smooth ride - plus an air-conditioned cabin during the summer months - and a wide selection of budget-friendly kayak, snorkel, scuba diving, sunset and seasonal whale watching tours. In addition to...  Read More

Andromeda has been around for 30 years, and is generally considered to be one of the premier local dive operations - so much so that their shop serves as base for the Cabo Fire Department and MedCare rescue teams - offering excursions to a wide...  Read More

Few local adventure companies can match Cabo Expedtions' variety of eco-themed activities, which include whale watching and swimming with whale sharks (seasonal), parasailing, a hybrid between snorkeling and scuba diving called Snuba, Sea Trek...  Read More

Now open for over a decade, Manta has a good reputation (it's a 5-Star PADI Dive Resort), a good location (on the Cabo San Lucas Marina), and three custom dive boats providing transportation to numerous sites around Los Cabos, the tourist...  Read More

Looking for the underwater adventure of a lifetime? Free dive and spearfish for snapper, grouper, dorado, wahoo, tuna, marlin and more...either in Cabo San Lucas Bay or beyond. This is the company that received the first spearfishing license...  Read More

There are several reasons to recommend Amigos del Mar - the oldest dive shop in Cabo San Lucas - most notably their friendly and experienced staff, as well as their willingness to take divers to a large variety of undersea locations. Available...  Read More

The best diving available from Cabo San Lucas, bar none, is 250 miles away near Socorro, the largest of four islands in the Revillagigedos chain. The 112' live-aboard dive ship Solmar V offers extended, and expensive, 9 to 11 day trips from...  Read More


Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is Editor at Baja.com, co-writer of Fodor’s 2015 guide to Los Cabos, and a regular contributor to Los Cabos Magazine and 10 Best/USA Today. He lives in Cabo San Lucas.

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