In this blog, our travel experts cover the best diving sites accessible in Mexico's western coast!
If you are looking for the best scuba in Mexico, make sure to book some water time at a couple of Cabo San Lucas dive sites. The establishment of Los Cabos Wildlife Protection Area around 1973 has helped keep the western coast of Mexico clean, vibrant, and brimming with flora and fauna.
From the tip of the peninsula where sea and ocean meet, to the North Wall at the beginning of the bay, Cabo San Lucas scuba diving sites are some of the best you will experience.
Land’s End at Cabo San Lucas
If you are ready for the best scuba in Mexico, it is time to head out with our Diving Tour at Land’s End and the Arch. Located at the very southern tip of Baja California where the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet, Land’s End is of the most unique dive sites in all of Mexico. You can have the unique experience of diving in two bodies of water at the same time. At Land’s End you may see barracuda and tuna, and you can frolic with the sea lions at their colony in the flat rock formation.
The area is famous for its breathtaking rock formations, including the picturesque “El Arco” (“The Arch”), an enormous rock arch that divers can swim through, and the site of the “Lunderberg,” an American-German boat that shipwrecked mysteriously. According to locals, the 8th of February of 1954, a loud noise was heard near The Arch´s coasts, soon after some vestiges where washed up on the beaches, but no ship was ever found. Surprisingly, in 2014, after Odile´s hurricane aftermath, the lost ship was discovered. A perfect site for intrepid adventurers!
Included in our Land’s End diving tour is the rock formation known as Neptune’s Finger. In addition to the colorful and varied flora and fauna, this Cabo San Lucas dive site is also home to the largest sand falls of the Cabo San Lucas Marine Park.
Ranging in depth from approximately 20 feet to 100 feet (6 meters - 30 meters), the North Wall’s ability to accommodate divers from beginning to advanced skill levels makes it one of the best diving spots in Mexico. During your dive, you may have the pleasure of seeing pufferfish, moray eels, porcupine fish, and even seahorses.
Cabo Pulmo National Park
North of Cabo San Lucas, Cabo Pulmo National Park offers scenic diving made for marine wildlife lovers. Rescued from overfishing and pollution during the latter half of the 20th century, Cabo Pulmo National Park is a living monument to the powers of preservation in action.
The park’s coral reef (the oldest and northernmost coral reef in North America), once nearly destroyed, is now teaming with a diverse array of oceanic life spanning from small fish to large marine mammals. The reef itself has a number of “fingers” of hard coral atop rock outcroppings that run parallel to the coast, each occurring in progressively deeper water offshore. These make truly amazing backdrops for dives ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced.
Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, Cabo Pulmo National Park is an underwater treasure that can’t be missed. Dive into the waters of Cabo Pulmo National Park on our Cabo Pulmo Diving Tour here at Cabo Adventures, and experience all that this amazing site has to offer. From small fish to large marine mammals, you will enjoy your time at this Cabo San Lucas scuba diving site.
The Marieta Islands
Located just off the Bay of Banderas, and home of the famous coastal city Puerto Vallarta, divers will be pleased to discover a remote collection of islands located just where the bay meets the Pacific Ocean. These are the Marietas Islands, home to some of the best scuba Mexico has to offer.
Just under the surface, the islands show their true colors. Spectacular marine flora and fauna thrive along the slopes of a breathtaking underwater mountain range. Escape the crowds for a dive site unlike any other on our Marieta Islands Scuba Dive experience.
The Marietas Islands Scuba Dive Tour (offered through our sister company Vallarta Adventures) will take you on a two-tank dive where you can cruise along with a beautiful underwater mountain range and view the rainbows of color from fish and flora. On top of that, during the whale season in Puerto Vallarta, which goes from mid-December to the end of March, you have great chances to watch Humpback Whales on your way to your dive site at Marietas Islands.
Even though the Scuba Diving excursion to Marietas Islands does not include a visit to the famous Hidden Beach, you can take a specific tour that will take you there comfortably on a fast inflatable boat, from where you will jump to the water and swim -with a snorkel mask, to this iconic place. Visiting Hidden Beach at the Marietas Islands can be a life-changing experience for some, so don’t miss the opportunity while staying in Puerto Vallarta.
The Sea of Cortez
The west coast of Mexico is actually home to two separate coastlines. The westernmost is located along the Pacific Ocean; the other is located on the Sea of Cortez. Nestled between the Baja California peninsula and the mainland of Mexico, the Sea of Cortez (also called “the Gulf of California”) is known for its calm waters and an incredible array of marine life, including colorful corals.
Like Cabo Pulmo National Park, the Sea of Cortez was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is protected from overfishing—making it a location where you can experience some of the best diving in Mexico.
Sea of Cortez is also known for its great colony of sea lions which make it one of the only places in the world where you can swim with sea lions in their natural environment, and activity perfect also to be practiced just with snorkeling gear. Visit Sea of Cortez from October to June to swim with sea lions.
Those looking for calm dive sites near Cabo San Lucas, teeming with a myriad of marine life will find no shortage of amazing mammals, fish, and other animals in the Sea of Cortez. You can take a Private Tour to Sea of Cortez, in a luxury catamaran, that will be perfect for divers and non-divers alike.
Learn to scuba dive in Cabo
If there are people who want to learn to dive in your group, they can make the most of their vacations by learning how to scuba dive at Cabo. The course will take a couple of days of practice, on a pool first, and then in the ocean, plus some theory reading. The good news is that they can take the reading part and the written tests at home, and once they get to Cabo, they will continue with the practicing, making the whole process easier and faster.
Scuba Diving with Cabo Adventures
Ready to go scuba diving? Mexico has many options to offer. For the best dives at the best locations, there is no better place to book than right here at Cabo Adventures. With centers in Puerto Vallarta and Cabo, our award-winning team proudly leads dives at some of the top sites across Mexico.
Whether you are a beginner or seasoned diver, you’ll find that we have a myriad of expeditions tailored to meet your needs. Explore our site to learn more about our many dives, and book with our team today!