Baja California Sur

Scuba Diving Locations

In this page we listed the main Baja California Sur scuba diving destinations. We set them by geographical order, from north to south. And all are situated alongside the Sea of Cortes coast.

Santa Rosalía | Mulegé | Loreto | La Paz | Cerralvo | Cabo Pulmo
San José del Cabo | Cabo San Lucas | Facts | Spanish

Baja California Sur
Scuba Diving Facts

The Baja California peninsula is divided into two: Baja California, the northern half portion, and Baja California Sur, the southern half portion.

In the coasts of this half portion there are different submarine sceneries where scuba diving can be undertaken and enjoyed... underwater canyons, wrecks, blooming corals.

Three marine currents collide there bringing with them a rich diversity of underwater species.

In the turquoise waters of Baja Sur congregates a wide array of deep sea creatures.

That is why it is easy to get close encounters with unique sea life, from mantas to hammerheads, schools of vibrantly-colored fish and marine mammals.


The first town along the Baja Sur southbound transpeninsular Highway 1 that lies along the Sea of Cortes is Santa Rosalia.

This village is 248 miles south of Cataviña. And 470 miles south from Ensenada.

Santa Rosalia, located in the beautiful Baja California Sur, has traditionally been known as being unique for its architecture, owing to a deep French heritage, than its marine environments.

This town is less of a destination itself for many visitors. It is seen as being more of a stop-off along the road where people can replenish their supplies in order to enjoy an unusual mix of architectures and foods.

The most unique aspect of this town is most probably its galvanized iron church which was designed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Paris World Fair.

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Mulegé is located 28 miles south of Santa Rosalia. It is a hidden oasis in the Baja desert and is surrounded by date palms, hummingbirds, pelicans, and has one of the richest seas in the world, known as the Sea of Cortes.

Mulegé has a PADI dive center that offers all levels of courses, from open water to dive master.

There is a whole variety of different dives that you can do at Mulegé, to ensure that you remain as busy or relaxed as you wish to.

Some of the fish that can be seen at Mulegé dive sites include: angels, barracuda, wrasse, dorado, sweet lips, and sergeant majors. There are also the dolphins, manta, mobula, sea lions, turtles, and a variety of whales.

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Loreto’s premier PADI International Resort operator is Dolphin Dive Center. They are located centrally, only half a block away from the marina and minutes from the best hotels, top quality restaurants, and local artisan shops.

At this dive center you will find that there is access to their exclusive secure, locked drying room for your scuba equipment, as well as stations for rinsing your equipment.

Diving with the Dolphin Dive Center eliminates the need for you to carry your equipment through town, or having to try and locate cabs to travel to the marina.

The waters around have a typical temperature of 80 to 85 F in the summer, and it is only a 90 minute flight from Los Angeles or San Diego.

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La Paz, nestled into a beautiful bay, is the capital city of Baja California Sur.

This city is 777 miles south of Ensenada. And 93 miles north from Cabo San Lucas.

Here, some scuba diving providers offer complete equipment waiting for you on the boat in the morning, which is moored on a private jetty.

The dive equipment will even be set up for you, unless you would prefer to do it yourself, and it will also be unloaded for you.

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Cerralvo Island offers live aboard diving in the Sea of Cortes between June and November. Whale shark diving quest between May and June, and day diving between June and October.

Cerralvo Island is located east of La Paz

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The Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park offers the best scuba diving that there is in Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas areas.

The only living coral reef on the east coast of Baja is located in Cabo Pulmo. It is also home to more than 350 different species of marine life.

Cabo Pulmo is located approximately 34 miles north of San Jose del Cabo, and has the clearest water in the Sea of Cortes.

The visibility of this water is over 100 feet during the later summer and autumn months.

Some of the dive sites in Cabo Plumo include El Bajo Reef, El Cantil Reef, El Islote, Los Frailes, and Tuna Shipwreck.

The best Scuba diving trips take place in Cabo Plumo on Thursday and Saturday from 7:00AM to 4:00PM. The duration of the trip is approximately 9 hours.

The dive center offers a free pickup service from Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos Corridor, and San Jose del Cabo hotels.

The tour includes round trip transportation, all taxes and fees, boat, 2-tank dive, equipment, lunch at a beach restaurant, snacks, water, and an experienced PADI dive master.

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San Jose del Cabo offers many different locations to scuba dive. During the summer months giant Pacific mantas, orcas and schools of manta rays can be seen.

There are also sea lions, white-tip sharks and great schools of fish that interact with daily divers.

All year round scuba diving is available in San Jose del Cabo. The visibility is more than 80 feet in the summer season with water temperatures of between 70 and 80F.

Even though the water temperatures do drop during the winter months, it does bring with it a wide variety of marine life.

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As sophisticated as Cabo San Lucas is, there are still plenty of off-the-beaten-track scuba diving options.

Cabo is situated in the southernmost tip of Baja California Sur, offering some of the finest diving in the world.

The area is a hot bed of outdoor activity. There are more than 800 different species of marine life. Most instructors are PADI certified and English speaking.

In conclusion, if you are in search of singular diving destinations, it really is worth considering Baja California Sur.

There are plenty of underwater experiences here to fill your lifetime.

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